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They have two children. The oldest is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is across the United States completing his residency, but when he's done, he is going to come back to Oregon and practice Family Medicine. Their youngest son is in high school and hopes to be an EMT when he grows up.
Mrs. Crawford writes full time now. She has written and published over thirty books and has several more underway.
She volunteers her time to a variety of causes and has worked as a Civil Rights Attorney and diversity advocate. Mrs. Crawford spent many years working for various social service agencies before becoming an attorney.
In her spare time, she loves to cook, decorate cakes and of course, obsessively, compulsively read.
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Life can change in a heartbeat.
When Tara Isamu O’Brien got married almost ten years ago, she thought everything was perfect. Her life with Aidan O’Brien had given her everything she had ever dreamed of except one thing — a child.
After countless rounds of infertility treatments and devastating setbacks, Tara discovered that once again, her body betrayed her and stopped working when she needed it the most. She is devastated that she may never be able to realize her dream of being a mother.
Aidan O’Brien can’t bear to see his wife so torn up. When Kiera Whitaker, a social worker suggests an orphaned medically fragile child for adoption, he is ready to jump at the chance. He knows from first-hand experience how much one person can impact your life. Yet, Tara is not so sure that she could ever love someone else’s child the same as her own.
Can Tara and Aidan accept the fact that dreams change?
If you love a romantic family drama, this short story is for you.
Dreams Change is part of the Hidden Beauty Series, and it is designed to be read after Paths Not Taken.
Powerful doesn't have to be complicated.
Scrivener is one of the most powerful pieces of writing software available. Unfortunately, it has a reputation for being difficult to learn.
An Everyday Guide to Scrivener 3 for Mac is the straightforward, easy-to-understand road map to Scrivener 3 you've been looking for.
Mary Crawford, prolific author, and longtime Scrivener user, has written this common sense guide to Scrivener to help you understand how the program functions. She gives concrete tips to help incorporate Scrivener into your writing process.
Learn how to create, organize, and compile your manuscript efficiently and how to effectively incorporate Scrivener 3 into your writing workflow while avoiding common pitfalls.
This user-friendly, honest guide will help you become comfortable and productive with Scrivener 3 for Mac and help you take your writing to the next level.
Sometimes your reality can be scarier than fiction.
Nick Weston thought his former girlfriend's unexpected marriage was his biggest problem.
That is until a beautiful, brilliant doctor suspects him of murdering his daughter.
Dr. Dakota Crenshaw is a DNA detective. She uses biological science to track down murderers. She knows what it's like to be the victim of a horrendous crime. Even so, sometimes, things are not as they seem.
Nick tells Dakota he's never been a father. She's inclined to believe him, but if he didn't kill the precious toddler, who did?
If you like romances filled with family drama and suspense, you'll love this clean and wholesome mystery.
Finding Hope is the fourth book in the Hidden Hearts — Protection Unit series. It can be read as a standalone novel but is better understood when read as part of the series.
Does using dictation make your muse run in the other direction?
Voice recognition software is a powerful tool, yet some authors find it challenging to incorporate dictation into their writing style.
Use Your Voice is a comprehensive how-to-guide designed to help you integrate dictation into your writing process regardless of whether you are a plotter, a pantser, or a planser.
This book will help you choose the software and equipment that best meets your needs. It includes an overview of popular writing software and how those programs interact with dictation software.
Each writing style presents its own unique challenges when supported by dictation. Learn how to effectively incorporate dictation into the writing style which works best for you.
Turn your voice into your most powerful writing tool.
When they fell in love, Jeff and Kiera Whitaker never dreamed their love story would start a legacy that would ripple through the lives of so many of their friends and family.
Until the Stars Fall from the Sky (A Hidden Beauty Novel #1)
Jeff Whitaker thought he had a plan for his life until a redheaded sprite rescued a little boy right under his nose. Kiera Ashley was nothing like he expected, yet she was everything he needed.
Kiera is used to fading into the background. Usually, no one notices the dedicated social worker. But, she's shocked when the handsome law student decides to stick around when her life becomes incredibly complicated.
So the Heart Can Dance ( A Hidden Beauty Novel #2)
Tara Isamu is happy for her best friend Kiera, but weddings are hard. They remind her a time long ago, before her dad died, when her life was still perfect. So much has changed since then — she doesn't even feel like the same person.
