HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS
Winds of Change Series
THE STORM AFTER: BOOK ONE
The Winds of Change saga begins with the dawn of the twentieth century.
2014 RONE AWARD FINALIST. A historical fiction tale of four strangers who come together in the aftermath of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900—the deadliest hurricane in US history. More than 6,000 people died that fateful day and the island was left a sea of brokenness. As the four diverse strangers cling to each other amidst the devastation in an attempt to survive, they change each other in ways they never would have imagined. It’s more than a story about a tragic storm, it’s about human spirit triumphing over unimaginable adversity.
LUCKY’S WAY: BOOK TWO
The Winds of Change saga continues with this World War 1 romance.
ENDORSED BY THE UNITED STATES WORLD WAR ONE CENTENNIAL COMMISSION. The year is 1918. The Great War rages overseas and the Spanish Flu pandemic claims victims worldwide. On the U.S. home front, the Women’s Rights Movement has transformed into a conflict all its own. Yet for battle-weary Lieutenant Lucky McLaren, time seems to stand still when destiny introduces him to an Italian beauty named Antonia Trillery, a suffragette running from a fear of love and a crime she didn’t commit. Is their love enough to save them both as they fight to make their two very different worlds become one? Filled with history and passion, Lucky’s Way is a stirring testament to the power of belief and self-discovery—to hopes lost and found again.
UP NEAR DALLAS: BOOK THREE
The Winds of Change saga travels across Texas with a Delta blues player.
The year is 1934. Economic turbulence rocks the country. And record drought dries up crops, along with the spirits of every farmer south of the Mason-Dixon. Yet for sixteen-year-old Mick McLaren, life is good as he takes to the open road to chase his dream of being a musician. Riding boxcars, hitchhiking, walking and driving his way across Depression-era Texas, he finds not only himself, but the love of a girl from Dallas named Margaret. Along the way, they befriend Cowboy Larson, a Delta blues guitarist. Together the three teens, from three very different worlds, come-of-age as their life-changing journey carries them through killer dust storms, extreme poverty, and the unprecedented gangster activity of the Dirty Thirties.
THE EMIGRANT’S SONG: SHORT STORY PREQUEL
Short Story Prequel in the Winds of Change saga. (Note this story may be read at any point in the series.)
“Wild as a March hare in spring!” That’s how many of the villagers in 1898 Bunratty, Ireland describe the adventuresome January Cola Buchanan. But she doesn’t care. She has the voice of an angel and the looks of a siren and she intends to make the most of her talents. So when two American entrepreneurs come to Ireland scouting singing talent to record on their new phonograph discs, she sets her sights on returning with them to America. But first she must convince her longtime beau John McLaren that this is a good idea for both of them knowing that they might never see their homeland or their families again.
CHICO BOY: A NOVEL
2016 NEW APPLE ANNUAL BOOK AWARDS MEDALIST WINNER. Life isn’t easy when you have as many obstacles to overcome as fourteen-year-old Chico Boy has in his life. For starters, his Dad left over a year ago and he’s fallen behind in school. And even though his mother works hard at her waitressing job, she’s barely able to cover the family’s expenses. Things like new underwear and tennis shoes fall far down on the list of essentials when compared to gas, food and rent. And now to top it all off, he and his best friend Talula think they’ve witnessed a possible murder. But take heart, not all is bad for Chico Boy. He has a great group of friends and an indomitable spirit that keeps him bouncing high on the pogo stick of life.
TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT: A NOVEL
Living in a treehouse and dealing drugs is one way to overcome your fear of being ordinary. But Jayden discovers it’s not the best way, as he gets beaten-up, thrown in jail … and then beaten up again before being thrown out of jail. And that’s only a small part of the punishment the universe seems to heap on him as he makes his way from being a troubled soul who struggles with a sense of self-worth to being a confident, professional ballplayer. Set in the 1970’s, this Southern drama would be your typical small-town-boy-makes-good story. Except that it’s not.