Lisa Marie Gabriel
Lisa Marie Gabriel is a UK-based writer, poet and musician. Her first novel, The Cougar, was inspired by a love for British Columbia and an interest in vampires and shapeshifters. Since then she has written three further novels and a collection of short stories. She is now busy writing a fifth. As a writer, her first love was 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 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.
A NATURAL BORN PREDATOR RISES FROM THE GRAVE TO SEEK VENGEANCE
Giovanni’s casual dalliance with Angelica is doomed from the start and brings about a terrifying cascade of events for all those around him in this Gothic chiller. Angelica is Mullo, a murderous revenant driven by inhuman lust, insatiable thirst for blood and an overwhelming desire for revenge. Blood soaks the streets of Florence in this tale of supernatural vengeance. Sink your teeth into a truly evil vampire legend. There’s gore galore in this tale of Gothic horror set in the High Renaissance. When Juliana, an avatar of the Goddess Sekhmet, becomes involved a vicious duel to the death brings about a final bloody conflict between vampires. Lock up fathers, sons and husbands, not even the Priest is safe from Angelica. She’s a real maneater!
Tales from the Edge of Darkness
Short Story Anthology
A multi-genre collection of tales, each one with an unusual little twist to surprise, shock, delight or make you think again.
Araneae Oculis –
Freak weather conditions terrify a hunter gatherer society with more than its fair share of romantic intrigue but who are these people really?
The Beast Awakens –
The Mayor Elect gives no quarter in election campaigns; he even gets a large dog to scare away canvassers, but he reckons without a political opponent’s victory and an appalling sex scandal.
Coming Home for Christmas –
A famous author returns to her hometown for a book signing and is assailed by unhappy memories; then she meets her first love in the park…
Counting his Treasures –
Shades of Alfred Hitchcock abound in this macabre murder mystery with a very unusual murderer.
Fire in Hope Street –
Set in the 1980s; a tale of football and a heroic act that saves two underprivileged boys from a future blighted by poverty, abuse and deprivation.
Of Matilda Who Told Lies –
Matilda is a very bad girl; although she dresses like a princess, she cusses like a sailor, torments bugs and fish, cheeks adults and, what is more, tells lies. Magon is a dragon. This is their story.
The Nefarious Deeds of Flautobel –
Lonely retired teacher, Madeline, develops an interesting new hobby and surprises an old pupil.
Return of the Gods –
They came to help humanity; together they built the pyramids; now they return to a world devastated by nuclear war but who are they really and what was the original purpose of the trip?
Unusual Dog Breeds –
After a frustrating bus ride, Florence experiences a very difficult day at school; everything is not as it seems on Pet’s Day.
A Crofter's Tale
Historical Fiction, Lesfic
HANDSOME HIGHLANDER ABANDONS BRIDE TO FIGHT FOR BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE
Pretty Kirstie is an easy target for silver-tongued and handsome Robbie although she knows the hard life that lies ahead as a crofter’s wife. It’s all an innocent romantic dream, but marrying a Jacobite? What on Earth possesses her to do that? Is she rebelling against her strict Protestant father? Does she suspect that wicked Uncle Malcolm might have secret plans for her?
The whole town gathers to celebrate their wedding but within days Robbie abandons his bride to fight for the Jacobite cause. Kirstie is devastated but is left in charge of running the croft. Jeannie Sinclair believes in love and stands by her best friend through thick and thin, even tolerating emotional ignorance and abuse at times. She’s not destroyed by unrequited love. She’s far too busy fighting off Angus’ unwelcome advances. Kirstie is blissfully unaware of all the havoc in Jeannie’s life.
When Robbie returns having been traumatised by Culloden and its aftermath, he is betrayed by an insanely jealous Angus. Kirstie’s life is once more in chaos, Jeannie is wounded by Kirstie’s lack of understanding and Angus is mystified by Jeannie’s rejection. What an unholy mess! All this is set against a historically accurate background of politics and intrigue, war and genocide. How will it all end?
Wander through the Scottish Highlands with four young people caught up in the tragic events of the Jacobite rebellion and share many adventures and intrigues on the way.
Claude Debussy Petite Suite for Guitar Trio (with TAB)
Claude Debussy's Petite Suite was composed between 1886 and 1889 after a commission by Durand for piano music for skilled amateurs. It was first performed in 1889 by Debussy and Durand together. The four movements transcribed in this full score are: En Bateau, Cortege, Menuet and Ballet. I have always loved this piece because of its lush melodies, sheer exuberance and timeless quality. It has been transcribed for many orchestral and chamber groups in the past, but I felt it lent itself especially well to guitar trio. I made this arrangement to bring it to a modern generation of skilled amateurs, this time on acoustic guitar. TAB is provided to help with note placement.
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.
Sylvia in the Singularity
Spirituality, Time Travel, Historical
God Volunteers as Consultant in Alternate Universe
Dara Barnes, violent teenage gang member, and Sylvia Dodds, rookie police officer, seem bent on totally different paths but over time their lives become more and more entangled. In this story of crime and redemption anything and everything becomes possible as the material and spiritual dimensions are increasingly disturbed and comingled until, finally, reality, life and death lose all meaning. What is the meaning of life? Is there an existence after death? Is there really a God or are we all alone? Creation or Evolution? Who is God? Does God make mistakes? If so, will he admit them?
All these questions and more are explored in this strange and profound tale of law and order, alcohol and drug issues, good and evil, dream and nightmare, life and death, creation and destruction, quantum entanglement, bulk/brane cosmology, alternate dimensions, time travel and spirituality. Guest appearances from Queen Victoria, John Brown, Albert Einstein, Jesus, Krishna, Jehovah, Nataraja, a tyrannosaurus rex, a giant spider and other fascinating wildlife help entertain and inform us. The mysterious character of The Word adopts a friendly, cooperative role in a novel that is sometimes gritty and down to Earth and at other times profound, often terrifying and often funny. Brave the Void and join us for the fairground ride of your life in Sylvia and the Singularity.