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UPDATE:  Anna Podhaski is one of several satellite members of the Klamath Writers' Guild.  She now lives in Colorado and has some exciting happenings with her book, White Jade, a novel.  See the July - Aug 2014 Literally Speaking for more information.

Here is an excerpt from White Jade and at the bottom of the page you'll find one of her paintings.

 

Chapter 1

The God of War

Nanking 1864

By the thousands they set themselves on fire and leaped from the top of the city walls like an endless shower of shooting stars against the night sky—stars that had somehow lost their glory by burning themselves out.  The religious Taiping Rebellion that had once swept the nation had come to its own end.  There would be no surrender.  Those devotees who had not fled Nanking in retreat now rained down upon the earth and waterways like fireballs from the walls of the besieged and burning city.  In this act of mass suicide, their shouts of resolute defiance echoed in the night air and would continue to resonate through the centuries to come.

 

Review from Rose at Amazon

I didn't want to put this book down! I was captivated by the locales; the cultural and historical references; the dynamic human relationships; the movement through events, challenges and customs of the times; and the complex interrelations of the central characters.

Anna Podhaski is a masterful storyteller; and her words paint such a clear picture that you can feel the moisture and mystery of the fog, smell the savory aromas of the kitchens, shiver with the characters in perilous situations; and yes, your heart will melt with the tender moments. The book is bursting with the intrigue, the aliveness, the poignancy of all of these moments. Podhaski has created powerful storylines woven masterfully into the accounts of five generations touched by the mystical "big luck" of the white jade amulet. You will want to share this with generations of your own family. Loved it!

 

White Jade can be purchased on Amazon where you can read more excerpts from the novel: http://www.amazon.com/White-Jade-ebook/dp/B007MWM9BM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333915966&sr=8-1

Or at Barns and Noble:   http://search.barnesandnoble.com/White-Jade/Anna-Podhaski/e/9781450250948 .

 

Here is one of Anna's Fantasy paintings.

Spell Bound

This is from the 'Witches of Oak Tree Hollow' series — Painted on un-stretched canvas with mixed media. This beauty and her whimsical friends are conjuring up something special amongst the magickal trees just outside the village of Oak Tree Hollow.

You can see more of Anna's Fantasy paintings at:  http://www.elfwood.com/~podhaski/profile.html