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Thirteen years after the last world war, the village of Lia Fail sits peacefully
above the Hollywood Reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains. The village is making
ready for the fall Gathering, where the other colonies from various parts of what
was once Southern California visit for ten days of fun and reminiscence.
What begins as a normal Gathering, soon changes as the people of Lia Fail begin to
see magic around them. Then they receive news of a horrific massacre and face a
nightmare as a dark evil descends on the tranquil village. Alia Stark, the queen
of Lia Fail, must face this evil along side her oldest and dearest friends as well
as an incredible new ally as the fate of her people and the lives of her children
rest in her hands. Will her new magic be strong enough to save those she loves the
About the Author -S. L. Dearing spent several years studying at Los Angeles City
College’s renowned Television/ Film program. She has worked on several film projects
in many capacities. She is a book reviewer for the Big Blend Magazine and Champagne
Sunday’s radio show. Shannon has been writing since grade school. Over the years
she has written several screenplays, poems and short stories. The Gathering is her
first novel. Shannon currently lives with her husband, David, in the No Ho Arts
District of the San Fernando Valley of Southern California.