Worlds of Imagination, Adventure, and Romance
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.
My books are mostly fantasy/paranormal, with strong romantic elements. In late 2017 I began writing my first lesfic and loved it! As a bisexual woman, with LGBTQ family and friends, I want to represent greater diversity in my work. Going forward, I hope my stories will celebrate an ever broader 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 other national published novel contests.
Though her journey starts as trial by fire, Saba soon discovers possibilities for joy and freedom beyond anything she has known. Unfortunately, her father is on the war path, aided by a dark sorcerer who seeks to claim Saba as his own.
Can a princess and an outlaw forge a life together?
Will malign magic and violent conquest destroy everything they have gained?
This is my current writing project.
Because of health and family issues, The Falcon's Heart is taking longer than expected to complete. However, I'm enjoying the evolving story immensely, and I keep making progress. So I hope to be done by summer. At that point, I'll be sending it out to LGBTQ publishers and starting work on the next book.
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My second-world setting for The Falcon's Heart is loosely based on historical cultures and environments in the Middle East and North Africa. 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.
Sahara: A Natural History by Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle
Call of the Desert: The Sahara by Phillipe Bourseiller
Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul by John Freely
Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire by Suraiya Faroqhi
The Living Desert by Marijcke Jongbloed
Field Guide to Jordan by Jarir Maani
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology by Rachel Storm
Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?
Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments
will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more
than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold
the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will
Mr. Thorne & the Witch
Fleeing the men who brutally murdered her family, Karene Munroe must hide her magical abilities and hope to go unnoticed in the bustle of the capital city. She takes refuge in the house of Malcolm Thorne, a fireworks maker, who offers her a job as his assistant.
Despite her precarious situation, she cannot help but be drawn to this generous and charming man. A future with him could be wonderful, but her past won’t be laid to rest. From a local crime lord who seeks to use her powers, to the hunters who are hard on her heels, Karene is trapped in a maze of danger and lies. Can she find a way out before Malcolm is lost to her forever?
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