"The Lucasfilm-esque milieu, blending magic with exobiology, astrophysics, and a painless layering of multiculturalism, is a tantalizing one. Portman adds a layer of emotion via Olive's struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety... [A] strong start to a space saga." -- Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Olive Joshi has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and can't stop worrying about hurting the people she loves. She finds refuge in writing about Coseema, a magical princess on a distant planet. Coseema is fearless, confident, and perfect -- everything Olive thinks she’ll never be. When she falls through a portal into her own unfinished story, Olive finds herself in a world in peril: double suns scorch the land, the brutal Prince Burnash seeks supreme power, and Coseema is nowhere to be found. Together with her friends -- a bold poet, a cursed musician, a renegade soldier, and an adventurous girl from the desert -- Olive will have to face her deepest fears to find the hero in herself. Be among the first to read this engrossing new portal fantasy in the spirit of the Wizard of Oz, the Neverending Story, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
The Twin Stars is published by Titan 1 Studios and available on Amazon as a paperback, ebook, or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
The Silver Sail (Book 2 of the Coseema Saga) - currently in progress
The continuation of Olive's adventures in a world of her own creation. The Silver Sail has a tentative publication date of April 2022. Check back for updates!
I Was a Teenage Martian - currently in progress
Sixteen-year-old Morrow Jones was born on Mars, and she wants nothing more than to leave it. It's cold, it's dry, it's lifeless, and it'll kill you if you step outside without a spacesuit. When settlers plan the first return mission to Earth in years, Row jumps at the opportunity. In order to get on board, though, she’ll have to overcome the opposition of her mother, the formidable Kasmira Jones, as well as her own debilitating anxieties.
This is a standalone young adult sci-fi/coming-of-age drama set on Mars, featuring a protagonist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This one is on the back burner right now as I work on the Coseema Saga, but I plan to finish it.