Sharon Balts


Sharon Balts and her husband Doug are Wisconsin farmers. They are frequent travelers whose vacations often include a farm show or tractor club convention. They are members of the Hungry Hollow Steam & Gas Engine Club where Doug is an exhibitor.
Unrefined is Sharon’s fourth novel and is the first historical tale set in the Great Depression era. Her other books include: Black Mesa, a contemporary Western, The Protector, the seventeenth- century story of a swordfighter and the daughter of a Christian martyr, and The Killing of Luther Dunn, a tale of opposition to a coming railroad in an 1899 Wisconsin village.

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Undefiled: An Almelund Threshing Tale
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,660. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016 by Aneko Press. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Rejected by his kin, abandoned at an orphanage, Allen grew up to be bitter and distrustful. Now grown, he longs to know why his father did not care for him and his mother. Which of the conflicting stories about his real father should he believe? In search of answers, Allen follows sketchy clues to Almelund, Minnesota where he finds himself drawn ever deeper into dark secrets...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,760. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014 by Aneko Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Laugh and cry with the Unrefined Connor family—slaves to the farm and mechanic work that is their means of survival, chained by guilt and fear, trapped by despair and worry. Unrefined is the tale of a three-generation family pummeled by tragedy beyond the common hardships of the Great Depression. Some will come to see their difficulties as a refining process. None will survive unscathed—if they su

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