Desiree Finkbeiner attained a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Missouri Southern State University (2006) with a heavy background in business, marketing, music and fine art– She was heavily involved in campus affairs and served actively in several committees focusing on campus entertainment and events.
She performed with musical acts/bands in rock and electronic genres, released seven studio albums, performed in 11 states and has written hundreds of songs. Her band, Carbon Star, was a finalist for VH1’s “Bands on the Run” reality TV show in 2000. Then she performed with Pointy Teeth until finally leaving the music industry for the quiet life.
She had a scholarship for acting in college though she was not a theater major. Although she no longer performs or focuses on musical/performing arts, she has chosen to shift her talents to other areas that are more conducive to raising a family.
Continuing education is a constant adventure for Desiree with topics of interest ranging from civil and corporate law, history, political conspiracy, homeopathic medicine and spiritual healing. She prefers to read non-fiction, especially on topics that educate and broaden her perspectives on controversial issues.
With thousands of completed art works in her archives, most of which appear in private collections worldwide, Desiree hopes to focus more on publishing, marketing and licensing her work so she can leave a legacy behind.
“Ethos: Morning Star” (2012)
Review by Kate: As a big fan of the fantasy genre, I love what Morning Star (Ethos) has to offer. Not only is the fantasy world intriguing and beautiful, but the love story and good vs evil plot are exciting as well.
Brianna Armstrong is a college student who discovers an amazing creature she’s never seen before–a large, purple dragonfly–and this discovery leads her to a whole new life. It turns out that the dragonfly belongs to a strange man she’s seen walking around her campus. His name is Kalen and he’s not from anywhere Brianna has ever heard of before. Kalen’s actually from a world called Ethos, and he doesn’t quite fit in on Earth with his old-fashioned manners, misunderstandings of modern English words or phrases, and strange clothing.
Kalen and Brianna quickly realize the strong connection between them, but they aren’t allowed to act on that. Kalen has made vows in his world that don’t allow him to get romantically involved, and especially not with Brianna. The romantic storyline is heart-wrenching and beautifully written, so that the reader really feels for them as they cope with their relationship and its limitations. A big part of this novel is the idea that true love can survive all odds, and very many obstacles are thrown at Brianna and Kalen as they work to solve mysteries, to understand a prophecy, and to fight against the aforementioned evil forces.
One special aspect of this novel is the illustrations. Between chapters are these gorgeous illustrations of what’s happening, and they really help to bring the story to life. I read a lot of fantasy novels and haven’t seen one illustrated like that, and its’ a real treat to have a visual for some of the scenes.
The ending actually caused me to gasp–I was shocked that it was over! I’m glad to know that this is the first book, and that there’s another one coming out. I can’t wait!