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My romantic historical novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, transpires in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. Women have yet to win the vote and with it the right to participate in their governance. Ella stumbles upon injustice she can’t ignore and sets in motion events that alter her life and the lives of those she holds dear. Will she hear God’s call amid the tumult around her?
Book 1: The Calling of Ella McFarland, Book 1 of The Women of Rock Creek series, won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award under the title Greater Still. It debuted on December 1, 2015 and won the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award in the Debut Category. I’m neck-deep in blessings, as Ella would say.
Novella #1: A Christmas to Remember released on October 1, 2016. Readers revisit Ella and Andrew three years into their marriage. The kaleidoscope of their world has twisted a time or two. It’s Christmas, 1908, and Ella’s life is about to be transformed. Again.
Novella #2: A Christmas Measure of Love released October 27, 2017. Joined by blood but separated by circumstance, Lily, a girl on the cusp of womanhood, and her mother, a woman at the nadir of life, reunite. What will Lily and Ma find the old shack where their sweat and tears once mingled? It’s Christmas 1910, and Lily’s in for a Yuletide surprise she hasn’t reckoned for.
A Rock Creek Christmas Collection combines both novellas in a single volume.
Book 2: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen released in October, 2018. The Women of Rock Creek series picks up with Lily in 1914. American women are demanding the vote and the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe, a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence, even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day. A murder trial has concluded, and the jury has reached a verdict.
Book 3: The Awakening of Miss Adelaide finds Adelaide Fitzgerald hosting two girls for Christmas. They’ve chosen to celebrate Christmas at Broadview rather than with their parents in Colorado, so Auntie Addie must make this an extraordinary Yuletide. Has she thought of everything? What would make this their most memorable Christmas ever?
Addie’s answer lies just the other side of Rock Creek. It’s 1912, and Adelaide Fitzgerald is about to discover an enduring tale for a lifetime.
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