My Books – Fiction and Nonfiction

 

The Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy

A unique fantasy trilogy blending mythology with women taking their rightful place in the world

Book 1

Gaia’s Majesty: Mission Called – Women in Power

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Women are coming to power. It is happening just as our world enters social and environmental crises of biblical proportions. What will be the import of women coming to power at this moment?

The Majesty Trilogy, of which this book is the first, falls on the cusp of reality. Environmental crisis and the empowerment of women are real, but are illuminated in this work of speculative fiction with a mythological cast. In this trilogy we embark on a fantasy journey where women take the lead in a planet which is being transformed. Whether that transformation is for the benefit of humankind or is a tragedy is yet to be decided.

Our earth mother, Gaia, knew this day would come as her most clever animals matured. She knew it might be necessary to start over if her experiment with humans failed. To guard the future she created cities in the sea occupied predominately by women who could live in the water or on the land. We have sighted them and know them as mermaids. But we have not known their import. They are at the forefront of empowerment and are opposed by powerful and immensely wealthy plutocratic men known as the Overlords.

Join us in this story as we venture to cleanse our planet and to empower women. A glorious partnership between men and women blossoms as we enter a transformative future.

 

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Nonfiction Books

 

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Creating Characters and Plots

Creating Characters and Plots gives fiction authors unique tools to develop exciting plots and vibrant characters.

Fiction writing is far from being a clearly defined art. The writer begins with an idea which is linked with inspiration. That inspiration leads to the written word.

And somewhere along the way the author needs useful tools that come in various forms. An arc to develop the story is useful and so too is attention to the detailing of the characters themselves.

The personality of the characters defines not just who they are, but instructs their interactions with other characters and aids in opening and expanding the well of inspiration. It is also crucial to the enrichment of characters and the plot.

This book gives us tools from Carl Jung’s rich personality typology to help guide the author as he or she builds from inspiration to the richness of the story. Detailed guidance on how to use the system is provided.

Amazon link for Creating Character and Plots  kindle edition

 

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Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Human lives proceed in the form of waves. A significant wave is created by a divorce or the death of a spouse. Sooner or later companionship is sought and a new bond is created which leads to a new family. Commonly the new relationship is entered with hope and naiveté. If there are children, they are deeply affected and the family may erupt in crisis.

It need not end tragically. The adjustment period is long, but appropriate management makes a highly significant difference.

Help for stepfamilies (also called remarried or blended families), and the therapists who counsel them, is available in this book that normalizes the adjustment process and provides hope and guidance during the adjustment period. Specific individuals may need assessment and guidance, but there are overarching principles. For example, once the adults understand the process, they may be much more comfortable which stabilizes their bond. When they stabilize, the children receive the message that this is the new enduring family and they can return to commitments to school and friends.

The key is understanding the process and this book provides that understanding which can be used by the couple or with a guiding professional.

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Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health?

If you are not a mental health professional, why would you want to read this book? The answer is simple. Because it instructs us about what is now part of the promise of the information technology age. We have new ways to seek prevention and build communities.

The setting for the story is the nineteen sixties which was a time of reform, if not revolution. The women’s liberation movement began, we confronted a war which was ill advised and constructed visions of vastly different futures.

One of those visions was about bringing mental health services to our citizens in all settings. And so it needed to be one with a broad vision. But many who were trained mental health professionals had reservations about “mental health” even while being willing to commit to the movement. And that meant constructing a new model for community stabilization and development. It also meant confronting conservative forces in the mental health community who wanted the grant money, but not change.

This is the story of a band of twenty somethings who set out to serve an impoverished community in Baltimore. They saw the seeds of future success and failure. They also learned how to serve a complex and needy community in an eclectic fashion.

In the end the movement failed, but we can now see that the movement came too soon. With the looming postcapitalism era upon us and new information technology possibilities, we can see how the process can be used in a whole new fashion. The story itself is interesting and the possibilities even more so.

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