Thursday, February 27, 2014

Speaking in Scales

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Today I'm delighted to welcome author Jackie Gamer to my blog for a wonderful interview. No, I'm not interviewing Jackie, but Jackie is interviewing the redoubtable Ela Greenscale. Don't know who Ela Greenscale is? Then you mustn't have read Jackie's new book Reclamation yet. Reclamation is the long-awaited conclusion to Jackie's excellent Leland Dragon series--I know it's long-awaited because I've been long awaiting it. And I'm delighted to get this chance to meet the wonderful Ela. Over to you Jackie, and welcome to my blog, Jackie and Ela:

   
“Interview with Ela Greenscale” by Jackie Gamber



Thank you, Sheila, for having me as a guest on your blog today! I’ve brought a guest of my own with me today, and we’ll be discussing her role in the final book of my Leland Dragon series, “Reclamation”. Please welcome with me, Ela Greenscale.

Hurray!! Welcome!!!

EG: Thank you for having me.

JG: Ela, you’re a newcomer to the series, having made your first appearance in the final book entitled “Reclamation.”

EG: Yes, but my Greenscale lineage goes back to the beginning, and even before that, before you began recording the period of time in Leland you’ve chosen.

JG: Right. Speaking of Leland, and the series, from “Redheart” as book one, which is where the
series begins. In Leland, and from the Leland perspective.

EG: It was the beginning of the big change. Rumbles, you might say. The portent of things to come.

JG: And then the move into Esra, a neighboring province, in “Sela”, book two.

EG: Yes, but again, it is the story of Leland, and her gypsies.

JG: Gypsies. Hm. I like that. Have you ever considered a career in writing?

EG: I have. In “Reclamation”, book three, in fact, my role has a bit to do with writing, although not quite the way you mean.

JG: And you had the opportunity to get a bit closer and more personal with an elusive type we’ve all known to be more mystery than anything else: Fane Whitetail.

EG: I am not comfortable discussing that.

JG: Oh, sure, of course. No spoilers!

EG: Spoilers?

JG: Um. You know, we don’t want to give away any plots in the story.

EG: Oh. Yes. Right. I see. Yes, that is what I mean.

JG: But you also have a good perspective for your dragonkind in “Reclamation”, helping them to
understand their part in healing and moving forward. I understand you worked quite closely with the Redhearts. Sela, in particular.

EG: Sela and I have become friends, yes.

JG: Have you ever noticed how similar your names are?

EG: I’m sorry?


JG: Your names. Sela. Ela. Quite similar.


EG: Oh. No, I had not realized.

JG: Maybe because the two of you also have similar—

EG: No. A coincidence, I assure you.

JG: I see.

EG: Dragonspeak does favor soft consonants at the front of the mouth, so many dragon names have similarities.

JG: Makes perfect sense. What else makes perfect sense, readers? Picking up your own copies of “Redheart”, “Sela”, and now available, “Reclamation”, books one through three of the Leland Dragon series.

I'm eager to read Reclamation, and I loved Redheart and Sela. So yes, blog readers, that would make wonderful sense!! But wait, Ela's still talking...

EG: For instance, the name Kallon also makes use of the soft ‘L’.

JG: Indeed it does. Thank you, Ela Greenscale, for visiting with me today as a guest on Sheila’s blog.

EG: The name Riza, in fact, is a tricky one for most dragons to pronounce. There is no real dragonspeak translation for ‘Z’.

JG: Right.

EG: Shhh. ZShhhh.

JG: Pardon?

EG: The ‘Z’ sound. Hard to get my teeth around. ZZShhh.

JG: I see what you mean. But, readers, it isn’t hard to get your hands around a copy of the Leland Dragon stories! Available now!



…zzzzzzz. Hm. Seems easy enough for me.


Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of many short stories, screenplays, and novels, including “Redheart”, “Sela”, and “Reclamation”, Books one through three of the Leland Dragon Series. For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit http://www.jackiegamber.com

And meet Jackie elsewhere on the world wide web at:


 Thank you Jackie and Ela. I loved hosting you and I loved your interview.
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Author: Jackie Gamber
Featured Book Release
Reclamation
Book Three of the Leland Dragon Series
February 24 to March 2, 2014

Jackie_authorAbout the Author: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.
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Book Synopsis Reclamation: The exciting conclusion of the Leland Dragon Series! Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had
imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken. War is here. The stakes? Perhaps the whole world.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.jackiegamber.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mosaic-Mind-of-Jackie-Gamber/334783969938507
Twitter: @jackiegamber

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Everyone Prays, and other book reviews

As I worked on more stories for Galilee's Gift, tidying up characters, arranging events to make a continuous plot, and adding suitable prayers to the ends of each story, it seemed appropriate that I'd been asked to review a lovely picture book called "Everyone Prays." So that's where I'll start today's list of book reviews. So many books... so little time... and so many more stories to write (Jerusalem Journey, coming soon!)

Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World, by Alexis York Lumbard, is truly a celebration, which bright pictures, simple text, and a wealth of information crammed into short one-page appendices. I found myself asking questions as I enjoyed the images, then being delighted to find the answers. A perfect nighttime read to encourage prayer and thought and faithfulness, this is a rich, elegant picture-book to enjoy with a rich, elegant 4-star coffee.

For slightly older children, Tina Marie Kaht's Dress Up Day is a bright picture book with simple images and unobtrusive rhymes, depicting imagination at play as children enjoy a day of "dressing up." Enjoy a bright easy drinking 2-star coffee with this easy reading book.

Moving on to teen readers, Living with Your Past Selves, by Bill Hiatt, is a mid-grade/young adult novel, perfect for adults who remember being young, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Okay, I don't like the title much, but the premise, blending realistic teens with King Arthur, Merlin, parallel universes and more, is really well-executed. The characters are enjoyably believable; the dialog's great; and the mystery and world are enjoyably absorbing. If you ever enjoyed Harry Potter, prepare for something completely different and just as intriguing, and brew yourself a bold dark, intense 5-star coffee.

And so to books for adults, starting with Rome for Beginners: the semifictional misadventures of four women, by Fiona Coughlin. The women in question range from 20 something to 50 something, but their facility with text messaging makes them all seem somewhat younger. Rome is very convincingly portrayed as boy-friends betray, girl-friends annoy, pickpockets prey, and Rome's ever-crazy traffic damages an accidental limb.Enjoy this light, rather lengthy light read with several 2-star lively easy-drinking coffees.

If you're looking for a faster, and possibly more male view of romance, Peter in Flight, by Paul Michael Peters should fit the bill. A story that starts like a primer in advertizing bends, with perfect timing, into recognition of how reading body language of strangers doesn't convert to reading one's own. Peter's in love, flying from love, and just might find his way home. Enjoy this elegant tale with a 4-star elegant coffee.

And finally, for exciting adventure, touches of romance, danger, mystery and more, enjoy Quinn checks in, by L. H. Thomson, and wonder why this series isn't on the shelves of all the stores. Think Dennis LeHane's Kenzie and Gennaro, set in Philadelphia--great flawed characters, wonderful Irish American voice, mobsters, art theft, hopeless cases and more, and you'll get the idea. Enjoy with a well-balanced smooth full-flavored 3-star coffee.






Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Eternal curse might hide a blessing too.

Today is the official launch day for Toi Thomas's paranormal romance, Eternal Curse, and I was lucky enough to be offered a free preview copy some while ago. The novel creates an intriguing mythology of angelic beings and the Fall, binding it nicely to modern day characters in search of meaning for their lives. There's an interesting blend of the paranormal, faith and science, and the story has a nicely old-fashioned feel with separate underlying tales taking center stage on the way to resolution.

So... here's the cover, the blurb, and my review:

ABOUT THE BOOK

'You have plenty of time to change your mind. You have not yet seen the monster I can be.'

Giovanni has been waiting his whole life to meet someone like Mira, someone from the outside world who might be able to help him. He wonders if there really is help for him as he continues to hold tightly onto dark secrets and even darker memories. Giovanni wants to be hopeful and he wants to accept Mira's help, but first he has to look himself in the mirror and face what he truly is—and that is a reality no one is quite ready to accept.

Searching for new purpose and meaning in her life, Mira meets Giovanni online and an exciting (and in some ways scary) friendship is developed. Mira decides one day to meet Giovanni in person, at his secluded country home, in order to aid him on his journey of selfdiscovery. What these two are able to discover will not only test their strength and will, but it will stretch the limits of their minds and catapult them into a world where earth, Heaven, and Hell collide.

Eternal Curse is the story of a man who may just be the answer to a spiritual war swiftly heading his way—but for now, he just wants to be a man.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toinette a.k.a. Toi Thomas was born in Texas, but considers Virginia to be her home. As a young child growing up in Dallas, Toi had a strong interest in reading fiction and loved to watch movies. Even today, many of Toi's friends come to her for the answers to movie trivia. While working with computers and cooking lavish meals have become reoccurring pastimes for the Virginia Beach teacher's assistant, Toi has now decided to rekindle her romance with creative writing by authoring her first book; a passion she has decided to share with the world. 

