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This revealing collection of columns was first published in the Green River Star at the turn of the new century. Some things have changed for boomers over the years (most obviously, our hairlines and waistlines), and some things have become even more like they were! Back in the 90s most of us were still working, and these columns reflect those concerns as well as timeless topics such as valuing children, raising children with values, and the value of living in a healthy environment. Some have been edited a bit. I have indicated the exact or approximate date each was published, and added a few comments. The one thing I learned about myself in going back over these columns is that I was never at a loss for words! I enjoyed re-visiting the self I was then and finding out how relevant the insights still are today. I invite you to participate in this penetrating look back at what was important — and still is! — to me and to the people who live in the modern American West.
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The Widow's Window

   He thought playing peekaboo with the boss was just for kicks. 
   Madysen Collins needs help. Her husband has been killed fighting a fire, her all-grown-up daughter has gone off to college, and the details of running a historic ranch are constantly piling up on her. Not used to being anything resembling a lady in distress, Madysen is shocked to discover she's begun looking at handsome Antonio Marquez as more a knight who doesn't need armor to shine than her immigrant ranch hand. As things progress to too hot to handle between them, Madysen worries whether Antonio is capable of handling her secret. Little does she suspect that Tony has deep secrets of his own! Toss in Madysen's recently divorced and remarried brother who shows up wanting to move back to the historic family ranch, the question of whether Madysen's daughter can handle her mom's burgeoning relationship with the hired man, as well as the sudden appearance in Tony's life of a surprise from his past, and the situation at the formerly peaceful Wyoming valley ranch threatens to blow up.

The Widow's Window is available on Kindle

Getting It Right

Named for the Goddess of Desire, can she dream of lasting happiness with only one man? 

Selene Pertunda has no trouble attracting a man. She just can’t seem to find the right one. From abusive husband Robert to tattooed bad boy lover Kevin, Selene draws men to her like bears to her honeypot. The problem is that none of them proves to be a good fit. 

Sure she will never find a shared happiness, Selene has no way to suspect she’s drawn the attention of a powerful goddess. So she scoffs at the idea that the handsome man who begins to play a large part in her life could be her destiny. After all, what could worldly, educated Beck McNeal want with a small-town divorcée like Selene? 

Selene and Beck try to their best to resist the inexplicable mutual magnetism flaring between them. But can two ordinary people avoid the decree of the Goddess of Desire? 

Getting It Right is available on Kindle

To the One I Never Forgot

What if lost love could be found again? What if a way existed to start all over? Gianna’s life hasn’t been right since Zack joined the Army and never once looked back. She had thought she and Zack were forever, their love a bud of youthful passion that would blossom into a romance to last a lifetime. But everything broke apart that summer when Zack left. Everything, including Gianna herself. 

Zack thought joining the military would ensure a way to get an education and a good start on a life with Gianna. So when he didn’t hear a single word from her after he left, not even the requisite Dear John email, he thought she had finally bowed to her mother’s wishes and let him go. 

As the years pass and her relationships with men fail one after another, Gianna becomes determined to find Zack again. But Zack has apparently disappeared, and no search engine can turn up even a trace of him. 
So it seems fated when one lonely night Gianna stumbles across a website called To the One I Never Forgot. Surely there isn’t a chance in a billion that Zack might see a post from her, but soon she is typing out her wistfulness for anyone to register and read. 

But Zack does find the post addressed to the one I never forgot, and instantly recognizes the author, who calls herself Brown Eyed Girl. He knows in his heart the writer is Gianna. The girl who once cut him out of her life. So although the memories she posts about are his memories too, he has to ask himself, does he want to answer?

Short story "To the One I Never Forgot" is available on Kindle


Take a Chance on Love

When Chancie de Leur meets highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor one
frosty Wyoming night, instant sexual heat kindles between them. Chancie’s a lonely young widow who owns her own business and Micah is divorced, so there shouldn't be anything holding them back. But Micah wonders if Chancie's obvious wealth might become an issue, or the fact that she's apparently the second woman in his life who has zero interest in ever having his baby.

Micah has no idea of the real problem between him and Chancie, until he meets her son. Ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom and her lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising. 

In a showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.

Take a Chance on Love is available on Kindle

Perilous Promises

  She can survive anything except the men who love her....       
  Perris Dalton doesn’t need a man. She left southwest Wyoming broken, so transformed by fighting cancer even her big hunk of a lawman couldn’t make love to her. Now she’s back.
Her new job is to mitigate conflicts with raptors at a power plant’s coal mine. There’s no reason for her path to cross her ex-husband’s. But when an environmental demonstration inexplicably centers in on her, Sheriff Noah Dalton steps in, confident he can win back the woman who once walked out on him.
As the demonstration spirals into personal attacks, Noah, Perris’s father the sheep rancher, and her brother the college student hatch a secret plot to protect her.
  In an epic contest of wills with a lone woman survivor used to solving her own problems, and three Western heroes just as determined to save her, all hell starts to break loose.

Perilous Promises is available on Kindle

Clay's Quest

She’ll do anything to get her way.

Tall, elegant and beautiful, Emma Thorpe has wanted a baby for years. The yearning for a child occupies all her thought, her time, her effort, and any money she and her husband can scrape up for medical intervention. After trying and failing to conceive, the solution that finally comes to her is to leave her husband and hope to find a man—any man—capable of fulfilling her deepest desire. Big, handsome Clay Thorpe isn’t the kind of man to let his wife just wander away. It takes a few months of Emma’s absence from his bed to devise a plan, but he’s determined. Eventually, Clay lures Emma home with a convoluted strategy only he could concoct, involving an antique diamond ring, sex three times a day, and...a turkey baster?

Caution: This is a work of fiction. Please don’t attempt duplicating Clay’s methods!

Clay's Quest is available on Kindle

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