Now 13 books and 2 novellas in a continuing family saga, starting with For the Love of Jamie Long. Click the book covers to see ebooks and paperbacks for sale on Amazon. Click the “follow” buttons to stay updated on new releases. Tell your friends, share on your favorite social media, leave a comment or contact me. Thank you!
FOR THE LOVE OF JAMIE LONG (A Novella)
Prequel to the Mountain Women Series: Traveling with her uncle’s family to the Dakota Territory in 1887, May Rose meets the enchanting, exciting Jamie Long. She’s been a dutiful girl, and at 17 she’s new to the touch of a man. Blindly in love and ardently loved in return, she marries in haste and suffers a break with her family. Though her rewards as Jamie’s bride are sweet, she’ll have to be brave to survive the unexpected challenges of days and nights alone in a wild and difficult land. Read the first chapter.
THE 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.
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 save the girl who sleeps with a doll clutched tight and a knife under her pillow. Read the first chapter.
COLD COMFORT (Book 2, Mountain Women Series)
Fifteen years after riding away from Winkler, Wanda leaves her child with May Rose and returns to her mountain roots, widowed, penniless, and driven by thoughts of revenge. Her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell, is the person she blames for her mother’s wretched life and death.
Wanda’s resolve to steal from Lucie wavers when she falls for Will Herff, a compelling man from her past, who is single-handedly rebuilding the ruined town of Winkler. Will tries to warn her away from the Bosells, but Wanda is bent on making Lucie pay. Read the first chapter.
MIDWINTER 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.
THE 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 (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 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)
The path to progress is never smooth.
Winkler is changing from a company-owned town to one with new 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
HEARTS AND SOULS (Book 9, Mountain Women Series)
What begins as a quiet summer turns hectic and unsettling as May Rose is burdened by the troubles of the preacher, rivalries among friends, and the potential loss of dear ones. Though discontent and unhappiness abound, she’s uplifted by the blooming of other hearts and encouraged by the return of two people she never thought she’d see again. Read the first chapter
THE PROMISE OF MONDAYS (Book 10, Mountain Women Series)
Life will get better, so they say. Through the spring and winter of 1923, May Rose says it too, as losses, scandals, and threats affect people she cares about. Though she’s blessed with the ingenuity and courage of her husband, friends, and family, she knows something important is missing in her own life, something she must find. Read the first chapter
PRESSING ON (Book 11, Mountain Women Series)
Going on with grace and goodwill: In 1924, May Rose and her community come together to help others survive tragedy and loss, even as they struggle to find inspiration for their own way forward. In the midst of changing times, her husband contemplates a new, risky endeavor, and Charlie, her adopted son, goes west to learn if his nightmares are true. Read the first chapter.
DOWN IN THE VALLEY (Book 12, Mountain Women Series)
Some say the new woman in town is a troublemaker, but the town of Winkler is already in trouble. Two years after the stock market crash, hard times have come to everyone. As the population declines and the mine threatens to close, May Rose and her friends work to save the school, the hospital and the town with their talents and persistence. By the end of 1931, an orphan has found a home, two friends have become a couple, and the new woman in town may be the one who can save it. Read the first chapter
RONA’S HOUSE (Book 13, Mountain Women Series)
In the final years of her life, May rose leaves the boardinghouse and makes her home in the cottage on Wanda’s farmland, where she’s surrounded by old friends, the Watsons. They’ve always treated her like family, but in 1976 new challenges emerge. Bertha Watson is seriously ill, and May Rose’s daughter Hettie is traumatized by the death of her husband. As Bertha and Hettie struggle to heal, a rivalry develops between their families over Wanda’s long-abandoned farmhouse. Read the first chapter:
RONA’S HOUSE (Book 13, Mountain Women Series)
A heartwarming story from the author of the Mountain Women Series
In a remote mountain town, an extended family looks forward to gathering at Christmas. But one of them is missing–Charlie, a deputy sheriff. Though loved and admired, Charlie is not well understood, and because he leads a solitary life, he often goes away without telling anyone. Still, he promised to be with the family Christmas day.
Charlie has been a devoted family member, but he is a poor communicator. No one knows if he’s somewhere enforcing the law or buying horses, his favorite pursuit. As Christmas day approaches, family members share their tasks, treasure their time together, and try to suppress their growing fear that Charlie is in trouble. Increasingly they believe they must do something to find him.
They have no idea that Charlie’s devotion to duty is about to alter his way of life in ways that will affect them all.