The Lost Tayamu

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Book Summary

At 16 years old, Jen stumbled out of the forest and into the woods that fringe the small midwestern town of Groverton, remembering nothing about her life except her first name and age. She was soon adopted by the Aston family, whose young daughter Ellie was thrilled to get a sibling.

Now, twelve years later, Jen is living a good life as a news anchor, raising Ellie after their parents were killed in a house fire. Jen still can’t remember her past, but that doesn’t really bother her, since she and Ellie are in a good place now.

Things suddenly change when Jen barely escapes three attempts on her life, leaving the sisters shaken and afraid. Jen owes her life to the secretive new PE teacher, Coach Doyle, who has miraculously appeared to save her every time. Doyle has fighting skills fit for a martial arts movie and reflexes just this side of impossible, but how long can he keep them safe? And why does Jen feel like she should know him?

While Jen starts to fall in love with the charming Doyle, Ellie is shocked when she discovers something otherworldly in the coach’s barn, convincing her that Doyle is definitely not a PE teacher. Ellie does not like secrets being kept from her, and is determined to unravel the enigma that is Coach Doyle. The truths that will be revealed, however, will change all their lives forever…and just might help save the magical land of Kiamada.

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About the Author

From a young age, I was in love with the premises of fantasy novels and comic books: amazing creatures, fantastic heroes, and magical powers that existed right beneath our noses. I created detailed storylines to act out with my toys, often updating the stories until I was satisfied with the plots.

My love of writing began in my senior year of high school, when I had to write short stories for my English class. I wrote the first one in ten minutes, because it was due the next class period and I had completely forgotten about it. (Note to students: I do NOT recommend this!) The story was about a cockroach who’d been squished by a stinky pair of running shoes, only to have the odors from the shoes make him grow to seven feet tall and gain intelligence. The roach and the owner of the shoes engaged in a battle of wits to determine who would get to keep the house.

That story was greeted with laughter and applause by my classmates and teacher, and my subsequent assignments garnered even more positive responses. At that point, I began to seriously consider writing as a hobby.

In 1998, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, double-majoring in Secondary Education. You read that correctly. I don’t have an English degree, or a Creative Writing degree. I only took the required three English courses. I started college with the intention of being a high school German teacher, and was triple-majoring in German, Math, and Education. When the college dropped the German major, so did I, and settled on teaching math as a career.

After graduating in 1998, I spent the next nineteen years teaching math to teenagers. Over that time, I taught all grade levels from 4th up through college. Along the way, I earned my Master of Science in Education, and began setting my sights on transitioning from instruction to instructional technology.

At the end of my nineteenth year, my director offered me the opportunity to have my dream position, and I leaped at it. I now train teachers, troubleshoot pesky devices, learn every program my director purchases for the school, and do whatever else necessary to support our I.T. Director in keeping our technology working. In addition to those duties, I am now the Computer Science Department Chair, and will be teaching Computer Science classes.

I am a certified geek, and love Superman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and other sci-fi/comic book characters and stories.

A native Floridian, I live in beautiful Broward County, Florida, with my wife and son, where I am continuing my career as an educator and diligently working on the Legends of Kiamada series, with a few other fantasy realms trying to fight their way out of my brain and onto my computer screen.

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