Jul 15, 2014


"Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her."

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art.

But after a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.

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Feb 12, 2014

Love: A Short Story Collection

A few months back, several author friends of mine collaborated together to create a series of short stories centered around the theme of love. It's now live and available on Amazon. We hope you'll enjoy it.

Blurb: For centuries, people have been captured by tales of love. What makes this human emotion so powerful that countless fables and legends, mythologies and parables, have been devoted to it? Because every one of us has, in one way or another, been affected by its mysterious pull. Love is a force, a connection, a spiritual quality that can transform human relationships from mere exchanges into lofty connections. Love has typically been portrayed in mainstream media as conditional and artificial, which makes many a love story vaguely unsatisfying. But the writers who contributed to the stories in this collection believe that we can learn to more capably convey it. It is the hope of these authors that their stories will both be satisfying, as well as contribute to your personal reflection about love.

Happy Valentines Day!