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Lava: A Historical Novel of Haunted Hawaii Paperback – May 11, 2012
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From the Author
My second full-length novel, published two years after my debut novel "Wind In The Pass". Both of these works share some minimal similarities: first and foremost: they are both about haunted locations. Beyond that; they are both set in the early to mid-1800's; they both have a romantic love interest as an integral part of the story; and they both invoke spiritual and cultural conflict. On the other hand, LAVA varies greatly from my first novel in so much as it primarily focuses upon a single protagonist from the first page onward and does not deviate away from that character - obviously, other characters are introduced - but they remain somewhat peripheral as the story continues to unfold almost exclusively around the protagonist. This was a big departure from my debut novel in which a multiple cast of characters are sequentially introduced, tracked somewhat separately in the narrative, and then ultimately tied to one another in a thrilling climax...but only at the end of the story
I enjoyed writing LAVA as it gave me opportunity to re-visit the terrain, geography, and my memories of the Big Island of Hawaii in a way I have not done since I moved away in 1985. And I relished the opportunity to project her future out just a wee bit in time - while recognizing the potency and reality of the modern-day sovereignty movement...a movement which may yet (in the fulness of time?) have its due...
From the Inside Flap
For my parents, James and Frances Allee, whose life-long dedication and support has made all the difference over the years...
And to my Hawaiian ohana, a group of caring folks from Kurtistown A/G (...you know who you are...) whose love, acceptance, and forgiveness remains embedded in my soul to this day...
This story is for you.