• WINTER SOLSTICE

    Eirlys, the Winter Fairy, tromped along the wild mouse path, the soft mud sinking under her feather weight, leaving tiny footprints that dried in the afternoon sun. Eirlys hated autumn weather. It was so indecisive. One day it was sunny and warm, with a slight under-chill. The next day it was foggy, misty, drizzly, rainy, cloudy, dark, or any combination of conditions she deemed boring. She could hardly wait for the Winter Solstice, two days hence. Then her true powers would be returned to her. Distracted by her brooding thoughts, Eirlys was surprised to realize that she had found her way to the river. It was running high and fast…

  • MAGGIE GIRL

    Ian had visited his great uncle Sylvester many times as a young boy. His parents would make a day of it, driving their green Austin Ten along country lanes until they reached the old man’s home. The drive seemed forever in those days. Later, he realized that it took less than an hour. Ian recalled his happy past with longing. His parents were young and spirited. The journeys to visit Uncle Sy were fun. They’d have sing-alongs in the car to pass the time. In the summer, they’d stop at a sea-side village on the way home for a dish of ice cream, which they would eat on a pebbly…

  • RIVERS OF BLOOD

    Bill stood near the stern of the HMCS Bayfield, one of sixteen Bangor Class mine sweepers comprising the 31st Flotilla of the Royal Canadian Navy. He watched the sea off Omaha Beach and waited for the next sighting of a soldier’s body. As lead stoker, he should have been below deck, spared the sight of carnage that dotted the waves. Since mines were now few and far between, however, the sweepers had been charged with recovery as well. Two days prior, the Bangors had been ordered to the Bay of Normandy. The Germans had planted a minefield stretching 120 kilometers across the Bay, sixteen kilometers wide. For the allied troops…

  • A NECESSARY FIRE

    “Why must you go?” Ingeborg Andreasson wailed. “You are the last of my sons! I can’t bear it!” “Mother, please,” Hans said, struggling to control his frustration. “We have been over this so many times. I can stay here no longer. There is nothing for me. No future. My father and brothers are gone. As are their boats. The storm saw to that!” He turned from his mother, feeling the sense of loss overwhelming him. He pounded his fist into a birch post, raised by his grandfather years ago when the house was first built. Pain shot through his fist and up his arm. He welcomed the distraction. Shaking his…

  • TRAVEL PLANNING

    I’m beginning to think that the thrill of travel is more appealing than actually travelling. When my husband and I decide on a journey, we might spend a year, even two, planning where we want to go and what we want to achieve. Why Travel? We are both history buffs. We have little interest in resort or warm-weather-only vacations. We enjoy discovering the history behind ancient cities and connecting the dots of what was – and is – the basis of our civilization. The stories that we hear along the way help flesh out what bits of history we might have learned in school or picked up as adults. If…

  • TWO OUT OF THREE!

    It’s only by ‘author’s privilege’ that I have a printed copy of The Emerald. This second book of The Prophecy saga will be available on Amazon as of May 1st!

  • THE PROPHECY: EXPANDING THE SAGA

    I am excited to announce that the second book in The Prophecy saga is expected to be released on Amazon in May 2019. On the heels of The Crest, which was published in December 2018, comes The Emerald: In the fall of 1928, Nicolai Kota leads his caravan of nomads into the community of Liegnitz, in Southern Silesia, Germany. As in the past, they expected to display their talents at the annual fair. In a matter of days, the Kota family is forced to make a hard decision when nine-year-old Punita’s safety is compromised. While the caravan resumes its cyclical tour throughout Europe, Punita remains in Liegnitz to live with…

  • Book Launch Celebration

    My first novel The Crest debuted on Amazon on December 10th, 2018. Well before it’s release, friends and family began asking me about a book launch. Given other festivities held in December, hosting a book launch didn’t make sense to me.  Deciding to Host a Book Launch Celebration For weeks, I hemmed and hawed about what to do. All the while, friends and family kept reminding me that they were keen to celebrate. Before I could host a book launch, I had to understand its purpose and structure.   “Who would want to come and hear me read?” I asked myself on more than one occasion. At the same time,…

  • Writing Prompts, A Short Story

    Treasure my foot! Charles thought as he tipped the old wooden chest onto his dolly. He pushed it toward the stairs with a groan. I expected the chest to have some weight, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be as heavy as it is! He paused, testing the balance before fastening the straps that would hold it snug. If I can just get this down the stairs without damaging it or harming myself, I’ll be happy. He tightened his muscles and his grip on the dolly, and slowly lowered the wheels off the landing and down to the first step. At each stair, he paused to ensure the cargo…