BlowingWind and Ryu expected to be able to get on with living, but Fate has a different idea for the young Shaman in training and her Dragon Protector. Continuing her adventures between the worlds of Spirit and Man, BlowingWind traverses the worlds, and even time itself to regain the Smoky Mirror. Take Ryu, her protective volca dragon kami and suitor follows her, in a quest of his own that he is t fully aware of. To his dismay, a kitsune and two tengu complicate matters even further, and are responsible for tests of her character and problem solving ability. The root of an ancient curse is revealed and witnessed, possibly giving clues to how to fix it. The question is if she will remember them, and if she can regain what was lost. More important, will she start growing into her preordained multicultural role? Or will she even be able to return at all from this unexpected twist in her life's plans, and get back on her feet? This second book in the Dragon Shaman series, The Smoky Mirror continues from Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind.
Teresa Garcia is a 30-something mother of two children with special needs (one is autistic, the other has chronic depression and anxiety issues at far too young an age), raising them alone in the small mountain town of McCloud, CA. She also has chronic anxiety issues herself. Writing is one way that she deals with stress, and her favorite themes to work with are growth and where the border between spirit and mundane really might be. Just because she is on her own though, does not mean that she is alone. Many thanks are due to the McCloud Community Resource Center, to her brother and his family, and her mother, for all their help. When not drowning in university coursework for her International Relations degree, and chained to the computer, she loves to text role play with her long distance mate, write stories, hike, paint, meditate, and play games or read with her kids. She also writes quests for, and helps to maintain, the online browser-based RPG, Dragon Hearts. She was raised in another mountain community, Big Valley, which she visits as often as she can spare time and gas, though not nearly often enough for her wishes. Her parents always encouraged her writing and artistic talents. In 2005, she decided to pick up the dream of writing and publishing a novel once more, having shelved that (and the Shadow Chronicles manuscript) in her early college years due to the time constraints of motherhood at the time. In 2006 she released to the public her first novel in the Dragon Shaman series, Taming the Blowing Wind, and has since published a second book in the series and a poetry book. Currently Teresa has several manuscripts to work on, such as her Dragon Shaman series of novels and her current favorite serialized story, Selkies' Skins, which will go to both print and E-book editions when the serial novel is complete. She also has a poetry book published, Call of the Kami, and works with other authors to help them realize their dreams of being published.