Finding Meara

Ever set out to do a favor for a friend, something you didn’t expect you would enjoy, and then discover doing the favor turns out to be a real pleasure? I recently had this experience.

Lara Schiffbauer and I have never met, but she has become one of my best friends. When I sent out a request for beta readers for Fancy, volume one of my novella series, Lara was the only one to respond. She has now read and edited all the novellas in the series, and her comments have been extremely helpful to me.

Let me tell you a little about Lara.

imageLara Schiffbauer is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, mother of two, wife of one, and a stubborn optimist. She loves Star Wars, Lego people, science, everyday magic and to laugh. You can find Lara on several different social media sites, with all links listed on her website,

When I first heard she was working on a novel, I decided I would buy it and read it in order to support her. When I learned later on that her novel was a fantasy, I gulped slightly, because that’s not a genre I enjoy. I think maybe my imagination is too limited for such things. But I bought the book anyhow and set about reading it. Imagine my surprise when I got into Finding Meara and discovered I actually enjoyed reading it.image

To keep her safe, Hazel Michelli’s parents never told her she was adopted, or that her birthplace was in an alternative land where magic and monsters exist. She found out the truth the day a ferocious winged creature stole her from her Denver apartment and delivered her to Lucian, the sadistic Lifeforce magician who happens to be Hazel’s biological father.

“Dysfunctional family” takes on new meaning when she learns Lucian must sacrifice a daughter to maintain immortality and take over the Realm. When Hazel’s younger half-sister disappears just days before the Rite, Lucian moves Hazel to the top of the sacrificial short list.

Afraid, yet compelled to protect her four-year-old half-sister, Hazel races between both worlds, searching for Meara while being hunted by Lucian.  Their lives, and the future of the Realm, leave her no room for failure.

If you have any interest in fantasies, get this book and read it. In fact, even if you aren’t a fantasy lover, you might enjoy Lara’s great writing and the suspense she keeps hanging over you as you read.

You can order this book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Kobo. Do it. You’ll be glad.


Winners from last week’s drawing: Patricia Sands, A. C. Cockerill, and Kitt Crescendo. Email me at dnwalkertx (at) gmail (dot) com to let me know whether you want Heaven Sent or first three volumes of Fancy series and whether you use Kindle or Nook.


We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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18 Responses to Finding Meara

  1. David – This is a terrific story. I’m continually amazed by the generosity and depth of wisdom fellow bloggers are willing to share.


  2. angelapeart says:

    I enjoy reading and writing fantasy. Lara’s book sounds amazing. I will be sure to add it to my TBR list and snatch it off Amazon 🙂


  3. Well, I’m a huge fan of fantasy and this book sounds positively delicious! Thanks for the intro, David. It’s great to meet another fantasy writer and I’m so pleased she’s become a great friend to you! I’m off to order the book, thanks again.


  4. Sounds like something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation, David. Good luck with the book, Lara!


  5. Thank you so much, David, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book! It always feels so great to know people like what you write, but it’s doubly-enjoyable when people who don’t usually like the genre you write in do! You’ve been a great friend back, and I am always humbled by your kindness. 🙂


  6. Karlene says:

    David you had me at… Laura is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, mother of two, wife of one, and a stubborn optimist. She loves Star Wars, Lego people, and science. I love this lady too! You go Laura! Keep that face to the sky and spirit lifted. Nice to meet you.


  7. Barb Estinson says:

    I’m glad that you read Lara’s book and actually enjoyed it, David. Perhaps you are stretching that imagination of yours.


  8. I recently blogged about a similar experience I had with my first blog friend, Mae Clair. She, too wrote a fantasy book (which wasn’t a big deal because I enjoy fantasy, but hers had a historical twist that left me with doubts). I enjoyed it so much that I voluntarily did a review on my blog. It was fantastic! I’m glad you had a similar experience.

    Her book sounds exciting, so I’ll also be adding it to my TBR pile!


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