The Coal Cracker's Woman

Reporter Peg O'Keefe is laid off from her job as a famous TV reporter and returns to her childhood home. She takes over as caregiver for her elderly relatives and becomes intrigued by a chest filled with papers. Reading about her great grandparents' brave fight out of poverty and of their great love story, renews her hope and leaves her heart open. Spoiler alert: love story. Bring a handkerchief. More

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MARCH 4-MARCH 10: THE COAL CRACKERS WOMAN FREE. LOOK UNDER FICTION TO ROMANCE AND THEN ADVENTURE UNDER 20,000 WORDS AND FREE. YOU MIGHT CHECK OUT TWO OTHER WORKS. TODAY, MARCH 9, MY MYSTERY, ANGELS REQUIEM AND ANOTHER SHORT MYSTERY ROMANCE ENTITLED THE SLEEPING BEAUTY MYSTERY ARE PUBLISHED HERE AT SMASHWORDS. HOPE YOU LIKE THEM. Welcome to my site. Today I am celebrating the publication of my novellette, The Coal Crackers Woman. It is a historical romance on sale for only 99 cents. Not only can we learn alot about our present from reading about our past; but, thanks to fiction, we can enjoy the experience vicariously and add a few imaginative changes as we read about the activities of people from the past.
Maddy is a wife of a laborer from the late 19th century, while Peg is a very modern and successful woman in the story contemporary section. They are linked to each other by blood. This story is based on a previous story titled The Red Chest that was published in The Historical Collection, a Victory Tales Press anthology of romance stories in 2011. I have expanded the story to give a fuller picture of both the Barrett and OKeefe families.
My previous works include other short stories through Victory Tales Press entitled The Test of Time in the Summer Anthology, I Love Pie-which name I changed to The Sleeping Beauty Mystery, under which title you will find it here on SW. My novel, Angels Requiem, is a mystery thriller in paperback and ebook, which was published in 2010 here on Smashwords. In February, 2016 I published a short story on Amazon entitled The Tinkers Tale by my alternate pen name, Madelyn Kinsella.
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