Lessons From My Mother’s Life

Lessons From My Mother's Life
Was the happy housewife of the 1950s really all that happy?

Women in post-war America should have been contented to live a Leave it to Beaver life. They had it all: generous husbands with great jobs, comfortable suburban homes with nice yards and a two-car garage, and plenty of house-cleaning and PTA meetings to fill their time.

They were sold a bill of goods about post-war life. Some bought it. But some didn’t. This book is about those women who didn’t.

Five stories. Five women. Five journeys of self-discovery. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Fake History: The Wildly Inaccurate, Ruthlessly Manipulative, Dangerously Deceptive, and REAL History of the World

Fake History: The Wildly Inaccurate, Ruthlessly Manipulative, Dangerously Deceptive, and REAL History of the World
Fake History is the textbook you wish you could have read while falling asleep in history class.

From Jesus Christ to Donald Trump, from Genesis to World War III, from ancient legends to alternative facts, Fake History takes a comic romp through the tangled narratives of history to reveal the scandalous truth of the world’s past and the incredible destiny to which it is heading. The provocative novel of “fictional nonfiction” takes the form of a mock textbook and rewrites human history as fake news. It satirizes the extremist spirit of the Information Age in all its social misinformation, political disinformation, and hysterical hyperreality. Free on Kindle.

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Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3)

Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3)
There are paths in life we have no choice but to follow.

At the close of the nineteenth century, Vivian Alderdice is twenty-six, unmarried, and has no prospective suitors. Now the heiress of the Alderdice fortune, she has yet to fulfill her duty to her family and to society: to marry well and produce heirs.

Her brother’s tragic plight the year before left her and her mother on shaky ground with the San Francisco blue bloods of Nob Hill, and the only way they can re-establish their social position is to win the heart of Monte Leblanc, a wealthy Canadian in search of a wife and looking to become a member of the exclusive Washington Street society.

But a young man on the train tells Vivian things about her grandmother that shake her to the core. Even as she is pursued by the debonair Monte Leblanc, Vivian can’t avoid ghosts from the past who send her on a journey she is reluctant to take.
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Lessons From My Mother’s Life

Lessons From My Mother's Life
Debuted at #1 in the Historical Fiction Short Stories category!

It was the 1950s. The war was over and women could go back to being happy housewives. But did they really want to?

Women should have been contented to live a Leave it to Beaver life in the mid-20th century. They should have been fulfilled. Women’s magazines told them so. Advertisers told them so. Doctors and psychologists told them so. Some were. But some weren’t.

In the 1950s, women were sold a bill of goods about who they were and who they should be as women. Some bought it. But some didn’t.

These five stories are about the women who didn’t.

A teenage bride sees her future mirrored in Circe’s twisted face. A woman’s tragic life serves as a warning about the dangers of too much maternal devotion. And the lives of two women intersect during two birthday parties, changing both of them. These and other moving tales of strength, discovery, and hope are about our mothers and grandmothers and the lessons their lives have to teach us. $0.99 on Kindle.

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All’s Well That Ends: Disarmed by Dreams

All’s Well That Ends: Disarmed by Dreams
1943, Chicago. A segregated train ride is only the beginning to a bittersweet story of loss, courage, starting over, and the pursuit of dreams.

Sara Jameson had known in an instant she’d made a terrible mistake when she discouraged everyone from coming to the train station to see them off. Standing on the platform with her three-month-old in her arms and a child at each elbow, she needed her family and friends to tell her she was making the right decision by leaving behind people and places she loved in order to move to a place she had never been. After the three-day train ride Sara needed Ben to be at the other end ready to start their new life together.

Would the move to South Berkeley help Sara fulfill her dreams or had she traded one set of problems for another? $0.99 on Kindle.

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False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)

False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)
Sometimes no father is better than a false father.

In 1898 California, Jake Alderdice comes of age as a shy and contemplative youth who is passionate about art. On vacation in Waxwood, now a fashionable resort town, he meets Harland Stevens, who takes an interest in the young man’s artistic ambitions. Stevens seizes upon the fatherless young man to counsel him toward a path to manhood inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and Thoreau. He introduces Jake to The Order of Actaeon, a secret society built upon Roosevelt’s ideals of masculine virility and virtue.

But the path to maturity is a complex thing in the Gilded Age. Will his journey free him from the Alderdice family illusions, half-truths, and lies that have kept him a child? Or will it lead him into the world of Actaeon, where the hunter becomes the hunted? $0.99 on Kindle.

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The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

In 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite, Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman who claims to have known “Grace” as a young woman in the small coastal town of Waxwood. But Vivian, Penelope’s granddaughter, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Vivian journeys to Waxwood and eventually discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago.

As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to the secrets and myths buried in the family consciousness for forty years, she is forced to examine her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th century debutante and her own life as a Gilded Age belle. $0.99 on Kindle.

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False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
Sometimes no father is better than a false father.

