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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Reader, Love George Finney



Dear Reader…

One of the things that I hoped to accomplish in writing this book was that, in addition to getting my ideas about transforming cybersecurity across, I also wanted you to feel like you were getting to know me a little bit along the way.  I hoped to convey my sense of humor and adventure.  I wanted to write a story that was delightful, something that I think is missing because we treat cybersecurity so seriously.

We should take cybersecurity seriously, whether in relation to our jobs or our personal lives.  Security is one of the foundations of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, after all.  But security is also really cool and exciting.  Look at some of the jargon we use in cybersecurity: jailbreaking, logic bombs, malware, honeypots.  To make a difference in security, we need everyone to play a role.  To get more people to play a part, security needs to be approachable.

I started my journey to make cybersecurity more approachable by telling a story.  I was inspired by books like Who Moved My Cheese or the One Minute Manager because they took very important, complex leadership topics and made them interesting.  My book, No More Magic Wands, is a kind of case study…what would happen if a company that makes magic wands was hacked?  People like to say you can wave a magic wand to make your problems go away, but what if the elves who run the company couldn’t fix their problems with magic?  Each chapter is also like a fairy tale or fable, with a few “morals” of the story for people to think about.

I think the tendency when you read books about technical subjects is to challenge those stories by comparing them with your own experiences.  “I don’t do it that way,” or “that wouldn’t work for me,” or “that advice isn’t applicable,” etc.  By telling a story, you step past that because you’re putting on someone else’s shoes and you learn by walking around in them a little. 

The only way that we will improve cybersecurity is if we unite.  Security is everyone’s job, and that means we all have a role to play.

About the Author


GEORGE FINNEY, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.

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About the Book:

Title: NO MORE MAGIC WANDS
Author: George Finney
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 130
Genre: Business/Leadership/Management/Cybersecurity/Technology

Once upon a time there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is different...it takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relateable stories.

No More Magic Wands is available at AMAZON


Monday, May 8, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Nancy Stewart



Dear Reader, 

Have you ever walked along a beach somewhere on this glorious planet and found instant inspiration, an epiphany of sorts?  Well, that is exactly what happened to me one glorious December day seven years ago on Clearwater Beach, Florida.  Right out of the blue, as it were.  Here’s what happened:  Strolling along on wet sand, I came across the outline of a heart.  But what was written inside stopped mine. Only one word. Bella. It became completely clear that I write a book about a beach girl called Bella. And from that bolt of insight, Bella was born.

As sometimes happens, an almost simultaneous incident occurred; this time a terrible one: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The entire world was inundated with wrenching photos of once blue water slicked over by deadly oil, birds drenched and weighted down with the deadly stuff, and BP executives spewing invectives about how it was not their fault. And something snapped in me.  I sat down and wrote One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill.  Not only was Bella the protagonist.  Her best friend Britt joined her in the effort.  And that book began the Bella and Britt beach series. 

My newest offering, Mystery at Manatee Key, is the fourth in the series and features Britt front and center.  It is she alone who must rescue Bella and the ranger from a ring of manatee smugglers.  By now, the series reader is familiar with the ranger, who is warm-hearted and loves all things beachy.  Dwayne Smarr is the bad guy and Britt’s nemesis throughout much of the book.  He is so bad that he’s fun to love to hate.  With kids, black and white rules, and Dwayne has no shades of gray!

Throughout the series, I have tried to infuse a love of and respect for nature and Mother Earth, the only home we humans have at this point in our galaxy.  Without being preachy, it is my hope that in reading the books, children will find a fun story, interesting facts, and a love of learning interwoven throughout the pages.  If all that occurs, I’ve been a successful author and have done my intended job.

About the Author


Nancy Stewart has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education.  Having lived in London for ten years, she was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books and the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, a young girl whose life was forever changed by Winter, the dolphin (Guardian Angel Publishing.)  Her writing of One Pelican at a Time was featured on the PBS special, GulfWatch in 2011.  Nancy’s YA-LGBT novel will be published by Interlude Press autumn of 2017.  She is a member of the Rate Your Story organization as a critique judge.

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About the Book:

Title: MYSTERY AT MANATEE KEY
Author: Nancy Stewart
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 36
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Bella and Britt love to explore along the beach and at more remote places like Manatee Key as well.  It is there that they discover a manatee smuggling ring. 

