Tea, Scones, and Malaria – A memoir of growing up in Africa
Available for Pre-Order! I have completed my memoir of growing up in Africa (Rhodesia) during the Fifties and Sixties, and it is available for pre-order in Kindle. Publication date is March 31, 2021 and it will also at that time be available in paperback. In the meanwhile, I will post below the first chapter, since…Read More
10 BEST FANTASY BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
A Personal Look During my childhood, my mother would buy good books for me that nurtured my drift toward fantasy, adventure, and sci-fi genres. As a writer, poet, and playwright, she strongly encouraged reading the classics. Her own tastes were eclectic, but she must have recognized a leaning in her daughter toward mythology and fantasy.…Read More
Do Wizards Celebrate Father’s Day?
Grayfell, an Eldred Wizard I have several characters who are fathers in my books—three, in fact. One is an exemplary father, one is a father who tries hard but often does not succeed, and another is a father that I would not wish on anybody. I don’t know if all wizards celebrate Father’s Day. I…Read More
The Keeper of the Knowledge – Coming Soon!
A Work in Progress It has been a while since I last blogged. I’m embarrassed to say when. Do you want to hear my excuses, or would you just like me to shut up and blog? I hope the latter, but there’s a part of me that says life has been tough the past year…Read More
Was Gandalf Just a More Advanced Scientist?
What is Magic? What do you think of when you think of magic? We all remember the movies, Fantasia, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It was pretty straight-forward—magical wands, glowing crystals, etc. Only the wizards knew how any of that stuff worked. As both a child and now an adult (well, sort of) I loved…Read More
Pre-Order The Tree Wizard of Ialana, Book 4 of the Ialana Series
Available: September 30 At last the end is in sight. All that remains is a quick re-write, then The Tree Wizard of Ialana goes to the person who formats my books, and voila! It will be ready for download. Here is what my editor said, among many other things, but I liked this part: “What…Read More
What Are Your Favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books?
THE TOP 10 SCI-FI AND FANTASY BOOKS I WOULD CHOOSE TO TAKE WITH ME IF I WAS STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND If you were stranded on a desert island—assuming you have enough food and water—and you could take 10 sci-fi and fantasy books with you, which ones would you pick? For me, they…Read More
First Chapter of Book Four of the Ialana Series
Recently a reviewer wondered if there would be any more books in the Ialana Series. The answer is yes, most definitely. When can you expect it? My best guess is in April 2017. If you, like many readers, are looking forward to more of the Six, Anwyn, and Irusan, you will not be disappointed.…Read More
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE IALANA SIX: Jarah, Tegan, Adain, Kex, Tristan and Djana If you would like to read more about us, stay tuned. 2017 will bring a new book, Book four, in the Ialana series. *and* If you have not read our adventures yet, the series is now available as a box set, …Read More
An African Christmas
As my blog readers already know, I grew up in Africa. Our holiday season was not cold; it was hot and sticky. In the southern hemisphere, summer begins in December, but I always thought it really began in October with unrelenting, sweltering sunshine; rain relief arriving only in November. To the Beach Often, Christmas…Read More