My Books

I write to understand, heal, and be creative. I publish to continue the dialogue of women through story, to share my journey with my nieces and any other women who might enjoy or benefit from what I’ve experienced within and without, and to, hopefully, entertain as well — plus, the manifestation process of publishing is an extension of creativity. Blessings!


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What do you get when you combine a transplant to the Sonoran Desert with mind-created monsters, living landscapes, elemental impressions, the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda, flower essences, earth-centered spirituality, dogs, history, geography, archaeology, desert denizens, and writing therapy? You get my latest book: Desert Fire!



Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 11.58.36 AMMinoan Messages on the Gaia Path

finding purpose through pilgrimage on the island of Crete: a spiritual memoir

Minoan Messages on the Gaia Path is the raw, first-person script of my pilgrimage to Crete. This book expresses perspectives on eclectic earth-based spirituality as well as how earth divinity supports the universal relatedness of women’s journeys and our subsequent healing through those experiences. My paths as spiritual seeker and practitioner of earth-energy healing modalities have merged; this union enhances my ability to not only explore inner and outer landscapes, but to share my perceptions of them in a variety of unique ways that includes metaphor and tales of the ancient past.

“A pilgrimage is a prayer in the shape of a journey to a place
where spirit resides.” – Mara Freeman


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Darla has been a spiritual eclectic for over fifteen years. She is rooted in her faith and happy in her lifestyle. But when her husband experiences a mid-life crisis and they suddenly move from Maine to Arizona, her grounding is disrupted on more than just the physical level. Darla realizes that somewhere along the way her sense of self and purpose got left behind. Were identity and soul misplaced or totally lost? She is clinging to the possibility that a pilgrimage to Crete can show her the way home to herself. As Darla explores the remarkable sites of the ancient Minoans, she opens to the whispers of priestesses long gone, and absorbs the vibrations of a matrifocal culture wherein its people knew the harmonic oneness of life. Upon returning home, Darla continues to explore the balancing of dark and light, to weigh the merits of cave dwelling and creative expression. Through experiences, reflections, and visions on a journey that was far more than Darla had imagined, she recovers her unique identity, embraces her true nature, and steps forward to manifest her soul-purpose.

In praise of Minoan Messages:

“Minoan Messages on the Gaia Path is a heartfelt telling of a pilgrimage both into the interior labyrinthine soul and land of ancient Crete. I loved joining Ms. Palmer on her journey. The honest, self-reflective nature of this book encouraged me to look more honestly and lovingly into the landscape of my self.” ~Theresa C. Dintino, author of Ode to Minoa

“Darla writes with great insight and feeling about her pilgrimage to Crete, in which she vividly conveys all the scents, tastes, feelings and spiritual experiences of her time before, during and after her visit to that amazing land. It is a book to become immersed in, and one that leads the reader to the heart of the Cretan mysteries seen through her eyes and ears and the deep and meaningful times that she experienced there.” ~ Cheryl Straffon, author of Daughters of the Earth: Goddess wisdom for a modern age


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Journey of Soul Inquiry on the Gaia PathJSIcover

~ a contemplative writing initiation ~

Seeking a beautiful new way to dive into my root energy, beat in rhythm to my heart energy, and soar to the transcendent–to discover a method for opening more deeply into my Self and that which is Sacred–led me to explore contemplative writing. I trust that the messages and the impressions they create will touch you as they have me, bringing inspiration and insight, joy and healing reflection. May they open you to explore new ways of being and doing in the world, whether through your own process, or through the passages that were revealed to me. Most of the pieces within this volume may also be found on my other blog under Soul Cards.


Reflections of a Journey on the Gaia path

~ moments in metaphor ~

RJcoverReflections of both the outer and inner journeys, this collection of writing pieces shares thoughts, feelings, and the vibrational flow of the blessed world around us within which we are immersed and so sway within Gaia’s currents. Each piece is a bouquet of flowers from Gaia’s Field. Each flower grew from heart and soul nourished through experience and sensation and wonder. Each blossom emerged from the vital soil of Oneness that permeates all life. I invite you to open and place yourself within the space of the imagery, to become the sand or the bird for a moment, and feel the reveal of Gaia, the Divine Feminine. Many of the pieces within this volume may also be found on my other blog under Spirit.


Earth Maiden ~ a novelEarthMaidenCover

This novel is the story of a young woman who doesn’t fit into society, she’s always felt herself to be a misfit. One day, she volunteers for a secret program and ends up where she not only belongs but can make a difference simply by being herself.

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