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I live in the Coast Range Mountains of Western Oregon on a secluded timber tree farm. My first book, A Bird Named Enza, is a book I wrote for my mother-in-law. Before she died, I took extensive notes on a very tramatic event in her childhood. After doing research, I learned she and her family lived through the deadly Influenza of 1918. She had some great insight and stories which I incorporated into my final manuscript. Unfortunately, she didn't fully grasp the importance of her story in book form before she died, but she was always grateful I took the time to write about the events.
My second book, When Angels Cry, is a mystery situated on the Oregon Coast. I have always been facinated with the Coast and felt mysteries are only waiting to be told about it.
My third book, Forever Conceal, Never Reveal, is an intense novel of conspiracy, occult, and a mysterious cult.
The Haunting of Muriel Trevenard is a sequel to my book When Angels Cry. One day a child suddenly appears to Abigail asking for help. She disappeared as quickly as she appeared. Abigail was passionate about finding the little girl and in the process of tracking her down, solved the long held mystery of the haunting of Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
This book is dedicated to all the missing children wherever they may be. This book is especially dedicated to Kyron Horman who went missing in Portland, Oregon, on June 4, 2010.
I encourage everyone to email me--both those who love and hate my work. I can only learn by the voice of others-- firstname.lastname@example.org
I will never dream a pleasant dream until every child goes to bed at night knowing somebody loves them.
While reading this book, I was amazed at the force in which the influenza of 1918 took effect. You hardly had time to grieve the loss of one loved one, when the next one would fall victim. In the age of "SARS" it's a must read!
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I find it incredibly tacky for an author to rate her own book. Fortunately it rarely happens but when I discover that it has I am compelled to rate the book, even tho I haven't read it, so that the ratings balance out.
It has a lot of heart and historical significance. Your heart goes out to those unfortunate enough to have endured this tragedy. It also showed me how quickly this disease traveled the globe. Very scary and touching read.
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I admire the author for her efforts in getting this written and published, and for putting herself out there. But...I was very disappointed for several reasons. It could have been a great story; certainly it had the potential to draw the reader into the story of this dramatic time in history, and I believe would have had it been more carefully written. However, this story never fully engaged me. It seemed too short to adequately tell the story, and fully develop the characters. The character development was minimal, so when the inevitable happened, yes it was sad, but as sad as it would have been had I read a short newspaper account about it. I was never drawn into this story. Perhaps more unforgiveable, the editing was very poor, (numerous typos, punctuation errors etc.,), and this book was clearly not adequately researched by the author. To wit: referring to a car in 1918 as a "convertible" when closed cars were not made until after 1920. How could you have a convertible? All cars at that point were convertibles, but the term didn't exist. Referring to the flu as a "virus". The first influenza virus was not identified until again, after 1920; about 1928 I believe. Certainly at the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak it was not referred to as a "virus". Details in the book such as foods, meals, everyday details did not seem appropriate to the period, did not ring true. Dropping present day foods and customs into a period piece such as this makes me distrust the narrator, seems lazy and sloppy, and robs the reader of learning of the interesting details of how people lived in 1918. And research regarding the flu itself, which was the driving dramatic force of the book, seemed extremely thin.Read more ›