Dancing in the Red Snow
RANCHER HANK ROSE loses his parents in a freak lightning storm on
the Nevada desert three weeks before his Iroquois wife, Susan Sun, gives birth to
their only child. Just as their daughter, Sunny, returns some joy to their lives, she
is kidnapped at age four. Sunny suffers numbing mind-control and physical abuse
for eight years before she is found, barely educated and terrified of a world she
has never known, her only friend a German shepherd, named Paraíso.
After she is rescued from a locked car during a California heat wave, Sunny
reunites with her parents, who are naturally ecstatic to see her again. But as happy
as they are, Sunny struggles to find her place in a life she barely remembers and
Hank wrestles with a past he would rather forget. After Sunny finally chooses
an austere path of religious service, her parents fear they have lost her again, but
in the end, Sunny—without conscious intent—lays to rest old grievances of her
father and her grandparents, and surprisingly, her kidnapper’s pain as well.
Dancing in the Red Snow is the compelling tale of a girl’s incredible journey
through childhood with a vengeful abductor and the years after as she embarks
on a daring path to healing.
A young, black Tanzanian, Askari, searches for the father he’s never known. His mother, Iyeala, has kept the man’s name from him. Her own father abandoned her on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater when she was only a year old. Askari’s wife, British teen Suzanna Farley, has recently learned the man who raised her is not her biological parent; the man who killed her father before she was born is the father of a childhood friend, Safina, with whom she has begun a dangerous affair. The absence of fathers has led these characters into an emotional tangle fueled by secrecy and madness. Ultimately, a gruesome murder forces them to grapple with inescapable truths. As they thirst for answers, the found journal of one deceased father offers wisdom; a revealed father goes against everything he believes in to smooth rough waters for his children; a reconciled father pleads ignorance in the case of shocking abuse perpetrated on his daughter; and a leopard father brings his son to the only safe place he knows, a compound where the troubled humans reside. Healing comes in slow and surprising steps for the hearts that need it most in this often lonely and unforgiving Africa.
After admiring UCLA’s popular English professor and poet Dr. William Langley for eleven years, twenty-seven-year-old graduate student Sela Hart is finally accepted into one of his exclusive creative writing classes. She has had her own work published and studied in Africa, and he has had a stressful twenty-year marriage to a lesbian woman while struggling to balance his world with the demands of academia. But the forty-year-old Langley is intrigued by Sela’s strange stories, while she is drawn to his emotional reeling at the sudden death of his wife in a horrendous car accident.
The two become friends and then lovers, being touched along the way by Langley’s late wife’s gay friends, a Tanzanian man who cares for endangered animals, and Sela’s grandmother, who raises the only blue rose in the world. As Sela’s stories about an aging actor named William Hathaway and a girl named Angela Star – who may or may not be real – intensify, Langley begins to show signs of mental confusion and illness.
The fictional Chalice River from Sela’s Quantum Crossing collection becomes a real place for him – one that is lonely, dark, and frightening. When he is ultimately swept away in a déjà vu car accident just yards from where his wife died, his only hope is the power of Sela’s passionate tale and her invincible love.
Once to Every Man
The lives of three diverse protagonists, the young daughter of white missionaries from the United States, a white photo-journalist from England and a black native African, evolve in the political turmoil of the fifties and sixties in Tanganyika. Why they are in that country and what they seek personally, unrelated in the beginning, becomes increasingly dependent on and resolvable only inside their surprising and complex relationship. Spiritual, racial and cultural barriers threaten and divide them, but there is one thing between them that cannot be shaken and brings them to the harrowing edge of every choice they have made and every tenet they have believed. Their journey takes them through the wild savannahs and forests of East Africa to England and the United States and ultimately ends in 1985 in Dar es Salaam, where in Part Two they are reconciled in their long search for a “haven of peace.”
they call me SUNNY
A white colt in the Morgan horse show world was destined for failure in the mid-20th century. The champions were all dark, blacks, bays, and chestnuts, the colors accepted and prized by judges and spectators alike. But one white colt, saved from euthanasia by a sympathetic breeder, surprised everyone. Trying to please his humans, he went from Western Pleasure, to Gymkhana, to Jumping, from owners who abused him and others who didn’t know where he really fit, until finally a woman who believed in him bought him to show in English Saddle Seat competitions. The horse called Sunny was booed, threatened, and kicked out of classes because of his color, which changed through the seasons from white to dull yellow to rich palomino but never to the glossy dark of his competitors. All he had to show was his heart, so that’s what he did, beginning to be noticed, to be placed 10th, maybe 5th or 4th once in a while. He began to have fans; people wanted to touch him and know him. By age ten he became a blue ribbon winner and opened the way for light-colored Morgans to be honored in the horseshow world.
Sunny tells his own story, but it is not only a children’s book. The themes reveal the power of love and dreams, the stand against bigotry and racism, the values people hold dear and can destroy wanting to win, the terror of animal cruelty and the joy of discovering the best an animal has to give. It is a true story and a modern fable that touches the paths of everyone’s life.
Hard cover is 74 pages with 16 black & white and 3 color full page photographs. Autographed copies are available from author. Please contact author via website to place order.
Ark for the Brokenhearted
It is 1993 in Dar es Salaam when two sheltered seven-year-old Tanzanian girls—one black,
one white—meet outside the stall of an injured military horse. But what neither girl knows
is that the horse s wounds pale in comparison to the secrets and lies the girls’ parents have
been entangled in for decades.
Suzanna, the white girl, has a blistery red birthmark on her right cheek. Safina, whose skin
is the color of chocolate, does not know who her father is or that he killed Suzanna s father
and grandfather. As the children turn to each other for friendship and comfort amid racism
and bullying, they unwittingly draw closer to truths with the potential to destroy each
of them. Many who have a stake in the outcome include Safina s half-brother, Suzanna s
unstable mother, a white stepfather on the hunt for a black fugitive, a native priest, and a
wild leopard. As fears and loyalties overshadow everything else and a puzzle is slowly pieced
together, only time will tell if broken hearts can ever heal.
From the colorful streets of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean through the savannahs and
montane forests of East Africa, this compelling tale flows with mystery and revelation, love
and violence, and faith and doubt to a haunting and unforgettable conclusion.
When Serena Skye applies to work with abused and troubled horses in the round pen at an isolated Nevada guest ranch, she instantly notices that her prospective boss, Julian Rose, is drop-dead gorgeous. After he hires her, Serena begins to work her magic with the horses – all while secretly pining for Julian. But Serena has no idea that underneath the brilliance of equines runs a dangerous ground that will soon propel her on an unexpected journey through the darkness of insanity.
After just two days, Serena has already impressed Julian with her wrangling skills, saved his life, and shared a passionate kiss with him. As they cautiously begin a romantic relationship, Julian discloses that he has not seen his schizophrenic wife, Miranda, in eight years, after she was committed to a mental institution after murdering two horses and nearly killing him. Too frightened to divorce her for fear of deadly repercussions, Julian has just learned that Miranda has been released early – and is roaming the nearby desert with a gun.
In this gripping psychological drama, a young wrangler becomes unwittingly embroiled in a perilous struggle where she must devise a way to save the animals and people she loves from the madness that threatens their paradise.