Elizabeth Rowan Keith


Elizabeth Rowan Keith is an independent writer and researcher who writes on investigative, ethnographic, and scientific subjects. She also writes award-winning fiction and poetry. She has a doctorate in the biological sciences specializing in ethnobotany and a Master’s degree in public administration. Her teaching and research span the fields of sociology, geography, Native American studies, government, natural medicines, and the biological sciences. She holds certifications in many forms of mind/body/spirit medicine. Recently she relocated to the Twin Cities of Minnesota, USA, with her collie, Belle. She is the widow of award-winning author and photographer, David H. Keith.

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Sharp Edges
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Top Writers Block has written a collection of short stories full of sharp edges and cutting wit. Knives cut deep, but so do words. Enjoy this collection of fiction full of fun, fantasy, mystery, and horror. Eight stories include authors Cleve Sylcox, Barnaby Wilde, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Tracey Howard, Melissa A. Szydlek, and Elizabeth Rowan Keith.
Theme Park
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,320. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Six exciting worlds of adventure, mystery, drama, suspense, and horror await you. Climb aboard as Top Writers Block takes you on a ride celebrating the talent of independent authors. Come explore these unique worlds. Delight in classic writing styles, whimsical humor, and cold corridors of spine-tingling mayhem. This collection is sure to delight. Enter our Theme Park. You are Welcome Here.
Annie McGuire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Inspired by verse on the gravestone of a child in an old cemetery, this is the touching story of family and friends who may have surrounded the little girl buried there. Filled with love and tenderness, this tiny tale provides a view of simple times gone by, and leaves the reader with a warm heart and a misty eye.
Pumpkin Patch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: American English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cities are not always more dangerous than the country.  Rural hospitality is not always as warm as it is imagined.  An invitation to a family meal is not always a good thing.  In this short tale, one traveler on a lonely road learns how horrifying remote encounters with isolated people can be.
She Haunts Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,210. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Based on a true event, this is the touching tale of a woman misunderstood and left unjustifiably incarcerated for life. She is forever a sparkle of light in her dim surroundings, leaving valuable lessons in her wake. It is a story of joy, heartbreak, surprise, and anger, and is destined to be remembered.
Ashes, Ashes, Don't Fall Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Dedicated to those who have been trapped in abuse, this is the story of one girl's survival. Escaping into books, she is able to endure until she reaches adulthood, when she walks out of her troubling past and into the promise of her own future.
The Poet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: American English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Occasionally chance events take a person on a course never imagined. Simple as those we meet may seem, there could be an unexpected wisdom and wit waiting to unfold. These are the serendipitous events that change our lives for the better, even if we think differently at first. This tale is dedicated to the members of the sanitation industry, in which this story takes place.
Ostara's Delight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: American English. Published: March 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Traveling on the spring equinox, when the natural world is in balance and regeneration, in a birch grove where rare and magical events have been known to happen, Epona, guardian of those moving in and out of life, meets Ostara taking colored eggs and baked goods to a friend at the time of her child’s birth. Later, Ostara returns to the forest for a private reunion with one who waits there.
Memories and Mean Chickens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Celia is a strong woman from the American South. She lives and loves honestly. Orphaned as a teenager, she sees herself and her younger brother into adulthood. Her brother goes to war as she marries a man who claims love at first sight. Tragically, she loses them both. In her grief, Celia discovers a new and lasting love with a man who long admired her from afar. Bravely, she follows her heart.
Midwinter Guest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: American English. Published: January 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Freya, the fierce and passionate woman of Norse legend reunites with Brighid, whose timeless eloquence and inspiration has brought her to homes and hearts in the Celtic lands and beyond. Coming together in a quiet birch grove that holds its own magic, the two women mark the Earth's turn toward spring.
Hot Spiced Tea and Ginger Biscuits
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 800. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A tiny tale large with life and love. Told as a warm memory in the cold of winter, this story shares a touching view of women through the generations.
Fools Rush Inn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Western
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
There is nothing quite like the moment when a vehicle comes to rest after spinning off the road. What comes next? In this case the driver spends the winter in an isolated mountain inn. Set to the theme of a tale from antiquity, this story follows the residents of the inn through a season of compassion, acceptance, frailty, and fun.
Yule at My Feet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fairy tales
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
A richly-descriptive tale of Yule celebration among Little People who gather in the forest. A sequel to the award-winning "Blood Moon," this story will warm hearts throughout the winter holiday season.
Blood Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
An award-winning story of possibility as the veils thin at the full moon times of autumn. If this story were yours, would you be horrified or happy?
The Teton Range Formation in the Rocky Mountains of North America
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Geology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Geography
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This book describes the land and water formations that became the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Photographs and references included.
Essential Oil Use Guide For Canine Health Care: Techniques from Holistic Veterinarians
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a guide for practical therapeutic administration of essential oils to canine patients. Specific methods of essential oil application in clinical and home settings are offered by six holistic veterinarians who are greatly experienced in their use.
Essential Oils Research Bibliography
Price: $24.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Botany, Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices
(5.00 from 1 review)
A bibliography of more than 400 sources covering over 220 years of international publications relating to essential oils from around the world.
Essential Oil Use in Canine Veterinary Medicine: From the Practices of Holistic Veterinarians
Price: $24.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
This book comes from more than three years of research on essential oil use in canine veterinary medicine. Hundreds of holistic veterinarians in the United States describe their use of essential oils in treating dogs. These veterinarians relate the scope, methods, purpose, and philosophy of essential oil use in clinical practice.

