Books

A love of Italian renaissance paintings and a fascination with lost provenance has inspired me to write historical fantasies where a painting or a figure in a painting or a fifteenth century artist can interact with the present day in order to directly communicate knowledge about their life and times.

My novel Second Lisa is the biography of Lisabetta Buti, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s historically forgotten half-sisters, the woman (I speculate) who posed for the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre, the second of two portraits (in the same innovative pose) painted simultaneously of two different women named Lisa.

For more information visit the blog.

Book Cover1

Second Lisa - book one of three

BOOK ONE of three

 

 

 

 

buy_printbook_button_161x40

Free delivery worldwide

kindle_app_icon copy2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 

Book Cover 2 Kindle

BOOK TWO of three

BOOK TWO of three

 

buy_printbook_button_161x40

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

Cover for Book 3 Kindle

BOOK THREE of three

BOOK THREE of three

buy_printbook_button_161x40

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 


Adoration_cover_May24.inddwinner-award-april15 (3)Adoration – loving Botticelli is a love story between Sandro Botticelli and a retired woman art history professor who is drawn into his 1475 painting The Adoration of the Magi. The painting in the Ufizzi gallery of Florence has the double-supernatural effect of a time portal and a fountain of youth. * inspired by Colleen McCullough’s ‘The Thorn Birds’ – a dramatic love story of the challenges and the perils of May December romances.

For more information visit the blog.

Free delivery worldwidebuy_printbook_button_161x40

Adoration_cover_May24.indd

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 


Woo_e-book cover

WOO WOOthe posthumous love story of Miss Emily Carr

The Artist Emily Carr, eccentric icon, and iconic spinster, comes to her senses sixty-seven years after her death and calls down the energy of her animal totem, Woo the monkey, to rekindle the love of a rejected suitor – a fanciful tale inspired by Emily Carr’s memoirs.

For more information visit the blog.

buy_printbook_button_161x40

woo_cover_createspace.indd

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 

 

TWINTER FRONT COVER AUGUST 15 2016

*REVISED ‘TWINTER‘ – a MIDDLE-GRADE TIME-SLIP ADVENTURE

Ghosts, time-travel, a dozen impossible riddles,and a curse of snow

Twelve-year-old twins, Kit (a keen boy-scientist) and Bash (a girl with a natural ‘green thumb’ and a flair for elaborate words) are excited to be moving from a noisy city to Bede Hall, their eccentric grandmother’s crumbling stately home, set in the sleepy English countryside.

With all that’s gone horribly wrong for a year, moving to a grand old mansion promises an adventure of endless exploration and freedom. Bash can create the garden of her dreams and Kit has an abandoned space to set up his own laboratory.

Instead, they stumble upon a portal to the future with three disturbing secrets, begin to untangle the supernatural history of Bede – a village as bizarre as their grandmother’s magic snow globe, and meet some unexpected life-forms who appear to be as haunted as the ghost of Bede Hall – a hapless young girl trapped in the attic’s ‘wintry room’.

In order to save the planet, the twins must navigate a maze of time portals to unravel an age-old mystery. The answers lie in Ancient Egypt, but only time will surrender its hidden knowledge, and according to their grandmother’s old hourglass, time is running out.

FULL TWINTER COVER - AIGUST 15

buy_printbook_button_161x40

Twinter_cover1a

THIS VERSION OF ‘TWINTER’ IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY GENRE –  TWINTER- the first portalTwelve-year-old twins, Kit (a keen scientist) and Bash (a girl with a miraculous ‘green thumb’ and a flair for elaborate words) are excited to be moving from a noisy city to Bede Hall, their eccentric grandmother’s crumbling stately home, set in the sleepy English countryside.

With all that’s gone horribly wrong for a year, it’s about time life got back on a positive track. Moving to a grand old mansion seems the answer that promises an adventure of endless exploration and freedom. Bash can create the garden of her dreams and Kit has an abandoned space to set up his own laboratory.

Instead, they begin to uncover the supernatural secrets of a mysterious village, meet the ghost of Bede Hall and some unexpected life-forms, some of whom, are just as haunted as the presence of the hapless young girl trapped in the attic.

It’s all ‘about time’ when the twins discover a portal to the future. Can they also travel to the past and unravel the truths of natural history in order to save the planet from a natural disaster? The answers lie in Ancient Egypt, but only time will surrender its hidden knowledge.

