Regal Crest Authors - A. L. Duncan

This Ohio farm girl was richly inspired by the philosophies and voices of Nature at a very early age. My early mentors of society included Classical music, PBS, and movies from Hollywood's Golden Age. Not to mention the abundance of material from Great Aunt's, whose stories of youth and young adulthood were a part of Chicago's gangster era. Winter months felt like an eternity to a child where the time dragged between observing the cows feeding and watching the same expressions from my parents at the supper table. Thank heaven our hometown had a well-stocked library. I tended to dive into subjects other than what school was attempting to sink into my inattentive brain. Subjects like Forbidden Knowledge, Mysticism, World Religions and Mythology. With inexhaustible interest and not much clarity, I began to sense I could write my own stories; the teachers applauded and encouraged me every step of the way. Until now, over 40, I've kept this 'hobby' to myself.

Today, I have an incurable appetite to read the classics, study literary essays & criticisms, bio's, and lectures on them. I also live a comfortable philosophy and spirituality in an ever-expanding world that my ancestors probably wouldn't have dared unmask in their own by-gone eras of an uncompromising society. I appreciate the ability to express myself as a creative human being in today's ever-changing and diverse society. And I'm excited to live in an age where the freedom to share aspirations and dreams are observed through the growth of optimism, encouragement and individual empowerment. Growth is a beautiful thing.

Email: alduncan@alduncan.us
Web site: www.alduncan.us

 
Current Releases

Fragrance of Reflection, The

A woman's expression isn't just about her complex language of beauty, divine thought, or the creative luster. Underlying are the elements of depth and intensity, of the tragic story, of the comedic roust. The great appeal is her flourish of spontaneity; the nurturing spiritual nudge; the haunted workings of ill circumstance. This collection of poems, prose and short stories explores the struggles between intention and hindrance and the perishable human heart, whose spirit is endowed with timelessness.

Publication date: 12/01/2016
ISBN: 978-1-61929-304-5

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Scythian Fields, Part Two











4th Century B.C. Exiled from Rome, Attia Matuna is still adapting to the Sarmatian culture and their politics. The corrodings of her sensibilities, in relation to her hatred of the Roman tribune Petronius Tullus, have at the same time quickened her powerful efforts to establish herself as a warrior and leader of her tribe. There is dreadful work ahead securing loyalty and battling prejudice while considering the purpose of raising a family, as all Sarmatian's do. It is a dangerous and delicate balance. One in which Attia's maternal instincts are willing risk in order to provide a legacy.

For Twentieth century Anthropologist, Oksana Dmitriova, making sense of the symbols and stories of the mythical White Woman and connecting them to the literal world of bones and remains is no easy task with Russia's Red Army behind you at every step. As she is following the footsteps of the fabled 4th Century B.C. warrior-priestess, Oksana discovers from superstition, a principle of truth always prevails. And the only way to preserve a perishable human being so greatly revered is to endow it with immortality. Following the spirit and virtue of such a being, one cannot help but be transformed themselves.

"I am not Pshavi."
"You are more than Pshavi. Your spirit is the ancestor of all Pshavi spirits. We are not flesh and blood. No one culture is. We are the breath of stars and the light of the moon and the sun. We are not the elements, we are that which created the elements."

Publication date: 05/03/2016
ISBN: 978-1-61929-280-2

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Scythian Fields, Part One

When you think you know what history has shown you, look at it again through another pair of eyes.

1924. For anthropologist Oksana Dimitriova, this meant delving deeper than her life and all that Russia's university scholars had taught her. She had learned early in life that mixing science and the mystical life were something out of the ordinary, and that one didn't express an interest in them lest one was prepared to divulge a good defense against others harsh judgments. Influenced by their ancestors, Russia and its neighboring countries were imbued with cultures that had faithfully practiced timeless beliefs. As with all such beliefs, there is always a story that strengthens the future in legendary proportion. Time shifts, and events form into place. What was once, long ago, will return again. What Oksana didn't know was that according to the heavens, history was about to repeat itself.

