Haw Kola 2020-07-01

By: @EsteeKessler

How many times did you roll your eyes when your mom or dad said, “What goes around comes around?” …  until it did? Haw Kola, a Lakota Fall is a story of 1860 Minnesota. The book deals with hot button topics they faced then which still are facing us in the twenty-first century. Related from a teenager’s viewpoint, the story describes the experience of one family of Minnesota settlers who became friends with a nearby Lakota village. The book touches on racial prejudice, minority profiling, bullying, victimization, and the special friendship between teens living in different cultures. When the greed of the local Indian agent who decides to line his pockets instead of providing the food and provisions promised in the treaty causes an uprising, the local Lakota chief comes to the family farm to warn them they needed to go to the white man’s fort. Haw Kola, a Sioux greeting for “Hello, my friend,” is a morality tale for Middle and High School age readers illustrates difficult concepts in an age appropriate fashion.  Karma in pioneer days.


Blue Talon 2020-01-20

By: @EsteeKessler

Claws of the Blue Murdered by the Cossack in Sixteenth-Century Imperial Russia, Sergei does not die. Compelled by the force which gave him life, he and his descendants must fight evil wherever they find it. Since the Cossacks murdered him 400 years ago, Sergei fought those who wished harm to the people around them. He found and lost love in many countries over the centuries, but today he and Jeanne, the only child of his current family, partnered in the work of Blue Talon. Together they intervened in the life of a young man who carried the seeds of genuine evil buried in his DNA. Later they tackled crime and green on a greater scale. Although often longing for death, Sergei must submit to the duty imposed by the mysterious blue force extending him long life and health. To shirk the dictate imposed a greater price, an insatiable craving and addiction impossible to satisfy. The blue infused his descendants making them share his fate. Jolted by the cholera death of his German wife in the early nineteenth century, Sergei, now a successful doctor, joined his surviving son Friedrich and daughter Hilde in Sweden. A chance read of an article reporting the exploits of the Pinkerton Agency in the United State. Inspired, the three set up a similar organization to carry on their work, they immigrated to the new world. The organization they found infiltrated the Pinkerton Agency to observe how their methods. Armed with this knowledge, the trio modified and improved on what they found to use on their own cases.  With the internet, they located other members from many of Sergei’s families.  As a result, they  introduced and incorporated them into the association Blue Talon grew worldwide, solving crime, preventing corporate theft, and working behind the scenes when crimes by nations committed during two world wars and other injustices. Still, no challenge seemed as daunting to Sergei as being a single father to a modern-day daughter, a daughter who spoke her mind, said no when no one else dared, mouthy, opinionated, bright and boisterous. Free to be a friend and a father, Sergei nurtured their close relationship. When Blue Talon drafted before she was into her teens as the only one qualified to intervene with another her age, she told them no. No one ever said no before. When the gasps stopped, after some eloquent persuasion, she agreed, but only if Sergei served as her partner. Friedrich, as director of Blue Talon, uprooted the two and put them into a new state, a new life with a new name, the first of many identity shifts. Rob, the ‘subject of Jeanne’s assignment, was a nerd’s nerd with a facial abnormity, not a prime candidate as a companion for a teenage girl. She persevered and after ‘mother-henning’ him through grad school, her offbeat solution achieved success. The paths of Sergei and Jeanne crisscross over as they took on new assignments. In an ultimate mirroring of his life, she was a murder victim and dead too soon. What they will face in the future depends on the Blue.


Jaybird in a Lei 2018-07-15

By: @EsteeKessler

More than Hot Gas Sometimes the eruption of a volcano is not just a geologic event. Sometimes eruptions are evidence of a conspiracy. Discovering the real story took all the combined talents of the psychic detective team of Riley and Jakup. Hint: Easter Island, the Roman Gods and the warrior gods of Hawaii. Since their first case together for Witches Local 723 and their success with the troll maiden kidnapping, the two opted to reward themselves for their hard work with a vacation in the islands only to land in the middle of yet another dastardly attempt against the locals. Riley could not believe his luck when Hillary, a smart and beautiful fugitive from her ex-boyfriend, made a dramatic entrance into his world. She joined the two partners as they tracked the villains.


J & R Rides Again 2015-06-23

By: @EsteeKessler

A new and expanded version of Jakup and Riley saga. This most unlikely duo must act quickly to rescue the teen troll captured an unknown evil entity. Chuckles and insights with Riley and Jakup abound as they jump from San Francisco to Paris and beyond in their effort to rescue Marilee, a teen troll. A mind-stretching and fun read for all ages.   "A humor-filled sequel to My Partner Jakup the Jay. Mimic real life moved a point or two off plumb."