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Mary A Schultz
Mary A Schultz

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An incurable traveler, Mary Schultz has trekked Chile’s Atacama Desert and Easter Island to learn about the visual astronomy of ancient peoples. Together with her husband, she has explored the Mayan ruins of Mexico and Central America, lived and sailed aboard a 41 ft. ketch, and camped from Alaska to the Panama Canal. Mary Schultz’ personal essays have been anthologized: When A Life Mate Dies: Stories of Love, Loss and Healing (Healing with Words Series) by Susan Heinlein; her short fiction has appeared in Yokoi, the Bozeman, Montana occasional arts magazine, and the Mendocino Review to name a few. If you are familiar with Apple Computer, City of Hope, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, publications focused on software solutions for architecture, engineering and construction, and Total Gym, over decades you have likely read Mary’s award-winning advertising & marketing writing.

Education
California State University-Northridge, Honors English, summa cum laude

Writing Awards-Marketing and Advertising
(4) American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design usa for excellence in communication, Total Gym; (3) Davey Awards: efi/Total Gym Corporate Graphic Design and Editorial Content Manual, rethink Rehab brochure and Home Fitness Brochure.

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Echo Leadership Award for City of Hope, Direct Marketing Creative Guild (DMCG) Pioneer Silver Award for City of Hope. Team DMA Gold Echo for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. DMA Leadership Awards for City of Hope. DMCG Pioneer Award for Sitmar Cruises. DMCG Pioneer Awards: Second Place – Apple Computer, Bronze – City of Hope, Third Place – GTE. “Best in the West” American Advertising Federation (AAF): First Award and Sweepstakes Award (Best of all Media) – Apple Desktop Publishing. L.A. Ad Club Belding, DM unit cost under $1, Apple Computer. Caples Award, Apple Computer.

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Sea Cliff 104 cover
Sea Cliff 104 cover
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The Last Skywatchers cover

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Sea Cliff 104
Published: Feb. 19, 2015
Words: 64,350
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310778476
Available formats: epub; mobi (Kindle); Irf (for older Sony readers); pdb (for older Palm devices); txt (archival, contains no formatting); Online Reader
Available at Smashwords and at Amazon for Kindle. Amazon number (ASIN: B00U9BGNJW)

Sea Cliff 104 – Short
Single interior designer, Cass Brooks, works to forget her ex sham marriage by avoiding romance. Project developer Bud Griffith has a world of love to give, but he’s mired in his past. Cass’s Montana ranch parents wrangle to get the two together. Bud’s ex-wife has a bankroll of reasons to keep them apart. Love, like the Sea Cliff project, grows only when the two surrender to all obstacles.

Sea Cliff 104 – Longer
Single Los Angeles South Bay interior designer, Cassidy Brooks, works so hard to forget her horrific sham first marriage, she’s all but abandoned romance and love, much to the dismay of her mother on the family ranch in Montana. Enter Bud Griffith, a Los Angeles commercial land developer with a world of love to give. The problem is, he keeps giving everything–except love–to the ex-wife he divorced years before. He is stuck in his past, and only the hidden privilege of his past remains. Cass’s Montana ranch parents accept Bud for the open-hearted man he is, and wrangle to get the two together. Bud’s ex-wife has a bankroll of reasons to keep them apart. Once Bud knows Cass, he can continue on his present course that includes living in a palace on a crumbling ocean cliff, or he can embrace Cass in spite of her bitter resolve against his every advance. When Cass’s father raises the stakes, and Cass takes the reins, it is anyone’s guess whether love can endure miles and mountains, honest mistakes and underhanded dealings, and finally find its way back to Sea Cliff 104.

The Last Skywatchers 
Published: Jan. 29, 2015
Words: 158,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310946851
Available formats: epub; mobi (Kindle); Irf (for older Sony readers); pdb (for older Palm devices); txt (archival, contains no formatting); Online Reader
Available at Smashwords and at Amazon for Kindle
Amazon number (ASIN: B00OU0QBYA)

The Last Skywatchers – Short
The known world unravels as the Spanish mission sphere expands across Southern California to the Colorado River from 1769 to 1854. People of one village pit themselves against invading settler-evangelists and their escorting soldiers, and a fierce resistance movement arises. Only the secret knowledge of Skywatchers–astronomer-healers–can ensure the preservation of a people and their culture.

The Last Skywatchers – Full Synopsis
The Last Skywatchers steals into the lost world of early California where the Skywatcher, Keeper of the Calendar, holds the power of life and death, health and disease, plenty and want. Three generations of Skywatchers, each in their own way, meet the sweeping challenges of the late 18th century and early 19th century West.

In an idyllic village, Mamish, a child apprentice, trains with his aged, blind mentor Pul Moar. While Mamish’s induction into the secret realm of healer-astronomer Skywatchers promises prestige and power, it also threatens execution if he fails.

Enter the erratic, impulsive Captain Rivera guiding the first Spanish missionary expedition into the wilds of California. Rivera regards the village’s inhabitants as animals to be managed with the lash and the flintlock. Their sacred spring is to him a watering hole. Pul Moar harnesses all the power of the unseen world to speed Mamish into readiness for his role.

An unsolicited spirit guide charges Mamish with one mission–to preserve the spiritual beliefs and the very culture of his people. From the moment he is marked by his Atishwin, Dream Helper, luck shifts whenever Mamish is present. The turns of fortune have far reaching consequences.

Visionaries are subject to dissent. Mamish is no exception. The ever-vigilant Dream Helper reins Mamish and leads him to a new life in exile, where an historic battle erupts with a fury.

Only by training his daughter to secretly fulfill the role of Skywatcher can Mamish complete his obligation.

Magic and luck come together on her behalf, and while Dolores’ world threatens to break apart, she proactively preserves the spiritual beliefs and history, the very culture, of her people.

 

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