With Lenin dead, Stalin's powerful dictatorship has unfolded a cataclysmic ripple of destruction that spread across the Caucasus Mountains into Georgia. The discovery of a 4th Century B.C. priestess-warrior will take Oksana on a journey to find the warrior woman's descendants, amid the chaos and evils of her nation's politics. This is a tale of two women, whose lives, and the lives of those around them, are bound in synchronicity. There will always be threads of life the constellations will connect. Does it matter the events are 2,500 years apart?

"There is a strangely prevailing spirit that wants us to discover something," said Oksana's mentor. "I know we have found a most unnatural treasure that will transform Russian hearts, and those of the world."

Publication date: 09/01/2015
ISBN: 978-1-61929-244-4

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Secrets of Angels

After four years of war ravaging the French countryside and towns, it looked as if all sense of humanity had disappeared. To an outsider, the streets of 1918 Paris would seem the worst and most dreary place for an American to ever wish step foot upon being only ninety miles from the closest front. This, of course, was the fear that beset the soul of Marguerite Adler. She would not have had the slightest interest in traveling to Paris if it were not for a letter from her mother's estate, which stated her presence was needed immediately to settle affairs. Marguerite's life becomes gradually transformed in a city that is very much removed from any imaginations. Paris, despite parts of it damaged, is quite alive and colorful.

It is in Paris where she finds Jean, a seemingly virtuous soul trapped in a mind exposed to the effects of war and her patriotic support. Both women, having pledged themselves to peace, albeit in quite opposite ways, find themselves attracted to a spirit the other wished they had. This is a story of how civilians survived in an everyday world of atrocity, hostilities and love by their almost sublime faiths and their prevailing submission of acceptance of the world around them.

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Publication date: 05/01/2015
ISBN: 978-1-61929-228-4

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Ban Talah

From the crumbling pages of ancient Celtic scrolls comes a vivid world of mysticism and unflinching valor. Ban Talah is the daughter of Tlachtga, Goddess of the Thunderbolt. Unbound by mortal laws Ban Talah must find strength in her own moral constitutions in all their depths and complexities and not distance herself from the deep undercurrent of her immortality in order to fulfill her Geasa, her duty, as a strength and legend to her people. It is the time of King Henry II, ruler of England, where Celtic-Christianity struggled with Rome's papacy and the legitimacy of paganism within the Church. It is a time that begins the reaping of a terrible sowing.

The insidious heart of a French Cardinal, a man of mysterious dealings, has set the elements of evil astir. In order to save Henry's England Ban Talah must first save the Lady of the Land from the bindings of the Cardinal's sorcerous, wintery enchantment, a spell that is also a wicked inheritance of ills against the healers of her people. This is a tale of how one woman led her people in loyalty to a King and the Church a respect in her people, driving all that she fought for into all that she also fought against. A woman whom all called: Ban Talah


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Publication date: 09/01/2014
ISBN: 978-1-61929-186-7

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Gardener of Aria Manor, The

Janie O'Grady is a woman quite adapted to her life and circumstances as they are, living in New York City during the Great Depression. A hint of cynicism clouds the cold winter streets and keeps the rum runners strange bedfellows to the Irish mob's bounty in and out of speakeasys, daring to brush shoulders with the neighboring Italian mobs. At a moment where Janie fears for her life she is presented with circumstances which seem like a harsh nudge from the heavens to decide her own destiny.

Feeling there is no other choice, Janie makes the fateful decision to change her identity and move to the Devon countryside on the coastal shores of England, as a Head Gardener to a 17th century manor, where déjà vu and the intrigues of a past life and murder mystery over shadow her life in the big city.

This tale invites you to peek into the pages of one woman's life and follow her incredible story of self-discovery of a very different kind; where looking back at one's past includes connecting the threads of passions and desires of a life lived before. A life lived where one's odyssey must wait to complete the circle in the next life.

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Publication date: 05/09/2014
ISBN: 978-1-61929-158-4

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