New Book Cover for Abysmal Canyon

Well, after MANY different designs and gathering opinions, I have finally created the cover I think works best for my book. Thank you to those who gave opinions about the other designs I had up on this blog for a while. The new cover is now on the book on Amazon and hopefully, it will be more attractive to my target audience (18-24 year olds).

Introducing “Ysolde” from my novel, Abysmal Canyon

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I’ve been working on a sketch of “Ysolde,” the 18-year-old protagonist from my novel. I think I have her face pretty much how I envisioned it. I’m going to try to do sketches of some of the main characters and post them here as well as some scenes from the book. Also started doing serious plotting for book 2 in the series, which will be a fantasy medieval setting. Lots of fun! 🙂

Ysolde Nightingale Hartmaan is a dowser who becomes the Domina Lumen (Lady of the Lumen or Light). She has long dark blonde hair and a fair complexion. She’s a little shorter than average height and slender in build. She dowses either with the crystal pendant she wears or body dowses. She’s kind of a solitary, free spirit until she becomes burdened with her new title.

*I updated the drawing just a tad and added my name and date, which I’d forgotten to do before.


Abysmal Canyon, Book 1 of the Domina Lumen series is on Amazon now!

My first novel, which was conceived over 3 years ago, has finally been born! Abysmal Canyon – Book 1 of the Domina Lumen series. It’s a young adult/new adult sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal story. The Kindle ebook was published in August, 2015 and now the print book is available, as of Dec. 5, 2015. Both are for sale on Amazon.

Note –*** This cover is an updated version of the old one. I published this new cover on 4/15/16 on Amazon.

Here is a link to my Amazon author page for the book –

If you read my book (thank you!) and you like it, please consider leaving a little feedback on Amazon and/or Goodreads. I would greatly appreciate the support! Thanks!
Abysmal Canyon (Domina Lumen #1)

A little about dowsing

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Definition of a dowsera person who uses a type of divination in attempts to forecast the future, diagnose ailments, locate ground water, buried metals, gemstones, oil, gravesites and other objects, as well as currents of earth radiation known as Ley Lines or energy lines, without the use of scientific apparatus. A dowsing rod or witching rod is sometimes used as well as a pendulum, although some dowsers use no equipment at all.

I use various pendulums for yes/no type questions, copper “L” rods for locating directions and body dowsing for feeling energies and map dowsing. Any object (not too big) hanging from a chain or cord or even a string can be used as a pendulum. They say anyone can dowse, but I have found that some people can’t. I’m not sure if they are blocking the signal unintentionally or are too skeptical. The first time I tried dowsing and the pendulum moved on its own, I was spellbound and hooked. My friends were convinced I was making it move, but I guarantee you, it moves on its own. Try it!

If you have never dowsed before, here’s a quick beginner’s lesson:

Make a pendulum (tie something like a ring to a string) or you can use a pendant you wear. Sit quietly with both feet on the floor and take a few deep breaths, quieting the mind. Hold the string between your thumb and forefinger so the object is hanging down. Make sure it’s not moving. Ask the pendulum to show you a “yes” response. The pendulum may start rotating in a direction or swinging back and forth. Make a note of what it does, because that its way of saying “yes” to future questions. Then ask it to show you a “no” response. Also ask for a “maybe” response. After you’ve done this, you can ask a real question. Make sure to make the question very specific. For example, if you ask, “Will I be okay?” – that’s too vague. “Will I be okay today when I drive to work?” is more precise. Don’t hold the answer you want in your head, because the pendulum may read your mind and give that answer instead of the correct one. Making yourself totally indifferent to the answer is the hardest part. Also, the pendulum can change the direction of its answers from day-to-day, switching what used to be a “yes” to a “no”, etc. So before each session, ask the pendulum to show you the “yes, no, maybe” responses for that day.

Have fun with it and don’t take any answers too seriously at first. Always use your common sense when in doubt. It takes practice to remain objective and get in tune with your dowsing energies. I am a member of the American Society of Dowsers. They have great information on their website as well as a store that sells cool dowsing equipment and books. Here is a link to their website –