Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heart of the Frontier

The Heart of the Frontier series is out in full.  All three books  are available!

This best-selling series (thanks to my dear readers) has been well-received and I really appreciate the encouraging letters I've received.  The series touches on some difficult topics, most of which are all too familiar to our own time period.

Book one - Treasured Grace deals with the Whitman Mission massacre in 1847. The Mission has a National Park site just outside of present day Walla Walla, Washington and I encourage you to visit. The rangers there are so helpful and knowledgeable.

Book two - Beloved Hope deals with the trial of the Cayuse accused of masterminding the attack on the Whitman Mission and the aftermath.  It's set in Oregon City,  in 1850.

Book three - Cherished Mercy completes the series and is set mostly around the Rogue River in Oregon.  It deals with the on-going strife between the new white settlers and the native people.


March 2018 will see the debut of a brand new series set in 1905-1906 San Francisco. It will deal with three young women who meet on a train headed to San Francisco. Each are on a mission to find something.  Secrets will be revealed and dangers will lurk around every corner. And, of course, the stories will cover the 1906 earthquake and fire, as well as the political corruption issues that the city faced.

Here's the cover for book one in the Golden Gate Secrets series.

I just love the artwork for my covers. Paul Higdon is the art director at Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group.  They are amazing folks.

For free ebook deals offered by Baker go to:


Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Litfuse is having an amazing give away and on-line party for me.

Would love to have everyone join us

We're going to chat about my latest book A BEAUTY REFINED and have lots of fun. Here's one of the websites to get hooked up for the party.

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

We're giving away books and also this beautiful sapphire set since this series is about Yogo Sapphires.  We won't be giving away Yogos, but these pretty sapphires should please just about anyone who loves gemstones.

Hope to see you at the party!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Series - New Book

I'm excited to let you know that I have a new series called The Sapphire Brides.

Book 1 - A Treasure Concealed comes out  in March.

Book 2 - A Beauty Refined comes out in July

Book 3 - A Love Transformed comes out in October

One of the really neat things about this series is all three are set in Montana and all three have Yogo sapphires as a point of interest.  Otherwise - this is an independent series where all three books stand alone.  I know some of you readers will love that as 3 book series tend to frustrate you until you have all three in hand.  While others will hate this because you want that continuation of characters.  But I hope you'll enjoy the series nevertheless.

The Yogo is only found in Montana.  In the 1860's gold miners in Yogo Gulch (an area just south of Utica, MT) found their sluices were often clogged with these pesky blue stones.  It wasn't until the 1890's however, that a man named Jake Hoover figured they must be some kind of gem stone and sent them off to be analyzed and sure enough--they were sapphires. A man from Tiffany's in New York declared them to be the "finest precious gemstones found in the United States."

An interesting side note on sapphires - the sapphire is made of corundum.  When corundum is blue - it's a sapphire.  When corrundum is red - it's a ruby.  Neat huh?

Sapphires in the raw look like this.  Sometimes they were found loose in the sluices or pans of the gold miners, but often they were attached to rock.

Through the process of refinement they were faceted, but not heat treated.  Yogo's don't require heat treating to enrich their color.  This made them very attractive to those working with them. Most of the time they are a beautiful cornflower blue, but they can be violet and various shades in between.

The Yogo debuted at the Paris Exhibition in 1900 and enthralled the folks there with it's beautiful cornflower blue.  At that time, most prized sapphires came from Ceylon or Burma, but it wasn't long before the Yogo gained popularity and began to be much sought after.

Mining for these pesky blue stones started in a gulch and today continue with mining that extends into the hillsides and underground.  The Vortex Mine is one that operates underground and sadly in 2012 the owner was killed in a mining accident.

I hope you'll enjoy this interesting bit of history woven within the Sapphire Bride's series.  I had a lot of fun researching it and have met some amazing folks along the way.

Soli Deo Gloria

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