M. C. (Peg) Berkhousen graduated from Three Rivers High School and Borgess School of Nursing In Kalamazoo, Michigan. Integrating her love of writing with her nursing career, Peg won the Michigan Nurse Writer of the year for her article on using journalism therapy with a patient who was on the USS Hornet when it was sunk by the Japanese in WWII. One of her most rewarding experiences was consulting with the Franciscan sisters in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Click on “About the Author” for more information.

Curse of the Komodo
Book 1 of the Komodo Trilogy

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Be careful what you wish for! Luke and Austin Brockway can’t seem to stop arguing. Luke says he’d rather have a grizzly bear for a brother. Austin claims a Komodo dragon would smell better than Luke. While they are on a school trip to the zoo, a violent storm creates chaos in the atmosphere and their wishes are granted! Luke turns into a Komodo dragon and Austin becomes a grizzly bear. Luke can’t eat the frozen rats he gets for supper, and Austin is scared of his seven-hundred pound roommates. A mean guard with a temper and a cattle prod adds to their misery. Gramps tells the boys they are victims of an old family curse that can’t be undone until the next violent storm. Until then, they must help each other survive as zoo animals. Will they ever return to their normal, happy lives again?

Curse of the Komodo by M.C. Berkhousen ISBN number 978-1-946329-39-4 Published by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
90% Human
Book 2 of the Komodo Trilogy

Luke and Austin Brockway are at camp for two weeks. As a result of an old family curse, Luke has tiny eagle feathers under his arms. He wears a tee-shirt in swimming so no one will see them. The guys tease him about his sun allergy. A cabin mate pinches Luke repeatedly, leaving bruises. Luke doesn’t report the bullying because he fears he’ll be examined by the nurse and she’ll find his feathers. He must deal with this bully on his own. As the days go by, Luke, his brother, Austin, and their friend Megan face even greater perils. When disaster looms, Luke must choose between saving his friends and facing life as an eagle. Will Luke find a way to become 100% human again?

90% Human by M.C. Berkhousen ISBN number 978-1-946329-75-2 Published by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

Curse of the Komodo – Not your average sci-fi adventure!
Though it looks like a simple action/adventure story, Curse of the Komodo is filled with deeper meanings and metaphors about values.


Joey R., a sixth grader from Troy, Michigan, did a book report on Curse of the Komodo and nominated it for the “Troyberry” award. (An award given by his school.) Joey wrote: “Since I have read this book, I have thought about what people really mean to me.” He added, “the boys (in the book) learned that having a brother is more a gift rather than a curse.” Joey closed the 2-page paper with this; “If you consider reading this, remember to be grateful for what you have. I certainly am!”

Through their adventures, Luke and Austin Brockway learned about love for each other, concern for others and gratitude for their “ordinary” life. Those are the values I hoped the story would convey.

Praise for Curse of the Komodo:


“A beautiful writing style draws young readers into this unique plot laced with valor, virtue, and humor. Curse of the Komodo is imagination and creativity residing comfortably with characters of reality. Readers will be waiting for the second book in this trilogy while forming fan clubs for their new favorite author.” — Deanna K Klingel, author of Rebecca & Heart.
Kathleen Marusak, freelance editor

“Joey, my 11-year old son, is a reptile enthusiast! As we were reading Curse of the Komodo together, we made so many text-to-world connections between the story, his knowledge of reptiles, and our frequent visits to the Detroit Zoo and the Toledo Zoo. We can’t wait for 90% Human! –Randy and Joey Maddock, Troy, Michigan

Curse of the Komodo” is a fun read for young adult readers as well as adults! Filled with animal facts and a spell-binding story, this book hooks readers from start to finish!”
–L. Burnham, Teacher, Toledo, Ohio

“The power of transformation is a strong message, in the boys learning about love and compassion for their respective brother and for their grandfather. The animals use their traits to fight for each other, and for good to win over evil. As well, the curse is in fact a blessing, for in animal form they learn what matters most in life.” –Kathleen Marusak

Book 3 of the Komodo Trilogy,
Return to Komodo Island

Planned for Publication in 2019
The Brockways and the Giffords return to Komodo Island to try to undo the curse. Their journey is perilous, and they face even worse danger when they finally reach the island. Together, Luke, Austin and Megan search for the fabled pink Komodo. But first they must find Medicine Woman, if she’s still alive.


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