Dance the Dream Awake
Every night, a Mayan priest adorned in a feathered headdress enters Tessa’s dream and rips out her heart. Taking her friend’s advice, she books a trip to Mexico to try and get past these nightmares.
On her trip, she meets three men. Which one can she trust? Which one will she fall in love with? Which one is trying to help her?
When all their lives have become entwined and the warnings of the female shaman curanderas have shaken her to her core and reached breaking point, she’s convinced someone is out to kill her. Only then does the shocking revelation come forth. Will she survive the dangers and the men? Is she running for her life, or from love?
Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious
If you’ve read your Saroyan, you might think that the San Joaquin Valley is a gentle, peaceful place, where almost everyone is a good-hearted Armenian, and everyone is happy.
If you’ve ever lived there, you know that California’s Central Valley has a dark side, too, and it gets hot . . . and very deadly.
Valley Fever is a collection of fictional stories by three women who write about the underbelly of Fresno, the “All-American City,” and its surrounding areas. These award-winning authors combine their talents and their tales to present a collection of mayhem, murder, malice and hot-blooded passion. Some of the stories are funny, some frightening, but all are wicked.
In 968 A.D. Japan, thirteen year old, Shino, rebellious and undisciplined, is sent away to the Tendai monks to be trained as a samurai warrior. When leaving his childhood friend Miyoshi behind, he carelessly crushes her young heart.
Years later, weary of senseless battles fought for selfish lords, Shino is thrust into the world of Heian Kyo where he finds Miyoshi once again. Now blossomed into the beautiful and charming Lady Lotus, she is courtier to the emperor’s court and soon to be betrothed to another. Finally accepting that he has always loved her, he risks everything to keep her from the fate to which she is destined but does not want, and the dangers that threaten her life. Does he dare hope for more?
A sensual love story
"An enjoyable read for anyone who has ever lived in or visited the Valley; for those who just enjoy good murder mysteries; and for others who are simply curious about this part of the world, you will not be disappointed. . . the authors explore the unique flavors that set the Valley apart from other parts of California, but also its dark underbelly. Five stars." ~ Laurel-Rain Snow Top 1000 Reviewer Vine Voice
"I loved the multiple meanings behind the title of this book of short stories; these little murder mysteries, where Valley Fever includes the meaning of intensely hot summers that can cause a person so much anguish that murder seems inevitable. But Valley Fever also is, to those of us who live in the inland valleys of California, a disease hidden beneath the layers of dry dusty soil that strikes without warning and can sometimes be fatal.
These stories capture perfectly the dark hidden underneath of the cities and towns in the San Joaquin Valley. I read this book during a three day heat wave when the thermometer in my yard screamed 115; it helped capture the mood perfectly. All the stories are interesting; many have a tongue-in-cheek gallows type humorous ending. The 3 writers have distinct voices, and I have several favorite stories from each of them in this collection. A very easy to read, and if your looking for a little murder and anarchy this book is a good choice. 4 stars" ~ Pamela Barrett, Vine Voice