“They call us the destroyers.
They blame us for their woe.
They never understand,
we reap the seeds they sow.”
When humans call for peace and healing, Angels come. When humans call for suffering or chaos, Tazmarks grant their wish. johnny, with a little j, is the most powerful Tazmark on earth. More than a vampire, warlock, or time-bending demon, he is the Prince of Darkness. Yet from darkness, comes light. From destruction, new growth. He is a necessary evil. After nine hundred years of wreaking chaos, he is bored from lack of challenge.
Enter Jenséa, a human angel who has no idea she is anything more than a shy, scared, highly religious woman. As an artist, her usual motif is angels, but lately she is compelled to paint scenes of violence, which unbeknownst to her, are premonitions of her future. She is tormented and ashamed, believing she has sinned. In this, she unconsciously calls for suffering. johnny answers. However, upon realizing she is a Shen, a human angel, who is ignorant of her powers that could burn him into oblivion, he decides to become her guardian devil instead. Ah, a challenge at last.
He will help her survive her violent future by teaching her how to activate her powers, while concealing his. Knowing his true identity, she’d never accept his help. Confusing matters are the changes they incite in each other, including a magnetizing romantic love that neither of them want. As their roles in life are antithetical, the outcome is tenuous.
As a war between Tazmarks brew, Jenséa is caught in the middle. To survive, she and johnny are both challenged beyond their capacity. In this, they begin to pioneer a change in natural law that will eventually affect the whole earth.
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Susan was born in Seattle, WA. Her first profession was a psychotherapist treating those suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, and severe mental illness. She employed therapies such as communication skill building, relaxation training, systematic desensitization, bioenergetics, and psychodrama. She has facilitated stress management, parenting, and self-discovery workshops that have aided in the psycho-spiritual healing of many. She has lectured on metaphysical and psychological topics, and been an activist in educational matters.
Her education includes an M.A. in Ed. in Counseling/Human Relations and Behavior (NAU), a B.S. in Sociology (ASU), and ten months of psychological and metaphysical training in a Tibetan community.
With a background in college theater, psychology, and metaphysics, Susan writes in a variety of genres: psychology, philosophy, urban fantasy, and epic fantasy, infusing wisdom and hope even in her darkest plots. All her books are designed to uplift and enlighten by addressing the worst with a path to the best.
In her words:
I love to sing, meditate, and play in nature. I love fairy tales, going outside the box, and reading between the lines. I strive to see what is often missed, and to not miss what can’t be seen. There is such a life out there, and in there—beyond all perception! So I close my eyes, feel my inner rhythm, and jump off the cliff of convention. And when I land, though I might be quaking in my boots, I gather my courage and go exploring.
Through travel, study, and work, I’ve gained a rich awareness of cultural differences among people and their psycho-social struggles. I have discovered that oppression often results from the unexamined adoption of outside perceptions. The healing always has been in the individual’s stamina to expel outside perceptions of self and constructively exert one’s unique core being into the world. I am driven to facilitate expanded awareness that people may separate who they are from who they are told to be. Embracing personal power by loving our unique selves in our strengths and weaknesses . . . forever—is a key to joyous living.
My motto is: Trust your story. Live the Mystery.