Yasmin’s Books

New Releases

*All Yasmin’s books are now available on Amazon.


Always: An Adult Romance

Always coverMarissa Pharris finds herself on the honeymooner’s deck onboard a cruise ship heading to Alaska without her groom. Drunk and heartbroken, Marissa gets help from Tyler Jensen, one of the two Canadian pilots guiding the large vessel from Vancouver through the Inside Passage. That help tosses Marissa from the frying pan into the fire of desire.

Always follows the lives of two lovers destined to be joined together forever.

Always is the second story in the series of character whose lives intertwine. Those who loved the first book, Forever, will enjoy the continuing story in Always.
Coming soon, Bewitched, the third in the series.


2 Unlikely Heroes of the New World

Cover 2 Unlikely HeroesTake off on an adventure. Travel back in time aboard a Spanish Galleon heading to the New World. What danger lurks beyond the safely of home for a young stowaway? Experience everyday life for those living in the Maya city of Chichen Itza. Play Pok-ta-Pok for the chance to represent your city against other players. How will the invaders change your world?

In 2 Unlikely Heroes, a black Arabian stallion brings ten-year-old Akumal and thirteen-year-old Juan Carlos together as they must help each other in order to survive. Lives change, beliefs shatter, while each hero grows beyond his youthful dreams in this quick read for Middle Grade readers into an historical period of the 1500’s.


Just Nuts

Just Nuts coverJust Nuts tells the story of a young boy who experiences an allergic reaction at a birthday party after eating a cookie which has traces of nuts. Our hero’s grandpa visits him at the hospital to explain about nuts, where and how they grow around the world.

Illustrations by Jo-Ann Apolzer and nineteen of her art students. Foreword by Dr. Ross O’Neil.




Grandpa’s Gift: The Story of the Canadians’ WWI Battle to Win Vimy Ridge

Grandpa's Gift coverGrandpa’s Gift tells a story through a grandpa’s eyes to his grandson of an historical battle won by Canadians during WWI on the 100th anniversary. Winning Vimy Ridge from the Germans was instrumental in placing the young nation of Canada on the world map. Many Canadian lost their lives fighting to give the Allies a win after so many losses. An educational history lesson to all. Middle Grade readers will enjoy this quick read through history.

Grandpa’s Gift has earned praise from historians for its historical accuracy and its ability to capture the attention of young readers. Mark Dwor (Vancouver, Chairman, Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars) declares, “All the important necessary details of the battle are there and are presented with movement, clarity and immediacy that impels every reader (regardless of age) to be part of the ferocious momentum of the event.

Click to download answers to the questions in Grandpa’s Gift


The Sonoran Desert Series

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I fell in love with Arizona the first time I visited the state. It is a vast expanse, home of the Grand Canyon, the historic town of Tombstone, Karchner Cavern’s State Park, Kitt Peak and so much more. Arizona is a place where the night sky is awe-inspiring, making you think you can reach up and touch the stars.

Arizona is also a harsh land. Years of drought make the dry landscape beg for more monsoon rains in the summer months. How life exists under these extremes leaves you to wonder about nature. It is this which has guided me to write a series of educational children’s story about the survival of this very wild life to help young readers learn about nature at its best and worst.


Goodnight, Sonoran Friends

Goodnight Sonoran FriendsLet Goodnight, Sonoran Friends help your baby or early reader learn about eighteen of the characters featured in the Sonoran Desert series of book by author Yasmin John-Thorpe and illustrated by artist, Sherry Darrah.





The Adventures of Hummer Hummingbird

The Adventures of Hummer HummingbirdThe fifth book in the Sonoran Desert series follows Hummer Hummingbird, who is injured as he leaves his friend Cruz Coyote and the pack.

In The Adventures of Hummer Hummingbird, Hummer must search for a safe place to heal. His journey across the Sonoran Desert to a hide away nest is full of danger. Hummer must stay alert as he dodges predator birds wishing to take him to their families as dinner. Follow Hummer’s flight to safely as he encounters friends and foes along his path.



Cruz Coyote and the Pack

Cruz Coyote and the PackIn Cruz Coyote and the Pack, fourth book of the Sonoran Desert series, Hummer Hummingbird advises Cruz Coyote to join the coyote pack. Cruz does not like all the rules of the pack. He prefers to roam the Sonoran Desert alone.

However, Cruz finds himself helping the pack leader’s young pup, Charlie. Will Cruz decide to stay with the pack when Charlie’s mom asks him to join them?




The Adventures of Cruz Coyote

The Adventures of Cruz CoyoteThe Adventures of Cruz Coyote is the third in the Sonoran Desert children’s book series.

The series continues with Cruz Coyote learning about humans and the workings of a coyote pack through the help of Hummer Hummingbird.

Can Hummer talk Cruz into joining a pack to end his lonely life in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona?




