Lela Markham, the pen name of a native Alaskan has four published books under her Amazon profile. Her new release is Mirklin Wood, the second book in her Daermad Cycle. I have yet to read this book as I want to read The Willow Branch, the first book in this series. And, from the looks of it, she is not done with this series by a long shot. I did have a small peek into the Daermad Cycle and it is lush, full of fantasy and Celtic lore, but a world all Lela’s own. The two books are shy of one thousand pages, so grab both before the 3rd in her series, Fount of Dreams is scheduled (2017) to hit the Amazon shelves.
Now for something that is also set in this world, but a wee bit closer to our present times. Most of us are familiar with The Terminator series of post war America. There is a myriad of Zombie stories. In today’s papers we see pictures of worn torn areas across the world, and most of us have seen the footage of the Twin Towers that imploded on that infamous September 11th in 2001.
The story in Life As We Knew It while set in Kansas and the impact on a small town named Emmaus in the aftermath of attacks in all major cities, is a study on society’s mores and the divisions. It is the pulling together for survival when looking to government help that does not occur.
This story like her other series is written in multiple points of view which gives the reader an insight to the characters and moves the bonding quickly and tightly.
I know Markham is working on the sequel in The Transformation Project of which Life As We Knew It is Book 1. I am avidly awaiting Book 2, hoping she has a long timeline for the Transformation Project series too.
Her blog is always informative or entertaining. This week she is talking about free speech.
“For freedom of speech to exist, we all have to allow room for speech we abhor, recognizing that there are others who likely abhor our speech. The curtailment of speech creates an absence of political debate with far-reaching destructive consequences.” – Lela Markham (Facebook page)