A historical fiction and magical realism series that features an array of intercultural and compelling characters—from the surgeon protagonist to Hawaiian magicians—that meet in a sizzling, historical context. If you like exotic locales, cringe-worthy explorations of early 19th-century medicine, and engaging, subtle fantasy, then you’ll love this page-turning series.
A Half Flower - coming soon
Peril unfolds in the historical fiction and magical realism novel A Half Flower in which Balzac Voclain, a trouble magnet, fights for justice. The story begins in 1821 Lyon, in Balzac’s school years, when he mistakenly witnesses a family member’s head rolling from the guillotine. He’s drawn into the after shocks of the French Revolution and encounters … well, more trouble.
He flees France under cover with missionaries and disembarks in Hawaii, where he pursues a surgeon’s career. The queen being Protestant, Balzac finds all Frenchmen fled. He discovers the old Hawaiian beliefs, filled with magic and legends, forcefully pressed to remote areas or replaced by Protestantism. It feels like a déjà vu. Already involved with a stunning Hawaiian woman, he wants to live with her. They join forces with the Catholic missionaries who are set on staying, too.
He sees the other side of the political agenda when he’s chosen for a human sacrifice by the old culture. Losing his grip on reality, he starts believing he might be part of a legend. Or is he just in trouble, again?