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image001Ozark Sweetheart (Heartsong Presents) available on Amazon

THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HARLEQUIN, BUT IT WENT OUT OF PRINT AND THE RIGHTS REVERTED TO THE AUTHOR, WHO HAS SINCE REPUBLISHED IT. The first cover is the out of print version, of which used copies may be available on some sites. The second cover is the current version.

Ozark Sweetheart available on Amazon

CALLIE BLAKE CAN’T AFFORD TO FALL IN LOVE 

She’s too busy helping her family survive the Depression. When she returns home to their Missouri farm, she sees her childhood crush, Trace Gentry, and it stirs up old dreams she tries hard to ignore. Trace is kind, handsome and wealthy. He’d never be interested in a poor girl like her—would he?

Successful businessman Trace is crazy about Callie, and he knows she thinks she’s not good enough for him. But he’s clueless how to woo her. Until he devises a plan that will prove his love to Callie and make all her dreams come true.

OzarkReunionOzark Reunion (Heartsong Presents) available on Amazon

THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HARLEQUIN, BUT IT WENT OUT OF PRINT AND THE RIGHTS REVERTED TO THE AUTHOR, WHO HAS SINCE REPUBLISHED IT. The first cover is the out of print version, of which used copies may be available on some sites. The second cover is the current version.

Ozark Reunion available on Amazon

COMING HOME IS BITTERSWEET FOR RILEY BLAKE 

In the aftermath of the Great Depression, it’s time for Riley to start over. And the first step is winning the trust of his Missouri hometown. But it isn’t easy for a man with a troubled past. Especially when his first love, Jolene Delaney, seems to believe that the new rumors about him are true.

After Riley broke her heart, Jolene threw herself into teaching school and caring for her father and little sister. But she knows something is missing from her life. Especially when she comes face-to-face with Riley again. Can he convince Jolene that he’s truly a changed man? Or will he succumb to old temptations and destroy her faith in him once again?

image002Ozark Wedding (Heartsong Presents) available on Amazon

THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY HARLEQUIN, BUT IT WENT OUT OF PRINT AND THE RIGHTS REVERTED TO THE AUTHOR, WHO HAS SINCE REPUBLISHED IT. The first cover is the out of print version, of which used copies may be available on some sites. The second cover is the current version.

Ozark Wedding available on Amazon

Gavin Mathis Brings Light to the Countryside

Gavin is determined to bring his sleepy hometown of Deer Lick, Missouri, into the electric age. But he doesn’t count on his wayward brother’s schoolhouse hijinks getting in the way—or the lovely teacher who sends Gavin’s heart into a tailspin.

Teacher Irene Delaney is a talented pianist who dreams of making music far beyond her small town. As the electricity humming between her and Gavin begins to grow, she worries falling for the striking man will douse her big-city plans. Can Gavin convince Irene she can keep her dreams—and they can still have forever?

image002Bandit Bride (Dodge City Duos Book 1) available on Amazon

She’s Robin Hood of the Prairie. He’s a Texas Ranger. Is this duo too much for Dodge City?

Having lost her parents, and in danger of losing her ranch to an unscrupulous opportunist, Jackie (Jacinda) Laughton is surviving in Dodge City’s heyday, but not without a load of guilt and estrangement from God and the church. In desperation she and her best friend have resorted to banditry. Donning disguises, they are the popular “Whip and Blade” who hold up the lender’s stagecoach runs, keeping the money they need and distributing the rest to more of the man’s victims. No one suspects they are young women.

When Hoyt Travers, a Texas Ranger, arrives in Dodge and shows an interest in her, Jackie finds herself drawn to him, but wary of the danger he represents. He learns the truth and offers to marry her to protect her, but can she accept such a sacrifice and hide her love that might never be returned? She must learn to accept God’s forgiveness and trust God for her needs.

image002Prairie Bride (Dodge City Duos Book 2) available on Amazon

Bryn Farrell, the youngest sister of Darcy in Bandit Bride, grew up during Dodge City’s heyday as a cattle town. Rudderless since her fiancé’s death, she crashes into Ty Shelton, an old nemesis from school, as he is racing to the last of the big fires of 1885 with a bucket of water. She is drenched with freezing water, but her spirit is not quenched, and she returns to help fight the fire.

Practical and reserved, Ty is a wheat farmer who takes care of his widowed mother and younger brother. When he rescues Bryn from the first blizzard of the big “die-up” of 1886 and must take her home with him, he is trapped in more ways than just the storm. He does not need the disruption of flighty Bryn Farrell in his life. But forced proximity during the storm forces him to have just that–and new feelings for her begin to change, as does his perspective of her.