The manatees have already been netted, so the girls must act fast!  But a kidnapper snatches Bella, hustling her into their hideout.  When Britt sneaks a look in the window, she discovers that the ranger is being held, too.  Now it’s up to Britt.  But what can a single girl do?

Mystery at Manatee Key is available at Amazon




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Mark Oristano


Dear Reader…

Thank you for getting ready to read Surgeon’s Story. It was a seven-year long labor of love from start to publication, and my biggest hope is that we have conveyed what it’s like to stand over the operating table for sixteen hours, fixing the walnut-sized heart of a two-week old baby.

I was in the OR for a good number of surgeries as I shadowed Dr. Kristine Guleserian to gather information for the book. One of the first was a heart transplant for a teenage boy. Think for a moment what this means. Dr. G was going to completely remove a person’s heart from his body, and replace it with the heart of somebody who died only hours before. Dr. G removed the diseased heart, she placed it in a small dish and it was set aside for later study by pathologists. I moved carefully around the OR to get a closer look. For the first time in my life I was viewing an actual human heart. And it moved. It was beating. It would continue to beat once every 20 or so seconds for about ten minutes. The heart does not want to die. It deserves respect. The kind of respect Dr. Guleserian has for it, and for her patients.

She’ll tell you that what she does is just her job, just as my job is writing and somebody else’s job is driving a cab. She is without ego in that way. But I believe you’ll find her job is fascinating, and you’ll be very glad you took the time to visit her world.

Enjoy the trip.

Mark Oristano

About the Author


Mark Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16.
After growing up in suburban New York, Oristano moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University.  A major in Mass Communications, Mark was hired by WFAA-TV in 1973 as a sports reporter, the start of a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports.

Mark has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist, Oprah Winfrey and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network.  He has covered Super Bowls and other major sports events throughout his career.  He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

In 2002 Oristano left broadcasting to pursue his creative interests, starting a portrait photography business and becoming involved in theater including summer productions with Shakespeare Dallas. He follows his daughter Stacey’s film career who has appeared in such shows as Friday Night Lights and Bunheads.

A veteran stage actor in Dallas, Mark Oristano was writer and performer for the acclaimed one-man show “And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11.”

Oristano authored his first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game. A Sportcaster’s Guide offers inside tips about how to watch football, including stories from Oristano’s 30-year NFL career, a look at offense, defense and special teams, and cool things to say during the game to sound like a real fan.

In 2016 Oristano finished his second book, Surgeon’s Story, a true story about a surgeon that takes readers inside the operating room during open heart surgery. His second book is described as a story of dedication, talent, training, caring, resilience, guts and love.

In 1997, Mark began volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, working in the day surgery recovery room. It was at Children’s that Mark got to know Kristine Guleserian, MD, first to discuss baseball, and later, to learn about the physiology, biology, and mystery of the human heart. That friendship led to a joint book project, Surgeon’s Story, about Kristine’s life and career.

Mark is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

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About the Book:

Title: SURGEON’S STORY
Author: Mark Oristano
Publisher: Authority Publishing
Pages: 190
Genre: Nonfiction Medical

What is it like to hold the beating heart of a two-day old child in your hand?  What is it like to counsel distraught parents as they make some of the most difficult decisions of their lives?

Noted pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian has opened up her OR, and her career, to author Mark Oristano to create Surgeon’s Story - Inside OR-6 With a top Pediatric Heart Surgeon. 

Dr. Guleserian’s life, training and work are discussed in detail, framed around the incredibly dramatic story of a heart transplant operation for a two-year old girl whose own heart was rapidly dying.  Author Mark Oristano takes readers inside the operating room to get a first-hand look at pediatric heart surgeries most doctors in America would never attempt.

That’s because Dr. Guleserian is recognized as one of the top pediatric heart surgeons in America, one of a very few who have performed a transplant on a one-week old baby. Dr. Guleserian (Goo-liss-AIR-ee-yan) provided her expertise, and Oristano furnished his writing skills, to produce A Surgeon’s Story.

As preparation to write this stirring book, Oristano spent hours inside the operating room at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas watching Guleserian perform actual surgeries that each day were life or death experiences. Readers will be with Dr. Guleserian on her rounds, meeting with parents, or in the Operating Room for a heart transplant.

