Welcome to recent scraps and major efforts of my writing life. I hope you’ll take time to look around, read the blog and novel excerpts, click the follow buttons, share on your favorite social media, leave a comment or contact me.

The Girl on the MountainTHE GIRL ON THE MOUNTAIN

(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.The Girl on the Mountain from Audible

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.

Cold-Comfort.rev.400x625COLD COMFORT

(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.

Midwinter-Sun.300x450MIDWINTER SUN: A LOVE STORY 

(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.

Women's-War.FinalTHE WOMEN’S WAR (Book 4, Mountain Women Series)

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.

the-boardinghouse-720x1080THE BOARDINGHOUSE (Book 5, Mountain Women Series)

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 RoseRead the first chapter.

Fools.200x300,jpgFOOLS 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

Fools.200x300,jpgTHE 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

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(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.

Read the first three chapters 

Dell Zero150x200DELL ZERO (Science Fiction/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic)

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.

Read the first chapter.


29 responses to “Welcome

  1. Ron Hill

    Where can I find these books near Romney WV or Cumberland Md.

    • Ron, you may order from Amazon.com. Otherwise, the only West Virginia stores with the books are in Philippi, Elkins, Belington, and Beckley.

      • Tammy Smith

        I have just ordered a couple of your books for the library but I see you say it is available here in town (Belington). Where is it available here in Belington?

  2. Jeanne

    I just finished reading Cold Mountain. The story was great and much different from your first novel. I hope you continue to write and I look forward to reading more about May Rose.

    • Thanks for your comment, Jeanne. Wanda is so different from May Rose – her story had to be different too. But the next book comes back to May Rose. Hope you like it too. Next year, maybe!

  3. What I heard on the five-minute audio play, was written so well. Flowing along like a river. Good writing. I will purchase one when I get caught up with my writing and reading. My book LOVE NEVER FAILS.

  4. Ruth Diamond

    I just finished reading (one book after the other) The girl on the mountain, and Cold comfort. I couldn’t put the books down, just great. What other books have you written, and when is the next book coming out?

  5. Joan Wise

    Carol, I found your books quite by accident and have loved reading them. Among other things I have enjoyed imagining where Winkler might be and remembering with great fondness my time in the mountains. Can’t wait for the next installment of mountain women.

    • Joan, so good to hear from you, and imagine, you found my books! Thanks for this contact. I Hope you are all doing well. Stop by if you are ever in our area. – Carol

  6. Janie McClam

    I just finished reading Ridgetop. I am hoping you are writing a sequal to that story, so we can find out what happens to Angela and Rudy. Interesting how you connected Alva to the Boswells.
    I am enjoying your books.

  7. Vera Wigal

    I am really looking forward to reading the second and third novels. I like her writing style and her characters are so interesting.

  8. Sabina Crumley

    Will there be a fourth book in the Mountain Women series?

  9. Nancy

    Carol, I know you:) I read the Mountain Women series and LOVED each book! I could NOT put each one down until I had read the last page. That has not happened in a long time. PLEASE write more like these books!!

    • Nancy, thanks for finding me and these books. Sign up to follow this blog and you’ll get an email when I post about a new book. I’m working on one now. It’s great to hear from you.

  10. Janet Stallsmith

    Loved, loved, loved the Mountain Women series. Read all five in three days and enjoyed each one so much. Do you plan to write more in this series?s

  11. Alanda Panteah

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Your mountain women series, could not stop reading feeling as though I was in that era right among May Rose ‘s circle of trusted friends. I was so excited to hear you are working on book 6. Can not wait! Also you have spiked my interest in W.V., time period during those days and just how mountain living was. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Alanda. I’m glad you like the stories, and very much appreciate your taking the time to comment here. Book 6 should be available soon. “Follow” this page or my Facebook page for announcements.

  12. Irma Gray

    Do you plan anymore books in the Mountain Woman series. I have read and thouroughly enjoyed each one. I need more of the series! Thank you for your ability to write such interesting books. I have recommended them to everyone I know! Thanks Irma gray

  13. Dollie Hoyle

    I just love your books and am suggesting them to my friends. You are a wonderful author! I got 1 -5 at the library but they didn’t have 6-8 so I bought them.
    I hope you will continue the saga of May Rose and really wish someone would make it into a movie series. I loved Downton Abby and wished there had beeymore of it too.

  14. Irene adams

    Just finished #8, thoroughly enjoyed each one, now I am hooked and need more of your books. Please hurry and finish number 9 and continue on! you are a great writer, the dialogue and character developments are wonderful, I love those people! When is the next one coming? I will be checking amazon to see any appearing! Thank you for the pleasure and joy from reading all eight books! Irene Adams

    • Thanks for your comment, Irene–so glad you’re enjoying the series. I keep my Facebook page updated about new books, so perhaps you’ll want to follow me there. I hope the new book will be available by February or March.

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