A writer of fantasy and non-fiction metaphysics, Lionrhod (pronounced LION-rod as the h is silent) caught the writing bug at age 8. Inspired by her writer mother, she wrote an extremely lousy and highly plagiarized story about a pony. From there, she went on to focus on science fiction and fantasy as well as romance, and when she realized that she was a Witch, articles on Wicca and Magick. As an avid Dungeons and Dragon's player, she has written several articles for that sort of thing and one of her pieces was featured in a TSR module way back before they became Wizards of the Coast. She has also written for Green Egg.

She tends to write slow, though that is changing!

She has been a witch and wysard (yes we spell it funny) for most of her life. She works as a professional psychic and a teacher of metaphysics. When she isn't glued to the keyboard, she enjoys hiking in the woods, gardening, cooking and yak wrangling. She is presently working on creating a rescue for large breed dogs and for retired animals.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
LOL! Having recently (and temporarily) moved back to Florida, I barely own any furniture. My "desk" is a mattress on the floor. My keyboard sits on my lap. I love this setup because it gives my puppies and kitties the ability to come cuddle with me while I'm working.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Staten Island, NY, and spent a good portion of my summers at my aunt's farm in upstate NY. Spending time on my aunt's farm introduced me to the beauty of the Hudson Valley, and it was a no-brainer to set Dark Moon Gates there. My character Willa, shares my love for hiking, nature and the mountains. And critters, of course.

New Paltz is also where I discovered I was a witch, thus giving me the metaphysical background that underlies the magick in my story.

My childhood home was a haunted mansion (I kid you not) and it's likely that the haunting brought out some of my psychic tendencies. We had a huge lot (comparatively) which had been landscaped 200 years before, and my grandmother taught me the names and medicinal & culinary uses of many of the plants there, which is probably the reason that Willa's descriptions are lush with references to the local plantlife.
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Haunted? How to Cleanse and Ward Your Home, Get Rid of Demons, Ghosts or Negative Spirits and Keep the Friendly Ones
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 117,850. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal, Nonfiction » New Age » Magic
Ghosts are real. Bumps in the night. Feel you're watched? Sudden anger or depression. Cold spots. Slamming doors. Shadows that move. Unexplained noises. You be COULD be haunted. Haunted?: How to Cleanse and Ward Your Home, Get Rid of Demons, Ghosts or Negative Spirits and Keep the Friendly Ones teaches you how to keep yourself free of negative entities and your home and loved ones safe from harm
SpellCraft Secrets: The Art Of Creating Magic Spells Made Easy - Second Edition, Revised
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 131,660. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Magic, Nonfiction » New Age » Witchcraft & wicca
For centuries, the art of spellcrafting has been passed down with deepest secrecy, available only to initiates. This groundbreaking book teaches concepts that power magick, and how you can use them to craft spells that will empower your life, find success and reach toward your highest potential. Conversational and easy to use, Spellcraft Secrets aids you in becoming a master of your own destiny.
Spider's Christmas Gift: A Children's FolkTale and Polish Holiday Traditions
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
It's the night before Christmas. All the woodland animals are making gifts for the newborn King. But poor Spider doesn't have a gift. A traditional Yule tale from Poland. Also included is information on the Yule holiday in Poland as well as recipes for holiday food and ornaments.
Spider's Yule Gift: A Children's FolkTale and Polish Pagan Holiday Traditions
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Nonfiction » New Age » Witchcraft & wicca
It's the night before the Winter Solstice. All the woodland animals are making gifts for the newborn Sun. But poor Spider doesn't have a gift. What will she do? A traditional Yule tale from Poland returned to its pagan roots, based on the tale told by my father. Also included is information on the Yule holiday in Poland and recipes and tips and ritual ideas to use them in a pagan context.
Dark Moon Gates: Witches' Gates Saga Book 1
Series: Witches' Gates Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,150. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Willa, witch and H.S. Junior doesn't yet know that the substitutes infiltrating her school are Faery Sidhe in disguise. Or that they plan to sacrifice her baby brother to seal the Gates between the humans and Faery forever. She has two weeks--until the Dark Moon--to save him. If she fails, the human world will perish from lack of magic. If she succeeds, a prophecy says she will be struck blind.
Nenfari: an Assassin's Flower novella
Series: Assassin's Flower, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,640. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a city of political intrigue and betrayal, assassin-in-training, D'hara trusts only her beloved born-for slave, Aldrar. A disappointment to her parents and herself, without the mysterious "Change," D'hara can't follow the path of her High Assassin mother. With Aldrar's newborn chosen for sacrifice, D'hara braves the wrath of the Prophet God's priests and the hazards of the city Below. Dark S&S.

