Mackenzie grew up in a small town in the piedmont of North Carolina during the 60’s, and after graduating from college, she returned to her hometown to teach high school. Thirty years later, after retiring from the classroom, she decided to pursue something she’d always wanted to do. She began to write.
Books have always played a large role in Mackenzie’s life. She’s been an avid reader since elementary school, and has always considered reading her favorite form of entertainment. Her goal in writing is to write books that she’d enjoy reading.
When she isn’t working on one of her books, she likes to wander through the woods with her dogs. According to her, that’s where some of her best ideas are born and begin to spin a life of their own.
The only thing on Dr. Tracy Forrester’s mind when she wakes up Saturday morning is finishing out the semester and getting some well deserved rest. With that thought in mind, she settles down to grade the papers that have come in over the past week, but before she can get the first paper graded, the phone rings.
Late Friday night, the sheriff’s niece, a woman of seemingly impeccable character, was found murdered outside her place of employment, the apparent victim of a bungled robbery. Within the hour, the police arrested and charged a local college student. Unfortunately, the student was one of Tracy’s.
Before the weekend is out, Tracy is drafted to help investigate the crime for the defense. As the defense team takes a closer look at the victim, they uncover a number of motives and multiple suspects. As the investigation deepens, the town closes ranks, and soon Tracy’s on the verge of losing everything she’s worked for.
Since the beginning of time, two sister worlds, Earth and Terah, have coexisted in different planes, surrounded by an immense field of energy. Long ago, magical and non-magical creatures lived together in harmony on both worlds, but as life on Earth evolved in the direction of science and technology, the use of magic deteriorated and soon magical creatures and sorcerers became the subject of myths and legends. Meanwhile magic flourished on Terah, and as sorcerers became more powerful, they became more influential, and soon they were the heads of government. The Council of Sorcerers became the ruling body, with the chairman, the Master Sorcerer, the highest human-held position on Terah.
When Master Sorcerer Badec realizes that his unborn son, Myron, will be his one and only heir, he protects the child from his enemies by arranging for him to grow up on Earth. Myron is scheduled to be returned to Terah on his twenty-fifth birthday, at which time he’ll learn who he is and begin to study magic as well as everything else he’ll need to know in order to assume his role as Terah’s next Master Sorcerer.
For twenty-three years, things go as planned, and Myron goes about his life as Kevin, a typical nerd, who is more comfortable with computers than with people. Then Badec becomes quite ill and the decision is made to bring his son home early.
One morning Kevin is an accountant living and working in Omaha, and the next he is in the middle of a field with six complete strangers, surrounded by huge stones and a forest. Before the day is out, Kevin learns that he is actually a sorcerer named Myron and that he’s next in line for the Master’s Chair. While he’s still reeling from that bit of information, he finds out that due to his father’s illness, he has a little less than one year to learn enough about sorcery to be able to defend his life and chair against sorcerers who have been practicing their craft longer than he’s been alive.
Welcome to Terah.
Kevin has been in Milhaven for three weeks, and so far he’s buried his father, taken over as the Seated Sorcerer of Camden, and become the Master Sorcerer of Terah. He didn’t choose to take on these roles, he inherited them, along with the headaches that come with them. The job descriptions are simple: handle anything and everything that comes to the attention of his office, and if it’s a problem involving any of the humans on Terah, it will find its way to his desk.
Just when he thinks he’s getting a handle on things, the unthinkable happens. Someone steals a dragon’s flame pendant. First time that’s happened in the five hundred years that the Sisters of Healing have been wearing them. And everyone’s expecting Kevin to get it back.
What Other’s Are Saying About A Shot in the Dark
“A great “who done it.” As the novel progresses, the reader is introduced to a wide array of characters – most of whom could have committed this crime. The author did a good job of keeping you guessing until the end, where she tied up it all up nicely.” – R. Scarlett
What Other’s Are Saying About The Master’s Chair : Terah Book One
“The writing is pulled off in a good fashion. By the end you may wish you could also be pulled into the world of Terah. A literary adventure I’m glad I took.” – Benjamin Andrews
What Other’s Are Saying About The Dragon’s Flame : Terah Book Two
“As in the first book, there is a definite conclusion to this plot, but the story is not finished. The reader is left wanting to see what happens next with the characters and their adjustment to Terah. My only complaint is that, as yet, there is no third book and the author did such a good job with the first two books that I’m having trouble waiting for the next one.” – Anne deVries
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