Oristano is successful sportscaster and photographer and has made several appearances on stage as an actor. He wrote his first book A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football: Decoding America’s Favorite Game, and continues to volunteer at Children’s Medical Center.

“We hear a lot about malpractice and failures in medical care,” says Oristanto, “but I want my readers to know that parts of the American health care system work brilliantly. And our health care system will work even better if more young women would enter science and medicine and experience the type of success Dr. Guleserian has attained.”
Readers will find all the drama, intensity, humor and compassion that they enjoy in their favorite fictionalized medical TV drama, but the actual accounts in Surgeon’s Story are even more compelling. One of the key characters in the book is 2-year-old Rylynn who was born with an often fatal disorder called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and was successfully treated by Dr. Guleserian.

Watch the Book Trailer at YouTube.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dear Author, Love R.J. Blain



Dear Reader,

It comes as a bit of a surprise to me to discover just how bad I am at writing letters. I write books, so a letter should be easy, right? Apparently not. I’ve been staring at an empty page for two and a half days now, wondering what I should write to you.

I haven’t had this much trouble playing with words since my high school engineering thesis on the failures responsible for the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. I’m still not really sure how I went from ‘engineering student’ to ‘novel writer.’ I can tell you one thing, though. I regret nothing.

Life take unexpected turns sometimes, and that’s part of why I enjoy writing novels as much as I do—and add magic to the mix.

My name is RJ Blain, and I’m an author. I love fantasy of all sorts, and I enjoy science fiction, too, although my sci-fi tends to stray into science fantasy as often as not. I’m a little crazy, or so my friends say, but I like to think of it as having a colorful personality. Like many readers, I have a long list of guilty pleasures, an even longer list of unread books I really should get around to reading one of these days, and an inability to actually read ‘only one more chapter.’

How is it ‘only one more chapter’ ends with the sun peeking over the horizon, gritty eyes, and a wee bit of guilt? I’d say I need therapy, but why would I want to actually do something about that? Who needs sleep anyway? (You know, except for me…)

And since advice seems to be a standard part of letter writing, although I’m not really sure why, I’ll leave you with this tidbit: go ahead and read one more chapter and lose a little sleep. I know we’ve never met and probably never will, but I’ll be right there with you, losing precious moments of much-needed beauty sleep one page at a time.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

With love,

RJ Blain

P.S.: I’m pretty sure I was supposed to use some of this space to try to sell you one of the book I’ve written, but I’m really bad at letters but pretty okay about talking about the types of books I like and how they make me lose sleep. I should be a little sorry about that, but I’m not.

Happy reading!

About the Author

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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About the Book:

Title: PLAYING WITH FIRE
Author: R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Pages: 323
Genre: Fantasy/Romantic Comedy

Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus, and the Calamity Queen? Trouble, and lots of it.

Working as the only human barista at a coffee shop catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day. Bailey Gardener has few options. She can either keep spiking drinks with pixie dust to keep the locals happy, or spend the rest of her life cleaning up the world’s nastiest magical substances.

Unfortunately for her, Faery Fortunes is located in the heart of
Manhattan Island, not far from where Police Chief Samuel Quinn works. If she’d been smart, she never would have agreed to help the man find his wife.

Bailey found her, all right—in the absolutely worst way possible.

One divorce and several years later, Bailey is once again entangled in Chief Quinn’s personal affairs, and he has good reason to hate her. Without her, he wouldn’t be
Manhattan’s Most Wanted Bachelor, something he loathes. Without her, he’d still be married.

If only she’d said no when he asked her help, she might have had a chance with him. While her magic worked well, it came with a price: misfortune. Hers.

When Quinn’s former brother-in-law comes to her for help, he leaves her with a cell phone and seventy-five thousand reasons to put her magic to the test. However, when she discovers Quinn’s ex-wife is angling for revenge, Bailey’s tossed in the deep end along with her sexiest enemy.

Playing With Fire is available at Amazon.


Dear Reader, Love Daryl-Jarod



Dear Reader,

Allow me to introduce myself, for anyone who is not acquainted with who I am or my work. My name is Daryl-Jarod and I specialize in writing thought-provoking and mind-racing stories that bring out the erotic side in all of us.

