The Seeker (Garden of Heaven Trilogy), by Malcolm R. Campbell, Vanilla Heart Publishing (April 2013), 224 pages, e-book and trade paperback, contemporary fantasy.
Do the rules of life allow us to save ourselves and our loved ones by fighting or running, but not with precognition and magic? Some people believe magic is a way of “getting away with something” that the Universe doesn’t intend for us to avoid, much less survive.
David knows magic. He learns it from his grandmother, Raven, Eagle and Black Horse. He finds visions in the mountains and wants to expand upon them by climbing the highest peaks on the planet. Yet, as his utilitarian grandfather Jayee sees it, such things are best left alone because the world does not believe in magic and hates people who do.
David and Anne meet when they’re hired as summer workers at a Glacier National Park resort hotel. David grows up on a sheep ranch and loves the Rocky Mountains. Anne lives with her aunt in Florida and has become attuned to the Gulf Coast barrier islands and swamps. Like many others who find each other at a beautiful or exotic location, they believe their intense summer romance will last forever.
From the Publisher:
David Ward develops an enduring love of mountains and the magic of the high country secrets he learns from his medicine woman grandmother growing up on a Montana ranch. A vision quest at the summit of a sacred mountain opens his eyes to his future while blinding him to the details.
David meets Anne Hill, another seasonal employee at a mountain hotel during the summer of Glacier National Park’s worst flood. Out of the ravages of water, they spend an idyllic summer in the beautiful Garden of Heaven. Together in their hearts, each returns to their college lives.
When Anne is confronted by a stalker on a dark street in her Florida college town, the magic David uses in an attempt to save her changes her, and leads them both into the dark territory of misunderstandings and the blood of Tate’s Hell Swamp.
Excerpt from the Novel:
“After they finished the dinner they prepared together, after the meadowlarks’ piccolo-sharp whistles enfolded into the raspy songs of wind and creek, after darkness flowed up out of the cottonwoods, after they watched the stars materialize in the sky above the circle of box elders, after Anne’s Christian Brothers Napa Rose wine connected them to the light of the waxing crescent moon, they fetched an old horse blanket and a kerosene lantern and walked arm in arm up the bright path to the chokecherry tree. David hung the lantern on a limb below the ripe fruit while Anne flung out the blanket. The pale yellow light spun a cocoon within the night, extending outward just shy of the altar upon which the sweet lamb was slaughtered in the eagle’s dawn raid eleven years ago.
“Anne stepped into the center of the blanket and lifted her arms above her head in a long, slow, cat-like stretch. Her figure was fine and young, and when her hair caught the light, the world stopped, cloaking the rising whispers of his blood within an immense silence, suspended and potent. She looked at him over her shoulder, eyes sweeping his body. Then they looked past each other and waited for signs.”
The Seeker is the first novel in the Garden of Heaven Trilogy. Book two, The Sailor will be released this summer. Book three, The Betrayed is due out this fall. The Seeker is available on Amazon in trade paperback and on Kindle. The e-book edition is available on Smashwords and on OmniLit. The novel will also be available on Nook in the near future.
While the novels in this trilogy are definitely fiction, they were inspired by my experiences growing up along the Florida Gulf Coast and working as a bellman at a Glacier National Park hotel during the Montana flood of 1964. David’s navy experiences in The Sailor, grew out of my tour of duty aboard an aircraft carrier, and his work as a college teacher in The Betrayed, is a highly “ramped-up” version of my years as a journalism instructor.
I hope you enjoy the series.