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The Second Chance Series
The Freedom Fighters Series
The Enduring Love Series
The Starting Over Series
Bronze/3rd Place award in the
2020 Feathered Quill
Book Awards Program - Romance category!
Some stories say everything they need to say
between their two covers.
These books are stand-alone books.
Released: Spring 2019
Mary and Ian knew, even as young children growing up during the Vietnam era, that they were soulmates for life. From the time he first started pulling her pigtails in grade school to the last time they kissed and danced on the eve of their forced break-up, Ian and Mary knew that they were made for each other. But life doesn't always allow soulmates to stay together. When they were forced to part in high school, they assumed it would be forever. When they unexpectedly meet again as adults, they are thrilled to have a second chance at love.
But life is more complicated for both of them now. As attorneys, Ian and Mary find themselves representing opposing parties in a civil lawsuit, while nostalgically recalling a turbulent but care-free past that sets the stage for a rekindled love affair.
"It sounds like you spent our gap years fully embracing the whole, rock and roll, free-love lifestyle like there wasn't a reason not to," Mary sadly points out to him after listening to his tale about the years he'd spent apart from her. But does his disappointing past have to matter to her today? Was it even relevant to their future? Mary wasn't so sure. There was so much goodness that she could still see in Ian today. And they both desperately wanted a future together. They had earned it. They deserved it.
"For me," Ian wistfully responds to her raw observation, "It feels like our last night together could have happened the other night and all we need to do is pick up the conversation from where it was interrupted years ago, as if it all happened yesterday… and just carry on. In which case, I should apologize for barfing all over the place that last night, and then completely falling apart on you." His recollection of their last night together created such a contrast to the competent and confident attorney who sat across from Mary today. That was partly what made Ian so wonderful; there were layers to him that Mary was excited about unpacking.
Something to Remember is the first book in the Second Chance series. Something to Cherish is the second book.
Released: Winter 2020
Mary and Ian met as military brats and became high school sweethearts before they were forced to part ways. Reunited as adults, they are now happily married attorneys.
Jenny and Ricky, Ian's cognitively impaired daughter and her similarly impaired boyfriend are getting married. Life should only get better for both couples now that everyone has found happiness with their soulmate. But perhaps all this happiness is just the calm before the storm.
When Ricky does something that puts all of their financial stability at risk and an unexpected development brings Ian's ex-wife into their daily lives, Ian's self-control is pushed to the limit, while Mary's self-confidence is shaken into action. Along the way, Jenny and Ricky's literal interpretation of life events provides a refreshing perspective.
Can the two cognitively impaired young adults really make marriage work?
Can the two childhood sweethearts who finally have a second chance at happiness, keep it together while everything else in their newly aligned world threatens to pull them apart?
Something to Cherish, the second book in the Second Chance series, picks up where Something to Remember ends but it can also be read as a stand-alone story
Ian and Mary have it all; a happy marriage, two sweet kids, a delightful granddaughter, successful careers as attorneys, and a great home life on their mini-farm where Ian's cognitively impaired adult daughter and her similarly impaired husband also live. The only pickle in their happy existence is Ian's ex-wife who often stays on their property to help raise their shared granddaughter.
When an old high school friend who is now a doctor, contacts Ian regarding a medical research project involving cognitively impaired adults, everyone's happy existence becomes threatened. When they were in high school, Wally had a crush on Mary, even though she and Ian were a couple. It complicated the teenage relationship, but now that they are all adults, the boyhood rivalries are over. Or are they?
Enter Ian's ex-wife. Elizabeth is conniving, available, and interested in Wally. She is also drop-dead gorgeous and an expert at delivering a wave off and a come-on all at once. As her presence infiltrates Wally's life, relationships are tested, friendships are betrayed, and everyone's happy home life hangs in the balance.
This is a multiple layered love story about family life, friendships, betrayal, healing and second chances.
This is the third book in the author's Second Chance Series. Something to Navigate, picks up where Something to Cherish ends but it can also be read as a stand-alone story.
Katie is a naive, small town girl who is married to a Vietnam veteran musician. Kris is a peace activist who sings anti-war songs as often as he sings about love. He is sexy, confident, opinionated, and just a bit chauvinistic.
Katie adores everything about him, even his romantic chauvinism. But when she enlists in the army without consulting Kris, in an effort to save them from financial ruin, everything about their relationship is called into question.
As Katie embraces her new military identity and her patriotic role as a soldier, Kris is forced to confront his own military past, and some troubling wartime experiences in Vietnam.
As the two committed souls try and hang onto their love for each other they are faced with military restrictions and regulations, the grueling trials of basic training, Kris' efforts to relaunch his music career in a town far from home, and a few competing love interests who threaten their marriage.
"If you can keep your head," Kris had cautioned Katie, "When everyone around you is losing theirs, you just might have a chance at making it through the drill sergeants' voodoo magic without going insane or changing as a person."
But how can Katie not change when the military is changing everything about her, including her beliefs?
This is a story about patriotic women, disillusioned veterans, romantic musicians, and old-fashioned love.
This fictional tale, inspired by the author's own military service during the seventies, is a love story as much as it is a military story about women going through basic during the early years of co-ed training.
Released: Summer 2019
Set in the 1990s, Laura Stuteker has achieved the perfect balance to a contemporary lifestyle: a good career as an attorney, marriage to a successful business man, a nice home on the Willamette River, and a loving pup. But when she meets her first murder defendant everything about her perfect life is called into question. Connor O'Brien is an Irish immigrant appearing in an Oregon court for murdering a man who was acquitted of killing Connor's wife and two small daughters in a D.U.I. crash. He has also become a cause celebrity due to media coverage of his case.
When the two meet they have starkly different views about Connor's culpability. He admits the killing and accepts that punishment should be forthcoming; she dismisses his actions as self-defense and strongly believes in her mission to defend him. As his trial unfolds, Laura's perfect life crumbles into chaos. Her marriage is loveless, her professional confidence is shattered, and she is captivated by her noble defendant and everything he stands for. As sparks ignite between them, tempers also flare when his traditional, religious values belly up to her religious indifference and her more liberal beliefs. When they are forced into a pro-life/pro-choice debate, their passionate attraction is threatened by their ardent opposing views and an unwillingness to compromise. When everything explodes around them, they both must face the question of a lifetime: Can two completely different people fall in love while staying true to their own beliefs, without it ruining their chance at starting over?
Travesty in Justice is the First Book in the Starting Over series.
Call of the Emerald Isle is the Second Book.