When meningitis changed his life forever, Aidan O'Brien lost track of his best friend, Tara. He never imagined he would find her while playing the piano at a remote beach house. Can young love survive years of separation and bloom again?
Joy and Tiers (A Hidden Beauty Novel #3)
When your best friend gets married, you inherit all of her husband's friends. But, do they have to be so cute, huge and in your space all the time? Heather LaBianca can't figure out whether Jeff's friend Tyler Colton likes her or wishes she'd disappear off the face of the earth. Either way, she can't stop thinking about him.
Yet, when a tragedy strikes, Tyler protects Heather in a way no one ever has before. Could it be a case of opposites attract?
The line between love and injustice is thin.
Prosecutor Tori Clarkson’s perfect life implodes. False allegations cost her her job, and her mother’s dementia causes her to struggle to recall Tori’s name.
Detective Cody Erickson searches for missing teenagers. Even though their timing has never been right, he contacts a former prosecutor because she may hold the key.
Without her files from her former cases, Tori wants to help her longtime friend solve this devastating mystery but it’s like flying blind. But if she can help him solve the most critical cases in his career, perhaps the two of them can find a balance between love and injustice.
Love and Injustice is the first book in Mary Crawford’s Hidden Hearts - Protection Unit romantic suspense series.
If you root for fierce warriors for justice with a human side, you’ll love this clean and wholesome suspenseful romance by Mary Crawford.
Wish your words could magically appear?
You are not alone.
What if I told you your wish is within reach?
Dictation isn't magic, but it can seem like it. However, it can be daunting, overwhelming, and downright confusing.
I've been using voice recognition software for thirty years and written over thirty books using both Dragon® Dictate for Mac and various versions of Dragon® NaturallySpeaking.
In this updated and expanded version of The Power of Dictation, I demystify the world of voice recognition software for you.
• Learn how to choose the right computer, microphone, and software for your needs.
• This book covers the latest releases from Nuance, including Dragon® Professional Individual for Mac 6.0.8 (Dragon® Dictate) and Dragon® Professional Individual 15.3 for Windows (Dragon® NaturallySpeaking), and discusses how they stack up against other alternatives.
• If you are a Mac user, learn how to get the most out of Dragon® Dictate without having to use an alternative operating system on your Mac.
• Explore positive ways to make the transition from using your keyboard to using your voice to tell stories.
• Discover how to increase your efficiency and productivity as you dictate.
• Learn how to take your dictation mobile through the use of transcription.
Unlock the power of dictation and take your writing to a whole new level.
The past can be so painful it leaves scars on your soul.
Software programmer Toby Payne has tried hard to shed his identity as a child kidnapping victim, but now his extraordinary computer skills are needed to rescue missing teens.
Detective Pauline Lawrence likes to go all in. Her leap-before-you-look style has given her a bad reputation. Can she make up for her past mistakes with the help of a dashingly handsome, but shy computer programmer?
Pauline affects Toby in ways he never expected. Yet, he's not sure he can set aside his terror when the talented young detective volunteers for a high-risk hostage rescue mission.
Toby and Pauline must decide if love is stronger than fear and if they can thrive despite their pasts.
If you love suspenseful romances with strong women and nerdy guys with heart, Soul Scars (the third book in the Hidden Hearts – Protection Unit series), may be just what you're looking for.
A search for a missing person could destroy them all.
Cold Case Squadron leader Detective Dylan Palmer has a passion for finding missing people. As a favor to his mother, he takes on a previously unsolved case. No pressure there! This job isn't good news for his ulcer.
Personal chef, Lauren Drysdale's big sister has been missing for twenty-three years. In all that time her mother has never forgiven her for not being April. Her mother's cruelness has led to debilitating panic attacks.
Now, a hotshot detective wants to come into her life and stir up all sorts of old hurts in an effort to find April. Uncertain that she, her mother, and their brittle relationship can handle further disappointment, she finds herself wishing the detective could stick around.
Dylan had no idea what he might find during this case, but he certainly didn't expect to discover the love of a lifetime. The timing is about as terrible as it gets, but sometimes love appears out of thin air.
If you enjoy a clean and wholesome mystery combined with family drama, you'll love Out of Thin Air, the second book in the Hidden Hearts — Protection Unit series.
The power of friendship can change your destiny.
Everyone told Elijah Fischer high school would be different. Kids have bullied him because of his Tourette's syndrome for as long as he can remember. When someone tries to stuff him into a locker, it's clear things are the same as they've always been.