REVIEW



Genius scientist Mira lives a lonely life after her fiancé betrays her. But the “gray” stranger she meets online induces her to risk traveling alone, to an unknown place, to meet and spend time with someone she’s never seen.

The story’s told in an interesting blend of omniscient and personal points of view. The wise narrator invites readers to look into a mirror at the start of the preface, then asks who they see. Giovani doesn’t know who, or what he is when he looks there. Mira doesn’t know if her life has any purpose beyond what she’s already achieved. And a surprising third character knows plenty more and says less.

Giovani’s tale is told at the fireside and in dreams, with a voice reminiscent of old-fashioned horror tales. His nightmares of angels and demons inspire such heat his skin might burn, which perhaps explains his strange appearance, and the fact that his online persona has no image. Mira’s certainly surprised when she finally sees him, though readers might wonder if he’s really so terrible.

Mira, believer in angels, still needs to learn faith. Giovani, dreamer of angels, has only anger and despair. And the old man has history and love. A science laboratory evokes Frankenstein then evolves into mini-hospital/research center, as Mira tries to learn what Giovani is, and genetic codes reveal their mysteries. Everyone else’s mysteries will be revealed too in tales within the tale as the story progresses, making this a long, slow, leisurely read, with intriguing mythology, lots of backstory, and a nicely feel of isolation within the modern world. The real world does intervene with the occasional cell-phone call. But the world of millionaire hermit and unknown powers has center stage, while Mira and Gio learn to accept, and live, and love.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy with a request for my honest review.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Time to Read

My Mum's gone back to England. My husband's playing chess. The snow's retreating, the rain is falling, and the gray gray skies are pressing down on me. I guess it must be time to read. In case you feel like it's time to read too, here are some brief book reviews of novels I've read recently, and recommended coffee ratings--I always recommend coffee. Once I've got them posted, I'll return to Jane Gardam's Old Filth, recently read by our book group and highly recommended, but I missed the meeting: Mum was here; husband was working on his chess; and the snow had yet to fall...

Starting with a classic literary mystery to whet your appetite, Dakota, by Gwen Florio is a great standalone novel, and second in what's sure to be a great ongoing series. Gwen Florio might be the thinking woman's Tony Hillerman, as she writes of Indian America and smalltown values and beauty. In Dakota, big oil meets missing teenage girls, and protagonist Lola Wicks is looking for answers and a future. Enjoy this rich, elegant, complex tale with a 4-star rich elegant complex cup of coffee.

Another literary book, this time aimed at readers from middle grade to old age, is Emily’s Stories, by Malcolm R. Campbell. Three sweet short stories evoke Florida's summer heat, small-town American values, and a world that's still out there hiding from the big-city hype of modernity. Beautifully blending a world of maps and measures with dreams and illumination, these stories are well-balanced, smooth and full-flavored, deserving smooth full-flavored 3-star coffee as you read. 

Still in present-day real-world America Michael Adelberg's Saving the Hooker is bleakly humorous, darkly satirical, and shadowed by an edgy blend of real-world concerns and bawdy absurdity. The novel pokes fun at academia and the media equally as it tells of a young man whose research project is to study the American prostitute. Enjoy this one with a dark, intense 5-star coffee.

Back to children's fiction: Magical Riddles book 1, the shaking palace, by Raju Vashishta is an oddly old-fashioned tale of genius teens saving their world with intelligence and charm. Reminiscent of the Mysterious Benedict society, and filled with fairly simple, fun riddles to be solved by protagonist and reader, it's a nice quick read. A few editing glitches, but nothing much to worry about--enjoy with a lively easy-drinking 2-star cup of coffee.

Another magical tale, this time for adults, is The Matchmaker’s Mark, by Regan Black, a paranormal romance with lots of fascinating characters and great real-world descriptions. Enjoy an intriguing world of elves, werewolves, magical romancers and more with a well-balanced smooth 3-star coffee.

Gary Sarta's Demon Inhibitions takes magic (and monsters) to parallel worlds in an FBI tale reminiscent of Fringe on TV. The cat is a wonderful characters, and mystery of Caitlin Diggs' evolving, possibly goddess-like nature, is intriguing. But the story's a little slow, so brew more than one dark intense 5-star coffee to drink while reading.

And finally, Rapture’s Rain, by Chris Pennington, is Christian endtimes sci-fi with a difference, combining the standard pre-millenial visions of rapture with hints that interpretations, prophecies and facts don't always agree. The science is a little unconvincing, and conversion scenes are fairly standard, but it makes for a nicely different endtimes tale--enjoy with some mild crisp 1-star coffee for its quick crisp pace.

