New Release – Pursued, Book 1, Intrigue under Western Skies


The book that changed my life.

Other than the Bible, of course.

The common thread of every story is a struggle between good and evil. Some are subtle, some blatant, but all boil down to this theme. Christian fiction focuses on God as the force of good.

My newest release, Pursued, is no different. But to me, it was an epiphany. It changed my life

In the fall of 2011, after finishing Jeannette Oke’s series, I decided to renew my writing career after a ten-year hiatus and focus on Christian fiction. Taking it to prayer, I asked if it was the Lord’s will, to send me a new story—and if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, make it a western, since I already had two shelves of research books on the subject.

Then I went to play golf with my husband.

By the twelfth hole, I had an entire series swirling in my head. From that moment, for over a year, the story of Carianne and Rhyan consumed my life, twenty-four, seven. Ask my family. In a way, it changed them too.

I was no longer the anxiety ridden grandmother, not knowing what my purpose was in retirement, but rather, became as spiritually confident as Carianne, as willing to face evil as Rhyan.

I’m not the most skilled writer in the world, but the Lord delights in giving incredible tasks to the weakest vessel, doesn’t he?

Pursued might not change the reader’s life as it did mine, but it does reveal the struggle of good and evil in a new light. Sprinkled along the way, it touches on profound truths, from the theological view of a Christian to the scientific view of an atheist, as these two very different characters accept the fact that evil can’t be avoide

Indeed, evil shouldn’t be avoided, but rather, identified, faced, and resisted. And we should rejoice in the opportunity to do so. In the end, that’s the only way we can prove our love.

Debut Mail-Order Brides Series

In the American Northeast during the late 19th century, culture was shifting. Nowhere was this more evident than in women’s changing role. The suffragist sought equality through the vote, but other minds knew equal education was the only way to truly elevate any suppressed people.

Then, as now, women didn’t want to give up love for an equal place in society. They wanted both.

The Annex Mail-Order Brides, my debut novella series, follows three strong, capable women who go to the best college of the day for various reasons, but seek love through the mail.

4Adela's-Prairie-Suitor-FinalIt’s 1881 and the first attempt at coeducation is underway at the Harvard Annex. Most of the ladies attending the Annex hope to attain a quality education and advance the status of women. All Adela Mason wants is marriage and a home of her own. After corresponding with Byron Calhoun, a Kansas farmer, for several months, she’s convinced he’s the man God has chosen for her. She accepts his invitation to visit the farm so he can “court her properly.”

Byron is in danger of losing the farm if he doesn’t marry his neighbor’s daughter, but he’s fallen in love with sweet Adela. Will she agree to marry him before his ex-fiance and mother succeed in running her off?

Raimee's-Fugitive-Cowboy-FinalWhile attending the Harvard Annex, Ramee Abbott gains acclaim as a dress designer and attracts the interest of a textile tycoon. She doesn’t realize how despicable he is until he sells her designs as his own and gives her an ultimatum–marry him immediately and move to New York or face social ruin. Trouble is, he knows too much about her. She has to leave town fast.

Although Josh Volker has recently turned his life around and become a Christian, a bad reputation hounds him. No decent woman will marry him, and after years of drifting, Josh wants a wife to help him build his new ranch, someone who’ll overlook his past. He didn’t expect a prospective bride to show up so soon, certainly not one as pretty and talented as Ramee. Or as desperate. He suspects she has secrets of her own.

Prudie's-Mountain-Man-Final (1)Annex gaduate, Prudie Walsh, has lost her home and family merchandising business. She answers a mail-order bride ad for one reason–Erich Stafford’s dry-goods store.

Scarred by a cougar attack as a child, Erich has spent his entire adult life living as a hermit in the Wyoming mountains. After inheriting a dry-goods store in the nearby frontier town, he leaves his mountain cabin and eagerly awaits his mail-order bride, a woman who will be the perfect helpmate in his new business. He soon realizes the beautiful, ambitious Prudie carries scars of her own. It’ll take a lot of patience and faith to turn their business arrangement into a real marriage.

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