Roberta is beginning a seven-novel series spanning half a millennium that is based in what afterlife researchers have learned about human nature and the nature of reality, including the growing likelihood that it is our lack of freedom of the mind that lies at the core of most of our problems. The only ongoing series character is Atlantica, an island in the South Atlantic where a core philosophy of absolute freedom has produced an extraordinary alternative civilization.The first Atlantica novel establishes how the island’s experiment began. The second introduces Jack Richardson, whose personality and wealth enable us to look again at the American experiment and begin to see how we might repair it. Together, these two contrasting cultures let us use one man’s life and the lives of those he touches to explore the possibility that as our old ways of living and our old beliefs are dying around us, we might at last cast off the past that never did work very well and dare to explore new possibilities so we can build for humankind a better future.
The first novel in the series will be published in the fall of 2016. Covers and synopses of the others are being produced, and will be added here as we have them.
It is the year 1540 on an isolated island that is home to a barbaric culture where three cities under despotic Chieftains have been at almost perpetual war. Twelve-year-old Rebalagh is a Chieftain’s Maiden, the first daughter of the first wife of Samitkan’s Chieftain, destined never to marry and perhaps to be sacrificed. By custom, Maidens are reared in freedom to make them happier gifts to whichever gods will receive them.
Then Rebalagh is captured and taken to wife by an enemy Chieftain with whom she falls deeply in love. When war between her father and her husband again looms, she risks her life to prevent it, but it seems the only way to save the men she loves is to create a peaceful culture in a world whose gods ensure that there can never be peace. Eventually, she comes to understand that in order to make peace possible she will first have to vanquish her people’s gods.
Jack in Love
It is 1968, everyone is young, and the boy who was dubbed by Time magazine the richest American under the age of forty when he was only twenty-six is still waiting to take control of his inheritance. Into his sheltered and sadly damaged life comes Bobbi Christian, fresh out of college, lovely and carefree and full of dreams. Alone among the girls who are rotating through Jack Richardson’s employ, Bobbi – he soon renames her “Vixen” – is not impressed with him. She treats him like a normal boy, and she treats her job with him as an opportunity to learn a lot as she prepares to go to law school so she can become the first woman President of the United States.
Then Jack and Vixen fall hard for one another. As she assists him in managing his final trusteeship year before he claims his inheritance at thirty, they fall ever more intensely in love. She helps him begin to overcome the disabling effects of his traumatic childhood, and she is instrumental in effecting the healing that allows him at last to step into and claim the wealthy life that is his birthright. As Jack becomes more fully the man that he always has known that he was born to be, his beloved begins to reconsider her own dreams.
Jack in Freedom (1976)
Letter from Money (2001)
Letter from Wonder (2011)
Letter from Chaos (2016)