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Opal's Story is delivered in delicious bites with rich characters. A murder/suicide in 1948 rocks a small west Texas town and leaves a young widow with a new baby questioning her judgement. Opal Evans revisits that past as she faces a terminal illness destined to end her life before she has forgiven herself for her role in changing the lives of her family.
In a love story of acceptance and family bonds, an unlikely hero emerges to reveal to Opal it is never too late to discover and forgive. Opal's brothers, Harold Joe and Jimmy Dale are just as vibrant in their appeal. Their easy presence is a testament to their concern for their sister and the love of a family bound by an unthinkable tragedy.
Jealousies and a body wash ashore during a summer retreat on the beach. Meg and Tom Richards negotiate a house trade for the summer. She will get a beach cottage on Galveston Island facing the Gulf of Mexico, and Tom will house sit for her while he wraps up the Hillard case from A Dickens of a Crime. What begins as a relaxing get away, becomes more complicated as Meg meets a family of locals with a troubled past. Her closest temporary neighbor, Echo Charles is quirky and mysterious and, Meg decides, irritating.
Although Meg enjoys a visit from her best friend, Jean, and their outings on the island, she is distracted by her thoughts about her own mother's past, a history Meg knows nothing about. As she anticipates the birth of her first grandchild, she mourns the absence of her own maternal grandmother. She wants to make memories for Dorie's and Michael's child, but she realizes she's missed half of her own heritage and will have nothing to pass on from her mother's side of the family.
The relationships she discovers during her beach stay remind her of the dysfunction and exploitation of the Hillard twins in her own hometown. The personalities and their consequences strike a familiar chord for Meg and she's alert to every nuance in her conversations with the locals. It will be her ability to form relationships and follow her intuition that will help Meg flesh out the murderer, and again, it will disappoint her to know the consequences of neglected relationships.
Scenic, historic Galveston Island, Texas is the setting for a cozy mystery reminiscent of the best in amateur sleuthing. This story will set the stage for Meg's next adventure and road trip to discover mysteries from her own family's history.
Birdie has lived to regret many of her decisions, but she doesn’t regret offering a stranger, Jude, shelter from an approaching hurricane. Their serendipitous meeting will form a bond that will change their lives forever.
In a character driven story with memories of the protests and inequality plaguing the 1960's, Birdie’s reached middle age and questions her life. Jude is striking out on her own, but has been derailed by a fatal accident claiming her only friend. Although their backgrounds and lives are vastly different, they recognize something in the other that forges a friendship.
As their relationship solidifies, they share glimpses of their pasts. Birdie is a product of the '60's, an aging hippie, with a series of resentments. She had a sheltered childhood in an upper class family. Her parents longed to see her make the Texas Dip at the Mardi Gras ball. Jude, however, entered foster care as an infant. Her parents, victims of a murder/suicide, left her and her siblings orphaned and separated.
There is something about their connection that strikes Birdie as familiar. Can souls know each other in different lives? Birdie struggles with the awareness that she has had regrets and hasn't lived an authentic life, while Jude faces an uncomfortable truth about her own. It has all the feels.
In a story reminiscent of Alice Hoffman and Fannie Flagg, a revisit to a rural town and a previous marriage, forces a young woman to examine her own relationship with death and loss.
Bessie creates the ember months, putting her Christmas tree up in September, aware it changes the atmosphere for her disabled daughters, a young girl struggling to fit in, her reserved neighbors, and a social worker named Lucy. The eccentric, Bessie, is willing to change her world to help the people around her.
Those who know Bessie, grow to love her. But eventually she will make a decision that will rock them to their core, making them question everything they knew about Bessie Black.
Detective Penny Crawford intends to get to the bottom of the crime, even if she has to interview Meg several times. Meg doesn't mind. She's willing to do surveillance, bake a batch of cranberry scones, or hide in a closet to help solve the murder. However, there's a bigger menace to the community, and Meg suspects it's centered in the mega-church at the edge of town. Will she be jailed as the murderer, hailed as the hero, or captured by the evil members of an organized crime ring? And, why is she recently noticing odors and seeing visions?
Follow Meg as she begins a series of adventures challenging her to embrace the technology of her cell phone, check out social media, face the history of her deceased mother and sister, and cozy up to local law enforcement. Followers of Rhys Bowen, JL Ryan, and Faith Martin will look forward to each book in this dynamic series.
As a child, Doris questioned her uncles about her father, a man deceased since she was an infant in her brothers' arms. However Doris Marie's brothers and uncles were a worried den of men who kept her at a distance. They planned her future when she was a girl of twelve following her mother's death. She yearned for her childhood days at the bay house where they swam, told stories and roamed the beach. Nothing would be the same without her parents and brothers at her side. Doris would be shuffled from relatives' homes to a boarding school in San Antonio.
It was a chance encounter with another girl and her mother that sparked Doris's intent to make a final plea to her uncles. However, there was something about the girl, a whisper of recognition. Their stories would echo against the decades from the time they were teenagers until they were in their seventies.
Doris could never dream that what she longed for and thought was impossible could become a reality. Would it be too late to reclaim the years lost to longing, or would Doris reconcile herself to the intentions of her uncles?
This historical fiction is based on the real life story of Doris Marie Linney Moore, born in 1919. It is a tribute to her quest to know her parents and her ability to become the mother of nine children. It is a character driven tale with real people from the Johnson and Linney families: Teddy, an awkward, physically challenged bachelor with a crumpled straw Stetson and a wide smile, Myrtle, Doris's lonely, creative, melancholy mother and a cast of uncles and brothers not knowing how to handle the emotions that death provokes for their charge, Doris, and for themselves.
