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.
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?
There has been so much happening in my personal life, completing The Falcon's Heart is taking longer than expected. Between fixing up a house to sell, moving to a new town, and now purchasing another home, (which also needs work), I've had to let go of any specific finish date for this novel. I will continue writing, as I am able, and look forward to sending the manuscript to publishers sometime in 2019.
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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