STAND ALONE

HISTORICAL NOVELS AND NOVELLAS

 

 

SECOND CHANCE 
(Second Chances Book 1)

Love is better the second time around . . . 

With a bad marriage behind her and the note on her horse ranch coming due, young widow Katherine Logan has neither the time nor the inclination to save a low-down bandit, until the sight of wickedly tempting Jake Banner changes her mind. 

Taking advantage of a local custom, she saves him from the hangman's noose, but Jake's secrets run deeper than the crime that put him there. 

Though the War Between the States is over, the tension in Missouri still runs high. Former Confederate soldiers have banded together to form outlaw gangs--robbing trains, stages and banks. Second Chance, Missouri is right in the center of all the action. Jake and Katherine find themselves drawn into the wildness of the west and the temptation of each other. 

CHARLIE AND THE ANGEL
(Second Chances Book 2)

In the sequel to Second Chance, gunslinging outlaw Charlie Coltrain comes across Angelina Reyes, a novice stranded on the plains of post-Civil War Texas and is torn between returning her to the convent and keeping her for himself.

JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT 
 

 

When her father is killed in an avalanche, Megan Daily finds herself the owner of The Celebration, a glittering jewel of a dance hall in the Klondike Gold Rush town of Dawson City. When unexpected danger forces her to seek the help of the authorities, she finds herself undeniably attracted to Alex Carson of the Northwest Mounted Police, despite his clear disapproval of her line of work. 

The determined Mountie has a job to do even though all he can think about is taking Megan to bed. Alex lost his sister to the hard life of the Yukon, and he is determined to save Megan from the same fate. 

Megan is equally determined to keep her father's legacy, which proves to be more than just The Celebration. When she discovers she has inherited a gold mine, as well as a mysterious partner, her life is put in jeopardy. 

Megan and Alex must work together to uncover all the secrets that surround them. But in the Yukon, nearly everything occurs just after midnight--even love. 

BY ANY OTHER NAME 
 

A Shakespeare meets Old West love story!

 

What's in a name? For two young lovers . . . everything.

 

During the War Between the States, the feud between the Kansas Jayhawkers and the Missouri Bushwackers raged like wildfire.  But it was nothing compared to the hatred between the Coltons and the Murphys.

 

Julia Colton is taught from birth that the Jayhawkers are her enemy, especially the Murphy's who took the Colton's rightful property.

When Ryan Murphy saves her from a band of renegades, she begins to question everything she thought was the truth.

 

Ryan lost his mother to a Bushwacker attack and has vowed vengeance.  But Julia's gentle ways tempt him toward love instead.  The only time he feels at peace is when he's with her.  To save Julia from a loveless marriage to a violent man, they marry.

 

As the war heats up, along with the feud, they must choose between family and love, between vows of vengeance and vows of marriage. Is their love stronger than bullets, deeper than blood?  Will it be just as true by any other name?

LOVING A LEGEND
 

A Shakespeare meets Old West love story!

 

What's in a name? For two young lovers . . . everything.

 

During the War Between the States, the feud between the Kansas Jayhawkers and the Missouri Bushwackers raged like wildfire.  But it was nothing compared to the hatred between the Coltons and the Murphys.

 

Julia Colton is taught from birth that the Jayhawkers are her enemy, especially the Murphy's who took the Colton's rightful property.

When Ryan Murphy saves her from a band of renegades, she begins to question everything she thought was the truth.

 

Ryan lost his mother to a Bushwacker attack and has vowed vengeance.  But Julia's gentle ways tempt him toward love instead.  The only time he feels at peace is when he's with her.  To save Julia from a loveless marriage to a violent man, they marry.

 

As the war heats up, along with the feud, they must choose between family and love, between vows of vengeance and vows of marriage. Is their love stronger than bullets, deeper than blood?  Will it be just as true by any other name?

WHEN MORNING COMES
(Novella)
 

 

The Civil War is over for Union Major Seth Torrance, although he continues to fight it every night in his dreams.  Though his mother expects him to take over the family munitions business, Seth can no longer bear to construct instruments of war.  When he receives word that his oldest friend died on the Confederate side of one of the many battles Seth fought, his guilt deepens. He jumps at the chance to travel to Virginia and settle his friend's affairs.

 

Upon his arrival, Seth discovers those affairs include not only the family farm but five children, presently being watched over by a neighbor who doesn't take kindly to Northerners. Though Ella Fontaine is ready to shoot Seth on site, she refrains once she discovers his honorable intentions.  To tell the truth, between keeping up the farm, caring for the children, fighting off carpetbaggers and deserters, she needs help--even if it is from a Yankee.

 

However the children have other ideas and set about getting rid of the Major.  But Seth has fought worse battles, and he plans to win this war.  To the victor goes the spoils, and Seth wouldn't mind winning the heart of Ella Fontaine.

AN OUTLAW FOR CHRISTMAS
 

 

Aboard an orphan train bound for Kansas, a little red-headed girl meets a street-tough fifteen-year-old boy. Only with Noah does Ruth feel safe. When they are separated at the end of the trip, she vows to wait for him every year on Christmas Eve at the Kelly Creek train station. 

Ten years later, Ruth is still waiting. Adopted by the town founder, Ruth is a Kelly now, and her father wants her to marry Sheriff Leon Harker to protect his legacy. 

When Noah stumbles out of the alley, wounded, Ruth nurses him secretly back to health in an abandoned cabin.  

Noah has never forgotten Ruth or how her childish adoration made him feel. Over the holiday season, love blossoms from their affection. Ruth's father is impressed with Noah's strength and command and offers him his empire. But Noah has spent the last ten years living a far different life from Ruth's.  

Can their love survive the revelations of Noah's outlaw past? 

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