THE CYCLE OF SOIL
Just completed is first in the Cycle Series: THE CYCLE OF SOIL. It is a cross between Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior and the TV series The 3%. Set in the near future, the Earth is ravaged by climate change but Global Governance has a solution: select the very best of the population to live on technologically advanced "lilypads" while the land is left to heal. Although the success of this plan requires intensely, invasively tracking everyone, most think it’s a small price to pay to be one of the “chosen few.”
Tebastiana holds a prestigious position as Global Governance lead art curator, deciding which of the remaining art pieces go to which lilypad. She is assured a place on these miraculous floating islands, but she gives it up when she learns the artists themselves are being left behind. Instead, Tebastiana leads a rag-tag group of these neo-pioneers as they create an In-Lander community in the woods, distanced from the chaos of the abandoned cities.
When Mira joins the community, life is thrown into disarray. Her mystical powers of communicating with the ominous Kaiseki threaten to tear the community apart as they struggle to determine which of her predictions are prophecy and which are madness.
THE CYCLE OF SOIL explores the cross-paths of science and spirituality, the rise of primitive communities, the ethics of governmental overreach, and what actions are truly within our human power to control.
THE CYCLE OF SALT
The second book, which is in the works, takes us into the futuristic worlds of the ten man-made lilypads and the sadistic plot of Salax (they/them), Tebastiana's former lover who betrayed her in favor of a secret plot that resulted in rampant infertility across the In-Land communities.
THE CYCLE OF SALT is a near future novel about what happens to humanity when urban planning goes haywire.
After the government implements mandatory Taste Removal so the citizens will readily ingest their daily level of the foul but profitable Scrape, the loss of taste causes 67% of the population to fall into one form of depression or another—including turning to Burn, a hardcore drug that mimics taste by burning, like hot peppers. An epidemic of junkie Burners breaks out.
Seeing an opportunity, Salax begins breeding children from adult Burn addicts who survive traumatic 'Rock Bottoms' terrifying enough to alter their epigenetic information—the genetic information that we can change during our lifetimes. These children will inherit genetic material making the notion of addiction as frightening as poisonous spiders. But that's not Salax's only reason for the devious genetic alteration...