A Knightly Encounter

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The next book in the Sara Series will be soon available.  Sara travels through time to meet her great great… granduncle Tristam an English knight, who with the assistance of his fellow warriors throughout the ages explain the masculine perspective and life of a warrior and societal rank within a variety of cultures.  Shallah appears in this novel as well.  A brief introduction…

A Knightly Encounter

As they stood there and faced one another, it was as if all of the years that had passed between the life of the knight and the current life of Sara faded like the dews from a jewelweed. She shivered in the cool breeze that blew through the forest that surrounded them. She had no idea how they had gotten to where they were, nor did she want to leave. She felt drawn to him; he looked at her through clear eyes, the color indiscernible, in the gathering mist.

“Do you know why you are here?”

“No, I can’t really recall thinking of this before falling asleep.”

The young man’s face took on an expression of mild amusement. Sarah felt a little annoyed; she didn’t like being laughed at a fact that she was sure to point out.

“What is so funny?”

“You, your thoughts race, it is amazing that you are able to stand without falling from the whirlwind that dances through your thoughts, they rush out of your conscience like a herd of wild horses, forever running not bothering to stop unless absolutely necessary.”

Feeling perturbed by his mocking manners, Sarah frowned, “what was she dreaming this for anyway?”

Turning to the Shaded Knight, she spoke. “Why have you brought me here?”

“So that you may understand a part of yourself that you have denied exists.”

This was all sounding too familiar, “Did Shallah send you?”

“Who?”

“Shallah, you know, an aged Native American woman, who wears brightly colored shawls and speaks in Cryptic tones.” She placed her hands on her hips for emphasis.

The knight shook his head slowly, and sighed. He had been trained to tolerate and respect any woman that he interacted with, as was the code of chivalry, though he had lost his patience with several of the women that he had known, this one was going to be a challenge, this he could tell. She reminded him of a young woman that he had met in a small village called Wrentham, in the year 1542. She had the same hair color, though her eyes were dark, and she stood a few inches taller than Sarah.

He wondered what had happened to her, her name was Megan. With that thought, there was a shuffle in the brush behind him, he turned hand on his sword, half drawing the blade, and saw the face of the woman he had just envisioned.

“Greetings Tristan,” her eyes flickered with amusement. She suppressed the burst of laughter that threatened to escape. They looked at each other for a long moment, years of memories flared within each individual’s memory.

Her voice the dry caress of a dead branch against a frosted winter windowpane, “who is your little friend?”

“Her name is Sarah, and she is here to learn a few lessons about the herself. Perhaps if I have the chance I will inform you.” Aloud. In his mind, he whispered to her, “and of mankind, and perhaps to understand why Mankind has the need to fight. The parasitic nature that is mankind, forcing its dominance over all living and non-living it comes in to contact with.”

Now, you know, I don’t believe the words Man and Kind should be placed near each other let alone formed into one word.” She thought back.

Feeling a little awkward at the extended silence, Sarah cleared her throat. The two spirits turned to her as one, as if just remembering she was standing before them. Sarah blinked, the woman who stood before her, was tall and strong, she looked as if she had fought a few battles herself. Turning towards Sarah, she raised her hand in greeting.

“Hello dear, I am Megan, it looks like we were both sent here to help you understand an aspect of yourself, and an aspect of humans that for whatever reason you are ready to comprehend.” I will let Tristan explain, for he is the leader of this expedition.”

First of all, I want you to think about how you feel about aggression. How you deal with Anger, and what forces within you can maintain that energy.”

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Following A Crow

Greetings All,

This novel is the first in the Sara series wherein a young woman spends a weekend talking and meditating with various women of variant cultures and ages.  It is in within each experience that Sara learns of how a female identifies and coexists in the modern world, while still listening and responding to their own spiritual drum.

Reviews for this novel are as follows:

“Wow! This is great!”

“I like how each of the characters came away with a life lesson.”

“So, when is book two coming out?”

“I see a part of Sara in all of us.”

“The beginning felt slow, but then I realized it was the calm before the storm.”

“Big fan of Shallah, keep bringing her back to the stories.”

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Visions Within My Mind

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Visions within my mind are stories, poems, song lyrics of the macabre, horror and of a spiritual nature.

The reviews regarding this collection are as follows:

A page-turner, emo and amazing!

I can’t believe I read it all in one sitting, I definitely need to reread it again!

Can you write more… PLEASE!

I was excited to see excerpts from Knightshade Manor in there… it shows the continuance of the two books.