Can Bryn fall in love with a farmer and live a life of housework and washing dishes? Can Ty love the lively prairie girl who has intrigued him for years, but is his opposite?

image002Show Me Love available on Amazon

Dara Collier teaches music at an elementary school in Sedalia, Missouri, and is in the process of adopting three-year-old Chad, the son of her best friend who died in Iraq. When Jared Fletcher, the man who broke her heart four years earlier returns unexpectedly, they must each face the past. Can Dara risk her heart a second time to the man who walked away from her without a word?

Can Jared trust the girl he left behind because he thought she had chosen another? Distrustful of the feelings they discover still exist between them, they must learn to let God show them how to trust and to love again.

image002Heartland Illusions available on Amazon

Heather Fleming performs as a ventriloquist and works as secretary at her family’s theater in Branson, Missouri. When police officer, Gage Cassidy, visits the theater investigating a credit card skimming operation, Heather is attracted in spite of her goal of devoting her life to the business and atonement for failing to change the tires on her car before loaning it to her friend who had an accident in it that left her blind.

Determined to solve the fraud case, even if Heather is involved, Gage finds himself caught between his duty and his attraction for the lively blond entertainer.

image002Mozark Vision available on Amazon

Nikki Raynor has returned to Springfield, Missouri, to regain control of her life after having run away two years earlier. A former high school music teacher, she now works for an advertising agency, and Cody Fleming, the neighbor boy she adored as a girl, is her newest client. Cody, a strong Christian, is part of his family’s show at their theater in Branson and has always been the kind of person who takes in strays. When he wants to help Nikki, she resists. He must overcome her insecurities and convince her she is the right girl for him—as well determine whether God is calling him to the ministry. Nikki must regain her inner sight and develop a vision for the future. But can it be with Cody?

image002Missouri Catch available on Amazon

High school softball coach, Dale Denning, is persuaded to masquerade as catcher on her twin brother’s company sponsored all male summer baseball team. During a game, she trips on a bat–and meets Justin Whitaker, owner of the company. Focused on her job, church, and missions, the last thing Dale needs is the complication of a man in her life. One bad experience is enough.

Having been deceived by his girlfriend in high school, Justin hates deception of any kind. Once he discovers who Dale is, he finds himself attracted to her. But, if she will deceive him in a small thing, won’t she deceive in bigger ways?

When it appears she has conned his Alzheimers afflicted dad into signing over company assets to her, what is Justin to think? Will he learn to trust God to show him the truth?

image001Bootheel Bride available on Amazon

RETURNING TO THE BOOTHEEL IS BITTERSWEET FOR JESSIE STEVENS.

When she and her brother come back to the home they fled years earlier, they find Gabe Kirby, their neighbor who was kind to Jessie as a girl, guarding the farm.

Successful cotton farmer Gabe remembers Jessie fondly from childhood, but the grown up Jessie takes his breath away. He thought his life would be devoted to helping others and would not include marriage, but now he questions that. Can he convince her–and himself–that they can find happiness together?

image001Bootheel Bachelor available on Amazon

JASON STEVENS IS A BAD RISK FOR MARRIAGE.

Fear of repeating his father’s abusive behavior toward his mother has him convinced he will live his life as a bachelor. As a Missouri Highway Patrolman, he certainly doesn’t need the complications of fiery Veda, the sister of the man his sister married, stirring up his emotions.

All young widow Veda wants is to start over and run a business of her own, in a location distant from the Kirby family’s illegal activities.

Can these two opposites find common ground and happiness together?

image001Bootheel Betrothal available on Amazon

LYNN BUCHANAN IS LOOKING FOR HER BIRTH MOTHER.

After losing her parents and learning she is adopted, Lynn travels to the SE section of Missouri known as the bootheel to search for her mother. When she tangles with handsome Mitch Stratton, her plans and dreams are thrown into a tailspin.

Mitch must focus on keeping his cotton gin operating and providing jobs for his employees. Meeting the newfound sister of his best friend is a complication to his plans—and his heart.

Paige’s Proposal available on Amazon

Proposing to a stranger is strange. Right?
Paige Kimball is manipulated into the ridiculous stunt of proposing to the next man who enters the hotel lobby. Shock follows when the Lake Ozark businessman accepts, gives her a ring, and walks away.

More shock follows when Paige learns that Holt Taylor is the father of the twin girls who are disrupting her band class with their rowdy behavior. When Holt asks her to befriend his motherless daughters and spend time with them outside of school, she can’t refuse the request. But can Paige maintain this kind of close contact and resist falling for a handsome man who doesn’t share her faith—or risk repeating the kind of mistake her mother made?

