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Dream Walk (A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book 4)
Paranormal
210 pages

Private investigator Lacey Fitzpatrick and Navajo medium Sam Firecloud are usually called to clear haunted locations of their lingering ghosts using Sam’s unusual talent for communicating with the dead. This time, however, the dead—Sam’s former brother-in-law—comes to him… in a dream. Now Sam and Lacey head to Las Vegas to figure out how to find the body and uncover a murder plot before the murderers bury them forever.

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Star Walk (A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book 3)
Paranormal
226 pages

Ex-cop Lacey Fitzpatrick and Navajo medium Sam Firecloud are working a new investigation into paranormal activity. This time they’re called to clear an old Hollywood mansion of the multiple ghostly tenants that are threatening the home owner’s livelihood. At the same time, however, Lacey gets a call from her ex-boyfriend, now prison inmate, for help in a more earthly manner. He fears his sister is siphoning money from his elderly mother, and only Lacey can find out the truth. Between saving her ex’s mother from bankruptcy and researching deep into the families of the tortured souls haunting the mansion, Lacey finds the revelations of family dynamics to be both fatally flawed and heartbreakingly inspired.

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Skin Walk (A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book 2)
Paranormal
262 pages

Lacey Fitzpatrick  and Sam Firecloud are on the job again. This time, the ex-cop and the Navajo medium have been called out to the Navajo reservation to investigate the suspicious death of Sam's cousin. What they uncover leads them into a realm of the supernatural beyond anything Lacey ever imagined; her years on the LAPD did nothing to prepare her for dealing with witches and shapeshifters. With clues few and far between, can they determine who the murderer is before they themselves become the target of deadly curses and feral shapeshifter beasts?

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Ghost Walk (A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book 1)
Paranormal
228 pages

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she’s on a quest to prove to herself—and the world—that she’s still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder—where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim’s ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?

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The Man in the Black Hat
Time Travel
296 pages

Clay Bauer, at the age of 38, is a second-rate actor in Hollywood. He’s too mean-looking to get leading man roles in movies, so he’s resigned himself to playing only villains. While filming a low-budget Western in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, he hears about the vortices there — places of power where people claim to have strange experiences, even traveling to other dimensions. He doesn't believe any of it — until he accidentally passes through a vortex and is transported more than 100 years into the past. Suddenly he’s faced with playing the most important role of his life. Only this time, it’s for real.

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Being Travis (No Time for Travis Series Book 2)
Time Travel
196 pages

Two years ago, a weird trick of time sent Travis Merrill spiraling from 2016 to the year 1877. Committed now to his life in frontier Arizona, Travis is married with a child on the way and is homesteading a ranch. His knowledge of the future, however, keeps him at odds with his neighbors, his friends... and his wife. He finds it more and more difficult to protect his home without alienating his family, yet he can't ignore what he knows is - and will be - true.

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Finding Travis (No Time for Travis Series Book 1)
Time Travel
328 pages

Travis Merrill's life isn't going according to plan. He's quit several career paths, his wife has left him, and his only solace is volunteering to portray a cavalry surgeon at historic Fort Verde in Arizona, a place where time seems to stand still. When a weird trick of time actually sends him back to the year 1877, he's boxed into impersonating the post surgeon for real. Unfortunately, he finds his medical knowledge is no match for the primitive practices of the day, and he's forced to make life or death decisions, not always successfully. He wonders if he will ever be able to return to his own time, or if he might find a life--and a love--140 years in the past.

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Sonnets for Heidi
Contemporary Women's Fiction
238 pages

Trish Munroe never planned to be a caregiver, but circumstances have conspired to make her responsible for her elderly Aunt Heidi. Trish does her best to balance the demands of her job, her love life and Heidi’s advancing Alzheimer’s, but the pressure is taking its toll. When Heidi passes away, there’s a bittersweet reprieve until Trish uncovers a family secret of forbidden love that takes her on a tragic yet triumphant journey of the heart.

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A Novel Idea
Collection

This is a collection of the full first chapters of my 12 different novels (see below), and it's FREE. You can grab it any time from Smashwords, in any e-book format, take a look, browse through and see what looks interesting. There's something for everyone!

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Fleischerhaus
Paranormal
238 pages

Julia Martin, newly-divorced but still reeling from her husband’s infidelity, takes a much needed vacation to visit old college friends in Germany. While touring a little-known concentration camp and museum, she spontaneously experiences a violent past life memory of being murdered in this very camp during the Holocaust. Efforts to understand her memories only lead to more questions, the largest being: is her killer still alive? Supported by her friends and comforted in the arms of a handsome doctor, Julia attempts to uncover the mysteries of her past life and find justice for the person she used to be.

