Deborah J. Lightfoot                Author and Editor

(aka Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore)

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"A teenage girl runs away from her life of servitude only to be captured by a sorcerer who will help her discover her true past. … Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … intriguing premise and original characters … Fine fantasy." —KIRKUS
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FOUR STAR FUNERALS packs the emotional wallop of Titanic, darkened with a dash of Tales From the Crypt. This 10-author anthology about death and its aftershocks will sear your soul, make you laugh … and ultimately help you heal, if you’re haunted by a death that has upended your emotions in ways you never expected.
"A fascinating look at one man's life during an important era of American history."
"A most compelling and highly recommended slice of Texan-American regional history."
Midwest Book Review
"This history of the firm of Freese and Nichols and its substantial impact in Texas constitutes a survey of 100 years of civil and environmental engineering."
—Book News, Inc.
Magazine Articles
A biography of Yakima Canutt (1895–1986), a master of movie stuntwork from Stagecoach to Ivanhoe.
Reviews I've Written
Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy—a review recounting the parallels with my own move to Mexico.
Stephen Hawking's Black Holes and Baby Universes—space and time aren't what they seem.

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A Fantasy Trilogy

WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
ISBN 978-0-9728768-3-4 (E-book)
ISBN 978-0-9728768-4-1 (Paperback)

WATERSPELL Book 2: The Wysard
ISBN 978-0-9728768-5-8 (E-book)
ISBN 978-0-9728768-6-5 (Paperback)

WATERSPELL Book 3: The Wisewoman
ISBN 978-0-9728768-7-2 (E-book)
ISBN 978-0-9728768-8-9 (Paperback)

The Story

Carin is a teenager lost and without purpose in her life until a village wisewoman advises her to go north to the silent forest. There, she may find her identity and her destiny.

Lord Verek is a reclusive wizard, a grieving and embittered man. His reason for living died twenty years ago when his wife and child drowned (not accidentally) near their home.

Into Verek's lonely and claustrophobic existence Carin brings trouble, danger, and new meaning. The moment Verek finds Carin hiding in his ensorcelled woodland, he suspects something alien about her. No creature of his world may trespass there. Yet Carin not only defies his spellwork, she is blind to its existence.

Verek conducts a series of tests—some mundane, some magical—to discover who and what she is. His investigations uncover a wizardry more potent than any spellcraft of his. Of those few adepts who still practice the magic arts on his world, only one could have raised the power to spirit Carin from her natural home—Earth—across the void to Ladrehdin. That powerful, unprincipled wysard is an enemy to Verek and to the natural balance of life on his world.

Verek must stop the otherworldly fishing expeditions of his nemesis. It is urgent that he dismantle the bridges which link Ladrehdin to Earth and to other alien worlds. If left intact, those pathways will open Ladrehdin to invaders that are potentially more destructive than a headstrong teenager. Alien plagues threaten lethal epidemics that will devastate life on Ladrehdin.

To tear down the bridges, Verek must have Carin's help. Carin controls an otherworldly dragon that she conjures from the verses of an alien book. That dragon—born of a magic wholly dissimilar to Ladrehdin's wizardry—is Verek's only hope of defeating his nemesis. He must force Carin to use her magical monster to kill the wysard who stole her from Earth.

Carin, however, is much in dread of her quick-tempered captor and his darkly blazing, angry eyes. She doubts Verek's motives and her abilities. She knows nothing of her origins but deludes herself that she is a natural being of Ladrehdin. Though she's come north to the forests where the wizards are, on the advice of the wisewoman who sensed the potential in her, Carin denies possessing any talent for the wizard's art. But when Verek speaks of loosing her dragon upon the one he describes as an enemy of Ladrehdin, Carin recognizes the threat to her own life. Verek's enemy is not the only one who could die in the jaws of the monster Carin conjures.

She is right to be afraid. Verek does not intend for Carin to outlive her usefulness to him. He sees her as an alien invader, and he means to protect his world from her and all like her.


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Pikes Peak Writers
Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest
Science Fiction /​ Fantasy Category

Panhandle Professional Writers
Frontiers in Writing Contest
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror Novel

Lu Spurlock Black Gold Contest
Science Fiction /​ Fantasy Novel

SouthWest Writers Contest
Science Fiction /​ Fantasy Novel

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The Writing

"Definitely captures interest … Carin immediately becomes an interesting POV character, with a nice sense of mystery surrounding her. Verek is intriguing, as well. The threat is tangible with a compelling sense of consequences. Intriguing that the danger isn't simply the standard 'gathering armies of mass destruction' … A nice balance between the rustic sense of a medieval world and a voice that will be recognizable to the modern audience."
—Steve Saffel, Del Rey Books, SouthWest Writers Contest, judge of the Science Fiction/​Fantasy Novel category

"Clear writing, an intriguing story. I would very much like to read more."
—Frontiers in Writing Contest judge,
Science Fiction/​Fantasy/​Horror Novel Category

"It is extraordinary! Remarkable! The only problem is I can't stop reading it—how am I going to get anything else done? This is what happens when you get started with a writer who has the gift!"
Jan Peck, Author

"Beware—not of the Jabberwock but of the spell woven in this finely crafted tale of love and mysterious fantasy. The strong narrative is firmly grounded in research of period colloquialisms, folk beliefs, and foods, so while one is immersed in the adventure, one is also absorbing cogent historical details. Quite a satisfying read!"
—K. B. Cotal, Teacher