Can Holt overcome the betrayals he’s suffered and learn to trust God and chance love again?

Brooke’s Bargain available on Amazon

Brooke Whitney is seeking a haven, not love.

Having abdicated her industrialist father’s manipulation, and the questionable business practices demanded of her in his huge corporation, Brooke accepts a job as secretary to a Missouri rancher. But her employer and his small daughter soon begin to complicate her life in ways that involve her heart.

Rancher Barrett Channing has agreed to spend several months on an agricultural work assignment in South America and needs full-time office management while he’s gone. Since losing his beloved wife in a plane crash, he has no plans to risk another marriage. Determined to ignore the way he is unexpectedly drawn to his new secretary, he puts time and space between them, hoping the attraction will go away. But will it?

Haley’s Hero available on Amazon

Can a poor misfit be accepted back in her hometown?
Haley West has returned to Skyview, Missouri, to look after her family. Her plans do not include another disastrous venture into romance.

Widower Neil Bronson wants nothing more than to assist his ailing parents—and to know if the ministry is in God’s plans for his life. Still grieving, he is determined to shield his heart from the possibility of losing another person he loves.

When Haley and Neil meet on her mail route, sparks of the present begin to outweigh clouds of the past. As they tackle neighborhood and church problems together, new and personal problems begin to develop—issues involving their hearts.

Dare they trust their hearts? Will they recognize God’s plans for their future?

Kelsey’s Keeper available on Amazon

Kelsey Monroe has avoided the mistake of marriage once, and that’s enough.

She has her friends and beauty salon in her small home town of Skyview, Missouri, and involvement with the nearby Lake Ozark ministry teams. She’s content. When an attractive man who introduces himself only as Nick comes to her aid after she locks her keys in her van, she is attracted, but never expects to see him again. Then an unexpected windfall sends her on a search for her biological brother.

Wealthy businessman Nick Lafferty has never found a woman who holds his interest beyond a date or two, but he is considering looking up the Kelsey who needs a keeper and owns a beauty salon somewhere in the lake area when she appears at his business office, ostensibly seeking a job. When he learns her true motive, he is angry and protective of his brother—yet more attracted to the blonde hair stylist every day.

Can these two independent businesspersons find a way to merge their dreams and lives?

image001Hawthorn Hope available on Amazon

Jenna Michaels can’t risk falling in love.

She has already lost too much. When she meets Evan Bryant, their mutual attraction sends her running from the possibility of another loss.

Principal of Hawthorn Christian Academy Evan Bryant never thought he would be attracted to another woman after the death of his beloved wife. Meeting Jenna convinces him that he can love again, but is there hope that they can move beyond their pasts and find happiness together?

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Tree of Hope available on Amazon

BURNED OUT COP TRAVIS BAKER IS LOOKING FOR NEW DIRECTION IN HIS LIFE.

After leaving law enforcement, Travis takes a job as temporary handyman at the Quinn landscaping business and gift shop that two sisters are try to run now that the father is dying of cancer. But he doesn’t figure on getting involved in constructing a living Christmas tree, or his heart getting entangled with Reagan Quinn.
Reagan has too much on her plate, operating the businesses and dealing with grief over her father, and confusion at the inevitable changes confronting her. Can Travis convince her that they can form a partnership—in business and life?

image001River Town Romance available on Amazon
(2 in 1: Includes the novellas Hawthorn Hope and Tree of Hope)

These two stories are set in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Pasque Plight available on Amazon

BOBBI SPENCER IS WARY OF LOVE.
Bobbi Spencer, an engineer at Pasque Aviation, her father’s huge corporation, must determine what caused those planes to crash. Seeing grief nearly destroy her father after her mother’s death, and being pursued because of her wealth, has made her distrustful of men. While delivering a component to Caprice Airlines, she meets Shane, a handsome pilot, and enjoys spending some time in his company, but has no expectation of ever seeing him again. She leaves with her connection to Pasque undisclosed.
Shane Price is fascinated with Bobbi the delivery girl, but he must get the European branch of Caprice Airlines on solid footing and help his widowed sister run the stateside division of their family business. When he learns Bobbi’s actual connection to Pasque Aviation, and she learns his to Caprice, they are both wary. Can they possibly have forever together?

NOTE: There is a brief character connection to the book titled Missouri Catch.

