L. Darby Gibbs


L. Darby Gibbs has been publishing science fiction novels since 2011. She has a five-book time travel series called Students of Jump. The most recent, AT ANY GIVEN TIME, published in March 2018. She has plans for expanding the series. Gibbs also has a fantasy series, Standing Stone. The trilogy was completed in 2017. She is currently working on a new fantasy novel that should be out in summer 2018.

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 two dogs. 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


Dragon Bone Ridge
Series: Solstice Dragon World. Pre-release—available September 30, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Nyle invades Maribelle's nap at Dragon Bone Ridge with a request she locate his missing dragon parts, she thinks it's just a dream, which makes his offer to stay out of her dreams laughable. Can she find all the pieces before the dragon's secrets are revealed or will she find his secrets and doom him to cold stone?
The Dragon Question
Series: Solstice Dragon World. Pre-release—available August 31, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,010. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
One Answer. One Question. One Woman. One Dragon. Researcher Shennon Trelor earns a coveted spot on the negotiation team selected to bring a close to a war between two kingdoms. She is mistaken for a Question Girl and taken before the Dragon King. Soon she is intrigued by his need for a specific answer to a question he's forgotten. Can she find the question? Will the answer save him or kill him?
At Any Given Time
Series: Students of Jump. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,530. 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. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,790. 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, and 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 and from there its one mad dash after another.
The Shifter Shard
Series: Standing Stone, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,380. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,160. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
At 16, Jahl Pratter struggles to earn a copper or two, enough to rent another magic standing stone for the next day’s wielding of simple repairs. When a stranger hires him to restore a damaged cane for a gold coin, Jahl dreams of owning his own magic stone & living in his uncle’s abandoned house in town. But his dream is plagued by his poverty, a recurring epidemic & those determined to stop him.
That's the Trouble with Time
Series: Students of Jump. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,420. 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 has to survive his solo time jump. Is it worth it if Sarra doesn’t?
A Jump in Time Makes Three
Series: Students of Jump. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 212,810. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,170. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Recently trained to travel in time and set to take a honeymoon in the past, an anachronistic building contractor and his quick-witted wife find the leisure life lacks challenge, so they take on locating a missing and notably annoying physitech, placing them in the cross hairs of the kidnapping entity as they jump through time chasing clues both reliable and false.
No-Time Like the Present
Series: Students of Jump, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Twenty years ago Brent Garrett made a choice. His daughter Misty Meredith isn’t happy with it. Misty has a plan, and it includes the time jumper sent to check on her. Quixote had one job. Check on the daughter of the founder of Meredith Complex. He had a plan, too. When everyone’s plans go awry, will Misty, Quixote or Brent find a way to make everyone happy with planning with your heart?
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
The Little Handbook of Narrative Frameworks contains nineteen frameworks, broken into three types: • traditional (ex. dream vision) • fairy tale (ex. sleeping beauty) • character-design (ex. code hero). Each framework is followed by a worksheet to help the writer develop the initial idea into a plot. Included in each description are suggestions about how to tweak for freshness.
In Times Passed
Series: Students of Jump, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,660. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Brent Garrett has everything, including the expectation of greatness. He just wants to see what’s behind the patpro panels of various inventions. And maybe make a few logical adjustments. Inventing time travel had not been part of his plan. He never had a plan. Will the man who has everything be able to handle losing what’s most important to him to build a future he’ll have to live with?

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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.