AWard Winning author
Since my childhood growing up in New Zealand, I have been an avid storyteller. For years I enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After developing an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led me to become an award winning author.
Until 2017 I published mostly M/F romance, but a health crisis, (and a year away from writing), caused reassessment of my goals. Consequently I began my first F/F novel, The Falcon’s Heart. As a bisexual woman, with LGBTQ family and friends, I want to represent greater diversity in my work. Going forward, I intend my books to celebrate a beautiful variety of relationships and personal journeys.
I won the 2016 EPIC Awards-fantasy/paranormal romance category, and the 2015 Paranormal Awards-romance category. Additionally, I received second, fourth, and finalist placements in several national published novel contests.
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Though her journey begins as trial by fire, Saba soon discovers joy and freedom beyond anything she has known. But her fate remains uncertain. The king is in pursuit, aided by a sorcerer who seeks to claim Saba as his own.
Can a princess and an outlaw find love together, or will malign magic and violent conquest destroy all they have gained?
My second-world setting for The Falcon’s Heart is loosely based on the Ottoman Empire, as well as the natural history and mythology of the Middle East. If you would like to know more about the inspiration for this novel, here is a list of resources I used during the research phase of writing. Most can be found at local libraries.
Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire by Suraiya Faroqhi
Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul by John Freely
Wildest Middle East a four part documentary series covering the flora and fauna of Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and the Caspian Sea
Sahara: A Natural History by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology by Rachel Storm
Call of the Desert: The Sahara by Phillipe Bourseiller
Field Guide To Jordan by Jarir Maani
Jealous Gods, Chosen People: The Mythology of the Middle East by David Leeming
The Living Desert by Marijcke Jongbloed
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