Novels By
MaryAnn Doty Rizzo
These are the novels by MaryAnn Doty Rizzo. Currently, two novels are completed and available in paperback, hardback, e-book, and large type editions. A third novel is in the final proof phase. Two more novels are "works in progress."

 

Novels  

 

The Banshee Screamed is a fictional story. This is the large type edition of the book.

Marika Kelly is a young librarian living and working in Denver, when she is hit by a bus. A year later, she fully awakes to a world that is different. She has problems speaking and she is hearing and seeing things that others cannot hear and see.

She goes to live with her doctor's brother. A recluse who has a reputation of being hard on his staff researchers. She begins to know why when she sees Tetka. The problem is that no one else can see or hear Tetka. And, Marika is still hearing the Banshee and seeing the man with the evil eyes who holds the images of other young women. What can it mean? Who are they? And who is the man that she keeps seeing when the Banshee screams?

This book is available at The Banshee Screamed: Large Tyoe Edition. It costs $11.99. Cost is based on the size of the book. It is available in a Kindle format for $2.99 at the Amazon site.

 

 

The Banshee Screamed is a fictional story. Marika Kelly is a young librarian living and working in Denver, when she is hit by a bus. A year later, she fully awakes to a world that is different. She has problems speaking and she is hearing and seeing things that others cannot hear and see.

She goes to live with her doctor's brother. A recluse who has a reputation for being hard on his staff researchers. She begins to know why when she sees Tetka. The problem is that no one else can see or hear Tetka. And, Marika is still hearing the Banshee and seeing the man with the evil eyes holding the images of other young women. What can it mean? Who are they? And who is the man that she keeps seeing when the Banshee screams?

This book is available at The Banshee Screamed. It costs $10.99. Cost is based on the size of the book. It is available in a Kindle format for $2.99 at the Amazon site. Hardback versions are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $17.00.

 

 

Marika Kelly, SI, and Tetka take a vaction to Washington State. But SI is after something more than a vacation and it has to do with the Wilson family.

And Tetka has her own agenda. She is being equally mysterious about it as SI is about his plans.

Marika wants to be done with that Wilson family. But is she really? Can she ever be done with the Wilsons?

The Wilsons have not given up on her either. All Marika wants is peace and quiet but with the nightmares that she is experiencing, she begins to think that the last thing she will get on this trip is peace and quiet.

The Kelpie Bellowed is in the final proof phase. It will be available in paperback, hardback, large print, and e-book editions.

 

 

Harri operates the Adoptions in Time Agency. She lives in a world that faces the aftermath of an epidemic that left many people infertile. For most couples, adoption is the only
way to have a child. Some couples will pay anything. go to any lengths to obtain a child. Harri 's agency is successful at finding babies -- a lot of babies.

Because she finds so many babies, people think that she is paying the Fertiles to have babies for her agency, which is forbidden by the extended anti-slavery laws. She's not.

But the truth of where the babies come from is a potential nightmare.

Adoptions in Time is available at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. It is available in paperback, hardback, large print, and e-book editions.

 

The Red Cap Howled is the third in the Marika's Celtic Creatures series. Marika, SI, and Doc are now in Arizona trying to track down those who helped Norman Wilson kill environmentalists.

This is a work in progress. I hope to have it finished by December.

Sheela is a seventeen-year-old Other in a world that hunts and kills Others. Hunters have killed her parents before they could tell her how to find Safe Harbor, the refuge for Others. Now, she must find the way to Safe Harbor before she turns eighteen and her abilities come into full force.

This is a work in progress. I hope to have it done by December.

 

Short Stories

 

 

    A collection of the eight stories that became the picture books along with a couple of other stories, not quite right for picture books.

 

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Contests

 

 

Contests I have entered.
Books That I Entered Contest
I entered The Banshee Screamed into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. My exerpt can be read at this place. My pitch was:

Marika Kelly has a beaut of a day and that’s just the start. A bus hits her and she wakes up a year later. Her librarian job is gone and her body doesn’t work well.  And now she sees ghosts.

    Secrets surround her and threaten her life. Secrets like the scream of the Banshee accompanied by the image of a man with evil eyes who hurts women; like the reason the police want to interview her; like her fear that she is going crazy; and Tetka, a ghost only she sees and talks to.

    Only Marika hears the Banshee, and fears others will declare her mental and lock her away. She feels that the man she sees when the Banshee screams knows about her and plans to end her existence. Her doctor places her in the care of his brother, a man who keeps a distance between himself and the rest of the world. The police want to know about the accident that she doesn’t remember. Marika’s own secret -- Tetka -- interrupts her attempts to recover. Tetka is the ghost of the brothers' aunt, who haunts him and who wants Marika to speak for her.

    She does not know why she hears the Banshee. She fears that the secrets that the brothers and Tetka have will determine if she lives, dies, or spends the rest of her life labeled as “mental” and confined in a hospital.

    The Banshee Screamed introduces the young adult audience to a realistic older character who is dependent on others because of her accident and who still has a sense of humor and irony. So begins a series of books in which Marika faces ghosts and other creatures while seeking the answers to the secrets in her life and the lives around her.

I entered The House of Time into the Great Novel Contest by Columbus Creative Cooperative.

My pitch was:

On a distant planet, it is 4017. Harri is faced with a legal dilemma. She and her partner, Len, are being charged with using fertile women as slaves to provide infants to infertile couples. Though they are not doing that, how can they prove it without exposing their true secret – they are using a time machine?

As Harri ponders this question, she reviews how a simple research project lead to the possibility that she and Len could be imprisoned or even sentenced to death. All they wanted to do was to provide a solution for those couples who had been rendered infertile from the AM virus, a mutation of an older virus. A mysterious eugenics group created the virus. Their goal was to render those with the bad gene infertile. They succeeded.

Unable to stop the virus, Harri and Len’s solution provided infertile couples with infants who otherwise would have died in the past. How do they protect themselves from the charges of slavery and keep their time machine a secret?

Harri and Len are concerned that if their machine is revealed, it will fall into hands of people who would misuse it. They need to protect it and keep their efforts to save infants from the past ongoing.

Just as they think they have this impasse resolved, they are faced with the ultimate threat to their machine and their efforts. This threat from Harri’s past forces her to face the ultimate time travel conundrum. Can she save the machine, the infants and maybe even her world?

HOUSE OF TIME is a time travel story with a twist. What would you do if you could go back in time? Harri and Len’s answer is unique and born out of the anguish of infertility.

I entered House of Time in the Sci-fi & Fantasy Writing Contest – The Cygnus Awards Contest sponsored by Chanticleer Book Reviews. I entered the earlier version of House of Time, which was called Adoptions in Time, in the Raw NaNoWriMo 2013 Writing Competition. This contest was sponsored by Chanticleer Book Reviews.

This is the unfinished manuscript that "won" the NaNoWriMo 2013 contest. I entered this contest in November and wrote over 50,000 words in the month of November.

This is the full (almost finished) manuscript of the book.

I entered House of Time in the ABNA contest.

My pitch was:

On a distant planet, Harri is faced with a legal dilemma. She and her partner, Len, are being charged with using fertile women as slaves to provide infants to infertile couples. Though they are not doing that, how can they prove it without exposing their true secret - they are using a time machine?

Should they have ignored the pain of those rendered infertile from the devastating AM virus? Or, should they tell the truth to the legal system and hope they can keep it secret? How can they protect the adoptive parents, the infants and their machine? It is a problem that will require a solution that only Harri can provide.

HOUSE OF TIME is a time travel story with a twist. What would you do if you could go back in time? Harri and Len's answer is unique and born out of the anguish of infertility.

 

 

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