Veronica Dale

Biography

Veronica Dale writes genre-bridging fiction that includes fantasy, psychological intrigue, tender romance, and the spiritual journey. She is the author of the Coin of Rulve series--which consists of Blood Seed, Dark Twin, Time Candle, and Leaf and Flame--as well as of Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow. Her work has received the five-star Silver Seal from Reader's Favorite Book Review, plus commendations from Writer's Digest, Writers of the Future, and New Millennium. With a background in pastoral ministry, Vernie is an Established Author with Detroit Working Writers, an Ethical Author with the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a graduate of the Viable Paradise Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop. "I love dark chocolate," she says, "and am a real fan of what you might call the Holmes-Data-Spock archetype." One of her favorite memories is of the time she actually touched a grey whale calf off the coast of Baja California.

Smashwords Interview

What's the idea behind your book Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow?
I became interested in the work of psychologist Carl Jung when I was studying for my master's degree in pastoral ministry. He's the one that introduced the idea of the shadow, that dark side of ourselves that we're not proud of and don't want to look at. But the more we run away from the shadow, the more it pursues us. It shows up in our nightmares, our horror movies, and even in our prejudices against other people or groups. It's funny; the shadow chases after us because it has something to tell us about our true selves. Dealing with that challenge can lead to inner light, which is a beautiful, but sometimes hard-won, thing. All of the characters in Night Cruiser come face to face with the shadow and deal with it in different ways. And some of these ways are better than others!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's when I can get totally into the scene I'm working on. I can forget about myself and the troubles of the day and feel what my character is feeling, see what he or she sees. That's a freeing experience for me, almost like practicing mindfulness!
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Where to find Veronica Dale online

Series

Coin of Rulve
Twin brothers Sheft and Teller are born with the power to end the addiction and slavery imposed on their homeland by its voracious despot. To protect them from the lord who would destroy them, the brothers are raised in separate lands. Sheft lives in a backward village terrorized by Wask, a murderous entity from the nearby Riftwood. As a foreigner, he endures the suspicion and hostility of those who believe that the only act that would placate Wask is a human sacrifice. Teller is abducted into the underground stronghold of the very lord who hunts him. But Teller doesn’t know who he really is, so the lord’s initial mind-probe does not reveal it. Surrounded by cruelty and violence, the brothers cannot believe in their own power for good and deny their extraordinary destiny. They desperately need the help of the Seani, a small resistance community in which they were born—and the strength of two extraordinary women—to confront the shattering realization of what the Creator Rulve has called them to do. But the Seani leaders wonder if the twins are able to walk the savior’s path. Has their power been too badly corrupted, and will the sacrifice demanded of them be too great?
Blood Seed
Price: $5.99 USD.
Dark Twin
Price: $5.99 USD.
Time Candle
Price: $5.99 USD.
Leaf and Flame
Price: $5.99 USD.

Books

Leaf and Flame
Series: Coin of Rulve. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,070. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Painfully aware of the ancient prophecy: “One will help the other die,” Sheft & Teller must leave the women they love and embark on the last stage of the journey to which the Creator Rulve has called them. Pushed to their limits, they confront not only the shattering truth of how the Coin of Rulve must be spent, but also their fear that ultimate victory can only be achieved by their final defeat.
Time Candle
Series: Coin of Rulve. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,610. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The suspense-filled third volume of the Coin of Rulve series by the author of Night Cruiser, Blood Seed, and Dark Twin.
Dark Twin
Series: Coin of Rulve. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,440. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Born in a land devastated by a reign of terror, Teller is snatched as a boy into the brutal lord’s stronghold. A mysterious parchment hints of a chosen one with a name similar to his—and a connection to the twin brother he barely remembers. Of the three names among which Teller must choose, one will break his heart, another will break his will, and the third will condemn what is left of his soul.
Blood Seed
Series: Coin of Rulve. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,090. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Eighteen-year-old Sheft has good reason to fear there is a connection between him and a deadly entity that haunts the nearby Riftwood. So when Mariat falls in love with him, he must decide whether to share with her the devastating realization of who he is discovering himself to be, or to embark alone on the dark journey his destiny demands.
Night Cruiser: Short Stories about Creepy, Amusing or Spiritual Encounters with the Shadow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,260. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Whether it’s a whisper from the basement, a lost but dangerous wizard, or a spirit that has haunted a family for generations, ten different people must deal with the dark side. These insightful, award-winning tales flip from fantasy to faith, and from horror to humor to hope. We all have a shadow, a part of ourselves we’d rather not see, but only by dealing with it can we find the inner light.