With a degree to teach American History, I've always been drawn to the stories of how people lived in the past. I fulfilled a dream to move to the West over thirty years ago, and even though I'm far away from friends and family, I love the landscape of mountains, rivers and Puget Sound in the place I now call home.
My first book, "Beneath a Silver Moon" was published as part of the New Historical Voice contest sponsored by Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. My heroine won the coveted, "Unsinkable Heroine Award" from the Denver Chapter of Romance Writer's of America.
My most recent release, "Promise Me" is about never giving up on your dreams. It's so personal to me because of all the rejections I received after selling my first book. And it's dedicated to my son, Garth, because he taught me more about strength and perseverance than anyone else on earth. I've learned it's not about living for the good times, but learning to survive and get through the hard ones that will enrich your life.
Those are the stories I write, about hopes and dreams and forging through, even when your heart is breaking, because you know there will eventually be a happy ending if you work hard and never give up.
I work for the busiest library system in the United States, arranging programs and author events. In 2009 I was named "Librarian of the Year" by Romance Writers of America.
"Promise Me" received the EPIC Award in 2010 for Best Western Romance.
Sinclair Readford had reached the end of her rope, figuratively and literally. She hung out of the window of a whorehouse in nothing more than her unmentionables. To escape the disreputable establishment, the Eastern-bred lady had vowed to go to any length. However, when her fingers slipped and she plunged into the embrace of a ruggedly handsome cowboy, she wondered if she'd been saved or damned.
Jefferson McCloud had never had a woman fall out of the sky to land in his arms before. It was enough to turn a man into a lovesick fool. Especially when the woman was all long blond hair and soft white skin. He should have known immediately she'd be more trouble than the devil himself. But soon, the cowboy knew he'd ride to hell and back to earn the right to call the impertinent chatterbox his own.
After spending years in an arranged marriage as the repressed wife of an older man, Amanda Wainwright has learned the hard way that money can’t buy happiness. She arrives in Willow Creek determined to keep a deathbed promise to her husband and do something to help other people. When Amanda meets a handsome, mysterious stranger who tempts her with sweet promises and long nights of passion, she discovers a fiery, passionate nature that could lead her to disaster.
For Samuel Calhoun, falling in love wouldn’t just be foolish, it could be deadly. He’s in Willow Creek, Montana as an undercover agent for the Secret Service. In order to maintain his secret identity, he accepts an offer from a consortium of mine owners to seduce, humiliate, and ruin the Widow Wainwright. Before long, Sam knows he’s met the woman who can banish the aching emptiness in his soul, and he’s willing to risk everything – even his life – to be with her.
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