by the hearth
This is my mini-eshop for good-quality used clothes, toys, books and supplies near Prague. Come in and look around. If you live near and want some inexpensive stuff, you may like something. Help me clean out my closets and I'll be most grateful.
Here is a place of shelter. My readers are often the outsiders of the modern world in one way or another, whether you're earth-centered, social justice activists, urban homesteaders, people of diverse and mixed ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds, people with disabilities, people with non-standard gender and sexual orientation or just the people who didn't quite fit into the typical crowds in high school. That is why I have made this site to be a safe zone for outsiders, a place where you can speak freely and be respected. Most importantly a place were you just plain belong.
Just as all of nature grows, children grow and mature with each challenge they overcome. This Summer Solstice story. Shanna and the Goddess tells how a brother and sister stand up to a crisis and save the family garden.
Kids can handle bullying and stand up for their beliefs. Here is an Ostara story that empowers today's kids. Shanna and the Pentacle is the second book in the Children's Wheel of the Year series, which brings real adventures to earth-based holidays.
Adventure, intuition, courage and real magic! Shanna and the Raven is a gripping Imbolc story for kids ages six to twelve. None of that "teachy" stuff! This is fun and affirming for Pagan kids. It's also the first in a series of eight, the Children's Wheel of the Year.
Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Dystopia
Cross urban fantasy with contemporary dystopia and you get The Kyrennei Series. It’s the story of a young woman who doesn’t fit the mold, a band of international freedom fighters in the heart of America and half-forgotten legends coming to life. Constant emotional tension and living, breathing characters make this an unforgettable saga.
The facade of freedom is a thinly veiled lie. In present-day America, a power cult can usurp your will and turn you against your friends and family.
Once - more than a thousand years ago -there were people who were immune to Addin control of hearts and minds. Legends around the globe still speak of them - slight people with pointed ears, now relegated to fantasy stories. Their true name has been forgotten.
They were the Kyrennei.
A prophecy says they will one day return, but the Addin vow to exterminate them. The Meikans, the descendants of human allies of the Kyrennei, yet exist, though they live under a tyrannical treaty with the Addin that has bought their survival at the cost of centuries of silence. Now those who have kept faith with the ancient gods for a millennium stand at the cusp of a new era - the time of the Seed.
It begins in a large round valley in the mountains of northeastern Oregon. One day Aranka Miko is a small-town student. The next, she's a prisoner, a reviled mutant and not even considered human.
At the same time, a young doctor code-named Kenyen fights with a band of international outlaws in a clandestine war with impossible odds. His mission is to infiltrate the Addin labs in Idaho where those who carry the genetic code of the Kyrennei are being studied... and murdered.
Kenyen is barely keeping his cover, when Aranka turns up in his lab. She is not like the other young people imprisoned there. For one thing, she can see that he isn’t Addin. A careless word from her could destroy the resistance and doom Kenyen’s soul. But she could also bring unimagined hope.
Can one girl hold “the seed,” the first flicker of hope in a millennium? Can she even survive one more day in the labs?