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(Book 1, Mountain Women Series, available in ebook, paper, and Audible editions)
Untrue things are said of May Rose Long, but it is true she’s too pretty for her own good. It’s 1899, and she’s on her own in a remote sawmill town where Company is king, men are rough, and a woman alone has few options. Her only resources are her pet sow’s litter of pigs and the attachment of an unruly 13-year-old girl. Somehow she must find good people and honorable work.
The company doctor wants to help, but he’s married, and his interest is personal. The company manager offers work, but his interest in May Rose may not be proper. Then there’s Suzie, operator of the brothel, who’d gladly welcome both her and the girl. As May Rose struggles to earn her keep, her troubles seem directed by others.
Soon an accident leaves the town in desperate straits. Through it all, May Rose must earn respect, protect herself, and protect the girl who sleeps with a doll clutched tight and a knife under her pillow. Read the first chapter.
(Book 2, Mountain Women Series)
When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and disturbed by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates ─ her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than ever, Lucie wants in on the action. Playing along, Wanda finds that being as mean and deceptive as Granny hurts her chances with a compelling man from her past. Worse, the old woman’s high-stakes business attracts ruthless people and big trouble. Wanda learns the hard way–revenge is cold comfort. Read the first chapter.
(Book 3, Mountain Women Series)
Fifteen years have passed with only the exchange of letters among three families connected by love and misfortune. Now remnants of these families reunite when May Rose follows her reckless stepdaughter Wanda to a West Virginia ghost town. The town has not been kind to either woman, but Wanda is determined to go back and capture the heart of a man who rejected her. Barlow Townsend has come into May Rose’s life again, yet like her, he is constrained by guilt.
A town reduced to three households offers little to sustain them, but a looming war in Europe promises prosperity to the coal-rich region. To restore the town and remake their lives, all who return will have to break the chains of the past. Read the first chapter.
In 1918, Winkler explodes from a community of 13 helpful souls to a crowded coal mining town of strangers with divided loyalties. War in faraway Europe means more money in the pockets of May Rose and her friends, but as a new wife and mother she feels cut off from people and community events. And though mine owners like her husband are making money hand over fist, the workers’ poverty and resentment threaten trouble when the war ends. Before that happens, the town will be struck by an epidemic, and May Rose and the women who’ve helped each other through desperate times will face challenges as divisive and deadly as war. Read the first chapter.
Dreams can become nightmares. May Rose has the husband, family, and boardinghouse she wanted, but managing business and doing her best for loved ones make challenging days and troubled nights. Now her husband is ailing, someone from the past is trying to find her, and malicious guests are poised to ruin her reputation. Sadly, blood is not always thicker than water. Read the first chapter.
KITH AND KIN (Book 6, Mountain Women Series)
Problems abound for May Rose, her family and Winkler friends in the spring of 1920. Her half-brothers are trying to steal her inheritance; her stepdaughter is in the midst of a risky pregnancy; and 16-year-old Evie, her step-granddaughter, wants to marry a boy from a bad family. When Evie runs away, the task of bringing her home falls to May Rose. Read the first chapter.
FOOLS FOR LOVE (Book 7, Mountain Women Series)
For May Rose, it’s a summer of challenge and loss. Wanda and her family move away, love triangles confound her friends, and a competitor threatens the success of the boardinghouse. Then even more urgent matters arise—menacing waters, a demented woman, and the reappearance of a dangerous man. Read the first chapter
THE MEANING OF US (Book 8, Mountain Women Series)
Winkler is changing from a company-owned town to one with a few private homes and businesses. Among these are a hospital, a newspaper, a movie theater, and the Eat and Sleep, now owned by May Rose and her husband, Barlow. But just as the town seems to be moving forward, May Rose’s eyes are opened to unjust practices she’s never thought about. To do what’s right, she’ll need the solidarity of friends both old and new. Read the first chapter
(Contemporary fiction, romantic suspense)
The last thing country singer Angela Henderson wants is to crawl back home to heal her wounded voice, but she believes it’s the best of bad alternatives. She doesn’t figure on being stalked. She doesn’t know the rekindling of an old love will challenge her ambition. And she has no idea that an accidental meeting on a deserted highway will end in a run for her life.
I call myself Dell, but my name is unrecorded. I’ve always been hidden, sheltered by my guardians on the outlands of the Chapter. Now my guardians are gone, reassigned. They will not remember me.
I am young. I want to be loved, to be touched. Is there anyone in the Chapter like me?
I have no number. My identity band is false–it hangs loose, unconnected to my veins. It won’t get me into the Chapter. If I do get in, I’ll live forever, but I know what forever is like for my guardians. I will no longer be me.
I am Dell–Dell Zero–untransformed and mortal. I will make my own way.