Black-Eyed Susan’s Secret available on amazon

Nurse practitioner Tara Landry had no choice but to quit her job and return to her small hometown in rural Maryland to care for her ailing parents, even though it broke her heart to break her engagement to Glen and leave him behind. When she needs to locate her cousin’s missing brother, she knows only person who is capable of the kind of help they need—her ex-fiancé. In spite of her conflicting feelings, she calls him.
Glen Porter, Chief of Police of a town in another part of the state, is stunned—but pleased—when Tara contacts him. He agrees to look into the case, but then decides to go see her, hoping to find the missing cousin—and convince Tara that he still loves her. Does Tara’s niece, Susan, know something that will help them solve the case? Will working together convince them that is how they belong—together forever?

Love Blooms available on Amazon

(2 in 1: Includes the novellas Pasque Plight and Black Eyed Susan’s Secret)

Shamrock Ruby available on Amazon

Lincoln Stover follows Route 66 to Shamrock, Texas, in pursuit of his no good cousins. But what he finds is Ruby Clover, a lovely waitress at the U-Drop Inn who sends his heart and emotions spiraling in unexpected directions.

It’s 1937, and Ruby has her hands full working at the restaurant and taking care of her parentless nephew. When handsome Linc Stover comes to Shamrock looking for his cousin, the baby’s deceased father, she finds herself attracted to him. But can she trust the man whose family might try to claim the child left to her when her newly widowed sister died in childbirth?

Dream Team available on Amazon

WAR VETERAN LEROY CLOVER CAN’T RISK ANOTHER BETRAYAL—OR ANOTHER GLORIA.
Recently returned home from WWII, Leroy must start life anew. But dreams of the war and memories of Gloria’s betrayal don’t make that easy. When he meets another Gloria—and finds himself inexplicably drawn to her—those chaotic feelings only multiply.

Gloria Jadwin has left her nursing job, and heartache, behind to play baseball with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. While on leave with a knee injury, she accompanies her cousin’s wife to Texas and meets Ruby’s brother, Leroy, an unrealistic attraction flares.

Can a jaded widower-tough soldier from Texas and a golden haired nurse from Missouri possibly form a forever team of their dreams?

Mother Road Matches available on Amazon (2 in 1: Includes novellas Shamrock Ruby and Dream Team)

NOTE: These two stories connect to the Bootheel series.

Secrets in the Park available on Amazon

JAN BLEVINS (the identity she is using) IS NOT IN HOT SPRINGS TO FIND LOVE.
She has her own CPA firm in Indiana, but is in Arkansas to help the parents of her childhood friend audit their businesses and figure out who killed their son. When she meets Park Ranger Kyler Winston, she finds it hard to ignore the unexpected attraction that flares between them.
Kyler senses that Jan’s interest in their local murder case is deeper than she professes. More questions arise when he sees her with the victim’s wealthy father. Yet, in spite of his suspicions about her motives, he is strangely drawn to her.
Can these two learn to trust one another enough to navigate the twists and turns of a murder case—and find love together?

Gift Bride

Jewel Carter is stunned to learn that she is a mail order bride, having believed she and her ailing father left Chicago to relocate his medical practice in Dodge City. But she loves her father enough that she complies with his wishes to give him peace of mind.
Travis Shelton can’t risk losing another wife to childbirth. So what is he to do with this bride who has been gifted to him for Christmas by his sister-in-law and brother? On the other hand, a marriage of convenience partner to run his home while he works the ranch might work. But he doesn’t count on having that pretty partner send his heart into a tailspin.

NOTE: This novella is a sequel to the Dodge City Duos series.

TONI DONOVAN MYSTERY SERIES

 Educated in Murder available on Amazon

Toni Donovan teaches science in a small high school in the Missouri heartland. As a devoted wife and mother of two young sons, she leads a quiet and orderly existence—until she discovers the district’s missing superintendent, a woman she hated, in the body farm kept by her forensics class. The victim was a tyrant and manipulator, and Toni senses there are secrets in the halls of academia that no one suspects.

When, with the instincts of a scientist, Toni delves deeper into the murder investigation, she finds herself facing more problems than just preparing for classes and dealing with unruly students. When her younger son, whose dream prompted her to the location of the body, is threatened, Toni learns that danger and terror do happen in a small town, and that she must not allow hate to overtake her life. Determined to stop a killer, her quest leads her into a series of discoveries that could cost Toni her own life.

 Preyed in Murder available on Amazon

During an educational field day scavenger hunt, a trio of Toni Donovan’s high school science students discover some bones and a skull. When the boys’ curiosity, and a desire to assist their favorite teacher, inspires in them a dream of becoming detectives, they insert themselves into the investigation and set out to determine who killed the missing preacher.

