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Buy Now on Amazon imageThe Arceneaux family has a long history of falling victim to circumstance, but heir to the family home, one woman is determined the legacy will end with her. Embroiled in the fleecing of New York’s bridge funds, she is offered a new life in New Orleans, but what she finds is an abandoned house, a fractured family, and an oppressed people. Determined, she confronts the challenges head on, but soon realizes change is not something needed only for her, but for many.

In the decades before the Civil War, Louisiana was the most advanced in the rights of people of color—Africans and Indians—and women, including the right to vote. Marriage between races was legal, and mulatto, quarteronne, and octoroon children were recognized by their white fathers and often became land and business owners through gifts or the wills of patriarchs.

The Civil War brought change—any black lineage became cause for discrimination—and many blacks were relegated to occupations not unlike those of their ancestors. The women’s rights movement lost momentum as well, and it was only through the sheer will of women such as Stanton and Anthony, that organizations were formed and the voices of women would come to be heard.

Willows Plantation, still worked by the descendants of the slaves who built it, becomes the anchor to affect change and in a historical fiction spanning five generations, author Cyndie Shaffstall, takes you on a journey through abolition and suffrage. A Voodoo priestess, a French artist, the first woman presidential candidate, and the world’s fair shed light on issues and provide opportunities for a better life for the entire family.

Note: The third book in the Delegate series, Willows is an independent story told in the same manner, not a continuation of the storyline.


A thousand-year journey of the Greeks’ Heaven, Earth, Ocean, and Underworld, and gods who rule there.Chaos: The Oracle ebook cover image

Cyndie Shaffstall, best-selling author of Willows: The Creole, takes you on a thousand-year journey of the Greeks’ Heaven, Earth, Oceans, and Underworld, and the vengeful Olympian gods who rule there.

At the feet of Pythia, the greatest Oracle in all of Greece, Zeus places an infant destined to become his Oracle. This is her story and the story of Chaos—from which all else came. It is the story of the Titans and Olympians, and the many times they acted against their creations: man and woman. Are these the actions of supreme creators—or someone, something, else?

Become a preferred reviewer imageIn 334 BCE, King Alexander calls upon Hephaestion, his trusted childhood friend, to escort the Oracle of Zeus to Pella so she can issue him the god’s prophecies as he marches on Persia. Crossing Greece and then Asia, the Oracle hears the teachings and theories of great philosophers, scholars, mathematicians, botanists, and others who suggest the gods—her gods—were mere mortals who have benefitted from ages of storytelling and histories made more fantastic by each generation.

The voice of Zeus dims with the assertions of Hephaestion and others, and she struggles to continue to hear her god and provide the prophecies requested by the Macedonian king. Unable to continue to dismiss their positions as simple impiety, the teachings of her mentor and friend, Pythia, are challenged and maintaining her faith becomes increasingly difficult in the devastating wake of Alexander’s conquest.

Chaos: The Oracle is the fourth book in The Delegate series, and like the stories before it, is told in the first-person narrative—as though you’ve come across a journal…. As you read, it becomes your journal, your story, and you are transported to the beginning of time.


A mystery wrapped in an all-too possible conspiracy theory spanning more than 50 years.Glyphs: The Scribe eBook cover image

By 2062, we’ve made a real mess of things. Though engineers, inventors, and business people alike scrambled to develop a solution before we were completely wiped out by an irradiated atmosphere, global warming reduced our inhabited space by half. The chosen solution became a temporary fix at best as it was burdened by the weight of unchecked population growth.

With our workplace neutered by the Genderless Act, frustration grew and we came to embrace trystrooms where anything goes, everything is enjoyed, and it’s all kept secret by the Privacy Act.

Buy Now on Amazon imageToday, innovation and businesses thrive in an environment where unemployment and poverty have been eliminated, due largely to the Government Reorganization and Realignment Effort and business fostered by the GRRE enables one group of brilliant young designers to reclaim some of the ever-shrinking space—but bringing it to market exposes manipulation and corruption on a devastating, worldwide scale.



Glyphs: The Scribe iPad cover imageThe story of Peru’s most-beautiful sanctuary—Sacsayhuaman

Wiraqucha, the creator god, loves and will not destroy the people and empire he has created, so he appoints others to watch over his creations while he continues his explorations of the heavens and the earth. After one hundred years, his appointed custodians must return to their home in the sky, leaving the people of the Wira Empire without the daily presence of those they believe protect them.

In accordance with this and other prophesies, and almost all at once, the Wira Empire loses their sun god, Inti, who succumbs to the ravages of the human form as Wiraqucha plans to flood the village in order to protect it as a place of rest for his future visits.

Buy Now on Amazon imagePascac, son of Inti, leads villagers to safety in Sacsayhuamán, the sanctuary overlooking Qusqu—the capital city built by the god of civilization, Manqu Qhapaq. Despite their will to live and prosper, those things may not be within the grasp of the new settlers. Supay, the god of death, and other gods rage against them— seemingly intent upon wiping out the entire civilization and those who rule them.

Through it all, the scribe, one of only a few who knows the ancient art of glyph drawing, endures hardship and tragedy to fulfill her life’s purpose of recording history and creating books for the Wira descendants so they will know the story of how they came to be.

Cyndie Shaffstall’s new historical fiction is based upon the legends of Peru’s Inca and Wira gods and the theories of modern-day ancient astronaut theorists concerning their origins. You will be transported through the ages to join the villagers in the trials and tribulations of establishing their new home in the sanctuary on the hill.

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