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Knightshade Manor Book I

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I have written and published some of the files from the Afterlife Institution entitled Knightshade Manor. Within this book you will find the stories you know and love of Raven, Aaron, Dena and Simon Knightshade.  As well as the other caretakers who reside within the Manor and maintain the illusion of a grand hotel of yesteryear for those insane spirits who chose to spend their afterlife reliving their delusions. To find and purchase these items please choose from one of the following links…

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Clara & Marie – Introduction 2016

Clara & Marie

Siamese twins of Asian descent who are euphemistically joined at the hip; and are beautiful, because they have differing views they are an undeniable asset to the Manor. Their expertise lies in the interpretation of the deaths of children, their investigation includes the events leading to their deaths as well as the illusions they withhold after death. Their diagnosis is contingent on their observations as to whether the children are ready to move on, or if desired to await their killers to exact their vengeance upon them.

In fact, these Siamese twins share a section of their abdomen and a few of their internal organs, allowing them to live but unable to be separated. In life, they had lived into their twenties and had gained education and training in counseling. They are a unique team as one questions the guest, as the other observes and listens.

Clara is more assertive while Marie is more introverted. They are both beautiful with a slight variance of feature that is not immediately apparent.

Faux pas on life was the agreement to a surgery of separation; one suffered excessive abdominal hemorrhaging and died before her sister who then just waited an hour to die. This story can be found in Knightshade Manor in a discussion between Dena and Aaron.

Afterlife Institution occupation began after they arrived at Browning Memorial Hospital. After convalescing for a month’s duration, surrounded by Marions who looked like their loved ones, did Claire notice that there was something odd about the staff. Being the observant one, she decided to try to prove her theory, she had seen a reptilian tail sticking out of the white lab coat of one of the hematology technicians. That story is shared in Browning Memorial Hospital.

As for their family, in life, their father and mother were poor who celebrated their birth as a blessing in many forms, as people came to see them; they paid money to view this oddity in their village. Some visitors came from many miles to catch a glimpse of these blessed children. As the years went by, several medicine people came, who taught them the ways of psychology, medicine, and healing. The influx of elders were based on the assumption that they would not be alive for a long time.

Their interests are varied, as they have very different personalities. The one agreed upon interest is determining individuals motives and their actions as a result of those motivations. Their variable personalities often led them to arguing with one another. And not being able to get away from each other or physically hurt each other they developed an elaborate system of insults.

They appear in Knightshade Manor as needed, often when there is the arrival of many children at a time.

They work out of Kerringer Castle, where most of their wards are housed. This is where their formal office is located.

In Browning Memorial Hospital wherein a portion of their patients can be located, they work out of a shared office space, a less-formal environment than in Kerringer Castle.

Howard Place, is where they often engaged guests in the lobby to ascertain where the guests needed to be redirected and to which afterlife institution.

Paranormal Palace is where they chose to live, as the environment and guests seemed most comfortable to them .

In conclusion, their life had prepared them for their afterlife. They had no real intention of moving from their current station.

Caroline Browning – Introduction 2016

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Caroline Browning

Stepmother of Aaron and has returned from a long duration of fieldwork, as she is the most human looking of all of the Knightshades, she chose to be the first point of contact for many, quite similar to the reason for using Jessica, the look of death didn’t appear as easily as it does on the others of the Knightshade family. Her blonde hair, and milky white skin, and eyes of violet, entranced all who came into contact with her.

Having been married to Simon a few centuries earlier, she had taken on the role of the matriarch of the current generation of Knightshades. She is close to Alfred as he is the manager of her hospital and she trusts him implicitly as to who shall work and reside within her facility. The various staff members who work within the hospital are quite fond of her as she is genuinely concerned and easily approachable in regards to hospital issues.

During the course of her lifetime, she had been an administrator and had managed several successful organizations and facilities a few of which were hospitals and universities. It is with this background that when the afterlife institutions function were decided upon, she opted for a medical facility and preferably a teaching hospital. She spent several months deciding on the design and chose the flexibility of which the Manor is capable, adapting to the current needs of the patients and hospital staff.

During her lifetime, she has been a wife, hostess and mother to her children. As she was the matron of a large household, she spent every waking moment preparing for guests, and parties to support the Knightshade reputation. As well as volunteered on several community boards and administration staffs so that she could learn to run any corporation, which proved lucrative in her after-life.

