My Kindle Select Novel Desert Chimera introduces psychic tracker and visionary Luke Stone; the book also explores the same relationship as the Oscar nominated film The Master.

The book will be offered throughout the day for three consecutive days beginning Sunday, February 17th, and continuing on Monday, February 18th, and all day on Tuesday, February 19th.

Desert Chimera was first envisioned as the play Desert Wolf, and presented at the Interact Theatre Company, directed by Dave Florek, and starring Dave Florek in the role of Luke Stone with Greg White as Armand Jacobi, Tina Carlisi as Mack Starr, Ivonne Coll as Consuelo Arroyo (later replaced by Denise Blasor due to Ivonne’s demanding schedule), Bette Rae as Eppie Falco, and Jeris Pondexter as Leo.

After a very successful performance at the Interact, I decided to adapt the play to a novel to delve more deeply into the tantalizing relationship between Luke and his nemesis the black magician Armand Jacobi, the man who picked him up off the streets of New York City as an urchin run-a-way, healed him, and tutored him in the occult arts.

Desert Chimera explores the master/student relationship as does the Oscar nominated film The Master that stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the teacher and Joaquin Phoenix as his student.

When I first began developing the material, ironically, I read biographies of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard who many say the Hoffman character is based upon. I also read biographies of Church of Satan leader Anton LeVay. Both of these larger-than-life figures inform the character of Armand Jacobi.

As the student develops, though, especially a student of strong will and talent, the only type of student worthy of devoting so much time and energy, the relationship between master/student warps and bends. Who has dominion? Eventually, who possesses ultimate control?

Desert Chimera also delves into Luke’s paranormal universe, his psychic visions, and his power of healing, as well as his budding romance with one of the fellow travelers he finds at Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Cafe: the beautiful Consuelo Arroyo. To exert his will and power over Luke, Armand holds the travelers hostage in the Desert Inn.

Throughout the book, throughout his journey both in the physical and on the metaphysical plane, Luke struggles with the concept of good versus evil, and perhaps with the even larger question: why should he choose good?

Not unlike the question ordinary people face every day, but on a rather magnificent scale. Luke struggles in the heart of Death Valley as torrential rain strikes, and as Armand Jacobi holds the fate of fellow travelers and his newly beloved in his twisted hands. As the battle builds between the rivals, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past, horrors he’d thought he’d escaped from seven long years before.

But, Luke learns. no one can run from his past.

No matter how far or how fast you run, your past will always be there– whether it be just around the corner up ahead, at the tip of the next rocky mountain peak, or in a cafe in the heart of Death Valley– to meet yOU.

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Violet Hills Productions Presents Three New Titles

Since the debut of The Women Debrowska, I have embarked upon a very busy writing season. In the summer of 2011 I published my historical fiction book Ouray’s Peak, the coming of age tale of fourteen year old Kristin Tabor as she journeys across the country and deep within the Rocky Mountains in search of the mother who mysteriously vanished one day. Kristin’s journey will lead her to the discovery of her Ute heritage, to the shaman Sowowic with whom her mother worked and healed, to Billy Max White Cloud who will open her heart to love, and eventually back to the brother and father who she left and who broke her heart in a closing circle of reunification and hope.

In the summer of 2012, I completed the first two books of a new series, the Stone Quest series.

Book One, Desert Chimera,  introduces you to Luke Stone, recluse, tracker, and reluctant 28 year old visionary, and to his paranormal universe. Luke has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michigan under the tutelage of Cherokee guide and shaman Shadow Wolf whom he also calls Grandfather. But when Grandfather suddenly dies, Luke flees on a desperate cross-country quest that leads him to the heart of Death Valley. There, Luke is assaulted by terrifying visions of the apocalypse. While praying in agony for release, a shimmering specter arises from the sands to stand beside him. But this is not the one whom Luke has sought. Instead, this is the One from whom Luke had thought he’d escaped seven long years ago, his arch nemesis, Armand Jacobi, the black magician. Now, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that ensues will culminate in either Luke’s total destruction or his ultimate redemption.

Book Two, Gallows Ascending, continues the saga of Luke Stone. It is thirteen years after Luke’s battle with Armand in the desert. Luke’s wife Consuelo, whom he met at Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Cafe during that epic struggle, has died, and Luke has once again placed himself in exile. This time his wanderings have brought him to the peaceful seaside village of New Camen, New Hampshire. But into his solitude drops Dr. Bethany Rutledge a auburn-haired, jade-eyed beauty. Accused of the murder of her eight year old daughter, stripped of her license to practice medicine, her marriage to politician Adrian Mountzaire in tatters, Beth Rutledge is haunted nightly by the chilling vision of a young woman’s brutal death by hanging. Adding to this mix is the disappearance of a young boy that appears to be centered in the tiny hamlet of New Camen. Then, Adrian Mountzaire turns up dead on the beach…with his wife Beth Rutledge lying in the sand right beside him. Now, Luke must find not only the lost boy, but he must also save his beloved from the same fate that haunts her restless dreams.

All three new titles are available on Kindle and Amazon.

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Coming soon: Neuri Shape-shifter: The Third Book in the Stone Quest series.