The Overlander’s Daughter – historical fiction with a hint of romance
This is my first novel, currently on submission with my agent (keeping fingers crossed)!
In 1847, seventeen year old Sarah wants no part of walking two thousand miles behind a wagon to Oregon, but her father leaves her no choice. Following a rape on the Trail, Sarah must either marry her attacker, a man her family favors, or expose him and reveal her own loss of innocence.
She can live with neither option, so she takes her treasured quilt and flees. While she views running as a suicide attempt, she survives and returns to the trail with a different party, an unwanted pregnancy, a budding romance, and a new will to live for her unborn child.
160 years later, twenty-eight year old Harper unearths Sarah’s quilt. It has been passed down to Sarah’s great-granddaughter, Agnes, who is moving into an assisted living facility. Agnes’ last wish is to record the story of her treasured family quilt before it vanishes with her fading memory. Harper agrees to the task and the two women embark on a journey to Agnes’ past as she tells the tale of the quilt.
Throughout the intertwined narratives connected by the quilt, both Sarah and Harper must find the courage to accept their losses and tell the truth despite the consequences honesty brings. In doing so, they both discover a resilience and inner strength they didn’t know they had.
#Killing It – contemporary young adult murder mystery
When I completed The Overlander’s Daughter, I wanted to write something completely different…so I did. This story combines my love of a good mystery with another interest, teenagers.
Seventeen-year old Carter has a decent life: normal family (mostly), good grades, and aspirations to be the editor of the school newspaper. But then a childhood friend, Joey, texts a nude photo of his ex-girlfriend, Rylie, and it ends up on everyone’s phone, including Carter’s.
She’s not his type, at all, and he forgets about it…until his math teacher confiscates his phone, teases him by going through the pictures, and discovers the photo. The now “hot” phone gets sent to the office, and when Rylie’s furious parents push for charges and an investigation into where the photo originated, the cops confiscate it for further investigation. No more boring junior year.
Carter doesn’t think life can get much more worse…until it does. After crashing Joey’s party and arguing with him, Joey turns up dead, floating in his swimming pool, and the police aren’t sure it’s an accident. When Carter is questioned, and it becomes clear that he’s at the top of their suspect list, he and Skylar join forces to clear his name…but can he actually solve the crime before the actual murderer stops him?
Current Works in Progress
Untitled – The Overlander’s Daughter: Book 2
I fell in love with the characters from The Overlander’s Daughter and had more adventures for them before I even completed the first story. This story is in the research, brainstorming, outlining phase, but that’s one of my favorite parts of the writing process, so I’m enjoying it.
This story continues Sarah and Charlie’s adventures in the west. Due to a family tragedy, they find themselves back on the trail and heading toward California in1849. The treasure they’re seeking isn’t gold, but it’s a treasure they might be willing to kill for.
#Finding It – a contemporary young adult action adventure treasure hunt
I found that I wasn’t yet ready to say goodbye to the characters from #Killing It either, so here’s a second story that is outlined and partially drafted. This one is not so much a sequel but does focus on the same characters. It also adds a little bit of romance too.
For a school newspaper assignment, Carter goes on a police ride-along during which a homeless man shares his last words with Carter before dying. Unsure what they mean, he visits the man’s family only to discover that the cryptic message might not have been so cryptic after all, and the homeless man might have had something he needed Carter to find for him. It’s up to Carter to figure out the message and find the treasure before whoever is stalking him does.