As a romance enthusiast, it was no shock to any of my friends or love ones when I released my first eBook, “Silk Vol. 1: Erotic Tales of Sinful Delight”, back in December 2011. This first volume consisted of nine short stories that I penned over the course of two to three years. The book explored themes such as, a relationship transitioning to the next level romantically, two love birds participating in a forbidden romance, and the exquisite effects of true love. The next two volumes, “Steamy Tales of Love & Lust” and “Sultry Tales of Romantic Thrills,” followed suit in 2012 and 2014, tapping into more erotic and risqué situations.

I’d describe my style of writing as highly romantic, but with a sexy erotic twist. My form of storytelling is definitely geared toward anyone who’d define themselves as open-minded or  a thrill seeker.

It’s not entirely all about sex though. My characters have successful careers, families, and many dreams and aspirations. They are just like you and I; everyday people. However, as many of us may be timid or shy when it comes to fully exploring our sexuality, my characters follow through with our most intimate and secret desires. Many of them have absolutely no shame or second thoughts.

So, I’d like to thank to each and every one of you who’s given my latest offering, “Silk: The Complete Trilogy”, a chance. Feel free to get lost within its pages as you dive in, let down your guard and allow the stories to take you to new and fascinating heights. It was my intention to offer something fresh and exciting for any and everyone who shares my love for erotic romance.

Sit back and hold on tight, as Silk takes your imagination on a thrilling ride, you’ll look forward to experiencing over and over again.

With Love,

Daryl-Jarod

About the Author


Daryl-Jarod is an Amazon best-selling author, recording artist, and actor. Born and raised in Hopkins, South Carolina, he always had big dreams of pursuing a career in entertainment.

As a child he'd write short stories and songs, which later aided him in transitioning into the talented storyteller he is today. His writing career all began with a short poem he composed in third grade entitled, "My Teacher is Neat", which was selected to be featured in a publication of poems from talented students throughout the state. The encouragement of his mother, teachers, and peers, pushed him to continue writing.

Years later, he is now the author of Silk, an acclaimed erotic series that debuted atop of Amazon's Best-Seller Erotica charts. With many more book releases in the works, he has also displayed his skills as a singer-songwriter and rapper on his debut mixtape, "The Liberation of Daryl-Jarod". Despite consistently maintaining a busy schedule, he always kept his acting goals in sight as he graduated from Coker College with a BA in Theatre Performance.

Daryl-Jarod is hard at work on various new literary projects and his upcoming EP.

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About the Book:

Title: SILK: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY
Author: Daryl-Jarod
Publisher: Daryl-Jarod Entertainment
Pages: 270
Genre: Erotica

From the vivid imagination of Daryl-Jarod, comes the long-awaited collection of the Amazon Best-Selling erotic series, Silk. Included are all 24 original jaw-dropping erotic stories, along with the brand-new tale, Pink Fortress, which reveals just how outrageously wild things become when an Uber driver falls for a sultry passenger. Sit back, relax, grab a lover and unwind, as Daryl-Jarod takes you on a wild erotic ride filled with unfaithful lovers, lustful thrills and the truly astounding power of romance and love. Caution! Erotica just got hotter!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Laura Evans Serna



Dear Reader…

My first daughter was born six weeks premature. One day I was bookstore-hopping in Oxford, trying to find a suitable place to finish up some calculus of variation problems. The next I had a five-pound baby with tubes down her nose and into her tiny hand.

She couldn't suck properly for nearly two weeks. At first she received donated breast milk through a tube down her nose to her stomach. The gratitude I felt towards this anonymous milk donor can’t be described. Breastmilk can save premature babies’ lives.

In that post-partum time, I lost all pride and interest in what kind of integrals I could solve. I pumped and pumped until I could feed my own child. I had a new, very physical, almost barbaric superpower: producing milk.

It got me thinking: what if producing breastmilk really was a superpower? What if there was a group of people whose survival depended on a certain kind of milk that only some women could produce?

The idea intrigued me. For one thing, there are few pieces of fiction that even mention breastfeeding. Those that mention it only do so in passing. I wanted to create a piece of fiction that focused on feeding babies—not only breastfeeding but bottle feeding and tube feeding as well. I wanted to pay tribute to the sleepless nights, the exhaustion, the tears, and the love that women have endured for thousands of years in nurturing humanity.  

