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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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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To Leave a Memory: A Warm Coming Together

To Leave a Memory: a warm coming together

When history professor Andrew Ward ignores his wife Lizzy’s warning that something will happen if he allows their teenage son to go out one stormy night, tragedy strikes on a rain-slick highway. Andrew is too anguished to admit he was wrong, and, over the years, he and Lizzy drift into avoidance.

Forgotten in the marital divide, the couple’s daughter Jane, a high-tech guru and mother of three, can’t forgive the long-ago loss of her big brother. Nor can Andrew’s elder brother Thomas, an arrogant millionaire.

Just as Andrew’s wife Lizzy decides to leave Andrew and start life anew, Jane urges her mother to repair her marriage. Lizzy silently resists and tells only her best friend of her decision.

Oblivious to either woman’s plans, Andrew escapes to his office, where he tries to write a grand apologia to atone for his long-ago mistake. But when a second tragedy strikes, each family member faces a choice no one wants to make. And Andrew must find a way to leave a memory. $0.99 on Kindle.

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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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A Dickens of a Crime

A Dickens of a Crime

Meg Miller, a retired librarian, discovers a dead body during her preparations for a historic homes tour. She’s a suspect, but that doesn’t stop her from visiting the widower with a covered dish and attending the elaborate funeral in the community’s megachurch. Will she be a witness or the prosecuted in the trial of the year in her little town? $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: Pretty Boy Blue

Free: Pretty Boy Blue
From playing house as a child to her first kiss as a teenager, Nikki Blue knew that she was different from other girls. One day her slice of the American dream would include a white picket fence and a wife.

While her family life is in upheaval and her loved ones battle around her, Nikki’s struggles escalate as her childhood innocence is stolen and she is uprooted over and over again. Despite her father’s abandonment and her mother’s denial, Nikki is determined to discover her truest self.

She stumbles through adolescence with the visage of a debutante and the attitude of a cocksure college boy. To escape being bullied in school, Nikki finds solace in the Washington, D.C., gay and lesbian club scene. Flamboyant gay men and drag queens teach her the nuances of being fierce. Through one-night stands with older women who understand her body, but not her heart, she masters the game of sex without strings.

By the time Nikki adjusts to college, accepted by the skin of her teeth, she embraces her identity and is thrown into life in the fast lane. But Nikki is still flailing, and with encouragement from her stepfather, enlists in the army.

Just as Nikki finally has a plan for her future, everything is thrown into question when she meets Katrice Carrington, the one woman who can convince her to settle down. The stability Nikki craved as a child is at her fingertips…until she volunteers to go to war. Even if Nikki survives, can their relationship? Free on Kindle.

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Promises Fulfilled

Promises Fulfilled
Promises Fulfilled is the much anticipated fifth and final installment of the Promises to Zion Christian Women’s Fiction Romance series surrounding Paige Morganson.

A year and a half ago Paige Morganson’s world went sideways. Within the span of a few months, she learned that everything she’d been told about her life was a lie. Still, she was able to bounce back and forgive those who deceived her with the love of a good man and constant communication with God. Then her world turned upside down. Will she be able to let go of her lost dreams in time to notice the one person standing in the wings?

With four strangers bound by one secret that has slowly revealed itself amidst budding romances, deception, second chances, and betrayal throughout the series, the final book will take readers through a myriad of emotions as it brings the story full circle. $2.99 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: Two Girls, Two Dogs and.a Campervan

Free: Two Girls, Two Dogs and.a Campervan
This debut book inspired by real life follows Mia and J, two struggling tech co-founders, as they hit the road with J’s disabled and aging dogs for a California road trip. Narrated by Mia, an avid outdoorsy-type, the story follows two very different women as they travel through Yosemite, Napa Valley and Big Sur. During the women’s journey together, they not only experience a variety of entertaining and heart-warming ups and downs, they also have moments of self-discovery (and bonding with the dogs, too). Free 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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The Baby Plan

The Baby Plan
Tessa wasn’t looking for love, but it found her anyway.

Load your Kindle with this sexy urban romance readers call “captivating,” “engrossing,” “…strong characters, hot chemistry on an emotional journey to finding family and love.” “…a funny, witty, exciting, fast paced, and very interesting page turner… packed with suspense, family drama, and heart-racing adventure.” $0.99 on Kindle.

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Hear Me Roar

Hear Me Roar
Jan Simmons never expected trouble to move into her quiet Charming Way cul-de-sac. Nor did she expect her husband Jeff’s weakness for fast money to drag their once happy family into danger. $0.99 on Kindle.

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The Thing Is

The Thing Is
Can a blocked romance writer, mired deep in the throes of grief after the death of her fiancé, have her heart and soul rallied by a therapy dog named Prozac? The Thing Is is a hopeful story–a romantic comedy–that will warm your heart! $0.99 on Kindle.

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The Shade Ring, Book 1 of The Shade Ring Trilogy

The Shade Ring, Book 1 of The Shade Ring Trilogy
A love story in a hotter, more dangerous world. Neave Alvarez falls for a clone in this fast-paced story set against a backdrop of runaway global warming. Equal parts Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction and Action/Adventure. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Evanthia’s Gift

Evanthia’s Gift

In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets – ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family. The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for. Evanthia’s Gift is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families. $0.99 on Kindle.

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Free: The Mayor of Winchester Gates

Free: The Mayor of Winchester Gates

When Gilbert Anderson decides to take a shortcut through the cemetery, he gets more than surprised. He gets the answers to the universe. More importantly, he finds a way to fix his broken family. Parents and young adults will love this story. Free on Kindle.

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Worthy Of This Great City

Worthy Of This Great City

Ruth Askew, a minor celebrity, is spouting some highly incompetent philosophy about the end of philosophy, a fortunate woman mysteriously pushed to extremes. Con Manos, a journalist, is searching for certainty, meanwhile attempting to uncover a political scandal or two. Add in some undistinguished members of Philadelphia City Council, a popular radio station, a disorganized charity, a prestigious newspaper, any number of lawyers, and other professional criminals. In Worthy Of This Great City the compelling stories of two stubborn individualists intertwine in a scathing satire that invites you to question everything you think you think about today’s most discussed issues: populism and elitism, the possibility of truth, the reach of profound stupidity, and the limits of personal responsibility in these post-truth, morally-uncertain times. $3.99 on Kindle.

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Devil in the Kitchen

Devil in the Kitchen

When Ian Devilish loses a bet to his twin brother, he didn’t expect to end up on a reality cooking show. Shame he can’t cook. The one bright spot is that he’s teamed up with a pretty little female – and now he’s going from a simmer to a full-on burn. Laughter makes the world go around, love makes it sweet, and the Devilish clan of men make it a very hot and entertaining ride! A fast, fun and steamy read. $3.01 on Kindle.

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