I am a city dweller living in the Southern United States who often dreams, as many of us do,of times when you would ride two weeks on horseback to get to the next city, news spread upon the lips of a bard, and your life could be snuffed out at any time by an offended mage.
I am a student of world religion, philosophy, linguistics and history; a practitioner of martial arts and a dabbler in alternative medicines.
I come from a long line of Healers. Nurses, Doctors, and Pharmacists(once called witches) are among my ancestors so my current project, The Healer's Creed Series, while set in fantasy-based medieval times, is both a tribute to the healing arts and an allegory of sorts for the contradictions that plague a Healer as he strives to uphold the creed to which he has sworn himself in modern times.
From the Hippocratic Oath:
... I will keep them from harm and injustice.
I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.
I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work...
What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about.
If I fulfill this path and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely. may the opposite of all this be my lot. End.
Theirs is a tale of forbidden love. A man who has trained his whole life to see the world only as it is falls in love with a woman who sees the world as it can be.
When a young maiden, upon whom every luxury in life has been bestowed, is sent away upon discovery that she possesses an ancient power that she did not even know existed, her world is shattered. She can only dream and hope that this is just the beginning of one of those books of love and adventure she so adores.
The Healer's Creed Series: Book 1: Sanctuary's Assassin
A healer’s duty is to sustain life, not take it. It seems a fact irrefutable. But when a mark is upon his head the healer must choose; hide in the safety of the fortress he has built around himself or venture out to aid his embattled people while sacrificing the lives of those who seek to deter him and---even more troubling---those who would protect him with their lives.
The Healer's Creed Series: Book 2: The Shadow of Doubt
After many harvests, revenge is sweet. The man who destroyed her family is dead. But sometimes revenge comes with a price. As a new general rises from obscurity to lead the Royal Army against the Daughter of the Grey-Eyed Murderer in retaliation for her deed, she wonders how she and the peasant army once trained by her wrongfully executed father will survive.
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