*these 2 stories are not in a series, only by the same hot author. synopsis from backcover*
THE RICE MOTHER
grains of rice stick to her body but time will not touch her. she is the keeper of dreams.
the tiger ~ lakshmi, the fierce matriarch who thwarted ambitions turn her cruel. would she destroy all she sought to love?
the enchanted twins ~ they stood and stared at the terrible trick fate played on them.
the princess bride ~ relentlessly wooed, callously discarded, she consoles herself with magic charms and sweet oblivion.
the great-granddaughter ~ the rice mother's true heir, who weaves together the silken strands of the family's deepest buried secrets through the twentieth century.
they come to worship in the spider's temple..
the balinese twins ~ beautiful and exotic, they exchange an island paradise for the shabby squalor of london, and innocence for corruption.
the sicilian ~ ricky delgado strikes a devil's bargain with a blood goddess:
'build my temple ad bring me the souls of damaged people, and you will see what rewards i give.'
the courtesan ~ elizabeth makes her living from men's desire. a switch allows her to feel no pain but she guards a secret that doesnt allow her to love.
the artist ~ anis takes to painting as an outlet for his rage. his artist's eye knows his subjects befire they know themselves, and he paints them all, a gallery of broken people.