Books are a forest and it’s hard to see the trees, except the tall ones or the old ones. But when you enter the forest, it’s the new growth that emits the sunlight....

Novels



Tug of the Wishbone



Tug of the Wishbone was released December 8, 2016.  It is classified as contemporary fiction, women's fiction, literary fiction, and psychological fiction. Excerpts from this book were published in The South Dakota ReviewFrigg, and three other literary magazines. The book is available at Amazon, in print and in Kindle, and at Barnes & Noble , Ingrams, and other outlets.

Maureen doesn’t plan to repeat the mistakes of her divorced parents. Her 1960's experiences are presented alongside family leave-takings. When marriage seems imminent, the leave-takings are with men. Maureen’s photography proves to be a more permanent involvement. Eventually she struggles with depression and clings to her work until that is with a man that she would readily date. Outside their magazine, she defiantly exposes a large poultry farm while confronting her need for a constant love relationship. With Minnesota settings, the book covers thirty years. Its comic relief reflects that resource in Maureen.

"Wonderful story!...Maureen is one of those characters that you root for, you cry for, and you laugh along with ...the environmental settings add to the story and the depth of the journey Maureen takes."  Amy's Bookshelf Reviews

"Beautifully crafted and written...Recommended to all who seek a genuine literary read." - Lance Morcan, author and publisher, Sterling Gate Books






The Swan Bonnet


A historical novel with a YA protagonist...   



Ebook and paperback are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The paperback is also at the Lulu Store, and Ingram's.  




Unknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn’s father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Shooting swans has become illegal but Alaska is a territory and Prohibition occupies the Sheriff. Dawn and her mother become involved with suspicious inquiries about the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. Because Dawn’s grandparents see the swans first, Dawn agrees to secretly watch the migration with the Deputy Sheriff’s son. But after she and her mother encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are also townspeople roving the shore but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?

Cover by Paul Beeley,  www.create-imaginations.com



The Swan Bonnet reached the HarperCollins Editor's Desk at Authonomy.com in 2010.  

"What a relaxing, classic, and vibrant story..."  -  from the HarperCollins Editor's Desk review at Authonomy.com 



"An interesting mix of environmentalism and historical fiction ...the combination works very well." - Heikki Hietala, author of Tulagi Hotel


"Wonderful, resonant book." - Annabelle Page, author of Matty and the Computer Crooks  



"Beautiful characterizations and clear insights into frontier days in the Alaska of the Prohibition era, this historical yarn has much to recommend it." - Sterling Gate Books


"This is a story I will come back to again.  Highly recommended for YA readers and their families." - George Polley, author of The Old Man & the Monkey


"...many readers will find this nostalgic 'study' of individuals in a time and place when life was both simple and complex but 'closer to earth' most thought provoking and enjoyable." - The Historical Novel Society

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