The life He Leads

Is far removed

From where he goes

Within his head,

He tends his garden

And stooping low

Thinks of those who use to be

But now are gone,

His thoughts travel far

Back to ‘42

Oh, that was a year

Wasn’t that what mama said?

Two babies in diapers

One in short pants

And they was always

A-hankerin to be fed

There was a wreck in ‘52

He lost one baby and mama too

On a city street

Their life’s blood bled

He squints his eyes, shuffles inside,

Stands before their pictures,

Side by side and thinks tomorrow

Maybe he won’t get out of bed.


Copyright @1995 Kathy Lauren Miller


DELPHI ALTAIR Strange Beginnings

Delphi Altair Third Edition 11-2015 sample


Aliens, Watchers, Wizards, And a Secret That Could End All Life on Earth!

On the day of her mother’s funeral, Megan Donnelly finds a mysterious package on her dresser wrapped in faded brown paper and twine.  She has no idea where it came from or how it got there.  Somehow, despite her grief, the bundle of faded brown paper and twine has a strange power over her, as if she were spellbound.  Inside the package, Megan finds an old leather-bound journal.

Curious, Megan begins to read the story about a strange girl named Delphi Altair.  Delphi, who lives with her foster parents in an old Sea Captain’s manor, discovers she is being pursued by dangerous alien creatures who are trying to kidnap her or worse. Donovan, a new student at her school, befriends Delphi and together with Nikkos, an alien Watcher sent to protect Delphi, embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Megan, fascinated by the journal, comes to realize Delphi’s mysterious quest is more than a story, it is terrifyingly real and Megan is somehow involved. Megan’s life is about to change in ways she could never have imagined.

                  Praise for Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings

A beautifully written and epic novel “Simply put: this exceptional epic fantasy novel, by K.D. Dowdall, is beautifully done and should be picked up by any fan of epic fantasy stories. I am very impressed by Dowdall’s ability to weave together so many characters and storylines into a cohesive whole, it reminded me of the way Dickens and Tolkien are so deftly able to do this. The story takes place mostly in three settings: in a briny, seaside town sometime in the past, in a beautifully evocative land called Janji, and then in a familiar-seeming town sometime in the present day. Whether Dowdall is evoking other worldly magical creatures or earthly ones, her scenes are drawn with such detail that they will pull you in, time and time again. I highly recommend this book. You’ll be hooked and waiting for the next one.”

—Kirstin Lenane, author of, The Scare: A Halloween Story

An out-of-this world, magical, and thrilling epic fantasy

“This mysterious, magical, and thrilling first novel by K.D. Dowdall, is an epic fantasy adventure that will whisk you away by land, by sea, and to a far away realm that we sometimes conjure up in our dreams and nightmares. Dowdall’s vivid imagination and beautifully drawn scenarios are evocative of Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and Paolini’s, Eragon. I highly recommend this beautifully written epic fantasy and science fiction trilogy.”

—Kathy Lauren Miller, author of, The Starling Trilogy

Magic, magic, and more magic!

“K.D. Dowdall deftly weaves science fiction and fantasy in her debut novel where creatures and characters abound. I particularly enjoyed the lush and vivid settings of both the little sea town and the majestic (and at times bizarre) planet, Janji. This fantasy novel is reminiscent of, The Neverending Story and The Princess Bride.”

—M.L. LeGette, author of, The Orphan and the Thief





Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, to be exact, and that’s the way Virgos like it: exacting. Those born under this sign are forever the butt of jokes for being so picky and critical (and they can be), but their ‘attention to detail’ is for a reason: to help others.  Virgo is intelligent, analytical, reliable, perfectionist, meticulous, modest, practical and diligent.

Virgo individuals may not be the most romantic, but they offer their whole heart. There is no pretense involved in how they act or what they say. Because they are loyal, Virgos are big on fidelity. They value more than the superficial aspects of a love relationship, and they generally attract people with a similar belief system. Marriage is a major commitment; they value their union as both a love relationship and a working partnership.

As a rule, shy, self-effacing Virgos have difficulty making friends; they often lack the skills to bring people together. Virgos may also lack self-confidence. Yet when they do make the effort, these people are capable of achieving extraordinary things. Virgos are likely to keep the same friends for years. Often, Virgos befriend someone with the showy personality they themselves are uncomfortable assuming.



The Lion of August


Leo The Lion

July 23 to August 22

Leo Traits

Generous and warmhearted
Creative and enthusiastic
Broad-minded and expansive
Faithful and loving

Leo On the dark side….

Pompous and patronizing
Bossy and interfering
Dogmatic and intolerant

The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch’s among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent, self-confident there is no such a word as doubt in their vocabularies, and they are self-controlled. Born leaders, either in support of, or in revolt against, the status quo. They are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and innate courtesy of mind bringing out the best of loyalty from subordinates. They are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness and resolution to get it, as well as being certain that they will get whatever they are after. Their followers know where they are with Leonians. Leonians think and act bigger than others would normally dare; the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism sometimes daunt their followers, their practical hardheadedness and ability to go straight to the heart of any problem reassures those who depend on them. If Leonians meet with setbacks they thrive on the adversity.