The only thing different about today is that the new girl at school got to see it happen. Could his luck get any worse? So much for making a good impression.
Sadie Anderson was hoping to make new friends at her new school. This guy definitely looked like he needed a friend. If he really knew her, would he feel the same?
When Sadie is offered a chance to submit a portfolio to the college of her dreams, Elijah and Sadie become partners to create a novel as a class project. Little did they know how words could change their destiny.
If you stories about best friends overcoming the odds, this novella may be right up your alley.Authors note: This novella can be read as a standalone but will make more sense if it's read after Love Claimed but before Jude's Song.
The love stories continue…
Love Naturally (A Hidden Beauty Novel #4)
A wedding is a perfect excuse to go home, or is it? Madison has reasons to visit her sister Heather, reasons she'd rather keep private. But horse farrier and former Army officer Trevor Black's instincts tell him that there's a bigger story brewing in the life of this investigative reporter.
Is it possible for two strangers to fall in love when darkness inexorably links their pasts?
Love Seasoned (A Hidden Beauty Novel #5)
Denny Ashley lost the love of his life to a brain tumor. He never thought he'd find love again. Then his daughter got married, and he met Gwendolyn Whitaker.
His daughter's mother-in-law was getting over a horrible relationship, so Denny set out to court Gwendolyn for more than a year.
Lung cancer changed his plans once again — but Denny knew that love seasoned by time could withstand anything.
Love Claimed (A Hidden Beauty Novel #6)
Donda Whitaker felt the earth move under her feet when she came face-to-face with Dr. Jaxson Shepherd — was it only because some idiot plowed into her car?
Too bad she doesn't trust doctors. Jax isn't used to people hating him at first sight.
Can Donda's teenage son help them claim the love they both deserve?
If You Knew Me (A Hidden Beauty Novella #1)
Elijah has been dealing with bullies his whole life. He thought high school might be different. He was right.
On his first day, he's humiliated in front of a beautiful new student. Now, she wants to team up with him to change the world. What would she think if she really knew him?
Sometimes, a single love story can change the world. Follow the friends and family of Jeff and Kiera Whitaker in this group of the Hidden Beauty books.
Jude's Song (A Hidden Beauty Novel #7)
Jude can believe his ears. Tasha is about to turn down the deal of a lifetime. A deal he would practically sell his soul for.
When he calls her out, Tasha sets the record straight. Maybe walking in her shoes isn't quite as simple as it looks. When she offers him a shot at his dreams, Jude must decide if he can overcome his fears and stop living in the shadows.
The Price of Freedom (A Hidden Beauty Novella #2)
Nate must decide which promise to keep. He vowed to avenge the death of his father who was killed in the line of duty by his father's unit in the military and finishing the job. Yet, when Nate fell in love with Holly way back in elementary school, he promised he wouldn't ever leave. He knows every moment with her is precious.
The last thing Holly wants is for Nate to sacrifice his dreams to stay with her. Sometimes, the price of freedom is just too high.
Paths Not Taken (A Hidden Beauty Novel #8)
Jordan Shepherd seems to specialize in making a mess of things. First, she tried to screw up her brother's chance at happiness and now to save her sanity, she's quitting her job in front of a stranger — a position she thought was going to make her a fashion icon. Now, she must go home and patch things up with her family while she tries to rebuild her life.
As a former athlete, Cristiano Romero has seen some acts of courage, but he is impressed by Jordan. He's not so sure he's ready to let the feisty woman with the sharp tongue and nerves of steel disappear from his life. When his own career plans are upended, can they forge a path not taken together?
Dreams Change (A Hidden Beauty Novella #3)
After rediscovering childhood love and obtaining more fame and fortune than they could've ever imagined, everything should be perfect for Aiden and Tara O'Brien, but it's not. Recurrent miscarriages bring up ghosts in Tara's past and leave Aidan feeling helpless. Is it the end of a fairytale love story or can dreams change?
Heart Wish (A Hidden Beauty Novel #9)
Kendall's computer is being held hostage by ransomware. She has a missing infant to find with her work to do at Locate My Heart, an agency which helps find missing children. Without her computer, she's helpless. She doesn't expect the computer expert she contacts to question everything her agency does. Jameson has a complicated history with people like Kendall — and none of it's good. But, what if he's wrong and she can use her skills to make his life whole?