Jael of Rogan, Lady of the Haven

Jael of Rogan grew up an only child. After her mother’s abduction and brutal murder, her grandmother and great-grandmother stepped in to raise her. Her father, Jon Rogan and grandfather Justus were called Deliverers and revered as heroes. Both were often away for long periods of time.

She was named by her grandmother Deborah, in honor of an ancient heroine. Together they dwelt in a remote river haven at the base of the Grand Touri Mountains, near the Falls of Verani. Sailmakers by trade and healers by calling, Deborah knew every indigenous herb by sight and cultivated many of them in her kitchen garden. She trained Jael to follow in her footsteps.

When she was sixteen, Jael’s father was killed by an evil magistrate. Her grandmother wasted away and finally died of a broken heart. Jael was left on her own in the mystical haven.

Thus begins the story of a young woman’s harrowing journey. She seeks protection from her enemy, Torin Dugold–the evil magistrate who killed her mother and father. What she finds is a life she’d never dared to imagine.

The Lady of the Haven is soon to be released as an ebook. Link to this page for updates, or join me on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today, I gave my mom a Mother’s Day Gift. The hardcover/dust jacket version of my latest novel, A Gathering of Eagles. When she found the dedication page with the words “For Mom,” she said, “For me?” I nodded. She teared up. Then she said, “Is this in all the books?”

Yes. She has been honored in all the books. All her friends will see it. She has bragging rights. With two little words, I think I made her happy. For about five minutes–until the UPS guy arrived with a Camellia bush from my big brother. Ah, we are still competing. Mike, if you’re reading this, you know I have to one-up you now. I know it’s not a competition, but sometimes a little contest is just fun. I love my big brother and he knows that. So, we’re on.

I have another little contest coming up and it’s an easy one. Next week, I will give away one copy of both my books, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles (both in softcover). All you have to do is leave a short comment, either here on this blogpost, or on my fan page for A Gathering of Eagles. If you want to be included in the book giveaway, be sure to mention that in your comment. On Friday, May 13th (I am not superstitious–I am not superstitious–knock on wood) I will announce the winner of the double book giveaway. Hint: You can click on the facebook badge to the right of this post to get to the fanpage.

All of those who have entered and/or “liked” my fan page will be included in the final drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Just Around the Corner

As I write this, Ralph Macchio is doing the quick-step with his partner on Dancing With The Stars. I was so impressed with their performance, I had to stop and look. The Karate Kid can dance. Some people seem to ooze talent. It seems they can do anything. I’m a little bit jealous. They make even the difficult steps look so easy.

But I know a lot of hard work goes into that perfection. In the past few years, I have become acquainted with several multi-published authors. These ladies work hard and it shows. They’ve studied their craft. They’ve done the research. I get to reap the benefits. I read the final product and feel inspired to keep working, keep learning.

I don’t know if my work will ever compare to some of these authors. I hope so.

In just a couple of days, I’ll be offering a free copy of the book, Stars Collidehttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wwwveranihave-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800733452&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr by Janice Hanna Thompson. She is one of those authors who has definitely perfected her craft. What I like about her writing is the overall attitude. I love to read a book that leaves me feeling happy.

She’s the kind of writer I definitely want to be when I grow up. Yeah, I’m pretty much “grown up” chronologically, but as a writer–I need another growth spurt.

Watch for the give-away and in the meantime, click on the Facebook badge for my fanpage (A Gathering of Eagles) for more details.