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In a tip of the hat to our talented authors, we like to showcase a different author in our regular Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This time around, we’re shining our spotlight on author L.F. Falconer, who has published three compelling books through Outskirts Press: Hope Flies on Broken Wings, Exit Strategy and Hope Rises from the Ashes. We expect even more great things in the future from this accomplished author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raised on a ranch in rural Nevada, L.F. Falconer has lived in various places throughout the West, including Portland, Oregon, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Reno and South Lake Tahoe, Nev. Now back in her hometown of Fallon, she enjoys getting off the beaten path and exploring the back roads whenever possible. Her first novel, Hope Flies on Broken Wings, was released in 2012.
It is the final summer of Collie’s innocence when an ill-fated romance forces her into maturity. Fast approaching the age of adulthood under the king’s law, Collie, the beautiful, eldest daughter of a Middletown tinker, sets her sights upon a handsome young fisherman named Dugan, the troubled son of an unscrupulous man from the lower-class village of Ganty. A tumultuous love affair soon ensues as they attempt to cross the lines of class segregation, bigotry, and religious differences amid their own internal conflicts. Collie clings to her dreams of grandeur—a life of unfettered leisure, travel, and excitement, for she fears to end up like her mother, tied to a kitchen and a house full of children. The rebellion against her mother and her way of life is a constant source of contention between them as she doggedly pursues Dugan, shunning the affections of the blacksmith, Arrick, a more proper, acceptable suitor, favored by Collie’s parents. Down in Ganty, there are two dangerous men of power—a pub master named Barrtel, and Dugan’s father, Harlo, cordial enemies that tolerate one another in an uneasy truce. Dugan spends a great deal of time drinking at Barrtel’s pub in an effort to escape some of the unspeakable horrors he has been involved with at the hands of his father. As Collie resists becoming her mother, Dugan resists becoming his father while the two young lovers struggle in their rocky, forbidden relationship, and Collie slowly begins to unravel the mystery of a secret past involving Harlo and her own parents. Set in the mythical realm of Donnel by the sea in the rising spread of Christianity, Hope Flies on Broken Wings delves into two adolescent minds and their individual, personal struggles that draw them together while pushing them apart—two souls seeking redemption, each with a completely different life view of what constitutes hell on earth in this poignant tale of love and loss.
Jonas Dumar has a problem. Having little faith that his lawyer can get him acquitted of the murder charge he faces in Massachusetts, Jonas takes to the sea under an assumed identity to seek asylum with a past college chum who now lives in the Shetland Islands. Hoping to ease the loneliness of the voyage, at a quick stop in Newfoundland, he takes on board, Gabe and Izzy, a young couple trying to work their way back to Spain. Only when he’s back out on the open sea does Jonas begin to suspect his passengers are not what they appear to be. But then again, neither is Jonas Dumar. So begins a nightmarish voyage across the North Atlantic. After a failed attempt to abandon Gabe and Izzy in Greenland, Jonas awakes one morning to find himself sailing alone with nothing but a haunting dream and a resurrected childhood friend. Gabe and Izzy have vanished without a trace. But then they come back. Delving into the mind of a man in possession of too many secrets, Exit Strategy is a wild excursion into a realm of the fantastic, as Jonas Dumar comes to realize that some secrets are better left unknown. A man really can learn more about himself than he ever wants to know. Author warning: Contains graphic material that might be unsuitable for some readers.
Collie’s journey into adulthood was met with tragic consequences when she defied society to follow her heart. In this sequel to “Hope Flies on Broken Wings,” Collie attempts to escape the haunting memories of the worst night in her young life. Fearing a lifetime of heartbreak and shame, she leaves her seaside homeland of Donnel to seek refuge in the Tillaman Realm beyond the eastern mountains. But she soon finds herself wishing she’d never left home when she becomes hopelessly entangled in a dangerous game of possession and jealousy between two Tillaman warriors and the women who desire them. Has a reluctance to part with her merman scale charm bound her into a prison of her own making? Or will a gift from the sea be her salvation?
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