After the destruction of a Golden One spaceship, the Maca of Ayran is hunting down the one responsible.

Having ignored the orders of his superiors, he has formed an alliance with Lillie, daughter of the Guardian of Flight.

After an unknown alien vessel attacks them near a De’Chin mining outpost, they come across a female prisoner with shocking news about their common enemy: the Draygons. Unable to penetrate the Draygon mind with their telepathic powers, they summon help from the Justine Refuge.

But what they find out will bring their part of the galaxy to the brink of war… and beyond.

5.0 out of 5 stars HAIL Daniel, the Maca of Ishner

Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2016Verified PurchaseThis story is the sixth in the Maca of Don series. It contains the most intrigue of all the books. There are plots by the Sisters to overthrow all the Macas and kill all those who are males. There are those who support the Sisters, in both Ishner, one of the continents of Thalia and of Medicine, another continent. There is a plot to conceal two Sisters who murder the Thalian daughter of Llewellyn, the Maca of Don and his wife (called counselor). And there are questions to be answered about the Book of Gar, the Kenning Woman (does she have real visions) and their marriage. Finally there are questions to be raised about the new Maca of Ishner and how it is that no one knew who he was as he was being raised by the Maca of Don. The intricate details of the machinations of the Sisters and the others of the Council of the Realm are fascinating. After reading six books of this series I finally became convinced I knew what was going on here. The book is well written, is a cross over book but not for young teens or tweens. It is a good read that requires some willingness to do some rereading as you go along. I really enjoyed this one.


Kenna McKinnon

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and well researchedReviewed in Canada on November 12, 2020

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Fascinating after the initial scene was set! I was rather confused with the unfamiliar names and cultures presented in the first couple of chapters as it had been some time since I’d read the preceding series, but the Earth experiences and the final chapters were enthralling and satisfying to read. Obviously a great deal of research and review went into the writing of “Thalia and Earth”.

As well, the author’s voice shone through in her retelling of her faith and her personal belief in extraterrestrial contact. The story revealed an underlying physical sensuousness in description and innuendo. The accounting of records and books for the Board sounds authentic and very practical, probably in experience. Any questions about the aliens were answered in my mind, as well as the strange Scottish dialect of the Justines. That’s just how they talk, and they occasionally drop the Scots manner of speaking to speak “plainly”. Perhaps MacDonald had Scottish forebears, like my own, or the feisty Highlanders of my own ancestry came from the stars in former times?

A very well written and researched series, this may be the final book in a family science fiction saga that stretches through generations. Our loss, but to Mari Collier, the skillful author, I would say, “Write on!”

“This is a story that can captivate generation after generation, filled with well-researched ideas and powerful imagery.” BEFORE WE LEAVE BY MARI COLLIER–CHRONICLES OF THE MACA

Antoinette is in danger.

After Red O’Neal delivers a beating to his half-brother Daniel for courting his sister Antoinette, she is sent to a convent until agreeing to marry an older, wealthier man.

But after Antoinette manages to send a letter to her betrothed Lorenz MacDonald about the danger, he rescues her. Soon after, a neighboring ranch is attacked by Comanche raiders, and Antoinette and her mother-in-law are caught in a fight for life and death.

Can their family survive the dangers of the violent Western frontier?

★★★★★ – “I enjoyed the purely western start, and the aliens and otherworldly part fit seamlessly. An odd combination to be sure, but the author makes it work.” GATHER THE CHILDREN– MARI COLLIER –CHRONICLES OF THE MACA


★★★★★ – “This story puts you right into Texas in the 1850s. As a fan, and student, of science fiction for 40 years, I can honestly say this is one of the best. Thank you, Mari.”

★★★★★ – “This story of the juxtaposition of western and space aliens is interesting. The clash of cultures is not quite what might be expected, but it leads to an interesting read.”

★★★★★ – “I enjoyed the purely western start, and the aliens and otherworldly part fit seamlessly. An odd combination to be sure, but the author makes it work.”

★★★★★ – “I highly recommend this to everyone that is searching for a sci-fi story that they can actually relate to. Cannot wait for the next novel.”



★★★★★ – “Well written and thoroughly researched, with realistic characters and events. I could not put the book down.”

★★★★★ – “A great story with memorable characters, but to me the most fun was the historical aspect of it. Mari has done her research.”

★★★★★ – “One of the most unusual sci-fi stories I’ve read… I love these books and recommend them completely.”

★★★★★ – “I don’t usually read western-themed books but this book breaks the mold, blending western, historical, and sci-fi / paranormal all into one. It was spellbinding.”