And now I'll get back to reading... and drinking coffee!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Weightless Valentine's Gift

To celebrate the launch of Michele Gorman’s Valentine’s week short story, Weightless, on February 11th, the publishers are offering the book for free in any eBook format to Smashwords readers. It's a short, fun, intelligent romantic comedy, so read on to find your coupon at the end of this post!

My Review of Weightless:



Told in a convincing professional young-adult voice, Michele Gorman’s Weightless brings two former high-schoolers together, reigniting a once imaginary romance with all its enticing dreams and possibilities. Unfortunately, Jack has mistaken dietician Annabel for the gorgeous nemesis of her miserable teens, and Annabel goes along with the mistake, not wanting to remind him of the spotty overweight girl she used to be. Can true romance be built on lies such as this?

Weightless combines the story of Annabel’s mistaken identity with another teenager’s desperate search for individuality. Wise lessons in self-esteem are offered through natural conversation and memories, and the writing has a pleasingly light and humorous touch, even with Annabel’s soul-searching and guilty secrets. Nicely edited (though an awkward homonym gave me pause for thought), smoothly written, and quickly read, this short romantic novella has a pleasingly English flavor with fun characters and sweet light-hearted plot.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy prior to release, and I offer my honest review.


 Book Blurb for Weightless:

Annabel’s not surprised when nobody recognises her at her 10-year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel’s chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.

It’s just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she’s Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?

As the lies start compounding, and she realises that they’re falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she’ll lose the love of her life if she does.

Where to buy Weightless:

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/michele-gorman


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http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/400385. Just enter the coupon code ZH34Q (not case-sensitive) to download the book for free in any eBook format TODAY.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sea-Turtles and Life move forward in the Sand

Environmental intelligence, literary fiction, and the eternal search for balance--in nature and in families--you'll find all this and more in P.C. Zick's novel for teens, Trails in the Sand... Plus there are turtles! I'm delighted to be part of Juniper Grove's book blitz celebration today, and I hope you'll be delighted to learn about this book too... Plus there's a giveaway. Don't miss it, at the end of this post!






Excerpt from Trails in the Sand by P.C. Zick:

PROLOGUE
1956 – St. George Island, Florida

Alex and Gladdy Stokley sat on the sand as the reddish glow from the setting sun disappeared and left the beach shrouded in darkness. The light of day remained only in memory as the waves rhythmically beat upon the shore where the brother and sister sat in silence.

“Moon’s rising,” Alex said half an hour after the sun left the horizon. “See the light edging its way over there? It’s going to be full tonight.”

The tide was going out as they sat on a linen tablecloth that served as a blanket; they smuggled it out of the family’s beach house as they escaped the rage of their father an hour earlier. Alex produced a crumpled pack of cigarettes from the front pocket of his white T-shirt. He cupped his hands to light the match and then the cigarette. He pulled a second one from the pack, lit it from the already glowing stick, and handed it to his sister. Gladdy touched her brother’s hand before taking the offering.

“Everything’s going to work out,” Gladdy said. “You’ll see. Daddy will forget all about it once he goes back to work on Monday.”

“He’s not going to forget, Gladdy. Not this,” Alex said. “And neither will I. Do you think you can forget it ever happened?”

“I can try. You can try. Let’s just put it out of our minds as if it never happened. Please, Alex. We have to.”

“It won’t work. It’s hopeless,” Alex said.

“Look,” Gladdy poked her brother who was older by ten months.

She pointed to the edge of the shoreline only feet away from where they sat on the sand. The light from the rising moon illuminated the beach in a soft white bath.

“It’s a loggerhead,” Alex said as a sea turtle lumbered out of the ocean and laboriously began its march to the dune line. “You can tell by its big head.”

“I bet it’s going to lay eggs,” Gladdy whispered.

They sat motionless as the turtle, not more than fifty feet away, pulled itself through the sand. The loggerhead moved slowly but steadily, using first the front right and then the left rear flippers to pull it forward. Then it repeated the action with the other diagonal flippers. Its march from the sea was distinct from the other species of turtles that came ashore in Florida to lay eggs. The green turtle, Kemp’s ridley, the leatherback, and the hawksbill also laid their eggs on the beaches of the peninsula, but loggerheads were by far the most numerous.

The female loggerhead, so graceful as it floated and swam in the ocean, now tromped through the sand dragging nearly 300 pounds of body weight. Every few minutes, it would stop and dig its snout into the sand.

