Lisa Marie Gabriel is a UK-based writer, poet and musician. She has recently published her first novel, The Cougar, which was inspired by a love for British Columbia and an interest in vampires and shapeshifters. As a writer, her first love is poetry but she has also written books for music education, has edited and published The Cat the Bat and the Burglar for Colin Edward Mason and she enjoys photography and design too. "I consider myself a Renaissance woman," she says, adding, "unfortunately I do not possess Berenice's immortality!"
Lisa is also an established composer and musical arranger and has recorded her own album, Flying to Meet the Sunrise, which is available on CD (exclusive to Amazon.com) and MP3 format. She has also executed musical commissions for other writers including A Peaceful Celtic Spring.
Beautiful woman by day, blood lusting cougar by night, Berenice is the guardian of an ancient vampire knowledge. She has lived through many ages of man; a solitary creature who yearns for a love lost long ago. The Canadian forest provides a last safe refuge for Berenice and here she meets a tourist couple hoping to renew their fading marriage on a wilderness camping adventure. All is not as it seems and her desire to protect is aroused by a sense of great danger lurking for the woman, Angela, who is inexplicably attracted to her. "The Cougar" is an erotic, Gothic romance about the need for love that drives us all and the many forms love can take. This story contains some explicit love scenes and moderate violence.
The Tenderness of Mountains
Poetry is often a way of coming to terms with the darker mind and many of the poems here deal with loss, a theme that grows in importance as we journey through life. To write positive poetry has been my aim in the past. However, loss teaches us so much that it is a shame we were not born knowing the things it teaches - the world might be a happier place if we were. Yet such is Karma and the journey is all we have. The poems as always are written in Love and I hope you find something in my ramblings, something of hope perhaps.
The title of the collection reflects my father's love for mountains. The image is one of my own, taken from the lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park a place he never visited but would have loved. This collection is dedicated to his memory.
Pussy's Little Problem
One of the main reasons cats are put into rescue is poor toileting. Pussy's Little Problem is written from the perspective of a cat owner with experience of rescue cats and their litterbox problems. It will explain in layman's terms the medical and behavioural reasons why cats mark and midden in the home. It aims to help the reader understand and work with their cat to alleviate problems with the litter box, provide a few creative solutions for those difficult cases and help cat lovers cope in a difficult and distressing situation.
Return of the Gods: Tales from the Edge of Darkness - 5
Post apocalyptic science fiction
Extra Terrestrials visit a post-apocalyptic Earth and seek the remnants of humanity, but for what purpose?
*A short story of 5600 words*
A space mission sends three explorers to a world they find devastated by a nuclear holocaust. How has the world changed? What has survived of the old Earth? What hope is there for the new world? On their travels they document the final days of the Earth and collect specimens but what is to become of the men, women and children who remain?
On Wenlock Edge - 100 Years On
Musical criticism and analysis
Vaughan Williams is a favourite composer of mine. My introduction to his music came at the age of eight when I sat at my father's feet spellbound by the shivery sounds of the Tallis Fantasia. This book is my own study of the songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams, complete with analysis and musical examples. The book was first written in 1979 and it was published to celebrate the centennial of the first performance of Vaughan Williams' masterpiece, On Wenlock Edge, in the Aeolian Hall, London, by tenor Gervase Elwes and the Schwiller Quartet with Frederick Kiddle (piano) 0n 15th November 1909. The song cycle's reception was mixed at the time as it was so new and impressionistic for a world used to Stanford, Parry and the great German tradition. I hope music lovers will be with me in spirit in my celebration of a truly wonderful piece of music and if you have not yet made its acquaintance that this book might stir your interest in listening to or performing it.
A Whisper of the Romantic in the Eye of God
"Even now we’re One Inseparable by Oceans in our bliss A whisper of the Romantic In the Eye of God…" The first step to freedom, happiness and full self-actualisation is to love ourselves with total acceptance. Without making that step we are not fully capable of loving others.
This poetry is about awakening to Love. It is about full acceptance and the abundance that follows....Inspirational, Romantic and Spiritual Poetry written between 2005 – 2008
A time of richness, it was....
A time of fertile imaginings....
A time of new dreams and old understanding....
A time of new acceptance and old rejection, for shedding both fear and deception....
A time of awakening from and to complete innocence....
A new awakening to love and pain...
Traditional Tunes for Flute and Fingerstyle Guitar
Sheet music and songs
A collection of well loved songs and tunes from around the world competently arranged by a professional composer, educator and guitarist for young flute players and guitarists. (The flute part is playable also by guitar and violin).
These arrangements are properly transcribed in full in traditional notation for both instruments but professionally edited guitar TAB is given for the non-reader on acoustic guitar. This beautifully presented book is an ideal present for the guitarist, flautist or folk music enthusiast.
Contents: The Drunken Sailor, The Water Is Wide, The Keys of Canterbury Carrickfergus, For Auld Lang Syne, Romanza, Fhear A Bhata, Spanish Ladies, MacPherson's Lament, The Cutty Wren Song, Volga Boat Song, A Bunch of Thyme, The Bluebells Of Scotland, Now the Green Blade Rises, Lisa Lan, Hava Nagila, The Mountains of Mourne
The Wings to Fly
Historical Romance, LGBT
A world at war, a woman in conflict, who will win her heart? Richard? Lizzie? Or that Lady dressed in blue?
Tomboy Midge is happiest in the air, first piloting her father’s biplane as a child. All she wants to do is to fly and now the World’s at war she leaves her home in Northern California to go to England as one of Jackie Cochran’s Ladybirds. Here she joins the Air Transport Auxiliary to ferry British aircraft on behalf of the RAF. Crashing a Tiger Moth in a Lincolnshire field brings her world into chaos when she meets land girl Rose. At last she is forced to face up to her true feelings and is torn between her love for husband, Richard, and Lizzie who is married to her psychopathic brother, Ben.
The Wings to Fly allows the reader to experience life with the land girls of Lincolnshire; tragedy in the London Blitz; the courage and sacrifice of The Few in the Battle of Britain; the indispensible work of female pilots in Britain and America; political shenanigans in Washington and the military; heroism and loss at Guadalcanal; love, disaster, sabotage, and, at last, a happy ending for Midge.
Cameo appearances from Jackie Cochran, Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Captain Oliver Colin (Boots) LeBoutillier, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and poet, Pilot Officer John Magee punctuate this story of love, honour and true grit on the Home Front in World War Two.