The Town with the Feather Crest
This long illustrated poem is for children ages 5 – 12. A young man in his travels comes to a beautiful castle. But all is not what it seems. At the castle gate he meets the guard who tells him about the spell that is over the town. The guard senses that the lad has a good heart, and convinces him that he is the one to defeat the dragon who is stealing townspeople away. So the lad sets off knowing where to go, but is not entirely sure how to accomplish the task. It involves the feather of truth, which can change everything, but it is the lad’s ingenious delivery system that wins the day. The book teaches empathy for the greater good, courage to go forth in the world, and ingenuity to fulfill a difficult task. It also includes a short dictionary at the back of the book with words introduced in the story for increasing vocabulary usage. Along with Lita’s enchanting poem are the images by talented Los Angeles illustrator Francisco Enciso. To be released in November on the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition for easy downloads.
The Sylvan Woods of Lake Nemi
Elena Morandi must complete needed field work in order to finish her dissertation in anthropology. Her topic: how the ancient cult of Diana and its practices influenced the social structure of the Roman people. She takes on summer work under the supervision of a local history specialist, Professor Riccardo Benenati. She also adds to her knowledge by helping the well-respected archaeologist, Doctor Vincenzo Nerezza, who is working on a dig at the famous Temple of Diana on the northeastern shore of Lake Nemi. Elena discovers a secret tunnel under the Nemi cliffs, and a way back in time to its ancient sylvan woods. Between keeping in touch with her husband back home in the states, her work with the professor and archaeologist, and her visits with Diana’s ancient cult of priestesses, she is also trying to figure out who is stealing temple antiquities. She doesn’t know who she can trust, but she ends up learning much more than she ever expected.
Of Roma Heart and Spirit
Two stories of a romantic fantasy come together in one book about Roma Travelers set in 1871. The first story tells of a romance between a young girl named Pearl who travels in a vardo wagon with her family, and her lover Garridan who lives in the ancient and haunted Hoia Baciu Forest of Romania. They become trapped in that forest together by a mysterious overlord named Spiridon and his overseer Varujan. Pearl and Garridan must bargain their way out, but cannot do it without the help of Pearl’s family and a precise number of local townspeople.
The second story begins after they have escaped, and tells of Garridan’s exceptional talents as a wood carver who brings new life into a Romanian Village. Unbeknownst to him, he has come under the spell of four ancient spirits that imbue and enchant their magic into four walking sticks that he carves. Each stick can both aid the one who needs it, and harm the ones who don’t. It is a heart-warming story about Romanian culture, a secret Pearl’s family carries that can dispel the spirits, and how the town rewards them.