The blessing in Selena’s life is Rob. He has loved her since their college days in Chicago, yet even he isn’t sure if his outspoken girlfriend is crazy, some kind of prophet, or an idiosyncratic mixture of both. But before Rob can decide, the dreams create chaos and he soon finds himself married to Becca in Chicago, while Selena lives in LA, now a popular actress. All Rob has left is an occasional exchange of letters with his lost love.
Years later, Selena and Rob’s lives collide when the dreams reunite them in horrifying nightmares controlled by Jacobi, who will kill to maintain the patriarchal world he helped create. But Selena has learned a staggering truth that could help women claim cultural equality, and despite Jacobi’s potent threats, she considers sharing all she knows. Yet can one woman make a difference in a world on the edge?
The Goddess Letters is a tale of love and cultural crisis that celebrates heroes and unlikely visionaries. A testament to passion of all kinds, it honors those who have the courage to fight for the old, be it love, beliefs, or entire civilizations.
Honorable Mention, San Francisco Book Festival, General Fiction
Honorable Mention, Midwest Book Festival, Fiction
An intriguing narrative, not at all cookie cutter, told with compelling pacing.
A powerful yarn with a mixture of ideology and romance that succeeds in conveying a serious message.
Winner, New York Book Festival: Romance
Finalist, 2014 International Book Awards, New Age Fiction
Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award, Visionary Fiction
Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award, New Age Fiction
Finalist, USA Best Book Awards, New Age Fiction
Honorable Mention, London Book Festival, Fiction
A compelling debut novel that weaves its magic right up to the end.
I wrote The Goddess Letters because I realized that, like most people, I accepted it was normal for men to have the greatest access to political and financial power, for women to care for home and family, and for God to be male. We are, after all, a patriarchal culture.
Even worse, I believed it was desirable to want that access to power, acceptable that the ends would justify the means, and normal that if you play the game, you play to win. I was, figuratively speaking, a fish who didn’t understand the water in which she swam.
As I read the books listed on the Important Books page, I realized there were other ways to live and another side to history, but I knew very little about any of it. Then I wondered why I knew so little, why these alternate histories are not taught in our schools, and it circled me back to the fact that we are a patriarchy and all of our institutions support our current culture.
What’s sad is that there were ancient cultures more socially advanced than we are, able to coexist peacefully for thousands of years, and they still had indoor plumbing! I’d sure like to know more about them, wouldn’t you?
And then I realized that our culture not only accepts male supremacy, it also views nature as a commodity to be used by man; nature has few rights in a patriarchy. This idea horrified me and I decided it was time to join the growing number of voices raised to ask why things are the way they are and how they could be different?
The Goddess Letters is an attempt to answer those questions.