LASR Anniversary: Courtney Shepard

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The Deer Whisperer

Ten years ago I discovered my powers as a Deer Whisperer. It all started when I spent a weekend on Salt Spring Island, a beautiful paradise in the Pacific Northwest where the rain forest meets the Pacific Ocean. Even on the darkest, cloudy days the island sparkles.

Passing an orchard on my walk down to the beach one evening, I noticed two deer munching the fallen apples. I paused to watch them as they chewed and studied me from the short distance away. There was something so peaceful about the deer sharing a meal at sunset. I could feel their energy and there was so much joy in it. I reached out and made a quiet kissing noise. The chewing stopped and they looked at me. They studied me the way I studied them. I told them they were cute, and one took a step toward me. I smiled and made the noise again. This time they both took slow steps forward. I picked an apple off the ground and held it out.

The eye contact was intense on both side. They moved closer, closing the gap until we were only six feet apart. I dropped the apple and stepped back. The deer who took the first step, blinked with both eyes. I believe she was saying thank you. I watched her nibble the apple and felt the humming connection between us.

I would have stayed longer because the moment was so satisfying, but my friend was antsy to go to the beach. We walked on and enjoyed a stroll by the lapping tide, skipping stones and whatnot, but I couldn’t help thinking of the deer and our encounter.

On our walk back I was still in the awe of the moment. I looked for my two new friends in the orchard, but I was shocked at what I saw. I couldn’t tell which ones were my friends because there were now fourteen deer mingling around.

Who can tell deer apart?

Had I called them? Maybe. Or perhaps it was just dinner time, but either way it I knew I was a Deer Whisperer.

I thought of this event often throughout the years, and it gave me the same peace and serenity I had in that moment.

Recently I returned to the same paradise, and I passed the title on to my five-year-old son.

On our walk to the same beach, by the same orchard, my son whispered, “Deer, deer, deer.” He had all the intensity only a five-year-old boy can muster. As we walked by the water something caught my eye in the bushes. It was a young deer staring at my son. On the way home we walked back by the orchard and it was filled with deer. They were everywhere…again. My little Deer Whisperer said they were his deer, and they liked him.

I had to agree.

Unbalanced-EBOOKAsha is fire.

Every generation four sisters with power over earth, air, fire, and water are born to fight against a fanatical, secret faith. The Order exists only to sacrifice the sisters for their power. With each success their strength and control grows. They have never failed, for their rule depends on it.

The sisters, separated at birth, are unaware of what hunts them…but they are coming.
A handsome stranger discovers Asha in hiding, and swears allegiance to her cause. She falls for him; though he is not who he says he is. Betrayed and imprisoned inside the Order, Asha is without her power for the first time in her life.

As the war heats up haunting secrets and true motivations are revealed, but the sisters must unite and override their instincts and trust the untrustworthy if they are to fight their terrifying destiny.

About the Author:Courtney Shepard lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. After initially studying for a career in journalism, she switched to fiction writing.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  2. Such a great experience with the deer. Unbalanced sounds like a very exciting read.

  3. I have a friend who takes pictures of deer. She has them all named and can tell them apart. I used one of her photos on a book cover! Love Vancouver, by the way

  4. Lovely post. Thanks for it!

  5. A truly spiritual moment shared by mother and son. I wish I could have seen that

  6. Deer friend says:

    The deer knew they could trust you to share their story and bring more apples….great memory – thanks for sharing. Unbalanced was a great read! Can’t wait for the next instalment!

  7. Great story by a great author. loved unbalanced and love this.

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