I was also interested in bringing forward a young heroine who was a strong and smart mother. I wanted her journey to be spiritual as much as intellectual. She would strive to find the right path for her life, not taking the directions that seem so obvious to everyone else.

I wrote this book over the course of six years. I created a fictional world and tried my hardest to be honest about the consequences of this world. I let the characters tell me their stories. The heroine’s choices would not have been mine, but they made sense for her.   

All the best,

Laura 

About the Author


Laura Evans Serna grew up in Albuquerque wandering the Sandia mountains and enjoying magnificent sunsets each night. She was spoiled by the mountain and desert wilderness and the freedom it offered. Now that she’s lived in Oxford, Washington, DC, and Tokyo, she knows how rare and precious that kind of experience is. 
           
As a teenager Laura would lie on her concrete driveway with her siblings and friends, watching Hale Bopp slowly cross the sky. She discussed science and theology with no reservation. What are the laws of physics, and where did they come from? What do they mean? Where do humans fit into all of this? What binds society together? Laura believes that these are the questions that make us human. They don’t belong to the scientists, philosophers, or theologians. Everyone has a right to make them their own.
        
Laura started her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of New Mexico. At the time, she was tired of Albuquerque. Until she left she didn’t appreciate the unique mix of cultures or the abundance of intellectual activity of her home town. She married a man in the Air Force and followed him to Colorado, where she spent her time teaching English with Catholic Charities and finishing up a degree in math at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Next Laura moved to the UK where she had the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. She earned an MSc in Mathematical Modelling while pregnant and experiencing motherhood for the first time. (It was a struggle, to be sure!) Laura found Oxford to be a fantastic, walkable city perfect for pushing a newborn around in a pram. Although they only spent three years in Oxford, she will always feel as if it is a home of sorts for them.
       
Laura spent periods of time teaching math and doing technical editing, but motherhood suits her more than any other hat she’s worn. Her three daughters are a constant joy. She has come to the conclusion that the world over needs more, not less, of the maternal touch, and she wants to write stories featuring strong, intelligent mothers.

You can visit her website at www.lauraevansserna.com or connect with her on Facebook.


About the Book:

Title: DESERT MELODY
Author: Laura Evans Serna
Publisher: New Land Publishing
Pages: 219
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

For generations the Ahn, Voyan, and Humans have thrived living side by side. The ambitious Ahn need solitude.  The communal Voyan thought share and hear the voices of the sacred dead around them.  Now Humans are becoming more like the Ahn, and the Voyan are struggling. 
 Teagan is a single Voyan mother and wet nurse. She lost the ability to thought share.  Though she spends hours walking in the desert searching for the voices she once heard, she embraces her new found intellectual focus and is drawn into the Human world of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Teagan plans to go into hiding to avoid being forced back to a Voyan community where her daughter would be an outcast. However she meets Josh, a generous and handsome man who understands her better than anyone.  She loves him, and Josh takes an active role in parenting Teagan’s daughter.
Teagan discovers that her behavior is more Human than Voyan because she has been unknowingly medicated.  She is part of a secret and manipulative eugenics program designed by Josh’s best friend. Teagan questions her faith in Josh while needing him in her life more than ever. Once off the medication, Teagan loses her focus, and her dream of helping her people through research slips away. 
Teagan is kidnapped by the Voyan and put into a lucid trance for months.  During this time she feels the desperation of her people.  But Teagan hears the call of the Kokopelli’s flute. She knows she is called for a purpose, and she escapes back to Human society.  At this point, though, Teagan can no longer speak verbally.  She asks the Ahn to continue providing her the medication so she can live as a Human and stay with her daughter and Josh.  She knows she is called to help her people.
Desert Melody is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Dear Reader, Love Laura Evans Serna



Dear Reader…

My first daughter was born six weeks premature. One day I was bookstore-hopping in Oxford, trying to find a suitable place to finish up some calculus of variation problems. The next I had a five-pound baby with tubes down her nose and into her tiny hand.

She couldn't suck properly for nearly two weeks. At first she received donated breast milk through a tube down her nose to her stomach. The gratitude I felt towards this anonymous milk donor can’t be described. Breastmilk can save premature babies’ lives.

In that post-partum time, I lost all pride and interest in what kind of integrals I could solve. I pumped and pumped until I could feed my own child. I had a new, very physical, almost barbaric superpower: producing milk.

