I reside in Pearce, a historic ghost town, in Cochise County, Arizona, with my husband, Brian, two Nokota horses, a pair of miniature donkeys and various other farm animals and pets.
I am member in good standing in the Old Pearce Preservation Association, the Cochise County Historical Society, the Society of Southwestern Authors, the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society and the Western Writers of America.
My works, both fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in the following publications: Chronicle of the Old West, Ghost Town Trail News, Out West, Voice in the Desert, War Journal and Wild West. I contribute regularly to The Tombstone Times.
"Kate," a romance, is my fourth novel of western historical fiction. "Borrowed Time," "Holliday in Tombstone" and "Death Takes a Holliday" make up my John Henry "Doc" Holliday trilogy.
"The Raider" is my first teen/young adult novel and is historical fiction, heavy on the history aspect. It is based on a true incident - the northernmost Confederate raid of the Civil War on the Vermont town of St. Albans.
Now available is "Murder in Pearce," a western/mystery and my first in that genre.
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Murder in Pearce
Intrigue, mystery, murder, 1905, Pearce, Arizona Territory.
Ex-soldier/lawman Micah Rogers is summoned to the gold rush boomtown of Pearce by a friend in desperate need of help. Indeed, the situation is one of life or death and involves a mysterious object men have killed to possess. Will he be too late to prevent murder? How is the Church involved? Who can Rogers trust?
Death Takes a Holliday
When John Henry "Doc" Holliday died at age thirty-six in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, he left behind more than a reputation. He left a son. Would the boy live down the lies or live up to the legeng?
Holliday in Tombstone
John Henry “Doc” Holliday, Georgia gentleman, dentist turned gambler, a consumptive whose days are numbered, follows his friend, Wyatt Earp to the boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona Territory. From the moment Holliday sets foot on the dusty Tombstone streets, his path as a lawman is set. Time and again he risks life and safety for his friends and for justice.
Teenagers Marty Rogers from northern New England and Shelby Kingdom from the deep south, discover war doesn't always divide people, but sometimes brings them together.
Based on a true incident, the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in October of 1864, The Raider is a story of courage, honor and friendship during that strife-filled time in American history - The Civil War.
In the days before they became legends, John Henry “Doc” Holliday, a Georgia dentist turned gambler whose constant companion is the specter of early death, and Wyatt Earp, a rough hewn frontier lawman saddled with a taciturn nature and an iron clad sense of justice, forge an unlikely alliance to hunt down the brutal killers of a young Dodge City woman.
Sexy, savvy, smart, in love with one man yet drawn to another, Hungarian born blue blood Mary Katherine Haroney, aka Kate Elder, lives life on the edge. And the edge in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1880, is a dangerous place indeed.
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