River Ames spent the first eighteen years of her life in Southern California. Here is a partial list of some of the cities in which she lived: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte, Arcadia La Puente, Lomita, West Covina, Pacifica, Santa Monica, Palm Dale, and Hacienda Heights.
In some of those cities, she lived at six different addresses.
In the city of La Puente, River’s family lived in four different houses on the same street.
The non-glamorous reason for all the moves was habitual eviction necessitated for non-payment of rent.
It was an interesting way to grow up.
River attended twenty-six different elementary schools, two different junior high schools and four different high schools. In one elementary school, she was a student for only three days.
Perhaps, because she was so frequently identified as the “new girl,” the pattern of River being an observer instead of a participant in the interactions going on around her seemed a logical fit for her personality.
When she was thirteen, River read “Gone with the Wind.” She skipped three days of school in order to finish the book in one sitting. Disappointed in Rhett for “not giving a damn,” River wrote her own sequel—in long hand, on three-hole punch, notebook paper. The opening line? “Tomorrow dawned bright and fair.” In less than fifty pages, Scarlett had been transformed into Jane Eyre and Rhett had fallen in love with her all over again.
After Southern California, River has spent the next part of her life living in the semi-rural town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of Idaho State University, majoring in Health Education Sciences and Addiction Counseling. She’s worked the past ten years at a Behavioral Health Center where she assisted children, teenagers, and adults committed in a 24/7 secured facility because of mental health challenges they are experiencing.
River’s books celebrate the good-natured humor that lays at the heart of most of our human predicaments. The conflicts are significant, yet it is her characters and their quirky (yet somehow universally relatable) thoughts, words, and choices that reflect a light-hearted peek into a world we wish was real.
The amazing thing is that these worlds are real to readers for the time they visit there.
Readers have said: “In a River Ames book, one minute I’m laughing out loud, and the next I have a lump in my throat.”
River is currently readying a historical novel, “Gideon’s Justice.” This three-part novel is Book I in a three volume western series set in the Colorado Territory. Its scheduled release is for Fall, 2017.
“Giden’s Justice” – Part One – “Manners and Mayhem”
“Gideon’s Justice” – Part Two – “The Ways of Men and Women”
“Gideon’s Justice” – Part Three – “Justice and Deliverance”
“Gideon’s Justice” is the first of a three-book series about a group of men known as the “Guardsmen” and takes place in the Colorado Territory.
The western Trilogy features the noble “Guardsmen” who serve as protectors for Denver and its outlying areas. “Youngblood’s Rules,” Book II in the series is also available for pre-ordering. It’s scheduled for release in October, 2017. “McKenzie’s Justice,” Book Three in the series may also be pre-ordered. Its scheduled release is December, 2017
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Every Good Deed
by River Ames
It’s been a year since Merrill’s death, much too soon for her to be developing feelings for Linc Severance, her late-husband’s business partner and former best friend. And, as for Linc, he’s determined to untangle his former partner’s business interests from Erin’s finances. Then, he’ll disappear from her life forever. He’s wasted too many years loving a woman never met to be his.
Bachelor in the Boondocks
by River Ames
Jared Sherman is counting the days until he can get back to his big city life. Another countdown is underway, however. How long can he resist the appeal of the girl next door? Who would have ever thought the natural look could inflame a man’s desires?
Detour to Paradise
by River Ames
Lucas Rockworth—a hard-driving force of nature has been ordered by his doctor to take some time off and get his blood pressure under control. You would think buying a cabin in the natural splendor known as Gray Horse Lake, Idaho, would do the trick. All that mountain greenery, crystal blue lakes and rivers, and nature-run-amok had to be exactly what the doctor had ordered.
Enter Sarah Burke…
To Each His Own
by River Ames
Matthew's plans didn't include Brian starting a feud with the son of elementary school principal.
It's when the boys stop feuding, however, and become the most unlikely pair of matchmakers to ever plot romance that Matthew faces his greatest challenge, resisting the widow of the man he once considered his very own nemesis.
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