Frontier Ruby

From the back of the book: Ruby Steed will not be repressed! The cruel overseer of the orphanage cannot crush Ruby’s spirits, neither can bullies nor the machinating woman who forces Ruby into the position of unpaid lowly servant. Throughout all Ruby’s trials and troubles, she stands all the taller over time when others attempt…

Paint and Piano

From the back of the book: After hearing silly rumors about her daughters becoming spinsters, Mrs. Hudson determines to host parties wherein every eligible bachelor in the territory is invited to consider her beautiful Cadence and Florence, who are as differing in temperaments as they are identical in appearance. Always measured, living as exactingly as…

Bonnets and Aprons: Mrs. Rutherford

From the back of the book: Fionna’s story continues as she marries her beloved Mr. Rutherford, and joining him in the westward expansion onto the American frontier is soon thrown into an untamed desert wilderness where she promptly must face an abundance of unexpected challenges. Surmising that she may never see her family and friends…

Bonnets and Aprons: Fionna

From the back of the book: Upon the sudden death of her mother, nineteenth century Fionna ardently endeavors to fill that honored role for her younger siblings. When their father remarries, tentative hopes that their father’s new wife will come to benefit their family with added happiness, are trampled by the harsh reality of their…

Cowboys and Indians and Cowgirls and Horses

In growing up, I played a game called ‘Cowboys and Indians’ with my siblings, cousins and friends. Have you ever heard of that action-packed thriller? Did you ever play that interactive, intense, improvisational and interplay game as a kid like I did? If you are older than ‘political correctness’ and grew up in North America,…

Lost in… Novel #9.. or somewhere around it…

For some past months, I’ve been trying to work on writing my ninth novel, but I’ve been easily distracted lately… with almost everything else. Yes, my insomnia and some related and other health challenges are a good excuse, but that isn’t really it. Just when I didn’t really think ‘writer’s block’ was ever a problem…

Novel the Eighth Cover

This lovely cover which was recently wonderfully done by my daughter Brina hints of another romantically-inclined vintage-style novel. But does it hint of a mystery? Just a little bit mystery in the midst of some romance, I will admit. The inspiration behind this story of a mysterious musician was one song. It was a favorite…

Novel the Seventh Cover

The cover for my seventh novel was generously done for me by my daughters, Anna and Brina. The handsomely beautiful Miss Fontana Houston’s ‘portrait’ was sketched/colored by Brina, and the lovely roses on the stone wall backdrop was sketched/colored by Anna. The background behind the stone wall was a combined effort of both Brina and…

Novel the Sixth Cover

My inspiration for Prattleton stemmed from the idea of a sweet young lady who is unfairly gossiped about by a large portion of a little town. I wanted to illustrate the particularly feminine foibles of being overly interested in their neighbors’ lives, speculative about others’ business or affairs, and being suspicious of anyone who doesn’t…

Novel the Fifth Cover

When I first was introduced to Jane Austen through ‘Sense and Sensibility’, I quite liked the story, but over time, the story and the novelist became all the more dear to me. From Emma Thompson’s screenplay version made into that wonderful movie, to Jane Austen’s original story itself, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ became my top favorite…