In 1898 California, Jake Alderdice comes of age as a shy and contemplative youth who is passionate about art. On vacation in Waxwood, now a fashionable resort town, he meets Harland Stevens, who takes an interest in the young man’s artistic ambitions. Stevens seizes upon the fatherless young man to counsel him toward a path to manhood inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and Thoreau. He introduces Jake to The Order of Actaeon, a secret society built upon Roosevelt’s ideals of masculine virility and virtue.

But the path to maturity is a complex thing in the Gilded Age. Will his journey free him from the Alderdice family illusions, half-truths, and lies that have kept him a child? Or will it lead him into the world of Actaeon, where the hunter becomes the hunted? $0.99 on Kindle.

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Our Wild and Precious Lives

Our Wild and Precious Lives
Historical fiction for 15+ as Army brat teens survive life on a small base in Cold War Germany with a WW II hero father with PTSD and Italian war bride mother. Flashbacks to WW II and the Korean Conflict show how emotional war wounds get passed to the next generation. “This was a beautiful and painful book for me to read,” Amazon/Goodreads review. $0.99 on Kindle

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The Secret Keepers

The Secret Keepers
In the summer of 1718, Blackbeard investigates a mysterious island village off the coast of North Carolina. Finding nothing to plunder, he kidnaps three young women, intent on making them his newest wives. But this is no ordinary village, and these are no ordinary women. They have an important mission to complete—one not even Blackbeard can stop. $3.99 on Kindle.

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Catching a Witch: A Novel of Loyalty, Deception, and Superstition

Catching a Witch: A Novel of Loyalty, Deception, and Superstition
What Would You Do to Save Your Best Friend from Burning at the Stake?
The year 1660 is when it all changed…That’s when a witch-hunter comes to Clara Dahl’s seaside village in Norway. She’s horrified to discover how fast her neighbors and friends are to turn against each other. She soon realizes her sleepy, little, picturesque corner of the world has been invaded by evil—and it has nothing to do with witchcraft.

Catching a Witch is a story about a young woman who’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about most in this world. $0.99 on Kindle.

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The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)
To what lengths will one go to exorcise a specter?

In 1892, people gather to mourn the death of San Francisco socialite, Penelope Alderdice. Among them is a strange little woman who claims to have known “Grace” as a young woman in the small coastal town of Waxwood. But Vivian, Penelope’s granddaughter, has never heard of Grace or Waxwood.

Vivian journeys to Waxwood and eventually discovers a packet of letters her grandmother wrote forty years ago.

As Vivian confronts the specter that holds the truth to the secrets and myths buried in the family consciousness for forty years, she is forced to examine her grandmother’s life as a mid-19th century debutante and her own life as a Gilded Age belle. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Sergei and Hans

Free: Sergei and Hans
Two soldiers from opposite sides of the war.

One Christmas meal that will change their lives forever.An action packed historical thriller where survival is the only thing that matters, SERGEI AND HANS is a story of war, loss, and redemption. Set on the Eastern Front of WWI, on a cruel and unforgiving mountain, and later in a terrifying German prison camp, this fascinating story encapsulates real men and their struggles to survive a war unlike the world has ever seen.

Both soldiers have their own stories to tell. They are “Sergei and Hans.” Free on Kindle.

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Princess of Sky, Earth, Fire and Water

Princess of Sky, Earth, Fire and Water
In 1772, amidst the ancient ruins and standing stones of western Ireland, a young woman inherits an army, a fleet of ships, and special powers.

To keep her magic, she journeys to the East Kingdom and meets her greatest challenge — a warrior prince whose love threatens to destroy them both.

Together, they face ruthless enemies and royal intrigue, fighting for survival and a chance for enduring love. $0.99 on Kindle

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Princess of Wind and Sea

Princess of Wind and Sea
The year is 1773.

It’s a race across the globe as Aisling and the prince travel on a series of secret missions.

From the shores of Asia to the wilds of western Ireland, a chase ensues as dark forces seek to destroy them both.

Aisling’s magical powers are increasing, but enemies lurk around every corner.

The prince must protect her at all costs, as they fight for survival and abiding love. $1.99 on Kindle.

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My Family’s Survival

My Family’s Survival
My Family’s Survival is the incredible true story of how the Shwartz family survived the Holocaust. The #1 New Release on Amazon tells the powerful tale of how one family resisted by escaping the Nazis. Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz will enjoy this riveting saga where hope prevails. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Within Darkness

Within Darkness
In this sequel to The Timekeepers Daughter, Abigail Jordan now knows that her mother was protecting her from something far worse than simply becoming a Timekeeper, individuals with the power to see the future but not change it, and upon her move to San Francisco, she attempts to leave all of that behind her and start over, by staying away from the world of the Timekeepers altogether. In this riveting, exciting sequel, Abigail Jordan will once again have her loyalties challenged and be put to the test in more ways than she can imagine. For Abigail, the world of the Timekeepers is about to get even bigger, but the secrets that she uncovers might just prove to be the destruction of them all. $5.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Ismeni

Free: Ismeni
A mysterious beauty, a destiny set in the stars. Born under an inauspicious sign, young Ismeni is feared by her own people. A story of love, passion, and twists of fate through the eyes of the woman who will one day give birth to the legendary Queen of Sheba. Free on Kindle.

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