The responsibility of holding the future of the world in the twin’s hands is as bizarre as their grandmother’s magic snow globe.

For more information visit the blog

buy_printbook_button_161x40

'Twinter- the first portal'

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 

 

The Indigo Pearl_cover_Dec3.indd

BOOK ONE of two

A woman savant must experience her next life as a time-traveler to recover the missing paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and reunite with her lost love

NOVELTUNITY NOMINEE BADGE DEC- 2015 PEARL BY PEARL JAN 16 - 2016.png

Delphi Sharpe, orphaned at birth and diagnosed as an autistic savant, has the psychic ability to speak with paintings.

At the age of fourteen, fated to live out her days in an institution, her uncanny gift catches the attention of a ruthless art collector who liberates her. Housed in luxury, the teenage Delphi continues to grow up in two worlds: an alternate reality where renaissance paintings communicate through mental telepathy, and the real world where she works authenticating and restoring paintings.

Isolated and misunderstood, Delphi retreats further into her eccentricities and falls in love with a young man she meets in a five-hundred-year-old portrait. Fifty years after a freak accident she reincarnates as a time-traveler. Now she must battle herself to reunite with her lover.

buy_printbook_button_161x40

The Indigo Pearl_cover_Dec3.indd

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 

 

 

‘The Indigo Pearl’ is volume one (of two) – a story locked in the amber of history – secrets beyond artificial intelligence and beyond evolution itself which takes an autistic savant child from an insignificant orphan through an extraordinary journey of reincarnation and time-travel. The story concludes in ‘Pearl by Pearl,’ the continuing afterlife, past-life, and future life of two women with the same memories rivalling for the ghostly lover they now share.

I site four novels which have inspired the themes which fascinate me. Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde – a story of a portrait supernaturally aging; Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – a speculative story of an unknown woman in a portrait by Vermeer (sometimes described as the ‘Mona Lisa of the north’); The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – a supernatural story about a man with a genetic flaw that enables him to travel erratically, into the past and future; and Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson – a romantic story of lovers displaced by living a generation apart which inspired the movie Somewhere in Time.


Pearl By Pearl_cover_Dec3.indd

BOOK TWO of two

A woman savant must experience her next life as a time-traveler to recover the missing paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and reunite with her lost love  

Delphi Sharpe’s flashbacks of fifteenth-century Florence are as real as the harsh institutions where she grew up, diagnosed as an autistic savant. After being liberated by a ruthless art collector, due to her psychic ability to speak with paintings, she lives in two worlds: an alternate reality where renaissance paintings communicate with her through mental telepathy, and the real world where she works authenticating and restoring paintings.

When Delphi meets her next incarnation, time-traveler Cherry White, after an untimely near-death experience, she’s been ‘nearly’ dead for fifty-two years. Now, Delphi exists between worlds, forced to watch the life she should have had unfold, including her romance with a young man she met in a five-hundred year-old painting.

Reincarnated, reinvented, and unfinished, two ‘art-whisperers’ must struggle against their conflicting goals to mine the distant past for sentient paintings willing to divulge their secrets to discover their shared lost identity and answer the question, will it take two lives to make one woman?

buy_printbook_button_161x40

Pearl By Pearl_cover_Dec3.indd

 

kindle_app_icon copy 2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copy ibookstore-badg copy 800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

 

 

‘Pearl by Pearl’ is the conclusion of ‘The Indigo Pearl,’ a story of a secrets locked in the amber of history, beyond artificial intelligence and evolution itself that takes an autistic savant child, an insignificant orphan, on an extraordinary journey of reincarnation and time-travel.


buy_printbook_button_161x40

Finn_cover_CS.indd

Fate separates a pair of child passengers on Titanic, not only from reaching their destination, but their destiny. Reincarnation and finding a pair of lost shoes may be their only chance to stay together. – LITERARY FICTION / MAGICAL REALISM / paranormal romance. For more information visit the blog

kindle_app_icon copy2000px-Kobo_Logo.svg copyibookstore-badg copy800px-B&N_nook_Logo.svg copy

Advertisements

4 Responses to Books

  1. Thanks Rauni. If an author has to hear only one word about their craft, yours is a great one.

  2. Pingback: A spoonful of art history | Be!

  3. Pingback: Feedback from an author | Linda Clement

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s