Did the man run off with the town’s money? Or was a man of prayer preyed upon? Through the twists and turns of the case, fear becomes Toni’s companion—for her students, for her husband and sons, and for herself. Can she rescue her over eager students when they devise a plan of their own, go snooping, and end up in the clutches of the killer? Or will fear overcome her and make her—and possibly her students—the next victims?

 Coached in Murder available on Amazon

Toni Donovan is teaching a summer class at a community college in Springfield, Missouri. During a family reunion at Sequiota Park, her youngest son discovers a body in the lagoon, and then her colleague, John, recognizes the victim as a member of the summer graduate class he is taking. When the police question her child, who has a history of dreaming and finding things, Toni enlists the help of her youngest brother, who is a member of the local police force.

Further shock strikes when John is mugged and his flash drive taken. To protect her son, Toni must find out what, and who, is responsible for the death of the murdered coach. When her sleuthing uncovers the illegal operation behind the scenes, she is furious, and the question becomes whether she can control her anger and stop the coach’s killer before she becomes the one stopped—permanently.

Rivaled in Murder

High school science teacher Toni Donovan cares about her students, so she sympathizes when two girls in her sixth hour class are devastated over the shooting of their close friend at the neighboring school they used to attend.

Once again drawn into solving a murder case, this time in a rival school where two teens
have been murdered, Toni must learn about rivalries and happenings behind the scenes. Can she help the police uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

Toni Donovan Mysteries: Books 1-3

A three book collection of clean, wholesome mysteries. Join Toni Donovan as she teaches high school science in a small town and encounters startling homicides.

Educated In Murder

Preyed In Murder

Coached In Murder

Schoolhouse Justice
The teacher had apparently walked in on a robbery and been killed in his classroom. Resource Officer Lanell Rhodes is determined to see justice for the young man.
Pilot Connor Prescott is shocked to learn of the death of the young teacher his sister has been dating. But when he arrives at the school and seeks information, he is warned by the attractive Resource Officer that he is not to meddle in police business.
Lanell and Connor share a common goal of finding justice for the victim, but can they overcome their differences and share a future together as well?
Small Town Injustice
Police Officer Carly Prescott has endured loss, but now throws herself into enforcing the law, volunteering at women’s shelters and seeing to the needs of others. When a friend goes missing, the case extends into another jurisdiction, and she meets successful poultry farmer, Brody Macklin, who stirs dreams and feelings she tries to ignore as he becomes in the search for their mutual friend, and then for her killer.
Brody has known love, and the loss of that love through death. He can’t risk another such loss. He doesn’t count on the lovely cop who sends his heart into a tailspin.
Can these two find justice for their murdered friend, conquer their fear of loving again and have a happily ever after together?
Workplace Danger
After spending years caring for her ailing parents and teaching art in a Springfield, Missouri high school, Jasmine (Jazzy) Dwyer no longer has any expectation of a committed relationship. Yet, beneath her self-sufficient exterior, a lonely heart longs for such a bond.
Steve Prescott made a mistake that cost him his family and years of his life. Now he’s a free man, working hard, and doing everything he can to make amends, but is unable to forgive himself. When a man with whom he once worked is murdered, and he is questioned, he sets out to prove who really killed the man.
Can man with a jaded past find peace with God and start life anew with the school teacher who represents trouble at every turn, yet somehow ends up as his sidekick sleuth?
Keyed in Murder
While working in the body farm of her high school forensics class, Toni Donovan and her students hear sirens–and soon learn that Jake Crawford, owner of the local supermarket, has been killed. When a distraught school employee’s husband is arrested as a murder suspect and the friend asks for help in clearing him, Toni is drawn into the case.
Soon after visiting the crime scene, a series of personal attacks against Toni seem to indicate that the killer believes she knows his/her identity and means to stop her from revealing what she knows. Wading through a maze of suspects becomes a matter of survival for Toni.



Tutored in Murder
There’s a fire at the motel. A dead body is found inside the room. High school science teacher Toni Donovan is asked to help a friend prove here innocence–and is once again drawn into a murder case. A second body only deepens the mystery.
She’s already tired and burned out, but the wrong persons must not be convicted of murder. Troubled by your young son’s puzzling dreams, and driven by her desire for truth, she must detect a killer before there are more victims–including her.


A Time to Love

Returning to his Missouri home is bittersweet for Kirk Darnell. Over twenty years ago his life plans changed when the girl he planned to marry broke their engagement. Now he has returned to sell the property left to him and his siblings by their deceased parents–and runs into trouble.

Successful attorney Shannon Howell is blindsided when Kirk Darnell–the man she sent away per her father’s wishes–returns and makes her realize what has been missing from her life is standing before her. But he says he’s here for legal help, nothing more.

Can the present overcome the past–and become their time to love?

 

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