the stories

COMING--DECEMBER 2021, from Barbour Publishing!
Book One of Daughters of the Lost Colony: ELINOR

The daughter of a renowned English artist and explorer, she journeys to the New World seeking a fresh start, a place to put down roots and call home. What she finds will shake the very foundations of her faith and yet rebuild what she knows of God's goodness and mercy, even in loss.


Follow an heirloom nativity set through four generations of family history in Love's Pure Light, a Christmas Novella Collection (September 2020).

While Shepherds Watch Are Keeping by Susanne Dietze
Massachusetts, 1899
This Christmas, Pastor Seth Shepherd has little to offer his flock of congregants in their time of need until Jessalyn Grant, a mysterious newcomer, comes to his aid.
The Wise Guy and the Star by Shannon McNear [my story!!!]
Charleston, South Carolina, to Kansas City, Missouri, 1919
While journeying by train, Stella Shepherd befriends war veteran Nat Wise. She helps him find renewed faith in God, but could he also be the answer to the wanderings of her own heart?
On Angel Wings by Janine Rosche
Kansas City, Missouri, 1945
Elodie Wise plans a fundraising ball with the help of her friend Benjamin Gabriel. But can she look past the swanky Hollywood headliner to see the man who truly loves her?
Making Room at the Inn by Deborah Raney
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Present Day
Benjie Gabriel thinks the chef’s position she’s just taken at an award-winning bed and breakfast is temporary—just a stepping stone. The B&B’s owner, Trevor Keye, thinks the same. Will five months be long enough for them to figure out that what they’ve each been longing for, praying for, is right beneath their noses?


The Blue Cloak, #5 in the True Colors series (March 2020) ... historical romantic suspense meets true crime!

The terrible Harpes are coming ...!

In 1798, two men "declared war on all mankind" and launched a murder spree that would leave all of Kentucky and Tennessee in mortal terror.

Rachel Taylor witnesses a friend's wedding only to see it later dissolve into horror. Ben Langford comes seeking his missing cousin and winds up joining the hunt to bring a pair of suspected murderers to justice. How many will die before peace can return to the frontier?

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The Rebel Bride, #10 in the Daughters of the Mayflower series (December 2019). My first Civil War novel!

Can a quiet Tennessee hill girl help a wounded Yankee soldier face his worst fear--not dying for his convictions, but becoming a useless casualty as a result of the fight?

In 1863, during the aftermath of the Battle of Chickamauga, Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse wounded Yankee prisoners of war, but determines to remain unmoved by the Yankee cause—until faced with the silent struggle of Union soldier Joshua Wheeler, a recent amputee.

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The Rebel Bride (Daughter of the Mayflower, #10)


The Cumberland Bride, #5 in the Daughters of the Mayflower
series (October 2018). My first full-length novel in print!

1794--the Wilderness Road to Kentucky
Thomas Bledsoe’s job is to get settlers safely up the Wilderness Road to their destination in Kentucky while keeping an ear out for news of Shawnee unrest. But na├»ve Kate Gruener’s inquisitive nature runs afoul of that plan with her persistent questions about his past, his “story” as she calls it. Her curiosity brings danger upon everyone, but in the face of peril, to Thomas’s surprise, the winsome girl also possesses an honest courage that proves the key to overcoming disaster.

Amazon (both paperback and Kindle) (both paperback and ebook)
Barnes & Noble (both paperback and Nook)

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #5)


The Counterfeit Tory, sequel to The Highwayman, released May 2018 as part of The Backcountry Brides Collection!

1781--the South Carolina Backcountry

Jedidiah Wheeler (Sam’s cousin from The Highwayman) has always depended on his easy charm to get him through, but he'll need every ounce of wit to survive getting close to renegade Tory officer William Cunningham--and to keep the man's cousin from suspecting his true mission. Can he take it a step further and make her his ally?

Lizzy Cunningham resents any man who thinks he can get by with a wink and a smile. Doubly so the ones who try to get close to her—she knows she’s homely and difficult of temper, and that not a man has been made who can bear with her for a lifetime. But when a stranger comes out of nowhere, asking after her troublesome cousin, she finds her bruised heart too willing to believe he might truly be interested in her wellbeing.

As Jed gains the trust of the Tories, he sees that Lizzy is far more than the snarling tavern maid she pretends to be. In her unguarded moments she’s one of the most endearing misses he’s ever met—and bravest, when his own life is on the line. How can he bring her cousin down without endangering her? And dare Lizzy risk family loyalty for a kindness she’s sure is too good to be true?

Available here:

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The Highwayman first released May 2015 in Barbour's The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection, now out of print. (Used books remain for sale at Amazon and various places.) I plan to re-release this title soon!

1775--the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton, Virginia

Samuel Wheeler is an ordinary apprentice wagonmaster by day, a masked vigilante by night, but what started as a lark has gotten out of hand. He hardly sleeps, his secret identity has taken over his life, and the girl he loves barely notices him while his alter ego sets her aflutter.

Sally Brewster works hard at her parents’ inn, nestled in the lower Shenandoah Valley, along the Great Wagon Road that runs from Philadelphia down through the Carolinas. She pays little mind to the gossip about the mysterious highwayman who lately makes life difficult for the redcoats—until the night when the heroic figure saves her from brigands.

Available here:

Barnes & Noble 


A Pioneer Christmas Collection
My first novella, Defending Truth, one of the nine in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, released September 2013 by Barbour Publishing, was a 2014 RITA® nominee, and re-released September 2015! (Also now out of print and available only in used copies, although I plan to re-release as a single title sometime this year.)

On the frontier of western North Carolina, which will someday become east Tennessee, Truth Bledsoe keeps her family fed while her father is away fighting the British. When she discovers a half-starved, fugitive Tory, she’s not above feeding him, but to go past simple Christian charity to forgiveness seems impossible. To love would be unthinkable.

Micah Elliot has fled capture after the massacre at King’s Mountain, heartsick, battle weary, and ashamed of the cowardice that sent him westward over the mountains instead of eastward to home. Groping his way through a crisis of faith, he must discover and embrace what might finally be worth laying his life down for.

Limited print copies, but still available as e-book from many locations: (ebook only)
Amazon (Kindle and used paperback)



Rebels Thick As Trees ~ A whimsical retelling of Huck's Defeat, July 1780, for the July 2010 edition of Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

Bitter Chivalry Part One ~ a six-part fantasy series, also from CFOM

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