These poems and vignettes are the stories of a life, retold. The acts and scenes presented here make no claim to be in any way literal depictions of events. That makes them no less true. From the Hocking Hills of southern Ohio to the beaches of Florida, on the stage in Nashville and the front porch of his farm house, Stephen Brooke presents his Retellings.
“For I dream, and dream again.” A quest. A distant tower, a distant dream. Journey with these poems across star-lit plains and sky-kissed mountains, to the furthest marches of reality. Seek into the dawn and over the sea for oracles and signs, for meanings and symbols. Seek THE TOWER. A collection of poetry from Stephen Brooke
Ted Carrol had found his 'last place.' A place where he could live quietly and build surfboards and where all the kids called him 'Shaper.' His settled existence was not to last. Into Cully Beach swept Michelle and her daughter Charlie, two women escaping a dark past. How could Shaper have known he was going to fall in love? Surf and suspense, smugglers and self-doubt, combine as Shaper must solve their mystery and that of his own future, in a tale both serious and funny, romantic yet real. Shaper — a novel by Stephen Brooke
The sprite Marjoram is called a contrary fairy when she tries to keep her carefree friends from getting into trouble. Will they learn to listen to her? ‘Fairy’ follows the little folk on a day of adventures and lessons learned. A beginners’ chapter book, this magical story is written and illustrated by Stephen Brooke.
In Lama, times are changing. The younger son of Count Borrago, a scholar and a tinkerer, thinks he knows where he fits into this new world. Destiny has another role for Donzalo. The king’s sorcerer is trying to kill him. A mysterious minstrel has made himself his protector. And Donzalo himself is turning into a man of action, a man of Destiny who marches to the Song of the Sword. Magic, music, and mayhem mingle in Book One of Donzalo’s Destiny by Stephen Brooke, The Song of the Sword.
The middle of nowhere: that's where fifteen-year-old Martin Groves thinks he will be living, when his parents uproot him from his comfortable, narrow life in Atlanta and move to a small coastal Florida town. This is a story of friendship and of floods; it is the story of a young man growing up in THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, a novel by Stephen Brooke
Young Saj only wanted to deliver his wagon-load of goods and be on his way to a new life in the South. How did he end up kidnapping a willful young noblewoman? Or was it she who kidnapped him? He wasn’t quite sure. Facing pirates, bandits, and sorcerers, Saj finds himself seeking the four mystic gems known as the Eyes of the Wind for a mysterious priestly order. Accompanied by Marana, who may or may not love him, and the wily wizard Xit, who may or may not be a god, his quest takes him from the sea to the mountains and into his own soul. For Saj has powers that lie within him, powers of which he is only now becoming aware. A fantasy novel by Stephen Brooke, set in the world of Donzalo’s Destiny.
Young Donazalo has left his home and his familiar life in Lama, fleeing assassins and dark magic. In the rugged hills of the Cuddon he finds love. In the hidden land of the Fay he finds new purpose. And on the road home, new dangers and new allies await him, in the Second Book of Donzalo’s Destiny, The Shadow of Asak. Fantasy and adventure from the pen of Stephen Brooke
Intrigue and assassination have followed Donzalo to his ancestral home. Dark magic is at play, and merciless enemies. Three young women, as competent as they are desirable, vie with the memory of his lost love for the heart of the knight, who once again finds himself seeking his path, in the Third Book of Donzalo’s Destiny, The Sign of the Arrow.
Some children are as good as gold, As sweet as sugar, I am told; Like little angels, some will say, But Alvin never was that way. So begins Stephen Brooke's collection of poems for young readers, fully illustrated with the author's pen and ink art. Join Alvin in discovering the friend he needed, help Lynn and Pete decide what might be found down a really deep hole, or teach the Frog King how to sing.