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Smashwords book reviews by Elizabeth Rowan Keith

  • Hidden Behind Words on June 06, 2012

    This is some of the best poetry I have ever read. Whether it is through skillfully woven metaphor or the path of an arrow reaching its' mark, these works lead to the core of a genuine individual who has intelligently and thoughtfully examined what it is to be an honest human. Done with lilt and laughter, tears and troubles, this is a book worth reading.
  • The Insignificance of Being a Spy... on Nov. 06, 2012

    An excellent read. This is a story full of twists and turns through a tightly-woven plot that unfolds in a series of captivating events. Everyone is hiding something, even if it is only to protect their own vulnerability. The characters are so deeply developed that they seem entirely real. This book held my attention from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
  • The Builders Report on Nov. 06, 2012

    These characters are easy to know and appreciate in a comfortable story that is pleasant to read. The tale and the people in it could easily be real. A story worth reading.
  • The Boy Died In Vietnam on Nov. 07, 2012

    How well I remember this era, and the difficulties that came from it. This book is a must read for anyone touched by the Vietnam generation. It contains an honest account of the effects of that war on not only military personnel, but also on those of us who have been in relationships with them. Don Bick's descriptions of Post Traumatic Stress symptoms would be helpful to anyone who comes through intensely traumatic times. I applaud Don Bick's courage to heal. Than you, Don, for writing this book. I highly recommend it.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume One) on Dec. 07, 2012

    These are not the first stories I've read by Barnaby Wilde. They will not be the last. Each one has been a pleasure. Once I began this collection I did not want to stop. Highly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
  • September Story on Dec. 10, 2012

    A story of the healing qualities of love. Told through marvelous use of dialogue, this tale is delivered at a pace that allows the reader to think, feel, and reflect. There is a great deal of comfort in this book.
  • How to Dance Naked in the Moonlight on Dec. 23, 2012

    The wonder, wisdom, and wit in the tradition of the Celtic Bard is not lost. It is here in this thoughtful invitation to share in perspectives and practices with roots beyond the borders of time.
  • Imbolc in Michigan on Jan. 31, 2013

    What a delightful first effort. I could not be more encouraging about continuing to write. Attention to small details in description order, formatting, and plot development would contribute to this story. But it is a cordial setting and creates a comfortable family group on which to build a more comprehensive work. It is a pleasant read. It is easy to see the talent behind this work. I hope the author continues.
  • Voice Like a Cello & Bear Country on Jan. 31, 2013

    Excellent! I enjoyed these stories. They are both attractively and intelligently crafted, although it took a moment for me to find the groove of the first. I was not prepared for the first to end when it did, but I am grateful for the way it did. I simply could not stop reading the second until I had reached the end. Told with a touch of humor, humility, and eloquence, this is a story of uncommon power and ageless possibility. Highly recommended!
  • For the One that I Love on Feb. 07, 2013

