A black velvet dress sat in the back of my closet when I was a child. I remember the day my mom bought it, and I dreamed of the day I would get to wear that dress.
But the day never came.
Growing up as an American Indian in the 1960’s was awful. The children teased me, taunted me, pushed me down, ran after me, stole my pencils in school, and laughed at me. When I brought this to my teacher’s attention, she just rolled her eyes and did nothing. I had no allies, no friends; no one who understood what it was like to be tormented for something I couldn’t change...
…the color of my skin.
This book is dedicated to those children who are growing up feeling or looking just a little bit different than those around them.
Be thankful you are different.
How boring would the world be if we were all the same?
The Mida Series
Travel with the mystically powerful carnies
as they time-travel in and out of each others lives, trying to find the things they've lost and fix the things
that are broken...
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BOOK ONE: The Mida
Mesa, the Ojibwa woman who owns the carnival, is schooled in the Midewiwan arts, an Ojibwa secret medicine society. Twenty-one years ago, her husband was killed, and she was forced to leave their baby with his grandmother in Iowa for his protection.
Now the carnival has brought Mesa back to 1952 Farmingdale, Iowa. She is confronted by the son who thought she was dead, and the sheriff who believes her and the carnies had something to do with the murders that happened the night the carnival appeared in town.
While trying to clear the carnival’s name, Mesa ends up putting her son, Tony, under suspicion. Mesa and the carnies work hard to clear everyone before they have to leave at the end of the week. She also has to make the decision whether to leave the carnival for Tony, or leave him behind again as she struggles to protect the carnival against Jiibay. The dark Ojibwa spirit killed her husband many years ago in an attempt to take over the mystically-powerful carnival.
Caught up in her problems with her son, Mesa doesn’t realize Jiibay has discovered their whereabouts, and now everyone is in danger, including the child she gave up to protect.
BOOK TWO: Finding Genny
Waking up and discovering the carnival has brought him back to 1930’s St. Paul, Minnesota, carnival healer, Carter, is thrust back into his worst nightmare. He had finally begun to move on with his life after the mob-killing of his wife, Genny, only to be yanked back in time to the place of her murder.
The carnival has its reasons for bringing people back to the place of their heartache and pain. Finding out his wife was alive was just the beginning for Carter. It seems that Genny has problems of her own. She’s on the run, because in her attempt to escape, she killed an important member of the St. Paul Syndicate. After several unsuccessful attempts to find her, Carter is forced to turn to the man who shot her. Joseph is the syndicate’s right-hand man, and his personal stake in finding Genny could be the downfall of all of them.
As Carter races against the week the carnival has given him to find his wife, he realizes he must also make a life and death decision for everyone involved. Will he choose to stay behind with the woman he loves, leaving the carnival vulnerable without him, or will he chose to ensure the safety of the carnival but leave the woman he loves behind?
Destiny of Darkness and Light
It was the spring of 1965, and Sarah, the
carnival cook, has returned to Prairie Bluff, Wisconsin. Waking up to find the carnival was sitting high on a bluff above her family’s business, The Prairie Bluff Inn and Amphitheater., did not make Sarah’s day. Her fiancé had been a musician and sang in the house band. But when a plane crash took his life and the life they had planned together, she ran from painful memories and lost dreams.
Sarah slips back into a quieter time when everything seemed simple. But as the week progresses, she discovers that while home had
not changed; she had.
She once craved the excitement of the 60’s
music scene, and now all she wanted was a white house with a picket fence; lots of kids in the yard, and family nearby. The problem was she was now married to Frank, the carnival’s creature whisperer. And traveling with the mystically-powerful carnival meant not being able to have a child.
Should she leave her husband for her old life and the stability she longed for?
As she struggles with this decision, she discovers her family tree has a complicated branch. Her decision to stand in the darkness or the light will affect not only her, but the safety of the carnival. Will she be able to protect the carnival, or will the carnival need protection from her?
Book Four: Perilous Choices
Veronica was home. Veronica’s large Victorian home sat on a hill in Freeport, Illinois. Known as The Chapman House, the upscale brothel gave men fine wine, beautiful woman, and a night of pleasure.
She had everything she could ever want…a beautiful home, more money than she could ever spend, and a man who loved her.
But she couldn’t stay.
It was 1893, and her past had reared its ugly head in the form of her brother, Adam. After years of searching for her, he had found her in this most unlikely of places. This time he wouldn’t be leaving without her.
Blamed for the death of her father, Veronica was to be brought back to Rock Island to be hung for her crime. Her explanations fell on deaf ears as Adam would make her pay for having to live his life alone.
Not even the help of Buffalo Bill Cody or the mystical carnies would make a difference this time. Would she choose to die for a crime she would do again if given the chance, or live the rest of her life as the mystical carnival’s fat lady?
She just had to find another way out.