At long last I’ve given myself time for these stories. They have been evolving in my mind for years, and it is a joy to see them becoming manifest.
The decision to write both lesbian and straight romance stems from a desire to more fully draw on and express my own diverse life experiences. Ideally these books convey the truth that love is beautiful, regardless of gender, race, class, or other societal labels. Enjoy!
Saba is the daughter of an ambitious desert king. She knows little beyond the gilded cage of palace life, until one night, a notorious woman outlaw steals her away.
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?
Aneko is a warrior, far from home and seeking redemption for her troubled past.
When fate thrusts these two women together, they embark on an extraordinary adventure.
Mythic monsters, enchanted blades, ruthless desert warlords, and ancient feuding goddesses will all play a part in this action-packed fantasy romance.
The setting for my Desert Magic series is loosely based on the historical cultures, mythology, and environment of the Middle East and North Africa. Each book stands alone, and they do not need to be read in any particular order.
If you would like to know more about the inspiration for these stories, 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