Meg's brother encourages her to visit the property and learn about the family they'd never met. Her best friends, Jean and Tom agree to accompany her on a road trip. The history is rich, the scenery captivating, the caretakers are charming, but there's a mystery.
If Meg investigates she could expose a family secret. But the county sheriff is intent on removing evidence and has a hidden agenda. Does she sell the ranch and enjoy the profits, or will Meg be driven by her sense of justice? Book Three of the Meg Miller Cozy Mystery Series takes Meg out of her element to a coastal ranch and a memorable Thanksgiving with family.
Sabine’s dream has come true - Billy has returned.
Her absent brother has made his way back to the Dunn House to support her. He is the protective presence she always needed. Billy is more than she imagined: handsome, intelligent, athletic, compassionate, attentive and nurturing. He also has a best friend, Jared, who is equally attentive.
But, something is amiss. Their mother, Josephine, isn’t the welcoming spirit Sabine wanted her to be. She is less impressed with her son as an adult than Sabine and Ms. Emily. They are surprised by her aloof stance. Sabine eventually dismisses Josephine, blaming her mental illness and alcohol use on her apathy..
Secrets are kept, murder will reveal a treasure, family will take on a new meaning, and forgotten keepsakes will surface, leaving clues from past lives in the now, stately mansion. Only Josephine and the Dunn House can unravel the secrets, until someone else shows up.
Billy's Story, Book Two of the Sabine Series
Vivid characters on a coastal Texas ranch weave a suspense filled tale
Peppered with the chaos that comes with too much neglect, Sabine negotiates a dilapidated mansion and her mother’s demons trying to come to terms with her own intuition. However, She possesses the magic to change everything.
In a series of character driven stories, the family legacy may be altered if the youngest among them can unlock the mystery and cope with the twists confronting her at every turn.
JOSEPHINE WAS A MURDERER, drug abuser, alcoholic, formerly promiscuous teenager, and mentally ill; she was also a mother. She was charged with the responsibility of a child and before that child, six others. This would be the child who felt responsibility for the parent, a desire to keep her mother safe. This child has a constant yearning to know who she is. This child would have a gift and a knowing—the Indigo child, Sabine.
Sabine, the first novel of four in a series. It’s Fannie Flagg meets Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen.
DeCe Kirkland has a secret. She doesn’t think anyone knows.But her half-brother, Pup, knows it all, even more than DeCe. He may have arrived eleven years late, dumped like a litter of puppies, peculiar, and unable to communicate, but Pup knows the secret DeCe has hidden since childhood.
When Tessie comes to work at the ranch and starts talking about the well, DeCe’s daughter, Nettie, watches Pup. He’s nervous and hides in his room, afraid of something. But it will be her great uncle’s bird book and the Kiskadee that will unravel the mystery and explain Pup’s fear. DeCe has no idea what secrets are hidden on the Kirkland Ranch. Her father has hidden the worst part of the family history from everyone. It would have stayed hidden, but Pup realized the devil wasn’t coming.
The Final Chapter in the Dunn Saga
Sarah Addison Allen meets Fannie Flagg in this Texas tale. Sabine’s coming of age and Emily’s mid-life reinvention of herself combine to start their adventure of creating a bed and breakfast in the Dunn House. However nothing in the Dunn House can be straight forward; there are always spirits there willing to sabotage a plan or share their own sordid story.
Sabine is willing to embrace the spirit of her great grandmother, Elizabeth LeDoux Dunn, to garner more information about the family history. Sabine encourages her to project vivid dreams, exposing the childhood of Old Dan, Sabine’s grandfather, a man Sabine never thought she could love.
Old Dan and his brother, Ethan, were victims of a cruel and sadistic mother. Their father, Cecil, blinded by the beauty of his Creole wife, makes his own mistakes as a young man. Their own story of coming to Texas and establishing a new stately home on a ranch won in a poker game in New Orleans, is woven into Sabine’s efforts to maintain her relationship with her sister, June, and Emily’s bed and breakfast adventure.
As always, other distractions present themselves, including Emily’s demanding friend, Margaret Lawson, a woman Sabine has difficulty liking. The character driven tale is set in the diverse landscape of the Texas coast. Family relationships and friendships are tested and strengthened with twists and surprises in this final novel of the Sabine Series.
Secrets Are Revealed in Josephine’s Journals
Sabine reads Josephine’s journals and discovers some of the secrets her mother struggled to keep. However, there has been more deceit than even Josephine can guess. When evidence of a murder is revealed, it points to more questions than answers.Mrs. Emily and Sabine have temporarily silenced the spirits inhabiting Dunn House, but they will become restless as the pair are determined to revamp the old mansion into a livable home.
Mrs. Emily wants to give Sabine and her sister, June, the Christmas they deserved during their neglected childhoods. Holiday planning is in full swing as Sabine and Millie work to decorate Dunn House while Mrs. Emily plans the menu. However, Josephine’s spirit cannot exit this world. She is hopelessly stuck as Sabine tries to counsel her to accept the lessons of her misspent life.
Is a festive holiday party the beginning of a revival of the stately mansion, or will Josephine’s stubborn attitude continue to cast a shadow and be a constant reminder of the haunted Dunn legacy?