I was born in London, U.K. in the mid-1960’s to parents who had emigrated from Portland in Jamaica. The late 1960’s and 1970’s were a time of so much change; with racism and segregation being an everyday event for black people. I grew up understanding that determination was the key to finding your dreams, and achieving them. To never let someone say, “You can’t!” without giving my all.
This determination to prove expectations of me wrong about where I was heading, led me to obtain a degree in The History of Art & Archaeology, from SOAS, University of London, at the age of thirty-four, while having two young children to care for, and being a single parent.
I do a multitude of things, including teach, write and read profusely. I never sit still, unless I’m writing or reading, and even then, my mind is on any number of other ways to fill my ‘free’ hours.
My first love is art, especially Oil Painting and Calligraphy. I am, however, loathe to give anything away, so my home looks like a mini art gallery. But the upshot of that, is that I get to keep everything, and look back at how I can improve and make them better.
I’ve lived in a number of cities. Cairo, before it became the centre for the Arab Spring; Algeria, my home away from home. London, my home town and the place I always return to for a reminder that the world is a large place. And, all this while teaching and encouraging others to never give up their dreams.
I write Contemporary Fiction, which can include anything from Romance to Historical. I am definitely not a one genre author, and I never hope to be. Just as varied as my interests are, so is my writing. I’m a historian by nature, and my degree in history allowed me to explore ancient civilisations and societies, all while exploring the things that inspire me. Saying this, I usually lean, slightly, towards anything that has an historical interest in it. I have also been a huge fantasy fan for many years, and this is, undoubtably, one of my passions. I have a desire to write from the heart, to give a little piece of myself each and every time. I see it as “Changing my world, one story at a time!”
I don’t write Erotic fiction, although I love the interaction that happens between two people and take pleasure in describing it, hopefully, so that some of the feelings will pass down. However, there are many feelings and emotions that also encourage me to be descriptive while writing out my stories.
I’m currently working on several novels, whose synopsis you can find below.
The Flora and Fauna Saga: (Genre: Romance/IR/MC).
Butterflies Wings: Part 1. An inter-racial/Intercultural series. Part 1 tells the story of Hyun-Jun and Deslyn.
Short Synop: Deslyn is lucky enough to be invited to South Korea to follow up on her research into a very rare Butterfly. While she’s there, she meets Hyun-Jun, a widowed Scientist whom she works with. He does all he can to stay away from her, fearing that she will return to London when her appointment is over. He is brittle, harsh and caustic, whereas Desi is soft and kind. He can’t help but be attracted to her, but his mother intervenes and Desi is scared to love someone who has loved and lost before.
Part 2: The Art of Zen Bee Keeping
Part 2 tells the story of Jin and August. Jin is a reclusive scientist who keeps himself to himself in his island retreat in Japan. August, an eco-warrior, comes bursting into his life one day, while she’s trying to evade the police. They strike up a friendship and friendship turns to love. August is brash, excitable and changes everything in Jin’s quiet life. She leaves suddenly, and Jin is at a loss what to do about the emptiness she has left behind. August also misses the quiet lifestyle that she found with Jin and has come to appreciate. How will they reconcile their differing lifestyles. Can they?
Sisters: (Genre: IR/Contemporary/Romance)
Tells the story of three sisters, their loves, lives, and losses. The story captures the lives of all three, who have no one but each other and an ailing aunt, who has become their sole caregiver, despite needing more attention than the girls themselves. Diane is the sister who takes no prisoners. She’s direct, uncompromising and doesn’t believe in love at first sight. But when Stephen rescues her from a situation that no woman wants to be in, she has to admit that what he’s offering, is better than what she’s had. Simone, is the softest, most forgiving of the sisters, and also the one who has lost in love and relationships time and time again. When she meets Nick at her sister Diane’s wedding, she knows he will ruin her, but she’s attracted to the one thing that will break her heart, just as Nick is attracted to the woman who will make him a man. Cali is the artist, the unknown entity and the youngest of the sisters. She’s been in love with one man forever, and James has always been in love with her too, he just didn’t know it or want to admit it. Not until he’d actually won her and almost lost her. The sister’s and their partners are drawn closer together when Simone becomes ill and each has to dig deep to find the strength to help their sister and go on. This is a story of family and how much they will do for you, how far they will go for you and what they will give up just for you.
