Author Archives: S. Amaranthine

The Vencello Zone

Writers ask one another: “How do you get motivated?”
I use music, a playlist for each novel. Songs facilitate imagery of certain scenes and they are put in a iTunes playlist called “One Song Loop”.
For Orcasekai I am listening to White Rabbit (I have modified the lyrics when I listen for inspiration: “One word makes a swimmer, and one word takes a walk, and the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything by talk. Go read fiction, be anything and all…and so on)
Also Brave by Sarah Bareilles. When Orcasekai is published (soon! soon!) I will put a YouTube playlist together like I did for The Vencello and Cetapiens.
Writers also ask: “Why am I doing this? There are so many other ____books out there…”
Well, there are billions of people, why do any one of us exist? Your book is YOUR book. It’s special and worthwhile for that reason alone. There are always other reasons WHY.
What about the bipolar writing experience “I’m either Christ or I’m S***T”, “If I don’t make a million dollars, it’s not worth it.”
See answer to “Why am I doing this?”
I will attest, the first time I held that beautiful paperback copy of “The Vencello” in my hands, It. Was. Every. BIT. Worth. It.

Orcas, Washington DC, and Me

As promised, here is an update on my trip to Washington DC this week. The weather forecast says: Its a go! I’m seeing a temp in the high 40s, nice and dry for the middle of January.

Q: Why am going? A: Orcas.

And…why this trip, specifically? The Lower 4 Snake River Dams. They are up for further evaluation causing another 5 year delay. Government people have already studied and reported government data. That data has been presented and The Federal Government has failed to act according to the tax payer funded (MILLIONS of dollars!) Army Corp of Engineers data as well as a federal judges order. On these 4 dams, taxpayers getting a fifteen cents on the dollar return for their hard earned money. That’s GOVERNMENT DATA. And yet, the Lower 4 Snake River Dams are not breached.

The orcas that depend on the Chinook Salmon that spawn specifically in the Lower Snake River DON’T have 5 years. The salmon and steelhead are disappearing. Orcas are starving. Less than 80 remain as of the end of 2016. The SRKW (orcas) will be extinct in 5 years. This specific population has taken a horrendous beating at the hands of humans. Hunted, enslaved, and now starved. has not fallen asleep at the wheel. Jim Waddell and others are spreading their URGENT message.

I have signed petitions, called the POTUS and my state reps and senator, even requested a meeting when I am in DC but have not heard back yet. I hosted a lunch for friends at my home where we watched DamSense (a documentary on US dams in general, but also included a segment on the Lower 4 Snake River dams) and discussed. They had NO idea. Despite being connected on social media to various degrees, it was their first time exposure. Some of them also made calls. Many others have done more than I.

So, I keep going. I will be representing Orcas in front of the Army Corp of Engineers HQ in Washington DC because they cannot make that trip themselves. Thank you to Betsey Thoennes and Jim Waddell of who have been helping me send a ‘live body, in person’ message to the public and the Army Corp of Engineers HQ while I am there.

This trip may seem like a lot to you, but my efforts are between me and me. To myself, this is a small thing I can do for the orcas that I admire and cherish so.

I will make the trek in solidarity with Orcas. If they had a proverbial ‘seat at the table’, I believe they would thank me for it. That’s good enough for me.

Dear POTUS: Please tear down those dams!

The 4 Lower Snake River Dams – slated for breach…in about 5 years. Unfortunately, the orcas that depend on salmon don’t have 5 years.
I’m going to Washington DC with friend Suzi Urell to demonstrate for the orcas, because they CAN’T do it themselves.
The recent death of ‘ Doublestuff ‘ J34 , has hit me particularly hard. That family is in dire straits.

“While an orca lives, the Earth shares its mighty sentience, acoustic brilliance, and increases in magnificence our collective soul.” – S. Amaranthine

Posting updates as they come in….

Friend and Author Karen Bemmes New Book!

Friend and author Karen E. Bemmes has a new book available in e-book format on I wrote her a well deserved 5 star review. Easy to read in a single sitting, filled with friendly tips and classic, comfort food recipes. I especially enjoyed seeing Bourbon Slushes in there! If you’ve never had one, they are a wonderful favorite that I was introduced to by my late mother-in-law years ago. Thanks Karen!
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Happiest Holidays: Your Guide to a Budget Friendly, Organized and Fun Holiday Season

Friend and Author Marian James Book Review

4.5 stars – Reviewed by S. Amaranthine 11/19/16

Deadly Disruption by Marian James is a well written bold fiction that calls out corporate individuals getting away with murder.