Lionrhod's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Lionrhod

  • Dying to Get Published on Feb. 07, 2013

    A truly fun read! Others have said the main character is ditzy. Well, yes, that's true. Ditzy and wacky and an absolute blast to be in her head. This is a comic mystery, not a straight dark mystery. I could totally relate to the writing circle. I think I might have been a member of that one sometime back! The old ladies were hysterical. And as a writer, well...I don't think it's in our best interests to murder an agent or any other member of the publishing industry, but I've got enough rejection slips over the years (and know other writing buddies who do) that I can relate. Dying to know what Jennifer's next hare-brained scheme will be! I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
  • Black Woods: Book 1 (Black Woods Series) on Feb. 07, 2013

    Read this several months ago and it's still haunting me. The heroines were intelligent and relate-able. The premise really creepy-especially for someone who loves spending time in the woods-and the writing evocative. The author almost lost me just before the end. For a few minutes I was saying, "Oh, no, she didn't." And then the surprise twist at the very end brought me back and made me a fan.
  • Bewitching Kisses (Bewitching Kisses Series) on Feb. 07, 2013

    Well done. I do agree that the book could have been fleshed out a bit more, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Unlike the reviewer who said they wanted more romance and less about the witch trials, I was just the opposite. I do agree the ending was a little fast, but still an enjoyable read. Having read a lot of romances published here, it was nice to read a writer who actually has a decent command of the English language. Yes I tend to be picky about that.
  • Killer Twist (Ghostwriter Mystery 1) on Feb. 10, 2013

    Much fun and well written! I didn't quite get how the title fit the book (although yes there was a twist ending) but that didn't stop my enjoyment of it. Roxy is quirky, snarky, a bit mercenary and a blast to hang out with. Looking forward to the next Ghostwriter mystery.
  • Heller on Feb. 10, 2013

    Great read! Tilly hooked me instantly. Fun premise too. Now where do I get a job like that?
  • Blood Ties on Feb. 10, 2013

    Another fantastic read from this talented author. Awesome writing, memorable characters. The Bycrafts are hysterical. I'm pretty sure that part of their tribe lives near me. I'm sure I've met these folks before! Can't wait to see what happens between Tess and Finn. And I have to say, I had a soft spot for the chicken coop.
  • Color Me Grey: Book One of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles on Feb. 10, 2013

    Fun and fast-paced. Absolutety loved the book. Alex is a kick-butt heroine. Can't wait to read the next!
  • Kate on May 23, 2013
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    Contains Spoilers! Loved the character and the book. Kate is a very unique heroine. Awesomely well done research, especially her hillbilly upbringing. A very modern heroine set in an old time, it makes me question if our stereotypes of the 1800s are just that. After all, she exists in the same timeframe as the early suffragettes, so why not portray her as that? The book was sheer fun all the way through until SPOILER she loses her beloved. After that point, it felt like the heart went out of the MC. And out of me. That's not a bad thing, just a sign of how invested I was in the story and characters. Despite that, excellent read. Much fun and I'll continue on to the next in the series.
  • Blue Thunder on Oct. 14, 2013

    The typos as well as the tense changes are rant worthy. I understand that the author is dyslexic, however a professional edit would have been well in order. That said, the story and plot itself is well done, and the main characters are believable. Proof that a good story can overpower choppy writing.
  • Road Dance: Poems on Oct. 16, 2013

    The poems in this book are better called "stories." From tales of growing up as the child of Communists to the terror of being the mother of a battered woman, the stories here are soulful, evocative and enmeshed with the timeless imagery of Earth and Mountain and the tears of the watershed swamps that encompass the ebb and flow of life, love and sacrifice.
  • Cause of Death on Nov. 18, 2013

    Flawed but worth reading. Interesting plot and intriguing characters. Sadly the plot was somewhat occluded by writing that needed an editor's touch. The police procedural was obviously heavily and well researched. The dialogue is clunky and doesn't sound like people talking. Over explanation is another problem, especially when the characters tell us something, and then tell us the same thing all over again in a paragraph of exposition. At the same time sometimes Initials are used (such as SO - whatever that means since it's obviously not Significant Other) which aren't explained well enough. Also challenging why the dialogue of a 16 yr old Hispanic boy from CA sounds exactly the same as the dialogue of a 30 something police detective from Alabama. I agree with the reviewer who said there were too many subplots. Noura's plotline (while quite interesting) didn't make sense as it had no relevance and connection to the main plot, and felt like it was just sort of hanging in extra space. The double romances plots (and wanna connect to our Native roots plots) were also distracting. As I'm part Native, I liked that touch in the backstory, but felt it was too heavy handed. I also didn't get the fact that Annie was supposedly the main character. Tom probably got more time than she did as far as actually closing the case and scenes that featured his viewpoint. Okay now for the good points: Few typos. The author actually seems to have a good command of the English language which I find refreshing thus far on my exploration of Smashwords. The serial killer was unique at least as far as methods. I would have liked to have more insight into his reasons earlier in the book, rather than waiting to read them in the epilogue. Since he kept a diary, it would have been great to intersperse parts of that in the book. I actually DID NOT guess who the baddie was until well into the book, and the red herrings for other characters to be the bad guy were well placed and handled so that I wasn't sure whodunit till right near the end. The story of the murdered women was also sad/thought provoking. and suitably horrifying. One of the good facets of the book was that dating everyone's actions left you counting how many days each victim had to live and agonizing over whether she'd be found or not. And yes, the victims were drawn well enough that I DID agonize over them. They were probably the best drawn characters in the book. Despite flaws, I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book. I hope the author will work on voice and editing. She's already got procedure and the "mystery" part down. She's got a character (or 10) that I actually like and want to follow. This is obviously a first novel which should have been subjected to the demands of an editor, but shows great promise.
  • Scamp's Lady on Nov. 26, 2013