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Burning Through
Paranormal
216 pages

When Jennifer and Robert Stinson buy a beautifully restored Victorian house, the last thing they expect is to share their home with a ghost -- especially one with a penchant for setting fires. Unfortunately the ghostly arson only creates more tension in their already strained marriage. Jen launches her own investigation into the history of her house and discovers a surprising ally in a sympathetic fire captain. But can she unravel the mystery of the fires before they consume her home, her marriage ... and her life?

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Stone's Ghost
Paranormal
222 pages

Matthew Stone doesn't believe in ghosts … until he meets one. He owns a successful business in Lake Havasu, Arizona, home to the famed London Bridge that was brought over stone by stone and rebuilt over the Colorado River. He has a gorgeous girlfriend, a doting mother, and more money than he needs, but no time for stories about the ghosts who were transplanted from England with the famed bridge. When a chance encounter with a female ghost leads to unexpected friendship, Matt and the ghost are forced to rely on each other as they confront the pasts that haunt them.

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The Appaloosa Connection
Action/Adventure (Western)
188 pages

When Ross Garvey's prized Appaloosa is stolen from his Colorado ranch, he fully intends to hunt down the thieves in their New Mexico hideout and regain his best broodmare. What he doesn't count on is bull-headed, fifteen year old Jaimie Callahan, whose horse was also stolen by the same thieves. And he certainly does not anticipate the beautiful Mexican girl who's dealing with the thieves, nor the fact that an entire company of Mexican troops is in on the deal!  

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The Blue Crystal
Fantasy
376 pages

In the realm of Zor, the tyrant Mal-Zor is maniacal in his quest for the mythical Blue Crystal of power sends generations of innocents to their deaths in the crystal mines. Jared, a young farmer from a small isolated village, has paid scant attention to the distant troubles until his younger siblings are taken as slaves. Jared vows to free them and his quest soon becomes enmeshed in the most magical power struggle imaginable. Accompanied by a recalcitrant halfling, mounted on a huge black lion and supported by an aging wizard and his daughter, Jared prepares to challenge the king and claim his hidden destiny. The Blue Crystal is an epic fantasy in the vein of The Lord of the Rings. A classic struggle of good vs. evil, the story weaves together threads of honor and fear, love and death, obsession and transformation. Readers of fantasy fiction from teens to adults will thrill to the adventures of Jared and Igli as they encounter wondrous dangers and fight for deliverance from tyranny. Watch the book trailer here.

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Goddess Rising
Spiritual Fantasy
300 pages

It is the future, and the end of the world as we know it does not come through nuclear war or an asteroid impact, but from within the earth itself. A global geologic holocaust has destroyed civilization, leaving only a tiny fraction of people to rebuild scattered colonies. Reduced to a primitive state, they live close to the earth and cultivate a Goddess worship, and chosen ones dream a prophecy that Greer, a female savior, will return them to greatness.
An epic and magical story of one woman's exceptional destiny during exceptional times, Goddess Rising follows Greer's journey from simple obscurity to prophesied reign. Acknowledged as the face of the Goddess on earth, Greer discovers the rewards of power--and its price--as she struggles through her own labyrinth of fear and desire, sexuality and sacrifice, love and death.

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Lightning Strikes
Contemporary Romance
172 pages

Jessie Evans is a free-lance journalist, emphasis on the "free," with no plans to tie herself down. While researching a story in Flagstaff about Indian influences in Arizona, however, she encounters Lucas Shay, a smoldering paradox who is part Indian, part architect and all man. Whether igniting her temper with his arrogance or challenging her beliefs with his laser-like insight, Jessie can't deny that Lucas sets fire to her soul as well.

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Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan
Biography
178 pages

Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an "Angel of Bataan," she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her award-winning story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother. The book was awarded a medal for biography by the Military Writers Society of America and featured in the documentary Our Wisconsin: The Military History of America's Dairyland produced by WKOW-TV in Madison in 2012. The book received an Honorable Mention award by the Hollywood Book Festival in 2013.  Watch the book trailer here.

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Love's Savage Armpit
Romance Satire
254 pages

Young, nubile Elizabeth Montgomery is too beautiful for her own good. Accosted by lust-struck males every time she appears in public, she is profoundly grateful when sea captain Benjamin Elliott saves her from a would-be ravisher. Her gratitude, however, turns to shock when Elliott himself seduces her and ruins her chances for an honorable marriage. Sealed to the man in an arranged marriage, Elizabeth rides the surging tide of shock and denial, lust and love, as she is swept from the manicured gardens of England to the savage shores of Africa and the wilds of the New World, never quite sure which Captain Elliott is the man she loves. Warning! This satiric romp is NOT your mother's romance novel!

Originally published as The Pits of Passion.

