L. Darby Gibbs

Biography

L. Darby Gibbs has been publishing science fiction novels since 2011. She has a five-book time travel series called Students of Jump. Since 2018, Gibbs has been writing fantasy, and has three series out: Solstice Dragon World (four standalone books), Standing Stone (four series books), and her newest Kavin Cut Chronicles (a trilogy in progress).

Gibbs is a teacher of writing and published a non-fiction reference book of traditional story plots titled THE LITTLE HANDBOOK OF OF NARRATIVE FRAMEWORKS in 2013.

Gibbs enjoys going to the theater, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and pets. She has been married more than thirties years, has one child and a Labrador. She lives in the United States and has lived in several states north, east, west and south. Though born on the east coast, her roots are buried deepest in Southern California.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved around so much, crossing the country three times by the time I was seven, so I am influenced by several parts of the U.S. I lived my early years in New England and almost as long in southern California as a teenager. Then I moved north with my husband and lived in the Northwest for several years. All of these places influence my writing. I love the woods of New England and the mountains of the northwest. I have many memories of New York City and can see myself building a story that could live in that city of abundant life. The rigor of the eastern seaboard and its puritan ethic is embedded in my psyche, and the relaxation and slow warmth of the west coast demands I look about myself and examine the world.
When did you first start writing?
I think every author writes at a very young age. I know I was telling stories as soon as I could talk. Words fascinated me from the beginning. I have loved to read since my elementary years. But I realized writing was important to me when I was in my teens. I wrote poetry all the time then, but never considered my writing to be professional. I felt that truly fine writing came with age and experience, and I didn't expect to become a "writer" until I had gathered enough material and skill. That kind of expression came in my thirties.
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Where to find L. Darby Gibbs online

Series

Kavin Cut Chronicles
A fantasy romance set in a hidden kingdom.
Ring True
Price: $2.99 USD.
Solstice Dragon World
Standalone fantasy novels based around the existence of dragons known as Solstice Dragons who live in the Cadore Range. Fantasy, magic, dragons, light romance.
The Dragon Question
Price: $2.99 USD.
Dragon Bone Ridge
Price: $4.99 USD.
Dira's Dragon
Price: $4.99 USD.
To Harbor a Dragon
Price: $4.99 USD.
Standing Stone
The Standing Stone series is set in the magic Lands of An Faire and follows the adventures of Jahl Pratter and his two friends, Donya and Rouen, as he learns how to wield essence and fulfill the role his uncle, High Master Tran Donnel, trained him for. Fantasy, magic, light romance and adventure.
The Sharded Boy
Price: Free!
The Shifter Shard
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Heart of Lal
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Sand Wielders
Price: $4.99 USD.
Students of Jump
The Students of Jump series is science fiction time travel. Brent Garrett starts the adventures when he inadvertently creates a time travel machine. Going back in time sets off a series of dominoes that don’t get fully resolved until the end of book 3, though each book is a full story. Books 4 and 5 are standalone novels within the series and are the adventures of students trained in time jumping who have been assigned jumps into the past. The Jenkins husband and wife duo have guest appearances in both. SciFi, light romance, adventure.
In Times Passed
Price: $0.99 USD.
No-Time Like the Present
Price: $2.99 USD.
Next Time We Meet
Price: $2.99 USD.
At Any Given Time
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Ring True
Series: Kavin Cut Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,500. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Which is worse? To be distrusted without reason and banished or to earn the trust of a prince who is the target of someone out to destroy his kingdom? All Kambry wanted was to be noticed just once, catch someone’s eye for a single moment. Now everybody is watching, and she must commit treason to escape a hidden kingdom. Or she could save the kingdom and earn Prince Russal's trust.
To Harbor a Dragon
Series: Solstice Dragon World. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,040. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Someone is trying to sabotage the boats of anyone not part of the new cooperative venture that’s moved in. And, every time Lena tries to figure out who’s behind it, Jae, the handsome and vexing employee her father has hired, gets in her way. Lena never was one to ask for help. But she's going to need it. Buy this new Solstice Dragon romantic fantasy now.
The Sand Wielders
Series: Standing Stone, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,670. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
It's a good thing Jahl didn't convince Donya to join him on his journey to Loeban Faire. With the trouble he's in, that would have been disastrous. Too bad she followed after him a day later with their precocious two-year-old daughter in tow. Battling sand beasts and dealing with fading essence while trying to find them before his trouble does is taking all the fun out of the trip. Buy now!
Dira's Dragon
Series: Solstice Dragon World, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,720. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
If you keep track of every nuance of his word choice, bargaining with a dragon holds no concern. But Dira learns too late one should consider even the smallest reference before agreeing to a binding contract with a dragon. Brundar assures her increasing her skills in survival was a deliberate focus in the negotiations. What negotiations? It was all of a two-minute discussion!
Dragon Bone Ridge
Series: Solstice Dragon World, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,960. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When the first man who’s ever made slowing down seem like a good idea shows up, being on a quest for a dragon is the last thing she wants to be honest about. But the more Maribelle strives to hide what she’s doing, the more family secrets come to light. Buy Dragon Bone Ridge, a standalone novel in the Solstice Dragon World series where dreams are tricky and dragons trickier.
The Dragon Question
Series: Solstice Dragon World, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,120. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Dragon King is dying, all for want of an answer. Researcher Shennon Trelor, intent on hunting out the reasons for a long-standing war, never expected to be dragged in front of the terrifying king to answer the question that might save him. But the Dragon King doesn't know what question to ask, any more than Shennon knows how to answer. Time is running out. Which question? Which answer?
At Any Given Time
Series: Students of Jump, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,620. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a time traveler finds herself stuck in a 17-century Sicilian catacomb, she must extend her stay pretending she’s a Capuchin brother. Leaving a hint for the retrieval team to find her was easy compared to dealing with a stalker who thinks she’s horning in on his territory, her custom-engineered companion’s sulky behavior & the S&R jumper who decided to try out his new prototype for her rescue.
The Heart of Lal
Series: Standing Stone, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,850. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Wielder school’s out for the summer, but Jahl, Donya and Rouen can’t seem to get a quiet moment anywhere. Jahl’s certain Donya is up to some sort of mischief. Rouen has received a mysterious package from the young twai wielder they met in Carolan Faire last year. Soon the three friends are racing along the Naigan River. From there its one mad dash after another. Read it because magic is twisty.
The Shifter Shard
Series: Standing Stone, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,430. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Wielder Pratter agrees to travel to Carolan Faire to pick up an apprentice whose master died suddenly and bring him to the wielder school. Simple enough until he learns that wielders are being attacked, their powers of wielding essence stolen from them. Before he can even get his first night’s sleep in the dead master’s house, someone enters through the locked doors. By noon, no one is safe.
The Sharded Boy
Series: Standing Stone, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 114,270. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jahl teams up with the best friend that abandoned him and the girl who ridiculed him. Rouen has a secret to keep and needs Jahl to make it happen. Donya needs Jahl to teach her how to wield, never mind that it could get them killed. And he needs them both. It’s a relationship that will force them to face both the cruelties of love and the miracles of friendship. Buy this classic tale.
That's the Trouble with Time
Series: Students of Jump, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,520. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Quinn Riley needs to be approved for his solo time jump. He’s selected his grandmother’s best friend, a woman who went missing after her last mission. Sarra Marsh has a busy life avoiding the pSychSo officers and generally making life difficult for the oppressive government the renegades are trying to overthrow. Quinn must survive his time jump. His challenge: make sure Sarra survives hers.
A Jump in Time Makes Three
Series: Students of Jump. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 212,930. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Save money by buying the Students of Jump series, books 1 - 3, in this box set. Book 1: In Times Passed - Brent jumps into the past to get away from his present. Book 2: No-Time like the Present - Misty takes the jump forward to face off with her time-traveling father. Book 3: Next Time We Meet - Mick and Emily organize their second honeymoon around a missing time jumper.
Next Time We Meet
Series: Students of Jump, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,390. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Give a man a new heart, a forty-year-old body and a time travel machine, and he’d go after Genghis Kahn. Pearl Harbor 1941, the epidemic of 2074, the Great Exhibition of 1841, the Romantic Road…. Mick had an agenda. It might have been easier to go after Kahn, but beggars can’t be choosers. Read the third installment of the Students of Jump because it’s the heart behind every act that counts.
No-Time Like the Present
Series: Students of Jump, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,990. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Misty never was one to go along with anyone’s plan. Poor Quixote, he could see the swing heading his way, and he didn’t even duck. He always was a sucker for a woman in distress. “If you’re not here to make things better, than don’t be coming around in the first place.” “You aren’t part of the plan.” “The plan doesn’t exist without me!” Read this 2nd book in the Students of Jump series.
In Times Passed
Series: Students of Jump, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,790. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Brent’s tired of living it safe. He wants change now! He must outwit the computer protecting the jump system and prepare for a lifestyle 200 years out of date. What was that about destiny, love and time? The three things one simply can’t outwit. Read this time travel series because going back in time only changes who he is this moment, not who he's going to become.

