Books – The Lake Chelan Series

The Rancher's Lady The Rancher’s Lady: A Lake Chelan Novella (prequel novella)

On the second anniversary of her mommy’s death eight-year-old Alyssa ditches Brownies and her best friend to take some time to herself to think about her mommy. When her daddy, Hank, finally finds her, after a frantic search, she is convinced it’s time for her daddy to remarry. And she thinks her new third grade teacher would be perfect.

Hank Jefferson is a busy rancher with three kids. Widowed two years ago, he works hard to be both mother and father, making lunches, spending quality time with each child and running the house, while also running his cattle ranch. He doesn’t have time for a relationship and doesn’t really want one. Alyssa’s third grade teacher makes his blood heat, but he knows it would be unethical for him to date his daughter’s teacher.

Ellen Truehart has moved to this new town in a remote location on Lake Chelan and a new teaching assignment to make a fresh start, she loves both the town and her class. Her past has taught her to be cautious around men and not to trust the system. When Alyssa starts acting out in class she has no choice but to call in the smoking hot father of her student to try to find out what’s wrong with Alyssa.

  • Photography by Wander Aguiar Photography
  • Cover models: Tiffany Marie and Scott Nova
  • Editing by Deelylah Mullin
  • Published September 2016

Dear Readers: Do you want to hear more about Alyssa? She makes some guest appearances in the rest of the Lake Chelan series. But her adult story is to be found in the Burlap and Barbed Wire series in Book #1 – A Cowboy for Alyssa.

 

sawdust-and-satin-ebook Sawdust and Satin: A Lake Chelan Novel (book 1)

Chedwick, Washington is on the verge of extinction. The economic downturn sent people fleeing from the remote town on Lake Chelan, businesses closed, the hotel is run down and the population is under 1000 people. But those who are still living in Chedwick have no intention of letting their town die, so they need to come up with some ideas to revitalize tourism. Stat!

One of those ideas comes from Chris Clarkson who dreams of building an amusement park. He is excited about the idea, but also fearful of taking on such a large project. He has one tiny other problem to work on, his marriage. He and his wife of nine years have grown apart as they have both followed their personal dreams. Married right out of high school their relationship was immature when they said ‘I do’ and if truth be told they were immature also. Almost ten years later it’s time to grow up their marriage and get back to working as a team.

Barbara Clarkson is working feverishly on her business to build a nest egg. Traumatized at a young age by her father leaving her mother for a younger woman, Barbara believes it’s just a matter of time before Chris walks. When her father walked out it left the family destitute and her heart broken, so she guards her heart and is determined to have enough money to see her through when Chris leaves. Their ten-year anniversary is a few months away and she’s heard many horror stories of marriages breaking at that milestone. So she has to be ready for Chris to leave and that means every second goes to her business.

  • Photography by Wander Aguiar Photography
  • Cover models: Amanda Renee and Drew Leighty
  • Cover design and formatting by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs
  • Editing by Deelylah Mullin
  • Published November 2016

 

Designs on Her: A Lake Chelan Novel (book 2)

Kristen is happy designing her jewelry on her mountain, away from all the hustle of humanity. It’s just her and her faithful dog. Until a forest fire forces her to evacuate. Coming down the mountain casts her into the town problems and sucks her into all the chaos of opening an art gallery.

Police officer Nolan is tasked with the evacuation of the few residents on the mountain. Getting this crazy but beautiful jewelry designer out of harm’s way is not the easiest thing he’s ever done. He manages to get her to safety and then he gets caught in her gallery plans. His life may never be the same.

Nolan turned his back on his talent when his sister was murdered. Caught back up in the art world, he’s torn between creating and the curse his art seems to have on those he loves.

 

  • Photography by Wander Aguiar Photography
  • Cover models: Amanda Renee and Scott Nova
  • Cover design and formatting by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs
  • Editing by Deelylah Mullin
  • Published March 2017

 

Smokin’ (book 3)

Amber Clarkson is not looking for a protector, but when volunteer firefighter and children’s book author Jeremy Scott diffuses a tense situation with a frazzled customer, and then carries her to safety when her restaurant catches on fire, she can do nothing but be thankful for his help. What she doesn’t expect, is his smokin’ hot kisses to burn through the barricades surrounding her heart. But a relationship is not in the cards, he’s much too observant and she can’t have him discovering her secret.

Jeremy is not a hero, he is simply a small-town guy, who finds himself in the right place at the right time. Helping out the delectable Amber, is icing on the cake for him, he’s always been infatuated with her from afar. When the call comes in that her restaurant is on fire and she lives above it, he’ll move heaven and earth to make sure she’s safe. A few sweet kisses make him hunger for more, but if she finds out he’s nothing but a fraud, he risks losing her forever.

  • Cover design and formatting by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs
  • Editing by Deelylah Mullin
  • Published September 2017

 

Fire on the Mountain (book 4)

Hotshot firefighter Trey Peterson is on temporary assignment above the town of Chedwick Washington on beautiful Lake Chelan. He spends weeks at a time trying to get the monster under control. On his breaks from fighting the wildfire trying to consume not only the forest but the town, he tangles with Mary Ann Thompson.

Mary Ann is interested in a summer fling with the hunky firefighter. He’s a great roll in the hay and fun to be around. It’s a relationship with an expiration date and that’s just fine with her.

Trey is not so sure he’s happy with moving on quickly. Can he convince Mary Ann to give him a chance for more? That’s the million-dollar question.

 

  • Photography by Jean Woodfin of  JW Photography
  • Cover models: Kim and Tony Hadeed
  • Editing by Carol Tietsworth
  • Formatting by Cora Cade

 

Coming Soon! Fun and Games? (book 5) To be published Fall 2018

Greg Jones has a great life. He is the assistant chief of the town’s volunteer fire department, he owns his own very profitable tavern, he’s got a pre-law degree, and he never has trouble finding a willing female to spend some time with. The only problem in his perfect life is the woman he’s loved for over a decade has him firmly in the friend zone, and not just any friend, but the best friend of her younger brother. Oh yeah and she lives 2 hours away from their small town on Lake Chelan.

Sandy Anderson is at the top of her career as a video game designer. Her creation Adventures with Tsilly has had three very successful releases and there are plans for many more. She’s got a great career! Her love life could use some work, but that’s for another time and another place. Fortunately, when Sandy’s mother has an accident and ends up with a broken leg, she has the freedom to spend the summer in her home town helping to run her mom’s Bed and Breakfast. These days it’s easy to communicate with her team in Seattle and work remotely.

Greg sees Sandy’s return home for the summer as his chance to convince her that he can be more than her brother’s best friend. He’ll have to start with showing her the three-year age difference between them is nothing but numbers.

He’s got three months to go from friend to lover. The time starts now.