Her after-life occupation began once she left Howard Place, she was nominated to be the Lead Administrator and owner of Browning Memorial Hospital. She can be found in all areas of the hospital; she returns to her chambers at Knightshade Manor when she desires to rest. Her office is located on the first floor of BMH and she relies heavily on Alfred and Jessica to keep her informed of new arrivals. She does go to crash sites to ascertain the changes she needs to create; in the hospital in regards to capacity and services required by current patients.

She is often quiet and observational, she can be firm as the need arises; and compassionate as well as flexible. With the goal of moving the patients on to the next institution they choose, she is ever diligent of clues as to where they desire to go.

Deep sultry voice befitting a tall woman, whose narrow waist and shoulders , Mother of Dena, she wore her blond hair short, her skin pale white piercing blue eyes, rigid posture, square shoulders, wore long dresses, Characteristic of Victorian Times.

She rode in a carriage on a stormy night, and the road was on a cliffside leading to their home in the mountains. The wheels locked and the horses and driver all were killed in the crash as well, she would often hear their screams in the night. The team of horses resided in the stable at the Manor, she would often bring them sweets and apples.

Interests include Art, Music, All the talents people use to remind themselves they are alive.

Knightshade Manor is where she resides; her chambers are found in the South end of the first floor. As it is furthest from the lobby, and keeps most of the staff and guests from disturbing her. As with all of the staff she can appear by thought and can go to any area within the Manor instantly.

Caroline can go to Kerringer Castle whenever one of her patients wishes to see her. Shje madkes it a point to often visit the children of parents who may want an jupdates as to how the children are faring in the afterlife. It gives her great delight to see the once sickly patienst full of energy and enjoying their afterlife.

She has no real business at the Justice Hall.

She is a patron of the Arts; she desires beauty over all else. She can be found walking through various galleries, sometimes alone, sometimes with a friend or two. It is due to her photographic memory that she knows where every thing is located within the Browning Memorial Hospital and she selects artwork based on color schemes and design already within the hospital. She had befriended Lord Byron several years before and would find herself outside at an outdoor cafe,where the two of them would exchange banter on witty sayings while eavesdropping on the people around them. She with her Chai Tea, and he with his preferred Cafe du Jour. The hours spent relaxing in the sun, helped clear her mind of the drudgeries of her past. When the Shelley’s came round the stories started and if it not for the oncoming of evening and a chill breeze, none of them would go home.

Whenever her duties called her to Howard Place she often found herself intrigued by the otherworldly creatures who helped maintain the fog and facilities of Howard Place. The ability to be invisible around the newly dead was an asset for this highly transitional abode. As she walked around the lobby seeking the ones that were going to be at Browning Memorial Hospital she loved to probe the memories of the one’s who were waiting in this way station of the after life Howard Place had appeared one day fully staffed without any preparation as it was staffed by paranormal palace denizens, the initial familial connection was lacking, as well as the psychic connections the other so relied upon.

At The Abbey, Caroline would visit with Sister Grace and discuss the elements of Catholicism that lacked in explaining the existence of the Afterlife Institutions. A shadowy alliance existed between the two women, as one refused to acknowledge the failings of the living world to prepare for the Afterlife Institutions, while the other was quite aware of those very failings, as her institution was overcrowded. The continued isolation of the Head Abbess contributed to her own inability to move onto the next incarnation.

In Paranormal Palace, reside the spirits that so fascinate Caroline, however due to the chaotic environment and the need to maintain human attributes, she has been advised never to go to that institution.

The need to visit Yarborough station arises when her stepsons, or ex-husband is in residence and she has to have a conversation with one of them. When Octavius was first returned from Dark Highways, was one such occasion.

In conclusion, Caroline like all of the other staff members is obligated to serve within her chosen afterlife institution for the duration of her continued disillusionment that she is not ready to face to prepare for relocation to her next lifetime.

Ariel – Introduction 2016

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Ariel

A Banshee who resides within the caretakers cabin on the edge of the forest, it enables her to keep an eye on the creatures within the forest, as well as the temporary bungalows for the arriving children.  She spends part of her time at the Manor, at Kerringer Castle, and the rest of her time guiding or losing souls through the fens of Northern Europe.

Her family had all gone on to their next lifetime, her memories of lives spent with the kindred spirits of whom she called brother were many, and she often used the games and stories to entertain the children with whom she played in the forests of Knightshade Manor grounds, and in Kerringer Castle on days that weather prevented egress. Having an elder sister had greatly affected her and she often talked to her sister via the dreams of the living girl.