(This manuscript is finished and under revision. I hope to publish this deep, almost auto-biographical story soon.)
Hearts of Ice and Snow: (Genre: Afro-futuristic. Excerpt Here!)
N’kiru Ancestor is sacrificed to the Oya who has tricked the people in the hopes of freeing herself. N’kiru realises that the Orisha, an ancient African deity, wishes to escape the cage that has been her prison for over a thousand years. In revenge, the Orisha covers the village with a glacier, trapping the people within in a prison of ice and death. Another thousand years has passed, and the glacier melts leaving a pathway into the frozen, desiccated village where a group of climbers discover what has lain hidden there. Brenda, an archaeologist and her daughter N’kiru, are invited to go to investigate the village. While in the camp, N’kiru is possessed by her ancestor, the first N’kiru who sought to save the people. She seeks her re-incarnations help to secure the prison that traps the Orisha in the hopes that they can send her back to where she belongs, but the Orisha will not submit easily, and retaliates, freezing the archaeologists who have come to investigate the village. Glen, a physic, comes to free N’kiru junior from the possession that holds her, and along with Kemi Spirit Walker, who heard the story of the Village from his the Story Teller and Spirit Walker when he was a boy, they seek to calm the Orisha and free both girls from her malice. They must rescue N’kiru Junior, put N’kiru ancestor to rest and trap the Orisha, all while trying to save the lives of those they hold dear, as well as themselves.
The Antlered Crown. (Genre: Afro-Futuristic/Fantasy/historical. Excerpt here!!)
This started out as a Red Riding Hood take on, and although many of the elements are the same, the story changed through research.
Cael is a shifter, the leader of his wolf pack. Is he bound by Violet and her grandmother, as they want the Antlered Crown to help them regain the city they have lost to powers greater than they wield. Cael does everything he can to free himself, until he meets Jannis, a woodsman, who is not a man at all, and she is much more than that, more than she herself realises. With the help of Jannis, and the bond they share, a bond deepened through marriage, they are able to defeat Violet and her grandmother. But at the cost of upsetting the Forest elements and risking the lives they are bound to take care of. A story of adventure, quest and more.
This is a three story series: the second book in the series will be titled The Tri-Fold Ring. In this story, Jannis and Cael must seek out the Northmen in the hopes of returning the disturbed forest back to normal, with the aid of a ring from legend, a ring with three attached pieces, that has been lost for far longer than any of the Northmen know.
(The first story in the series is near completion.)
We All Fall Down: The Finale (Genre: Crime/Romance novel).
The first part was released as part of a pre- Valentines Day anthology. 7 Degrees of Alpha, out now on Amazon. Part 2 is in progress.
Peter Jones is still trying to find the gang of criminals that are terrorising the crime world, executing their rivals and shaking the foundations of the society with their ruthless manoeuvring. He has a tip off from an old acquaintance, that leaves him wondering who’s side he should be fighting, and whether the people he should rely snare worthy of trust.
Val is almost eight months pregnant, and not having a good time of it. she is out on rest until she delivers, but is once again caught up in the machinations of her ex, Damon and his twisted sense of justice. Val s betrayed by an old friend and once again finds her life in danger. but this time she isn’t alone. her unborn child seeks to make an early appearance, and Peter Jones’ partner, Doug, is also along for the ride.
Can Jones find the two people who mean the most to him and solve the mystery of the Executioners Gang, all before time runs out?
Cold As Ice: (Genre:Contemporary IR/MC Romance).
The story of a woman who never really learnt to love. She goes through the motions only, never telling the ones around her that she loves them or showing more than a cursory form of affection. its as though her emotions are burned away, leaving her without the ability to feel love or compassion. Why? Even she doesn’t know until she is forced into therapy, and a discovery is made about her experiences during childhood and the reason that she’s as Cold As Ice.
Karma: (Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Contemporary)
When karma has a personality, what would she be like? What if Karma fell in love? How will she cope with her feelings and the need to enforce retribution on others for their lack of compassion and care?This is a story about “What goes around, comes around” and but more than that, it’s about who’s going to get hurt in the end.
Karma’s female persona is a tricky one to hold down, as is her male counterpart. They have no idea that the other exists, never having met in the thousands of years of their existence. One plays the roles set out for them, without questioning their beginnings or end and were once happy to exist that way.
