Deep in the countryside of Keenesburg, Colorado, is the Wild Animal Sanctuary. As soon as a visitor enters the compound, the roar of the cats can be heard, especially when they hear the trolleys carrying their food. There are so many tigers, I lost count. We arrived on Tuesday morning around 10:00 AM during feeding time, (they are also fed on Thursdays and Saturdays) and watched from the overhead observation walkways as literally hundreds of pounds of meat were thrown into the cages of the waiting animals. Each tiger has its own cage with a pool. The animals are well cared for and see a veterinarian often. Many of the large cats, bears, wolves, etc. have been placed in the sanctuary for their own protection. Sometimes, they were terribly abused, beaten, chained to posts, and kept in small cages for many years. To see them play in their individual "baths," climb or play in a habitat as close to nature as possible, was an absolute joy. But, keeping these animals safe and free from harm costs a small fortune, so please visit...and visit often...to support this wonderful organization.
Over the past 15 years, I’ve published eight books on travel, local history and historical fiction. Several years ago, after speaking with family members in England, a name popped up that I hadn’t heard in ages. It was the dreaded name of Sawney Bean, a wicked and despicable Scottish folklore character from the 1600s. After researching Sawney and his clan, (the BBC did a documentary and tried to locate his cave) the inklings of a story began forming. The first book of what has become a trilogy, Forbidden describes Catherine MacDonald, who becomes a nun after being left by her mother at a priory. After an unusual encounter with a young woman she undertakes a journey to Scotland where she discovers what really happened to her mother, and the horrifying life she endured just to stay alive.
In the second book, Damaged, Catherine tries valiantly to restore her respectability but is thwarted at every turn. Tainted by her mother’s legacy, she is shunned by the church, and by many of her friends. Unhappy and disillusioned with her life, she decides to embark on a journey to the New World.
The final book, Expectations, will be published in the fall of 2014.