Hi, I'm Talena!

I write uplifting novels and songs in multiple genres, knitting patterns that empower, a blog about this thing called “life,” and two newsletters (Books & Inspiration and My Secret Wish Knitting), all meant to leave you inspired, encouraged, and motivated. I’m also addicted to tea, books, and silver linings. Sound like we’d get along? Take a look around. I’d love to connect with you!

My current writing project is a young adult historical fantasy called The Undine’s Tear set to release in 2019. (Why, yes, I did manage to fit mermaids, sphinxes, dragons, and angels all into the same story. Intrigued? Join my Books newsletter to keep tabs on my progress.)

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The Undine's Tear

Ever since Calandra can remember, she has been running from the Madness…

Calandra is the most powerful undine healer in three thousand years—her people’s last hope for salvation. In order to help them, she must choose between enslaving the man she loves or trusting a cryptic message left behind by the mother who abandoned her as a baby. But if she can't find the brother she's never met, she doesn't have a hope in Tartarus—and all the powerful healers go mad eventually. Can she save everyone before she goes crazy and kills them all?

Coming May 14, 2019!

Finding Heaven

What do you do when you realize everything you are is a lie?

Sarah Daniels feels trapped, but thinks she deserves her life—until a new friend invites her to choose a different future. Will she be brave enough to step through that open door?

"… riveting …"
- Melissa Keaster, author of Eleora

The Friday Night Date Dress

She sews runway masterpieces … but who will mend her damaged heart?

After suffering tragic loss, Melinda pours her grief into creating couture masterpieces she wears only once. Can Peter, an aspiring fashion photographer, break through her protective shell and bring her back to life?

"… captivating …"
- reader A. Rosendahl

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