Having died as a young schoolteacher due to an outbreak of smallpox epidemic of which eternally tied her to Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, M.D. She had spent a majority of her time with children, and still sought every opportunity to teach, and learn as this was her most familiar occupation.

As characteristic of any who transform into Banshees in their afterlife, her moods tend to switch at a moments notice, predominately she is soft-spoken and delightful, while other times she is screeching and enraged with no means of calming herself without disappearing from the area to collect her thoughts. Hence her habitation alone at the edge of the forest was a necessity that Aaron and Dena had determined when she had first arrived to the Manor.

Her Irish heritage reflected itself in her pale milky toned skin, and her flaming red hair which could be seen the most vibrant on cloudy brightly lit mornings. Her green eyes were alluring and saw through to one’s soul. Often with an expression of curiosity, or disbelief depending on who she was interacting with at the time. Her rage often showed a reddening of her cheeks and her eyes melted into a deep black color. Having lived during a time of minimal food available she had maintained a thin physique but a strength that developed from churning butter, and winnowing the fields during harvest time. She was of short height which enabled the children to be comfortable in her presence.

Her mistake in life that led to her death was the trusting of Dr, Geoffrey Shaw M.D, who had misdiagnosed a disease and sent a child to her classroom. It was in the recognizing the illness and her subsequent exposure as she carried the child back to the M.D.s office, that was the beginning of her end. Knowing that she was now going to die, she focused on caring for the sick as an impromptu nurse with minimal training from the Doctor, and memories of remedies taught to her by her holistic healing mother, who had learned from her mother.

Her interests in life, included science, biology, botany, technology, and she had tried to learn all that she could so that she was an excellent teacher. Her interests allowed her to conduct field trips and laboratory experiments in the after-life. Versed in several species of animal and plant, she had chosen to reside on the edge of the forest so she could observe and work with the animals who found themselves wandering through the coniferous forest that surrounded the Manor. The various plant species were of varieties that were not often found in the same ecosystem, but that didn’t surprise her, she knew it was part of her illusion and provided an excellent background for the animals and children to exist.

Ariel prefers to reside in Knightshade Manor Forest, she convinced the Marians to build her a cabin on the edge of the forest. Her front door leading to a path that ended at the manicured rolling fields of Knightshade Manor, Her back door led through her small plot of manicured lawn aligned with shrubs and gated area when her vegetable garden and flowers garden were lovingly cared for beyond the gates was leading to the forest were various earth paths winded through the ancient trees.

Marians she convinced them to take on the shape of Irishmen laborers so that one could feel more at home, while she told them how she wanted her house.

She rarely set foot in the Manor as her guests were often housed in tree houses and bungalows the children. While the animals roamed free through the forest, in manicured pastures or lived in barns equipped with fully-stocked climate-control stables.

Kerringer Castle is where she spent time when the weather turned foul, hours and hours of playing in the various chambers and halls of the castle, she loved to teach her words dress up by using their imaginations and seeing the paintings of the residents of the hall. She did have a home in the west tower. If she decided to stay.

Justice Hall was only visited by her when she sought a child who was incarcerated often she would breeze into the front lobby and demand the front desk to release her hold.

Howard Place As is often the case she would be enraged, so her red hair flying about her face, well her green molten eyes faded to shiny black and her pupils dilated. Her nails would grow into claws, and her feet would lift and disappear undo her green skirt, her white blouse, embroidered with red flowers.

Salisbury Town to bring her worlds to Salisbury Town was an exciting time, She loved to walk through the gallows, and teaching painting of the seaside to the children. She rarely was distraught in Salisbury Town she met many artists; authors, creative persons.

The Abbey she does not go to this institution.

Paranormal Palace is where many of her friends reside. Being half-human she can gain access that other may not. Her screeching can be heard as she competes with the were-monkeys and other such creatures. Her brother who had become a will o’ wisp would accompany her to the fens, they would take pleasure in confusing travelers late at night.

Yarborough station is not a place the she goes to, as she has no business there.

In conclusion, Ariel has no sense of time, she is very aware of the new arrivals and gets very excited to introduce new children and animals to the games. When a child was ready to move on, she also grew very excited, however she did become melancholy after they left, but never so they could see her. Dena who was aware of the effects of having a depressed banshee in the manor would send a Marion to retrieve Ariel’s brother so that he could draw her to the fens to keep her busy. Jessica was on lookout for new arrivals.