    Three lovely poems written by a man who dearly appreciates his wife. His love is clear. A beautiful read. Best wishes to them both.
  • The Dragon Is Awake on July 29, 2013

    Don P. Bick is a good storyteller. In this captivating tale full of action, suspense, and human tragedy he employs surprising plot twists and insight into the minds of his characters that make them real. Although this work would benefit from professional editing, which is why I give this work four stars instead of five, it is still very much worth reading. I'm glad I did.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Six) on Oct. 29, 2013

    I always enjoy the works of Barnaby Wilde, and this collection is no exception. My perspective has been shifted, my heart has been warmed, and my funny bone has been thoroughly tickled. Without reservation, I highly recommend this book.
  • The Peppermint Major on Nov. 07, 2013

    An exceptional poem. The first time through is a journey of gentle discovery, and every time after that brings a quiet smile and heartfelt warmth. The structure of the poem is impressive, comfortable, and a pleasure to read.
  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun on Nov. 07, 2013

    This short story seemed rushed to me. But as the book depicts, there is a desire for "Quick. Simple. No entanglements."
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume 7) on Jan. 15, 2014

    There is no such thing as disappointment when reading Barnaby Wilde. All of the stories in this collection are well worth reading. As soon as I finished this collection, I began looking forward to the publication of the next volume. I'm sure I'm not alone. "Chameleons" is evidence of a genius at work. That one, alone, is worth the price of this book. And there are many more than that. Highly recommended.
  • Memory Drops on May 16, 2014

    Normally I don't make it too far into a book of poetry. But this one is different. I am intrigued by the stark clarity and the largely unexplored perspective in these pieces. I've read this book three times, and I'm sure I will do it again.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Nine) on Nov. 02, 2014

    Another great collection. Wilde's wit, imagination, and creative intelligence provide laughter, perspective, and points to ponder. There is something here for everyone. The dialog is snappy, and the narration is clear. Choosing a favorite would be difficult. It might be "300 Things a Boy Can Do." They're all good.
  • Vertigo (tales from the Vertigo labs) on Jan. 27, 2015

    Barnaby Wilde makes me think. And I have fun doing it. There is nothing typical about Wilde's work. I try to read something from him about once a month. It is easy to recommend. This book is full of engaging entertainment with an intellectual twist. In one story, a soggy group of underwear-clad physicists are found running down the hall to witness a rare scientific event. It’s hilarious. And it’s entirely the thing scientists would do. Not many people would know that. Somehow, this author does. It makes me wonder if he learned from experience, and keeps a change of clothes at work.
  • Thoughts on Jan. 27, 2015

    This is powerful poetry. Don't be surprised if you can't read it all at once. It is the type of poetry that is full of impact and experience. Every one brings the sensation of having been somewhere raw, real, and relevant. When there is light, it is all the brighter after time in the dark. Without hesitation, I highly recommended it.
  • Blooming Thoughts on May 28, 2015

    I watch for this author's work. It is thinking, feeling poetry, and I find myself savoring every piece.
  • Manderley on April 10, 2017

    Who hasn't yearned from afar at the sight of the perfect dream home? This story reminds me that I certainly have. Now I wonder at the back story of each and every one.
  • A Winter's Tale on April 10, 2017

    What a fabulous short story! Highly recommended!
  • Unique on April 13, 2017

    This story holds a variation in the familiar theme of not fitting in. It could be about anyone. But such a twist at the end! It's not just anyone!
  • A Fun-loving Guy on April 13, 2017

    This story brings to mind people around whom I used to live, and it makes me wonder about them even more.
  • What Price Freedom? on April 13, 2017

    What a pleasant read. It's a story of luxury, family, love, and at the end, its own brand of hope.
  • Sail Away on April 13, 2017

    A genuinely valuable read. I'm glad the author shared this portion of her biography.
  • Square Peg in a Round Hole on April 13, 2017

    How delightful! This author has provided another glimpse of her own story. Highly recommended.
  • In the Eyes of the Beholder on April 13, 2017

    The first two autobiographical pieces by this author are not to be overlooked. This one, however, gripped me the most. The last line is every so true.
  • The Bumpy Road on April 13, 2017

