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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens sat on my book shelf for months waiting patiently until I had the time and inclination to read. Highly recommended from friends, the book remained unopened.

Then I attended a writer’s workshop with several successful authors. A question asked of a local North Carolina bestselling author resulted in a wave of comments raising disdain for the acclaimed novel.

Guess what I did when I came home? Right. I opened the book and dug into it. Before I heard one more comment–negative or positive–I needed to determine for myself what I thought about the book. Same way I felt about Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee .

Once started, I had to finish. Good sign. The language of the naturalist captured me in its net. I lost myself in the descriptions of island life off the coast of North Carolina where even the…

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Kindle book sale

#Two and #Three

If you haven’t read any books in the Mountain Women Series, or if you’ve read only (#One), The Girl on the Mountain, now’s your chance to read more of the series at their lowest price–99 cents. The sale lasts until July 23, so hurry and click the links below!

(#Two), Cold Comfort, brings Wanda back to Winkler after the passage of 15 years. She’s a mother and a despairing widow, determined to claim a legacy from her granny, the notorious Lucie Bosell. Instead of wealth, Wanda gets trouble, but also a chance to restore herself in an alliance with man she knew long ago.

(#Three), Midwinter Sun, resumes the story of May Rose and the men and town they left behind.

Click here to buy Cold Comfort for 99 cents.

Click here to buy Midwinter Sun for 99 cents.

Get both – you’ll be glad you did. Offer expires 7/23/19

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Mountain Women Series Grows to 10!

*****When I finished The Girl on the Mountain, I thought there would be no more stories about May Rose. For one thing, I was certain I’d put the poor girl through enough hard times. Surely continuing her troubles would be more than a reader would like, and I thought the story could become unrealistic. But readers let me know they wanted more, so I made Wanda the heroine of the second book (Cold Comfort) and set it 15 years later.

After the publication of Cold Comfort, I quickly learned readers still wanted more about May Rose. The next book, Midwinter Sun, returned both Wanda and May Rose to Winkler, now a ghost town. At that point I realized I was writing a series.

A lot has happened to the people of Winkler since then.

Series number 10, The Promise of Mondays, is now available in Kindle ebook and paperback. The book might be read as a a stand-alone, but for a better experience, I recommend reading the series in order. I’m told this story has “a lot of heart.” I hope you enjoy it!

The ebook is free for subscribers to Kindle Unlimited, $3.99 in ebook format, and $14.99 in paperback from Amazon.

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