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to the current Oracle of Givneh, is expected to one day assume the
mantle and lead the temple’s followers. Her
emerging powers force an impossible decision. Turn her back on her
family and heritage to study the way of magic or follow the
teachings of the oracle.
Banishment to a remote village as healer, a position he despised,
fueled Relliq’s desire for revenge. The discovery of a mythical
city and an army of clay soldiers provided the means to control all
mages--including the one he wanted most—Kiansel.
Brodie, weaponsmith for the School of Mages couldn’t refuse the
archmage’s request to act as escort for a healing team fighting a
curse upon the land. But how can a man without any magic of his own
fight a curse or protect a friend from an invisible stalker.
as a WAAF in
wartime England is not as glamorous as Sylvia Bishop had
anticipated, although in letters home she tries to keep up the
pretence for her sister Daisy. Then she is posted to a new RAF
station and her work becomes more interesting. She is put in the
Photo Intelligence unit and becomes very good at her job.
Frustratingly, she cannot tell Daisy or anyone else what that
entails as she has had to sign the Official Secrets Act.
secret job is not the only thing that inhibits Sylvia from
confiding in her sister. She has fallen in love with handsome Wing
Commander Hugh Smythe, a forbidden love as he is married. If their
relationship is discovered it will mean scandal and ruined careers
for both of them.
Sylvia desperately tries
to forget Hugh and concentrate on her very important work. But how
can she when she works so closely with him?
verge of destruction, Kessav is shocked when his wife refuses to
accompany him to a new land. As the ground splinters under her
feet, Luna, a kitchen slave, is terrified. She finds Kessav in the
market, fires exploding all around them. He takes her with him
where they leap into an energy field to land in ancient Sumer, 4500
BCE. Their new world is clean with no fire belching from rents in
the earth, but Elam, Kessav’s old friend, is furious over the
wife's desertion and shows bitterness and hatred.
Kessav builds a new life but holds secrets from Luna, and Luna
fears telling her secrets would destroy Kessav. After the loss of
their firstborn to the great goddess, will their love bind them
together? Will Elam exact a cruel revenge?
Shipton and the Sister Witches by Jude
Pittman and Gail Roughton
The Shipton history is complicated. Some families have a guardian
angel. The Shiptons have a guardian ancestor who whizzes through
the centuries and jumps right in whenever one of her girls is in
All the girls have power and they’re watched over by elder sister
Lillian, who takes her job as family trouble shooter
seriously. There’s no shortage of trouble to be sorted
out either and even with their own powers each of the girls needs
help. First Katherine's oilman fiancé disappears in the Gulf of Mexico,
and then Irene's world champion saddle bronc rider fiancé is
sabotaged and in danger of being trampled by a bucking
The spider-web of trouble stretching between these three modern
sister witches might be too much for even a time-traveling guardian
angel to handle on her own.
Peter and Jenny Rogers
return from their honeymoon to a pile of wedding presents including
the deed to an old house. They open presents from the
residents of Whistling Pines Senior Care Center ranging from
thoughtful, to thrift shop purchases, and “what is that?”
Taking a break from the
gift opening party, they tune in to a live news broadcast and watch
the historical society president open a time capsule found during
demolition of the band shell. The opening ceremony turns grim when
a rusty pistol and a newspaper clipping about an old murder are
The Whistling Pines
rumor mill runs amok as the retired residents offer up murder
motives, stories about the victim’s checkered past, and a multitude
of potential murderers. Despite his full-time job as Whistling Pines
recreation director, Peter gets dragged into the time capsule
Katherine Pym and
her husband divide their time between Seattle, WA and Austin, TX.
She loves history, especially Early Modern England, where most of
her stories originate, and one other, a biographical novel of
Camille Desmoulins during the French Revolution. His real life
reads like a tragic romance.
How are you
doing during these crazy COVID-19 times? Have you been quarantined?
We've self-quarantined during the lockdown, and
again after we ventured outside. With stage IV cancer, I have to be
more careful than most.
The winter was tough so we were forced to stay in anyway, although
we missed going to dinner and eating out. We missed visiting with
friends and family. It's been a lonely few months, must say. BUT on
the upside, I finished my story of ancient Sumer/Sumeria, which is
believe the Coronavirus will (or should?) make its way into future
books by various authors?
Maybe later. It's too early for people to see
covid-19 in a story when we've been living it for the last several
months. And we don't know how it will flesh out, if we are on the
wane (hope!) or if we're on the verge of another spike (no no tell
me it ain't so), like the Spanish Flu which it seems the scientists
have in the back of their minds.
Do you have
a new release or upcoming book?
Yes, and thanks
for asking. My story 'Begotten' is a historical/fantasy based in
ancient Sumer, or as many understand it to be, Sumeria. Due to the
vast amount of clay tablets unearthed, the time frame, and what was
accomplished then, takes place between 4500BCE and 3500BCE.
It starts out with a recurring dream (the fantasy part of the
story) I've had since youth of seeing a large temple with people
standing before it. They are fearful. I feel something terrible
takes place within those mighty walls. Then I'm running, the world
shattering about me. A man takes my hand and we dash down the
street to a roiling hot ocean.
After that, you'll have to read the story, which released this
month. I have Notes from The Author and a Bibliography.
Scholars have unearthed enough clay tablets to understand the
philosophy of the temple and its workings, which I used to the inth
degree. The scholars were very kind and gave permission to use
favorite genre to write?
Mostly historical fiction. I know a lot about
the English Restoration, but my research has also taken me to the
earlier part of the 17th century, as witnessed in the BWL Canadian
Brides with Sir David and Lady Sara Kirke, real people who settled
in Newfoundland and created a successful fishery. Doesn't sound so
exciting when you read this, but David and Sara also had a home in
London England, where he followed in his father's footsteps as a
vintner. David Kirke was a privateer for King Charles I, but had a
bit of a tangle with the old king, which is also expressed in my
novel, Pillars of Avalon. It was a real stroke of luck to have run
into the couple.
you been reading lately?
Mostly stories from other historical authors.
I'm amazed and thrilled at the research they come across and
express in their stories. Some of the historical fiction authors
can be truly historical scholars of the time they write, then weave
into a fictional tale. Truly amazing.
What do you
like to do in your spare time, away from the computer?
I spend time with my family and of late find comfort in crocheting.
envision yourself writing into your later years?
I am in my later years. With the cancer
progressing I never know if, once I start a new story, if I'll
finish it. It was thus with Begotten and as a result is less than
my normal 95K word count, but it's surprisingly up there. My
characters could not stop telling me what to write and how to write
it. They told me to delve deeper into the Sumerian texts and come
up with so many things that rested in one of mankind's cradle of
civilization. If I could travel back in time, I think I'd start
I love going on day trips, to see the amazing
landscape out there, which is as diverse as man him/herself. You
can see ancient seashells along roads in Texas where there was once
a vast sea. You can find Lewis and Clark's saltworks in Oregon,
unending trees that fill the landscape of BC in Canada. And you can
see the incredible destruction of the fires that swept across
California. That's when I remember the beauty, some of which is
gone now, of the vinyards and the towns that grew up around them.