July 6, 2022

'A Fantasist in the Real World': Guest Post by Karina McRoberts

As an author who concentrates on fantasy and paranormal themes, people have said that I am not realistic.  Well, duh.  A great compliment!

However, it’s not true.  Most of my fiction contains references to real-world events, both past and present.

I was recently asked to contribute to a collection of prose focusing on the experience of women in the Ukraine war.  Although I have never been to that once-beautiful part of the world, I have Ukrainian friends, who so kindly added to a theatre production of my historical fiction novel, the Palace of the Stars.  

The Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers were a big hit with our audience in the two years pre-Covid that we were able to run the show.  The book and the show, A Night at the Palace of the Stars, have a peace-through-music theme.  Fictional character JT Gordon, the entrepreneur of the Palace of the Stars, is the staunchest advocate of musical peace. And so am I.  As a musician who’s traveled, I know.  If you would like to view one of Roztiazhka’s astounding performances, click here:

Performers' Page | starpalace (leela5chelandra.wixsite.com)

I doubt Putin listens to any of the gorgeous Ukrainian music.  If he did, how could he possibly commit these horrendous atrocities against these fine people???  I asked him to listen.  He didn’t reply.  But you can listen to this – it’s heart-filling.

(2) A Moonlight Night - The Most Beautiful Ukrainian Song 🇺🇦(Dedicated to All Brave Ukrainian People)🇺🇦 - YouTube

All royalties from the sale of For Ukraine, by Women of the World, will go to help Ukrainian victims of war.  As such, I recommend this book to you.  Here is the link on Amazon, but I believe it is available everywhere (including through The Australian Center for Leadership for Women):


Karina McRoberts, Author of Intelligent Fiction

About the Book

A collection of powerful poetry and prose by all who identify as women about Russia's invasion of Ukraine led by Russia's President, Vladimir Putin. Thirty-five women express their concerns about Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine, its impact on Ukrainians and the reactions of world leaders to the war. The women are from countries including Australia, Fiji, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

All proceeds from the sale of this book are being given to UN Women Australia for assistance in Ukraine.

Featured Authors:

  • Shirley Kaye Randell - Australia
  • Diann Rodgers-Healey - Australia
  • Nikhat Shameem - Fiji
  • Padmini Murthy - United States
  • Rose O’Neill - New Zealand
  • Magdalena Simonis - Australia
  • Kerrie Duff - Australia
  • Toni Hassan - Australia
  • Ellie Wong - Australia
  • Beverly Mary Louise Lawes - England
  • Johanna Skinner - Australia
  • Shivani Saweni - Fiji
  • Karina McRoberts - Australia
  • Manpreet Kaur - Fiji
  • Rosalie Fishman - Australia
  • Kamala Lakshmi Naiker - Fiji
  • Claire Kearns - Australia
  • Vandana Vikashni Nath - Fiji
  • Helena Bryndzej Studdert - Australia
  • Evelyn Grace Quinlan - United Kingdom
  • Lauren Elise Daniels - USA / Australia
  • Doga Demir - Australia
  • Karen Arnold - United States
  • Natalie Scanlon - Australia
  • Lynne Samson - Australia
  • Linda Stewart - Australia
  • Julie Miller - Australia
  • Parvin Lata - Fiji
  • Washni Warsha Kumar - Fiji
  • Jenni Nixon - Australia
  • Libby Sommer - Australia
  • Nur J. Alam - Australia
  • Noa Gomberg - Australia
  • Susan Lane - Australia
  • Bethany Williams - Australia

About Karina McRoberts

I love to create, and my hope is that everything I create brings joy to others.  I am truly fortunate to live in a magical place that inspires and enlightens me; part of my work is to make sure I return the favour.  Do we not truly need joy, inspiration and enlightenment; now more than ever?

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