Cruz Coyote & Rory Roadrunner

Second book in the Sonora Desert SeriesCruz Coyote & Rory Roadrunner, the second book in the Sonoran Desert Series, is the story of two predators following Quinn & Queenie Quail as they make their new home and prepare for the arrival of eggs and baby chicks.

Cruz Coyote lives alone in the Sonoran Desert. Curious about the different creatures he meets, he watches two quails make a hiding place in some bushes. What are they up to?

Rory Roadrunner watches the birds too. He knows what they are doing, and he is waiting hungrily. What will Cruz and Rory do when those quail eggs hatch?


A New Home for the Q’s

Qs_coverThe first story in the Sonora Desert Series, A New Home for the Q’s follows Quinn and Queenie Quail in their search for a new home before the monsoon rains arrive in the Sonora desert. On the way, the Q’s find new friends and avoid dangerous predators. Copies of the books are available on line from Amazon and from Barns & Noble stores, or contact me.





Earlier Books

Forever: A Story of Everlasting Love, an adult romance published December 2012

Joshua Braeddon Crowl is attracted to the feisty beauty he discovers in the orchard where he has been hired to pick apples. Petra Silvie Pereira is surprised by her reactions to the apple picker. One moment she is furious and the next moment she wishes he would kiss her. When John Edward Crowl discovers his son is seeing an unknown young woman, he sets out to stop the relationship. Can this love survive?

The Lone Pilgrim, published December 2011

In 2010, I wanted to mark my sixtieth in an unforgettable way. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Way of St. James, in Spain, is a trek of over 790 kilometers and sounded like a challenging way to celebrate turning 60.

The Lone Pilgrim details my journey of discovery on the Camino de Santiago.

Treasure House 1, published in 2006 in London, England by MacMillan Caribbean Ltd., contains two of my stories; it is a school reader for teachers and parents.

  • All Covered In Soot: Lali and her friends wish to know when the nuts off the cashew fruit will be ready to eat
  • An Island Treasure: Robert (Bobo) knows there is pirate treasure in the cave, but how will he get to it, when the cave entrance is in the rocks out in the Caribbean Sea and Bobo cannot swim!

Island Garden, published in 2007 by Glaxo Smith Kline. I was one of only four authors selected to write a story for this publication slated for young patients at hospitals I’m not certain, as I’m only a director for the arts council and did not handle the nominees, I only produced the video and print media. I believe you were not so much nominated for a category, but were on the list for Lifetime Achievement and it was not a nominated category, just on a list for this award. The council voted on this and was not a jury process. I was to busy with the video and print that I did not vote. Only the nominees were contacted – not the Lifetime Achievement. Sorry about the word mix up – should of used – put on a list and not nominee…. the Caribbean. In the story, An Extraordinary Christmas, Alicia’s birthday falls on Christmas Day, and on her eleventh birthday she gets a special gift—the chance to celebrate in Toronto, Canada with her aunt and uncle, instead of at home in the Caribbean. What will she do with all those cold temperatures and snow instead of the warmth and sunshine of home?

Taking The Heat: Canadian Politicians In the Kitchen, published 2001. Recipes from Canadian Politicians across the country, federal and provincial. Fundraiser for soup kitchens.

The idea for Taking the Heat: Canadian Politicians in the Kitchen was born at the time my husband was a politician and I wanted to show Canadian politicians as ordinary people, doing something ordinary in their daily lives. I asked for their favorite recipes for a national cookbook. The project took two years and includes a section entitled “With Regret”, responses from those who did not contribute. It’s filled with mouth-watering recipes.

I’m not certain, as I’m only a director for the arts council and did not handle the nominees, I only produced the video and print media. I believe you were not so much nominated for a category, but were on the list for Lifetime Achievement and it was not a nominated category, just on a list for this award. The council voted on this and was not a jury process. I was to busy with the video and print that I did not vote. Only the nominees were contacted – not the Lifetime Achievement. Sorry about the word mix up – should of used – put on a list and not nominee….Other Publications

(See images above for pictures of these books.)

The Romantic Quill Company was created to assist romance writers publish novellas. My titles include:

  • 1998 February Issue 1: A Taste of Tomorrow
  • 1998 December Issue 2: Twelve Days
  • 1999 Spring Issue 3: Hearts Content
  • 1999 Fall Issue 4: Only Love
  • 2000 Summer Issue 5: Hidden Treasure

Click to read my Loveescapes stories.

I co-founded a writers group in 1994. Our publications include:

  • 1994 – Penticton and Area: Secrets & Surprises
  • 1995 – A Novel Approach To Self-Publishing: a Handbook
  • 1998 (Spring) – Silhouette of Four Seasons: Coffee table guide for City of Penticton
  • 1998 (Halloween) – Supernatural British Columbia: Ghost stories, haunted houses and the unexplained
  • 2002 – To Hope and Beyond: Stories around British Columbia
  • 2008 – Celebrating a Century: Coffee table book for the City of Penticton’s Centennial
  • 2009 – Mining for Gems: Stories from around Canada