It got me thinking: what if producing breastmilk really was a superpower? What if there was a group of people whose survival depended on a certain kind of milk that only some women could produce?

The idea intrigued me. For one thing, there are few pieces of fiction that even mention breastfeeding. Those that mention it only do so in passing. I wanted to create a piece of fiction that focused on feeding babies—not only breastfeeding but bottle feeding and tube feeding as well. I wanted to pay tribute to the sleepless nights, the exhaustion, the tears, and the love that women have endured for thousands of years in nurturing humanity.  

I was also interested in bringing forward a young heroine who was a strong and smart mother. I wanted her journey to be spiritual as much as intellectual. She would strive to find the right path for her life, not taking the directions that seem so obvious to everyone else.

I wrote this book over the course of six years. I created a fictional world and tried my hardest to be honest about the consequences of this world. I let the characters tell me their stories. The heroine’s choices would not have been mine, but they made sense for her.   

All the best,

Laura 

About the Author


Laura Evans Serna grew up in Albuquerque wandering the Sandia mountains and enjoying magnificent sunsets each night. She was spoiled by the mountain and desert wilderness and the freedom it offered. Now that she’s lived in Oxford, Washington, DC, and Tokyo, she knows how rare and precious that kind of experience is. 
           
As a teenager Laura would lie on her concrete driveway with her siblings and friends, watching Hale Bopp slowly cross the sky. She discussed science and theology with no reservation. What are the laws of physics, and where did they come from? What do they mean? Where do humans fit into all of this? What binds society together? Laura believes that these are the questions that make us human. They don’t belong to the scientists, philosophers, or theologians. Everyone has a right to make them their own.
        
Laura started her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of New Mexico. At the time, she was tired of Albuquerque. Until she left she didn’t appreciate the unique mix of cultures or the abundance of intellectual activity of her home town. She married a man in the Air Force and followed him to Colorado, where she spent her time teaching English with Catholic Charities and finishing up a degree in math at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Next Laura moved to the UK where she had the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford. She earned an MSc in Mathematical Modelling while pregnant and experiencing motherhood for the first time. (It was a struggle, to be sure!) Laura found Oxford to be a fantastic, walkable city perfect for pushing a newborn around in a pram. Although they only spent three years in Oxford, she will always feel as if it is a home of sorts for them.
       
Laura spent periods of time teaching math and doing technical editing, but motherhood suits her more than any other hat she’s worn. Her three daughters are a constant joy. She has come to the conclusion that the world over needs more, not less, of the maternal touch, and she wants to write stories featuring strong, intelligent mothers.

You can visit her website at www.lauraevansserna.com or connect with her on Facebook.


About the Book:

Title: DESERT MELODY
Author: Laura Evans Serna
Publisher: New Land Publishing
Pages: 219
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

For generations the Ahn, Voyan, and Humans have thrived living side by side. The ambitious Ahn need solitude.  The communal Voyan thought share and hear the voices of the sacred dead around them.  Now Humans are becoming more like the Ahn, and the Voyan are struggling. 
 Teagan is a single Voyan mother and wet nurse. She lost the ability to thought share.  Though she spends hours walking in the desert searching for the voices she once heard, she embraces her new found intellectual focus and is drawn into the Human world of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Teagan plans to go into hiding to avoid being forced back to a Voyan community where her daughter would be an outcast. However she meets Josh, a generous and handsome man who understands her better than anyone.  She loves him, and Josh takes an active role in parenting Teagan’s daughter.
Teagan discovers that her behavior is more Human than Voyan because she has been unknowingly medicated.  She is part of a secret and manipulative eugenics program designed by Josh’s best friend. Teagan questions her faith in Josh while needing him in her life more than ever. Once off the medication, Teagan loses her focus, and her dream of helping her people through research slips away. 
Teagan is kidnapped by the Voyan and put into a lucid trance for months.  During this time she feels the desperation of her people.  But Teagan hears the call of the Kokopelli’s flute. She knows she is called for a purpose, and she escapes back to Human society.  At this point, though, Teagan can no longer speak verbally.  She asks the Ahn to continue providing her the medication so she can live as a Human and stay with her daughter and Josh.  She knows she is called to help her people.
Desert Melody is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.