The Divergence

The Divergence continues from The Soldier’s Seed, the first book of the Southern Skyes family saga, capturing the wide range of relationships between colonists, convicts, hunters, and the indigenous population during the tumultuous events that defined the early penal colonies of Australia and the discovery of gold. The two young sons of Nicholas Thomas, a soldier in the New South Wales Corps, have been torn apart by circumstances beyond their control and struggle to find their own identity within their father’s legacy. One son faces the beast of prejudice and unrequited love, while the other is handed everything on a platter . . . or is he? While pioneering new settlements and enterprises, each son, in his own way, resists the injustices of colonial Van Diemen’s Land and witnesses the demise of a free and ancient people even as they Read more…

Jagged Waters

Jagged Waters, the third book in the Southern Skyes family saga, carves some exciting new names on the family tree. Spicy Irish miss, Mariah Malone, is a young convict unjustly condemned to New South Wales, Australia, to serve her sentence for life. During the transport, her ship encounters a frightening, rocky demise, and the handful of survivors are washed up on King Island to await rescue. It is during this time of uncertainty and fear, Mariah’s knowledge of the entrancing surroundings—both land and sea—of this Australian island and beyond stimulates her ever-tumbling thoughts. She also learns more about herself: her morality, her fortitude, and her destiny. And somewhere in the midst of that, she falls in love. And with this love, she creates a family of her own in Van Diemen’s Land, one that will inevitably carry her into the Read more…

Embers of the Soul

Embers of the Soul, the fourth book in the Southern Skyes Australian family saga, contains some exciting turns. The deep secrets woven amidst the branches of the McCabe and Skye family trees have been hidden for years until now. More quickly than shifting sands on the shores of Tasmania, these family secrets are tumbling forth with unleashed fury. All of this immensely displeases the egocentric elder brother Griff McCabe, who has spent a lifetime carefully plotting to protect the family name from the disgraces of the past—and in his eyes, the worst of all—the drops of aboriginal blood that course through the roots of the ancestral tree. Now, as tragedy befalls younger brother, Hawkin McCabe, and the next generation matures, those branches are breaking. The wounds have voices, revealing the true ties that bind the McCabes and the Skyes . Read more…

Southern Cross Rising

Southern Cross Rising. In the fifth book of the Southern Skyes series, the era is ripe for historic battles, during a time spanning the Boer Wars, Australian federation, women’s suffrage, and World War I. Among those warriors for progress are members of the Skye and McCabe families, not just on the battlefield, but in their homes and communities as well. As the new generation seeks to forge an enlightened future, the tentacles of the old guard continue to breach the new. Prejudices, forbidden love, and the grip of legacies prove they are without bounds. And so the saga continues, set against a backdrop of hope brought about by the emergence of a new nation under the Southern Cross.

The Soldier’s Seed

The Soldier’s Seed, the first book of the Southern Skyes family saga, is a novel that captures the wide range of relationships between colonial, convict, and indigenous families during the tumultuous events that defined the early penal colonies of Australia. Nicholas Thomas, a soldier in the New South Wales Corps, loathes his life in Sydney Town and through a series of events of his own making he finds himself running from his past to what could be an even worse fate. While pioneering a new settlement that encounters one problem after another, he struggles to find his true self and identify what he really wants from life . . . until he meets a woman a soldier shouldn’t love. When tragedy strikes, he is forced to make choices that will affect his descendants for decades to come. The Soldier’s Seed Read more…

Peril in the Pines

Cody Costin has just finished her freshman year at college in Chicago and is finally home for the summer where she expects to spend long, lazy days basking under perfect Colorado skies with family and friends. But when her best friend’s kid sister of turns up dead and everyone, including the Sheriff, thinks it’s a case of death-by-misadventure, Cody’s forced to box her plans and dive into investigation mode. With the help of her own kid sister, Cody soon discovers a group of high school graduates who all have both motive and means. But which one resorted to murder? The good news is Cody isn’t one to give up easily. The bad news is someone intends to stop her at all costs. Peril in the Pines is the first book in a captivating cozy mystery series set in and around Read more…