“She’s testing the temperature,” Alex said. “That’s exactly how it was described in that book Daddy threw in the trash tonight.”

Alex read any book he could find about the ocean. Archie Carr just published a book about the sea turtles, and Alex checked the book out of the library in Calico, where the Stokleys lived, before they came to St. George Island for the summer. He’d received special permission to keep it for three months. When his father came to the dinner table that night and saw Alex sitting with his elbows on the table and The Windward Road propped up on his glass of milk, Arthur Stokley snatched the book and walked out through the kitchen to the back porch and threw it in the trash.

“We do not read at the table,” Dr. Stokley said when he returned. “You have the manners of a heathen and the sense of a moron. You never fail to disappoint me.”

“But that was a library book,” Alex said.

“All the more reason not to have it at the dinner table,” Dr. Stokley said. “You’ll have to tell the librarian you lost it, and earn the money to pay for it.”

When the turtle reached the edge of the sea oats and grasses protruding from the dunes, she swept the sand with all four flippers before using her front flippers to push sand out of a large area.

The loggerhead kept rotating her body around the area until a place big enough for her body indented the sand. She used her cupped rear flippers as shovels and began to prepare the cavity for the eggs.

After digging for what seemed like an eternity to the teenagers, the ancient creature placed itself in the body pit with its rear end just at the edge of the cavity. They watched as three eggs dropped into the hole followed by a clear thick liquid. The process was repeated over and over again.

“That’s mucus to keep moisture in the nest while the eggs incubate,” Alex said. “Are you counting how many eggs she’s laid? The book said they can lay up to 200 in one nest.”

“I’m up to 82,” Gladdy said. “There’s 83 and 84.”

After counting 124 eggs, they watched as the sea turtle filled in the cavity with its rear flippers and then swept the area in an effort to disguise what lay beneath the surface.

When the turtle finished her job, nearly two hours after she came from the sea, she began the slow return back to the ocean. Alex rose from the sand and followed the loggerhead.

“Alex, what are you doing? You can’t go swimming after dark – the undertow is too strong.”

“Did you know sea turtles always return to lay their eggs on the beach where they were hatched?” Alex said as he walked backwards into the sea following the trail of the female loggerhead.

“The eggs will hatch in about two months, Gladdy. Be sure to come down here every night and wait for them to emerge so you can help them go home. Remember 124 eggs and remember the location.”

Alex turned toward the ocean and kept walking until the sea engulfed him, and he went under.

“Alex, come back,” Gladdy yelled out over the surf, but the only answer came from the sound of the waves lapping the beach. “We’ll find a way.”

Gladdy pulled the corners of the tablecloth up around her shoulders and waited for her brother to reappear. The waves came back to shore time after time, but as she sat transfixed in her spot on the beach, Alex never returned with them.




Title: Trails in the Sand
Author: P.C. Zick
Published: January 2012
Word Count: 130,000
Genre:  Contemporary Literary Fiction
Recommended Age:  15+


About the Book:
Trails in the Sand follows environmental writer Caroline Carlisle as she reports on endangered sea turtles during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As she delves into the story, she uncovers secrets about the past that threaten to destroy her family unless she can heal the hurts from a lifetime of lies.

Her journey reveals the truth behind mysteries that have plagued her family for three generations.

Lost journals, a fake tablecloth, and nesting sea turtles lead her to discover why her uncle committed suicide, why her sister developed anorexia, and why her mother only wanted acceptance from those she loved.

Caroline and her husband Simon discover love lasts despite decades of separation when he was married to Caroline’s sister. Caroline’s niece Jodi, caught in the crossfire of family tensions and lies, struggles to find a way to forgive the past so she can move into the future.

Trails in the Sand explores the struggles to restore balance and peace, in nature and in a family, as both head to disaster. Through it all, the ancient sea turtle serves as a reminder that life moves forward despite the best efforts to destroy it.



About the Author:
P.C. Zick’s career as a writer began in 1998 with the publication of her first column in a local paper. By day, she was a high school English teacher, but atnight and on vacations, she began writing novels and working as a freelance journalist. By 2001, she left teaching and began pursuing a full-time gig as a writer. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She writes three blogs. She’s working on her sixth novel, Native Lands. Live from the Road was her first venture into self-publishing in 2012. Trails in the Sand followed in January 2013. She’s also re-issued two novels previously traditionally published.

She also writes nonfiction. From Seed to Table is a collection of blog posts about gardening and preserving produce. She’s also published her great grandfather’s Civil War journal, Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier.

Her blog and her novels contain the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband Robert.

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