    Great read and well researched. Excellent character development. The romance felt genuine and the plot made sense. Setting it near the end of the Revolutionary War added to the tension. All through it, I wondered how they'd deal once the war ended, or if/when something happened to her family. Being a dog person, I liked that the dog was a part of the story rather than window dressing. I'll agree that the brief scene in the dog's VP didn't work (mostly because it was the only scene from his VP and hadn't been set up) but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Would have liked to see a little more depth from Lady Claudia, but still loved the book and am interested in reading more from Walton.
  • The Backward Approach to Ebook Success on Dec. 09, 2013

    Short, sweet and to the point. And well worth your time to read. I learned several things about marketing! Now to get off my butt and start doing them!
  • Midnight Marriage on Dec. 20, 2013

    One of the better romances I've read in a long time. Intriguing and original setup and believable characters. Well done.
  • True Survivor - The Seth Winston Story on Jan. 28, 2014

    Truly fun read. Seth is self abdorbed to the point you almost want to smack him, except that you can't help loving his dry wit and wanting to read more. And having read Fatal Decision, one of the authors' talents is that each protagonist is refreshingly unique. So glad to see there's a 2nd book.
  • Ravenstone (Book 1, The Ravenstone Chronicles) on March 01, 2014

    This book would have received five stars if it was a full book, but it's not. Sadly, it's just half a book. or maybe only 1/3 or less for all I know. Of all the subplots in this book -- and there are many! -- only ONE of them gets resolved. And the main plot doesn't get resolved at all. Forget a HEA or even HFN ending. There's no ending, period. The book is chopped off with the heroine's life in peril, having only FINALLY gotten to the beginning of the romance. About 50 pages from the "end" I started wondering how the author was going to tie all the subplots together in only 50 pages. 3 pages from the end she introduced 6 new characters and I got an awful suspicion that turned out to be correct. No ending. Now I'm an author too, and I understand that writer's need to make money. That's fine. Tell me you're giving me a 50% preview and I'll understand and make a decision whether or not to buy when I get to the end of the sample. But cutting a book off like this is NOT the way to go. At $5.99, the other half of the book is a pricey "sequel." I'm a bit leery of buying the 2nd half of the book because I don't know that she'll finish the book in the 2nd half, after my experience with this one. Despite that, I'll tell you what IS good about the book because I really did like it A LOT. The heroine has a dark secret and I DO mean DARK. Pretty much as dark as they come, and a subject that's usually a no-go in romance. She's also feisty and intelligent and darn interesting, yet sympathetic. The romance in the book doesn't really exist. I'm assuming it's in book 2. Other than at the very end just before it gets cut off, she sees the love interest as no more than just a friend. He of course, is madly in love with her. The subplots are fascinating as well with Georgiana trying to care for the poor, in particular a young pickpocket, heal her relationship with her brother, deal with her mom (a character whom the reader will despise - and a character does have to be pretty well drawn to be this despicable!), deal with with the vagaries of her wastrel husband (his secret was pretty easy to guess at - I had him pinned from the first scene we meet him in - but I'm still wondering how she's going to get rid of him to reach a HEA, because he doesn't seem like a bad guy.), she takes over the running of the estate and then becomes part of a smuggling ring, and she's got the law trying to get her to find a spy. Whew! Busy lady! All of the major characters are well drawn and believable. Okay, at first I felt Georgiana's perspective was a bit too anachronistically modern for a regency era heroine, but her reasons for feeling that way make sense, so it works. The deep dark secret is treated with care. Horrific enough to make the reader sympathize with her choices, but written not so graphically that the reader runs screaming away. I did feel that the last few scenes got rushed a bit, jumping around to put Georgiana in peril in every single one of the subplots. (I think hubby's at least could have waited, since it was already blatantly obvious what it was.)