In 2079, a time travel experiment sends physicist Carmela Akronfleck further back in time than she'd intended. Though she's still in her small northern California town, the year is 1936 and she must learn to live without the technology she's come to rely on. Her neurological implants should be dormant, but she receives a cryptic message, periodically accompanied by an audio transmission from the future. It's the voice of her former psychotherapist, an android named Kass, stating his innocence in a series of murders.
It is the 24th century, and Earth has outlawed all religion following a devastating war fueled by zealotry on all sides. Rogue starship captain Maggie Sullivan defies authorities and embarks upon a dangerous mission in search of a rumored incarnation of Christ on a far-off planet. Her band of unlikely rebels includes a Nobel Prize-winning professor of anti-religious studies, his entourage, and a feisty, genetically-enhanced parrot who thinks she's the iconic singer Janis Joplin.
Talisman the Australian Shepherd is a feisty, young show dog with psychic gifts. Tali's extended family includes her neurotic sisters, the hilarious spirit of Mae West, a hyper, freestyle-dancing Border Collie, and her heart person Valentino DeMitri - who has just found his own heart person. In this humorous novella, Tali must deal with star-crossed love and a terrifying ghost haunting the prestigious dog show she is attending. Can her innate ghostbusting abilities save the day?
In an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, pampered show dog Talisman is switched with a cowdog and has to work on a ranch for the day. By the time her harrowing adventure is over, she is in desperate need of a massage, a session with her Reiki Master, a consultation with the pet psychic, a full grooming, and a pedicure. However, along the way she learns powerful lessons - including the discovery that she's so much more than just another pretty face.
"Love dogs? Love having a good laugh?"
Cole Dillon drowns in Deer Lake shortly before his 13th birthday. Elijah Thunderbird, a Native American shaman, travels between the worlds to bring Cole back from death. Unfortunately, Cole isn't supposed to survive, and with the natural order disrupted, dark spirits follow them home.
What changed the direction of Dara's life journey? She chose to believe and travel with the power of love, God's love - a love that at first was not always easy to understand, trust, or accept. As her story reveals, it was Divinely life-transforming when she welcomed this unconditional love into her heart. Dara's life lessons are about choices and how great trials can be great teachers; how the biggest hurts can be the biggest gifts. It is one's choice how to learn the lesson.