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Smashwords book reviews by L. Darby Gibbs

  • The Spirit Child on Jan. 22, 2013

    Holt's The Spirit Child is the first installment of a series of books that twist Native American spirit guides with feudal manors, strong female characters and realms in degrees of spiritual growth and power. The storyline includes the involvement of actual walking, talking, and occasionally sarcastic guides in the form of owls, wolves, panthers, badgers, etc., working to maneuver the few spiritually awake humans to safety and teach them to negotiate an increasingly dangerous world due to a darker group of powerful animal spirits. That sounds a bit like a mishmash of ideas, but it's a mix that had it an aroma would be described as delicious. Bree Makena, Duchess of Danforth, is the main character, and she is ripe for change. Heartbroken and determined to be alone and disconnected from society, she is ready to do battle with the first annoying individual she meets, but she is unwilling to watch a girl child be sold into slavery and certainly raped if no one steps in. Makena steps in, and life changes from that moment on. The child turns out to be capable of seeing any spirit guide, not just her own, but she is as flawed and broken as Makena. The two travel more than just the rough territory of the lands they call home (or want to call home) as they deal with the fear and denial which keeps them from recognizing their guides and learning how to become part of society in ways they have yet to find appealing or even safe. Makena and the child Kaiti have to not only figure out how to belong to each other but also how to belong to their spirit guides who are not in the least bit uncertain about how things should be going if only those stubborn humans would stop fighting their destinies. Other characters also carry the story well, from long time friends, healer Becca and bathhouse owner Maura, to tribal leaders and royal families. There are strong male characters as well and tribal elders who bring depth and meaning to much of the difficulties Makena and Kaiti face. Timur, Makena's dead husband, as the story progresses, is easy to accept as a person Makena might find impossible to face life without. It is inevitable that one will get attached to several of the individuals Holt breathes into life in her writing as the reader steps smoothly in and out of the thoughts and concerns of a variety of supporting characters as well as the two main characters. Arriving at the end of this book is a lot like it is in real life: few things are wrapped up in tidy bunches; much is left that needs to play out, and the trouble that was on the horizon is still lurking out there. The difference is Makena has grown out of some of her troubles which is good because there are several more difficulties building up she is going to have to face if she wants to maintain life's new vision and new hope. I enjoyed this book and view it as one I will probably reread, especially while I wait for the next book in the series to come out. My main rule is if I anticipate reading a book again, its worth five stars.