Now female karma is tired of all the reincarnations and simply wants to live one final life and settle down with the man she’s met. Karma male has a job to do, but meets Karma female and is intrigued by her look and character. He wonders to himself, how he can rid her of her boyfriend, who is clearly not good enough for her, and install himself in her life. But, when will he realise that the job he’s sent to do, is meet her!!!
Don’t Talk To Me: Conversations on a Train : (Genre: Comtemporary).
When you’re on the train, a long journey that you know will try your patience to the utmost. The last thing you want, is some stranger getting on and sitting next you. These are ten short stories or conversations that will change these peoples lives. Ten interactions of people who have wrongly judged a book by its cover.
Because I Let you Go. (Genre: Romance/Contemporary).
What would you give up for love? Would you give up the one you love, so that he could be free to love who he wants? Deny your heart so that you didn’t hold him back? Refuse to be the reason that you and your child were merely tolerated, rather than loved and cherished? What if you’d made a mistake by letting go?
The story of love released, rather than lost, and a man who can’t understand why he was never consulted in a decision that had caused him to suffer even though he didn’t know he suffered, until he found the one who he’d been missing for far too long. He also pines for the time that he will never get and a son he never knew he had, until now!
Lost – (Genre: Mystery/Fantasy):
Every 40 years a child is taken. upon later investigation, its found that the child is from the same family, and is always a female child with an older brother. The child is changed, her identity and life made new through a ritual that has been going on for thousands of years. An intern is the lost sister of a Junior doctor, who can’t understand why the intern looks so familiar, or why he feel as though he has to protect her, even though he knows he has never met her in his life. What he doesn’t know, is that he is the catalyst, the centre and the means for the next change to take place. When he realises what is required of him, will he be able to sacrifice one of the two loves in his life, or risk losing them both?
The Future Empress of the Universe: (Genre:YA/Teen Adventure).
Written a few years ago, the story is about a young girl who is kidnapped by mistake, and helps to rescue the real Empress of the Universe. But the Empress has no wish to be in her position and seeks to escape from her responsibilities. The two girls look so similar, that it was the cause of the one being kidnapped in the first place. But can they change places and fool everyone, when one is nothing like the other?
Julius Lockwood And The Guardian Scrolls. (The Necro-Detective – Genre: Epic Fantasy. Excerpt Here!!)
Someone is killing wizards. That someone is a necromancer, like Julius, but no one knows who it could be. The Society of Magic Users, think its a rogue, but have no firm leads, as everyone who has come into contact with the rogue is dead. when Julius reanimates them, they have no memory of the person who killed them, only of the method, which doesn’t help them much.
It’s not until Julius discovers an unregistered dead warlock, who sends him off with a plea to rescue his sister, that Julius has a breakthrough, and a twist of fate throws Julius into the arms of the woman he’s been trying to avoid all his life.
Abigail is a Librarian, a rare magical ability that causes her to remember anything she has ever read, which is both a blessing and a curse. She also has an affinity with inanimate objects, and is the soul mate of Julius Lockwood, although both would rather the other jumped off the planet. Her brother is killed for an amulet that she doesn’t even realise the means to acquire is in her possession, until the magic society come calling, in the form of tall and handsome necromancer Julius and his police sidekick, detective Flynn.
Together they must solve the riddles and rescue the Scroll Guardians, as well as defeat the rogue and save the world. No mean feat, especially when they can barely stand the sight of each other.
Below are some of the working titles that are ideas, at the moment, or perhaps something more. Some can be found on my alternate page, Inspired Minds, or right here when they are available.
How Deep Is Your Love – Romance/Contemporary
The Map Room – Ya/Fantasy (Excerpt on Inspired Minds Here!!)
Fly Home To Me – Historical Romance
The Barber Shop Boys – Contemporary Romance
Patti And The Monk Boy – YA/ Contemporary (Excerpt Here!!!)
The Muses Saga’s : The Maid – Contemporary Romance
There are a lot of stories in progress here, some are almost finished, some finished, and others no more than an idea that has been jotted down on paper, although I haven’t listed anything that I have no intention to complete. When stories are complete, the status will be updated so you’ll know what I’m doing with them. I hope to release some for free and others as part of a series, but at this time, I have no idea. Please, check back as I update the list and let you know when and where you can find previews.
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