Valerie currently resides in the small but beautiful town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She is an Analytic Consultant for a software-as-a-service company. Valerie is an avid consumer of entertaining and inspiring fantasy in her free time. She loves the outdoors, and spends as much time hiking in the forested Ozark hills as she can. She also loves travel and the adventure that it brings, which help to feed her writing. She has spent a semester studying in Germany, a number of summers volunteering in Guatemala, and two years working in Mexico City. She hopes to continue traveling and writing for many years to come.
Shape shifters died out in Teladorn long ago. With the making of the Stone — a reservoir of magical power — those who protect the land became lesser magicians. Lana, a young village woman, finds herself unexpectedly chosen as apprentice to the most powerful present-day mage. She follows him to the Forest of Welkan far to the north where she discovers that Teladorn is under threat.