5.0 out of 5 stars Punchy and quippy stories packed into one bookReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2022

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Twisted and Untwisted Tales, by Mari Collier is simply great entertainment packed into one book. These are relatively short stories; quirky, quippy and simply fun to read. These bite-sized stories are perfect for a bedtime read, or a quick escape into cleverly designed worlds that the author does a wonderful job of conjuring up. I recommend it for anyone, any age.


The third definition of skewed is to look obliquely. That somehow describes my mind as I may see things a bit differently than the rest of the population. To me there is always something more, perhaps something hidden or shaded by another dimension.

You’ll meet a boy who doesn’t grow old, a witch that wants to be normal, an Iowa farm woman battling frogs, a vampire that chooses to live in a sunny desert, ghosts, and vampires.

Carolyn Breckinridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of short stories sure to leave you smilingReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019Verified Purchase‘Twisted Tales from a Skewed Mind’ by Mari Collier is a collection of fantasy short stories brimming with twists and wit. There is dry humor in some of the stories, such as ‘The Boy Who Refused to Grow Old,’ and other stories that left me chuckling as I didn’t anticipate the plots’ endings. The author promises vampires, witches, frogs, and ghosts, but also delivers a living house and slugs, among a host of other oddities. As with all collections, readers each have their favorites. Were I to choose mine, they would be ‘The Present,’ ‘Pink Boots,’ ‘Living Double,’ ‘Once a Frog Always a Frog,’ and ‘You Really Should Know Your Neighbors.’ all of which are very deserving of five-stars in my mind. This is only one of the books in her ‘Twisted Tales’ series and I certainly plan to read them all.

Twisted Tales from the Desert – an anthology of short stories with twisted views and endings. MARI COLLIER

In this collection you will find humor, murder, a love story involving a ghost, an inhabited ghost town, a Fairy Godmother tale unlike anything you would expect, and more.
NOTE: Contains content considered unsuitable for readers 17 and under.
Bjonsmom4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentler TwistReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021Verified PurchaseI’ve now read all three of Collier’s Twisted Tales, and found this one a gentler collection, perhaps a bit more traditional than the previous two. The scenarios are just as imaginative, but far less bizarre and creepy. The characters are more relatable, more like regular folk, who find themselves in extraordinary situations – but the twisty end is there: surprising, ironic, and oh, my!
Who among us hasn’t hoped to hit a big money payoff? Or felt the presence of a loved one who has passed on? Believe in ghosts? Maybe not, but how do you explain two “entities” in an eternal battle for male/female dominance shape shifting before your eyes? Conversations on either side of a radio “Portal” result in an identity switch. There are Bad Seeds, a battered wife fantasizing a way out and driven to the brink, a Fairy Godmother (be careful what you wish for). There’s a stunning reminder to always maintain “control” while driving; and watch out for that sculpture of a Desert Iguana.
I gave the book four stars because one of the stories is published in a previous collection, although it is an intriguing adventure. Pick up this final anthology and make your collection complete.

Twisted Tales From The Universe (Star Lady Tales Book 2) Kindle Edition MARI COLLIER A REAL BLAST FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!

Enter worlds both strange and familiar.

Travel through time, encounter witches as they move about their day, be enchanted by childhood fairies, and slay dragons from tales of old. Encounter ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and rocket through space to a wasted planet that auctions its one exportable product… women.

As in life, Twisted Tales from the Universe offers a range of stories that include humor, murder, love, and situations that never end quite the way one would expect.

Tracy S.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Stories!Reviewed in Canada on July 10, 2017

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These stories are very well written. The author draws you into the story with her attention to detail and her obvious understanding of human nature. Then, on top of all that, she gives you a twist ending that is both surprising and plausible. This book is definitely worth the read.

You’ll never guess how any of these stories are going to end. TWISTED TALES OF THE NORTHWEST BY MARI COLLIER

In this collection of short stories, you’ll meet vampires, zombies, elves, and aliens​. You’ll step into an old haunted house​. You’ll even witness a ​trial of the Kafkaesque sort​, set in the distant year 2668.

But you’ll never guess how any of these stories are going to end.

Twisted Tales from the Northwest are chilling, subtle stories of latent horror​. There’s not much blood spilt, but still, maybe you should refrain from reading this one at night.

Berk Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories with unexpected twists and turns.

Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2016Verified PurchaseI don’t know exactly how to review these stories except to say they were very well written, very entertaining and very worthwhile reading. I loved the completion of the book and each of the stories resonated. I am so used to reading a continuous tale that a series of stories such as these is almost a shock as each story ends and a new one begins. But no matter. Each was entertaining in its own right and in its own way. All the tales put together make a fine presentation worthwhile for any group of readers.

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