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The Crimson Orb


The Crimson Orb

While others seek the fabled Crimson Orb, teenage Nissa searches for her mysteriously missing magic teacher, Madoc the Mage,  and discovers how little she knows about her world and how useful her skills can be.

Join her as she mixes magic and science into delicious recipes whether in the galley of a sailing ship or trudging through the Frozen Tundra of Sorn.


This first book in my fantasy series Crystal Odysseys was published by Phantasm Books, a division of Assent Publications, on June 17, 2014, and is now available from Amazon Kindle as an e-book.

and in a slightly revised print edition

Under Two Moons


Book 2: Under Two Moons

Nissa, Madoc and their siblings search for the source of two mysterious books and find out more about their world than they ever imagined. 

This sequel to The Crimson Orb is now available:

Book 3 in the series


Book 3:Beyond The Sea

The third book in the Crystal Odyssey series is now available in ebook and print form: 


Book 4 in the series

Homeward Bound is the fourth and last book in the Crystal Odyssey series.

ebook. The adventures of Nissa, Madoc and the gang are now done. Or are they? :



'Natural Death' appears in The Darwin Murders anthology available on Amazon







'Princess Petra', appears in The Way Home anthology, available now on Amazon 


'Say Cheese', appears in Tasteful Murders anthology, available now on Amazon












My fantasy novella, A Bite of the Apple was published 8/7/16. When a farm woman is recruited to be a portal traveler for her government, her adventure begins.

It's available on Kindle :

It's also available in print form:

A Bite of the Apple won the New Mexico PressWomen's contest for YA novel for 2016 and came in second in the National Federation of Press Women's contest

My Kids' book, So You Want to be a Dragon, was published in April, 2018




Winds of Change: Portal Adventures Book 2 

The sequel to A Bite of the Apple was finally published in August 2022



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My short story, A Woman Hobbles Into a Bar appears in the charity anthology, Challenge Accepted to support Special Olympics








My experiences in a New York City suburb following the events of 9/11 are included in the book New Mexico Remembers 9/11

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Forty passengers and crew stranded in the middle of Missouri after a train wreck due to the collapse of a trestle over a deep ravine must survive long enough to be rescued. They settle in at a derelict motel after the wary people from a nearby town suggest it, but will their stay be temporary? With communication and electricity lost, how will they survive?

What if, instead of a pandemic, we’d had to deal with destruction of our electric grids, cellphone towers and essential bridges? 

The first book in this new series, published in July 2023, is a departure from Mrs. Hertzoff's stories. It still poses the question What if?

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