A Mother Daughter story. A New World. A Mystery. The MacDonald's emigrate to San Francisco after a family tragedy. They arrive in one of San Francisco's best known neighborhoods known now to many as "The Castro. The girls come of age during the early days of the colorful circa 1960's. This story reaches over three generations of the family and the challenges they encounter as immigrants in San Francisco and their bond and how it changes over the years. It is a story of acceptance and reconciliation, and the world of mysticism. A book for the young and older reader this poignant story is a slightly veiled autobiography written in a fictional framework.
June MacDonald, the red-hired youngest child of the Scottish family, has a uniqueness that attracts unusual people. Jimmy, the father, is overbearing, and often cruel to his wife and children. Cathy, the mother, is lost in her unhappiness and memories of a past sins she cannot reconcile. June along with her three sisters are lively, funny, and rebellious as they find ways to deter their father's control over them. The family implodes when June is drawn into the world of mysticism. Each girl struggles to rise above Jimmy's abusiveness, while Cathy wavers at protecting her children or staying under Jimmy's thumb. Ultimately it is June and Cathy who must resolve the sins of the past and move forward for the family to heal.
NOVEL: "City of Redemption" is a completely engaging read mix of romance, mystery and the turmoil of the late 1960s. A groovy-licious, noir-esque book. - DT, Amazon Review
Flower power ignites into fire power when a lonely young woman entangles herself in a treacherous plot and murder during the Summer of Love. Partly to blame for her young son's death and abandoned by her husband, Liz MacKay leaves Scotland in disgrace hoping for a second chance at love and life. Arriving in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, Liz declares all she wants is a "jolly good time" and free love among the groovy people. Instead she is unwittingly drawn into the dark underbelly of secrets, violence and addiction with a callous drug-dealer and becomes involved in a plot to bring down the Black Panthers when she moves into a commune. Her unlikely friendship with one of her commune members, Black Panther Toni Bordeaux, leads Liz to redemption for her shameful past. This vividly recounted story of lies, betrayal, drugs, violence, and murder takes place during an unforgettable time and place in history – the 1960's."
"City of Redemption" is yet another solidly honed story by celebrated author June Ahern who writes with such interest and vigor that the reader feels as if they've traveled back in time with her. She captures the moment and the unique characters of a unique era in compelling storyline and plot. Interested in San Francisco in the 1960s? June Ahern will take you there. - Fiction Master, Amazon Review.
NON-FICTION: Paranormal: A brilliantly written, factual account based on a lifetime of metaphysical research, experiences, and spirit communication. There is definitely something in it for everyone. – Nicola Neal, Spiritualist Medium, www.nicolaneal.com
"How to Talk With Spirits: Séances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts" is an informative and practical guide to an unusual and often, sensitive subject. In it, June shares some of her most memorable experiences, answers many questions from the curious living, how pets don't leave our sides easily and how to know your beloved one who passed stays in contact. Learn how to conduct a séance, take ghost hunts, and avoid vampire entities. Read about some of the June's ghost encounters, and hauntings by murder victims. Test your psychic abilities with her ESP Quiz. By the end of the book you will decide if you want to, or can communicate with the dead or leave well enough alone.
Talking to the dead appears easy for June Ahern, as seen in her paranormal ghost investigation Youtube videos. “It’s easy as talking to living people”, she says, “but at times it can be scary & uncomfortable.” In it June shares her personal experiences such as working with the police & the passing of her beloved ones - even pets. This book is not scary. It is informative and most interesting as well as comforting to the living as reviewers on Amazon, Goodreads, Onlinebookclub & Smashwords share.
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NOVEL: "The Skye in June" - Not since author Amy Tan's early writings has a woman's voice so strongly resonated from one of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods. Ahern's powerful coming of age tale is a must read for anyone interested in the drama and complexities of what it might be like growing up psychic. - Jim Toland, Author of "Fire and Fog"
NON-FICTION: Parapsychology: "The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Psychic Reading"shows us how psychic readings are a useful way for understanding ourselves and life. We could all benefit through the information Ms. Ahern shares with us.This book is a must read before you schedule your psychic reading! - Rusty, mother of Rocky, whose story was portrayed in the movie, "Mask"
The Timeless Counselor is a complete consumer's guide for getting the greatest benefits from a psychic reading. It covers such topics as how to choose the right reader, how to avoid unethical ones, how to ask questions to get the most information, how to prepare for your reading, and how to use the information after the reading successfully. Plus June's ESP Quiz to learn how psychic you are. At Amazon & Smashwords, Barnes&Noble.com eBook only at this time. First edition 1990 paperback available. See Purchase page for more details.
Ms. Ahern does a fantastic job of taking an often misunderstood taboo subject and putting it into terms, situations, and explanations that any person can understand in a very personal way. - Books n' Beans, Book Reviewer