Deadly Disruption begins with a double homicide motivated by water control profits. The author uses her expertise to create a highly relevant crime story immersed in water supply and demand. That alone makes this book worth reading.

The action scenes are gripping, especially the beginning. The author blends her narrative and expository text in a flowing style that recommends her as trustworthy and believable.
The stories take place in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Seattle. Stereotype subcultural differences are included in the narrative. The frequent reference to specific landmarks will please readers who are familiar with those areas. For those who call them home, the read is even more enjoyable.

Half a star is taken off for weak development of women in the story. The female Harvard lawyer is arguably reduced to ‘getting even’ for expensive broken shoes. Macho readers may appreciate flattery in the frequent homage to ‘the men’ and find humor in the neurotic behavior all but a couple of the feminine roles. Others might object, but those who can skim over underutilized, often girlish portrayal of grown women, but are interested in getting to the important social question: who/what controls our water, are likely to recommend this book despite that.

Overall, Deadly Disruption, the second book of the Jebediah Colton series, establishes Marian James, corporate crime story author, as off to a promising career. Knowledgeable and well edited, the authors portrayal of profit-motivated scheming (water control in book two) is ultimately satisfying.

Now Available in e-book and paperback on Amazon . com

Orcasekai and My First SuperPod!

Orcasekai, the final book of the epic time travel trilogy, is well underway. Superpod 5 proved to be a source of motivation and inspiration as I immerse in cetacean centered universes upon returning home. Surrounded by San Juan Island home waters of the wild orca and so many kindred cetacean-loving spirits was perfection!

Even getting to SJI was pure pleasure. My fear of flying was once and for all quelled by two (not one, but TWO) luck-of-the-draw flights in a Dehavilland beaver. It’s a bucket list item for many and now I know why. I would fly in one of those ANY time!


NTR Cetacean Science Fiction is here!

No Technology Required (NTR) Cetacean friendly science fiction is right here! Cetapiens is now (ironically) available from four popular e-book vendors! What can be accomplished without technology? Entire universes for starters! Echo-location of whales, acoustic talents of Orcas, a bazillion planets and a splendor of galaxies, oh my! How can you tour the multiverse using nature’s abilities alone for the price of good sandwich? Imagination! A great guide book helps of course!

Cetapiens is published!

Book two of the Vencello series, Cetapiens, is now available from a variety of popular vendors in e-book format. Please select “Books & Reviews” from the menu to access purchase links. Professional editing was provided by Laura Geraci. Thank you so much Laura! Cover art was a joint effort by Muriel (photo), Bettina (human/orca icon) and Kirk (compilation of images). Please take a moment to read the Cetapiens Introduction page recently added to this website. The related concepts and playlist are ready for your enjoyment as well!

Explore the multiverse…

The Vencello is the first of a trilogy. It is a universe existing within multiple universes, a joining of species through music, interspecies dependence, and the amazing carbon 60 molecule, also known as buckminsterfullerene or buckyball.

Throughout the trilogy, Orcasekai narrates experiences with her space and time-traveling grandmother as she learns to navigate the multiverse. Their journey begins just before the emergence of an ancestral realm known to her kind as the Vencello. Its early history is relived from the point of view of the individuals from three species who merged to become the Vencello; human, orca and sperm whale.

Human. Delora, Alvar, Johnny and Liam are a family whose love transcends universes. Their journey to forgive each other and themselves is one of many challenging adventures.

Orca. Akenehi, the matriarch of her pod possesses a rare gift of musical and acoustic genius. This pure ability is the driver behind a new universe’s creation. Like her songs, her love for her family is wondrously efficacious.

Sperm whale. Brough and Param, Aware Masters of the Ocean, use their massive brains, deep diving ability, and fine perception of detail to solve the greatest puzzles of their planet. They are essential catalysts for many universes to be.

There are an untold number of ways a universe can come into being. Some begin with a bang, others with a perfect cetacean song. Some came about when an electron emerged from subspace. The Vencello’s carbon-60 based universe emerges to create a story for this age – and every other.