A Rapture of Ravens
Coming in Spring 2015.
A sizzling new novel set in Taos, New Mexico. The third in the Justine Trilogy, preceded by the award-winning Cairo Codex and The Italian Letters. Anthropologist Justine Jenner travels to Taos in search of D. H. Lawrence…and her own identity. She stumbles into the conflict and hunt for the migration patterns of the peoples from the west. Here, she finds the Red Willow people, archaeologists, Lawrence aficionados, and artists who draw her into the riveting blend of cultures that is Taos. Lawrence discoveries include the spirituality he found on Lobos Mountain, legal documents that lay unexplored in the Taos courthouse for decades, his lost will, and letters that more fully explain his mysterious journey. After her Egyptian lover, Amir, joins her at Christmas, he returns to Cairo to lead the revolution of January 2011. The stunning finale to the Trilogy engages Justine in a life and death struggle with nature and with herself.
The Italian Letters
This captivating and suspenseful novel portrays the adventures of anthropologist Justine Jenner. Expelled from Egypt, she quickly disrupts Italy by challenging the traditions and beliefs of this proud land of the Etruscans, the Renaissance. and the Church.
The Italian Letters explores the bold themes of dominant human desires, an 80-year old romance revealed in discovered letters, feminism, religious beliefs, and the pressures felt in ancient lands marred by political conflict.
A sequel to the award-winning Cairo Codex, The Italian Letters lies in the sensuous curvature of ancient and present day Italy, and follows the life of anthropologist Dr. Justine Jenner after she is forced out of Egypt in the wake of discovering and making public a controversial codex, the diary of the Virgin Mary. Exiled into Tuscany, Justine finds herself embroiled in three interwoven stories of discovery: the long-lost letters from D.H. Lawrence to her great-grandmother, Isabella; an Etruscan tomb revealing the origin and migration of an ancient people predating Rome; and the genealogy of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Shaken by the frank revelations in Lawrence’s letters and the intimate relationship between the primeval Etruscans and Jesus’ mother, Justine must confront her own sexuality and yearning for personal freedom.
This second novel in the trilogy, The Italian Letters is riveted with literary, religious and archeological history and international politics, each narrative magnifying and altering the meaning of the others.
The concluding novel in the Trilogy, A Rapture of Ravens, set in Taos, New Mexico, will be released in the spring of 2015.
The Cairo Codex
A story of two provocative, legendary women, two millennia apart.
Egypt is a powder keg ripe for revolution and sparked by a religious discovery so shocking that all religious and political forces converge to prevent its revelation
An anthropologist, an earthquake and a codex lead to a complex story of suspense. Dr. Justine Jenner, the daughter of an Egyptian beauty and American archeologist, returns to Egypt to assume a position with the UNESCO Community Schools for Girls, but is soon sidetracked by discovery, violence, kidnapping, burning churches, and murder.
Trapped in an ancient crypt—a former cave and home of the Holy Family—during a violent earthquake, Justine discovers a codex that is determined to be the diary of the Virgin Mary. Transcribed diary entries throughout the novel reveal Mary’s sexual life with Joseph, Jesus’ twin sister, the influence of a young Indian Buddhist on the future practice of Jesus, Jewish life in ancient Egypt, and the real reason the family left Palestine. These revelations are so provocative and dangerous that they set off a series of actions, primarily by the Muslim Brotherhood, to keep the mysteries from coming to light.
Justine falls in love with two Egyptian men, one who betrays her. As a strong feminist, she yearns for freedom, sexual awakening, and an Egyptian identity, yet is discredited and expelled from the country she loves.