An island appears and disappears. A mysterious animal stands at the edge of the forest, watching. A door becomes a portal to the deepest secrets of the ocean. Through the darkness, a wolf strikes for life. Born in a downpour that breaks a record drought, she is named Rainy. A young Native American girl, orphaned at 5, she lives with her grandfather on the white sandy shores of the Florida coast. As she approaches adolescence, Rainy struggles with her love for the Earth and the horrors inflicted on our natural world, facing questions of loss and identity, and the very essence of the human spirit. They are questions that hours spent in classrooms, and even her grandfather’s ancient wisdom, cannot answer. Exasperated, a storm rages inside of her, ultimately releasing her own spirit to the storm raging outside, and lifts her into a dream that is more than a dream. Beyond this dream, in a place where the ordinary and extraordinary merge, Rainy Peek realizes her destiny and what it truly means to be MOTHERLESS.
"...the literary sheen Motherless shows and I am tempted, however ineloquently, to suggest that your book should be marketed (even as synopsis level) as an induction into the parallel world of which very few people are fully aware. Towards this end one feels that the great N.A.I tribes should be brought aboard; certainly they should be made aware of the potential for self-enhancement the novel would bring. Nowadays there are great swings towards the mysteries that hang around our conscious and unconscious: the efforts made often stimulated by seeking relief from the constraints imposed by family and provincial life so that the self may find room to expand. I mean, here we have a book that could well be used to shatter those symbolic chains fettering not only the individual, but also nations!"
-- former poet laureate of Scotland, Sam Gilliland
Gabriel Horn (White Deer of Autumn) His publications span across four decades, and include the novel he co-authored with his life companion Amy, the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award winner for visionary fiction, Transcendence. Selected for Who's Who Among America's Teachers, he has received the University of South Florida's Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, and has been awarded Faculty Emeritus at St. Petersburg College. For over 40 years, from reservation schools, to American Indian Movement (AIM) Survival Schools, to public schools, colleges, and universities, he has unwaveringly advocated the academic respect due the history, literature, and philosophy of Native America, and has been outspoken defender of the natural world.
- 2016 International Book Award Winner– Multicultural Fiction
- 2015 Florida Book Award Medal – Young Adult Literature
- 2016 Paris Book Festival - Honorable Mention – Spiritual
- 2016 Award of Literary Excellence – Friends of Florida Mid-County Regional Library
- 2016 Next Generation Indie Award – Finalist Best Overall Cover Design Fiction
- Selected by Dept. of Education for Talking Book Library for the Blind