TO INSPIRE AND EXPLORE

Arrowhead's Lost Hoard
While staying at Dad's new home on Arrowhead Island, England, 12-year-old Craig and his 9-year-old sister Kim investigate the strange guest at Lavender Lodge and unearth a Roman hoard, as well as their stepbrother Tony's guilty secret.

Riddle of the Samovar
See what happens after Jandy returns to Texas. Does she still have friends in Hickory Bend? Will she see her friend Maryam again? The delivery of an antique samovar kick-starts a new case for code-cracking brother Calvin. And whatever happened to Meshki, the dog he left in Iran? Anti-Iranian prejudice escalates in November 1979, when students take over the US Embassy in Tehran. Meanwhile the kids at Lone Star Theater rehearse Alice in Wonderland - with a Texas twist!

Secret of the Seventh Gate
***** Rating on Amazon.com "This Persian adventure helps young readers to learn about the Iranian culture through the eyes of Jandy, Maryam, and Cracker. It's hard to stop turning pages as these kids try to uncover the secret behind the Seventh Gate.... It will capture the interest of young readers with its suspense and action." ~ Michelle, San Ramon, CA

"It was so exciting I even got up early just to read it." ~ Joanne (8), England


HOW CHAPTER ONE BEGINS:

Hugging a sketchpad, Jandy scuffed her sandals down the dusty sidewalk in Shekarabad, Iran. Ideas for an art project buzzed like mosquitoes in her brain. If only they could drive out the memory of last night's phone calls.

Jandy hadn't been so scared since Dad's job brought her here three years ago. Everything had seemed so strange and different then, until an Iranian girl called Maryam made her feel at home.

Maryam, still her best friend, dawdled behind with her dark head buried in a script. She was so caught up in their school Christmas play that Jandy hadn't told her about the phone calls yet.

"How can I help you, Ali Baba?" said Maryam, reading the part of Morgiana the slave girl. "Your secret is safe with me, Ali Baba."

HOW CHAPTER ONE ENDS:

The line crackled. Jandy cleared her throat. "Are you still there? Can you hear me?"

Finally a man spoke with a heavy accent. "Americans go home. We do not want you here."

Homeward Tracks
Travel to Bailey (TX), Oklahoma, the Isle of Wight, and home again through a variety of forms - haiku to pantoum to terza rima, as well as free verse.

"Her poetry is peppered with vivid images of seaside towns, island seasons, childhood, and aspects of her life in Texas. She strings words together in patterns and sequences an amateur dreams of." ~ The Colony
Times

"Spire, a fine wordsmith, manages many poetic devices. These devices never seem overdone but work together with rhythm and tone to create a longing in the reader...." ~ Nedra Rogers, Kansas Voices 2011

Tapestry of Time
Sample poem:

From a Young Man to His Former Wife (sonnet)

We promised to be friends, no matter what.
We’d always stay in touch; that was the plan.
You flew across the world, and soon forgot
About me when you found another man.
Because of him, you said I must stop writing.
Max misses you. He whimpers by the door.
My girlfriend’s immature. We just keep fighting.
I know I should have tried to love you more.
So, looking back, I understand your going.
A quick divorce was best; you had your grounds.
The cafe, where you kept the coffee flowing—
I sold the place; you’re owed one thousand pounds.
But since you moved, I don’t know where to send it.
You’ve burned your bridges now;
I’ll have to spend it.


Bugsy, Slug, the Beatles and Me
Bugsy, Slug, the Beatles and Me was published in the Barnes & Noble Frisco Poets 3rd anthology, November 2003. It is also the title essay for a book of memoirs planned for 2010.

Home From The Hospital
Women have been raising babies since Eve bore Cain, but for a first-time mother everything is new. HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL: NOW WHAT? is based on a survey I took among two dozen friends. Get a copy for the Mom-to-be in your life.

Double Delights
It is 3 A.M. You have just rocked your baby to sleep after feeding her, changing her, and persuading her that daytime is playtime. You collapse into bed and close your eyes with relief.

But not for long.

A cry from the other crib tells you that her twin sister is hungry. (She wasn't ready when you tried nursing them together.) Staggering to the nursery, you consider starting one twin on bottles and having your husband share night feeds. But which twin? Besides, Daddy need his sleep if he is to work and provide two of everything from potty chairs to bikes to weddings.

SO BEGINS MY ARTICLE ABOUT HOW JEANNINE & SANDRA (TWO NEW MOTHERS OF TWINS IN MY TOWN) FOUND 10,000 FRIENDS WHO UNDERSTOOD HOW THEY FELT!

A Song For Irene
Do you have a favorite teacher? Most of us have one that stands out as being especially kind, or fun, or wise. Mine taught 2nd year juniors (like American 3rd grade)at my first school on the Isle of Wight. Miss Wheeler also played the piano for Assembly and led the school choir to victory in the Music Festival. Very sweet, but when we pushed her patience...watch out!


Thomas Hardy's Turning Point
How Hardy's last novel was attacked by critics. His success a poet, and loss of faith in God. Useful resource for high school or college students. Send for a free copy.