Anne Marie Fitzgerald, great great grandmother to the author, is a house servant at Birkdale Manor in the years following the Irish potato famine. Many of the surrounding villages are deserted or in ruins as those who have not died of starvation or disease have been driven to seek a better life in distant lands. Anne finds herself pregnant and unmarried, so her baby girl is forcibly taken from her shortly after her birth. Then the Birkdales compel Anne to leave Ireland and she is expected never to see her daughter again.
"This was no longer her world against the Queen. It was the Queen's world against her." The Queen wants to destroy the life force of earth and has just killed the last being who can stop her. Or so she thinks . . . The last powerful mage in the world, Princess Aura, is the sole witness to the Queen's plot. And she knows how to stop it. The problem? She can't do it alone. To find help, Aura must summon someone she hoped never to see again. Saint George-her lover who left her five years ago for another woman. And another. And another . . . Despite his chorus line of adulteries the couple teams up and must find a way to get to the Sky Temple before the Queen does. Together, along with some unlikely saviors, they must outsmart both the baddies and one another. Can they work together long enough to defeat the Queen and save the world? Told collectively by a troupe of digital artists, Slice of Life employs every medium possible-prose, pictures, poetry, illustrations, audio scenes, and music-to provide an immersive and exciting experience. "Delightfully dark and deliciously gory. Full of clever, funny, and poetic prose." -Amalie Howard, bestselling author of The Almost Girl. "A thrilling race against the clock, a twisted battle between lovers and enemies." - Kathryn Powell, A Biblitaph Reviews. "Seamless and innovative. Really beautiful music and a tight, terrific story. " -Ed Aymar, author of When the Purple Falls "Witty. Unique. A full sensory experience. It's not a book that you read. It's a book that you experience." Lindsay Galloway, reviewer at Contagious Reads
"You are invited to embark upon a journey."
"My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:1-5)
"Discover your Life Pearls."
This is a story of survival set in a small fishing village near Bombay.
Shades of Life is a bouquet of poems which the poet wants you to experience and get sensitized. This book contains fifty-two poems for fifty-two weeks, each poem celebrating a different shade of life. Happiness, joy, anguish, sorrow, success, failure, love, rejection, romance, friendship, betrayal, and expectations are some of the emotions beautifully expressed in the poems. The fascination of the poet with nature will sway you to fall in love with the trees, the flowers, the butterflies, the birds, the sea, and the whole world around you. The language used by the poet is simple and heartrending, which appeals to the reader's senses. It is bound to compel the reader to read over and over again to appease the heart and the soul. In many of the poems, the readers will experience self-expressions as if they themselves are the poet. Chances are high that many of the poems will get memorized without any special effort to do so and the reader will be able to recall from memory on occasions warranted for. Sit back and enjoy, revitalize your senses, and hum some of them to yourself. Rediscover love once again.