    Highly recommended. This is a powerful story, particularly as bullying becomes more fully recognized as a social problem. It strikes home. The consequences have always been real, and so well depicted in this piece.
  • Door Chorus on April 13, 2017

    Empowering, naughty, and an attractive way to regard an abusive ex.
  • Fool That I Am... on April 13, 2017

    Told well in rich and powerful narrative, with a twist at the end, this little story lasts in the mind of the reader. If you value a work leaves you thinking, this is for you.
  • The Cost of Sharp Edges on April 13, 2017

    We wonder about the quiet times at the end of life. The author has done a beautiful job of creating one.
  • Blue Haze on April 13, 2017

    In all that we read and hear about interstellar relations, this is a completely fresh angle.
  • The Man on the Corner on April 13, 2017

    Landing into a comfortable story is such a pleasure, as is this one all the way to the end, which is really a beginning.
  • Worlds Apart on April 13, 2017

    Richly imaginative, entirely unique, and very well done. Highly recommended for those who appreciate science fiction and fantasy.
  • The Hundredth Day at Sea on May 03, 2020

    What an interesting little read. It wasn't what i expected. I appreciated the surprise.
  • Pub Crawling with My Dog on May 03, 2020

    This story made me smile.
  • Vidal - A Story for Children on May 03, 2020

    We so enjoyed book! It holds a richly illustrated tale full of fun and fantasy. It's a happy story that holds attention and made us smile. Highly recommended!
  • Unscheduled on May 04, 2020

    It's easy to imagine how any one of us could find ourselves living this story. It's intriguingly possible! Read the story. What would you do?
  • Sunshine Came Softly... on May 04, 2020

    What a beautiful short story--so calming and peaceful. The author has created one of the most heartfelt settings imaginable. Highly recommended.
  • Winter Wonderland on May 04, 2020

    Tremendously imaginative. This story is well written, and could leave readers wondering what they might be missing in real life. .
  • Cocoons ~ A Feel-good Story for Children ~ on May 04, 2020

    What an adorable story, and so richly illustrated. No doubt it charms adults as well as children. Highly recommended for all ages.
  • One Tiny Bite on May 04, 2020

    Sometimes I wonder if stories like this are fiction, or fact carefully presented as fantasy. What do other readers think?
  • Rue Saint Honoré on May 04, 2020

    I'm glad to read such a story. I suspect we have all observed such a person. What a great treatment of an observed circumstance. Shame on the shams who violate the sincere.
  • The Birthday Party on May 04, 2020

    This story made me smile. It was easy to visualize. Funny!
  • La Concierge on May 04, 2020

    This is a compelling description of a remarkable character and her circumstances. I wish she were real and that I had known her.
  • Well Dweller on May 04, 2020

    This story came to me as I am looking for a country property with a well. Now I'm going to carefully examine any well I find. This is a charming story of debatable possibility. One never knows....
  • The Inheritance on May 04, 2020

    A wonderful story of love and secrets, and so well told. This is the sort of story that leads a reader into the privacy of family, and what may be hiding there. It is well worth reading.
  • Interference Disability on May 04, 2020

    This author has a way of bringing a reader to wonder if what is thought to be impossible may actually be entirely possible. This story is well worth reading. It might broaden the concept of reality. It is definitely entertaining.
  • Confused Memories on May 04, 2020

    What food for the imagination, particularly if you know a middle-age son living in his mother's basement. I felt for her. A remarkable read.
  • Buried Treasure on May 04, 2020

    A pleasantly entertaining story. It is easy to appreciate the sense of possibility, particularly in this era.
  • Fortune Cookies on May 04, 2020

    This author has a gift for great dialog, believable characters, and niggling little twists. What an enjoyable story!
  • The Visit on May 04, 2020

    This story is written in a way it can be fully experienced. And I'm fairly sure I might know people and a place just like this. I suspect we all do, A worthwhile read.
  • Graffiti on May 04, 2020

    This story will cause us to think twice about any archaeological artifact. What a marvelously creative tale!
  • The Night Watch on May 04, 2020

    A fresh twist in an old mystery. It's well done and worth reading!
  • Birds of a Feather on May 04, 2020

    Distinct and intriguing. How wonderful it is to read a unique story.