Faye Shepherd was born on October 5, 1933 in Ohio, USA, daugther of Dolly Tolle and Dave Crockett Shepherd. She married Lawrence Ashley, with whom she spent 52 wonderful years, and had three children: Debbie Ashley (Clayton), Larry Ashley, and Susan Ashley (Brumwell). She enjoyed biking, aerobics, reading and traveling. She was fortunate in being able to travel the country and world with her husband and children.

Faye led an active and creative life and surrounded her family with the beauty of her garden and flowers. After she raised her children, she started her own landscaping business and delighted in making things more beautiful. An incurable romantic, she then pursued other activities including writing romance novels. Her book has been published since 1982, first as Faye Ashley, and later under the pseudonyms of Ashley Summers and Diana Rivers. She lived in a house that overflows with family and friends in The Woodlands, Texas, where she died at 76, on March 29, 2010.

Book List in Order:10 titles

  • Zaia is a gifted and willful girl who goes to the Temple of Kernoss to become a dancer in spite of her mother's strong opposition. There, her considerable skill is shaped and Zaia becomes the best Dancer in her city. When Zaia is of age she takes a f...


  • Snake Memories and Other Stories, a collection of exciting contemporary stories by the award-winning lesbian fantasy author Diana Rivers, offers tales from the author's experiences as a lesbian, her immersion in community, her love of nature, her adv...



  • Ishlair’s Councilor, Donya’s birthmother, her bondsisters and almost every Hadra in Ishlair agree: Donya needs to forget about her Shokarn lover and stay home. It wasn’t her idea to first go abroad as a Hadra spy, but now her heart belongs t...


  • Until the day she was abducted, Solene knew only home and "outside." Surrounded by every luxury, nineteen-year old Solene wants only to return home. She does not want to marry a future king and above all, she wants out of her gilded cage. Hernoriu...


  • Nhazul, a restless young Hadra from Ossen, travels to the forbidden Shokarn city of Nhor. There she becomes embroiled in a daring and dangerous raid on the 'Gray Place', a huge cave under the city where Weavers are imprisoned for life. When the Hadra...


  • In this climatic sequel to Clouds of War, the Zarns' armies are now arrayed before Zelindar, the coastal city at the the heart of the Hadra world. Working together, Noya, Amairi and Jolaina struggle to create an unlikely alliance to defend the Yarmal...


  • This is the tale of three women whose lives intertwine to transform their world - Noya, the young Hadra chosen to be councillor for Zelindar in a time of war; Amairi, the Shokarn highborn who escapes her husband's violence to become a Wanderer; and J...







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