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The Rare Breed
Historical Romance (Western)
228 pages

The daughter of a white woman and an Indian brave, Catherine Boudry had spent the first thirteen years of her life among the Cheyenne. Restored at last to her mother's wealthy parents, Cathy blossomed into womanhood surrounded by all the "civilized" comforts of the white man's world.
But at the age of twenty, the lure of her Indian heritage drew her back to the western plains. It was a journey that would awaken her to the joy and agony of passion in the arms of two very different men--Jory, the virile young trapper, and Barred Owl, the Cheyenne brave to whom she had been pledged in marriage long ago.

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Remember Me
Contemporary Romance
392 pages

Elly Cole wakes up bruised and battered in a hospital--and has no idea who she is or how she got there. Her brooding giant of a husband informs her that she had been fleeing with her lover who was killed in the car accident that left her injured, that she is pregnant with that lover's child and that she has nowhere else to go but home--with him. Struggling against the threat of her husband's dangerous rage and jealousy, Elly strives to regain her memory and reconstruct the life she left behind, wondering how she could ever have loved this man who hates her.

A finalist in Foreword Magazine's Best of the Year Awards for 2005!

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Superstition Gold
Historical Romance (Western)
378 pages

Married and widowed within a 24-hour period, beautiful Leigh Banning watches as her storybook New Orleans life crumbles away piece by piece. In a heartbroken attempt to start over, she travels to the wilds of frontier Arizona in an effort to understand the father she never knew and is rewarded with gold from the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine in the Superstition Mountains. The gold comes with a price tag, however: the murder of innocent people. Leigh's quest for justice leads her to a remote Apache camp in the company of a proud Pima Indian and a handsome cavalry officer. Torn between the fiery kisses of the Major and the respectful love of the Pima, Leigh joins forces with the Apaches to battle gold-hungry killers and in the process discovers her true self and her one true love.

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Queen's Gold
Action/Adventure
274 pages

Hal Thompson is a pretty ordinary guy. A widower who owns his own small business, he's doing his best to raise his two nearly adult children alone. When they convince him to undergo a hypnotic past-life regression, he is unimpressed that his "memories" reveal the hiding place of ancient Aztec gold. Other people, however, take it very seriously and when his family is threatened, he is forced to plunge into the jungles of Mexico, battling treacherous terrain, lethal wildlife and the haunting feeling of a love that spans centuries. Can he find the gold before it claims more lives? Or will he lose the love of his life ... again? Watch the book trailer here. 

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The View from the Summit
Autobiography of Howard L. Munns
498 pages

Howard L. Munns (1911-2002) was a gifted artist and student of life. Born in a homesteader's sod hut on the barren plains of Montana, orphaned by the age of 17, his early life was tempered by poverty and hardship and annealed by the Great Depression. Self-taught and nurturing his natural talent in an era when art was thought to be no more than a frivolous waste of time, he channeled his passion into steady work and slowly built a successful life. Tentative yet tenacious, sensitive yet practical, he shouldered all burdens and persevered, ultimately winning prosperity and satisfaction in a life well-lived. Written in four installments over the last 20 years of his life, The View from the Summit is his story in his own words. See more here.

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The Art of Howard Munns
by Melissa Bowersock
106 pages

Howard L. Munns (1911-2002) was a gifted and self-taught artist. Working as a commercial artist throughout his life, he returned always to his great passion: the natural world around him and the animals within it. This is a collection of representative works throughout his life, showing both the breadth of his interest and the depth of his artistry.

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Sketching Landscapes
by Howard L. Munns
122 pages

"For the serious artist who wishes to improve his skills there is no substitute for drawing from life." Howard Munns was a firm believer in the value of observing and recording life in the moment. He spent countless hours out in the countryside, sketchbook in hand, recording the small nuances of light and shadow, rough bark and weathered wood, the reflection of water and the density of stone. He filled hundreds of sketchbooks with drawings that could capture a landscape in just a few quick, bold strokes. This collection of sketches is intended to inspire and encourage the artist in all of us, to show the value of constant study and practice as well as the satisfaction in a creation well wrought.

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Sketching Wildlife
by Howard L. Munns
116 pages

"For the serious artist who wishes to improve his skills and insight regarding animals there is no substitute for drawing from life." Howard Munns was a firm believer in the value of observing and recording life in the moment. He spent countless hours out in the countryside as well as in zoos and museums, sketchbook in hand, recording the small nuances of light and shadow, feather and fur, the ripple of muscle or the repose of sleep. He filled hundreds of sketchbooks with drawings that could capture a living animal in just a few quick, bold strokes. This collection of sketches is intended to inspire and encourage the artist in all of us, to show the value of constant study and practice as well as the satisfaction in a creation well wrought.

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Mrs. Kangaroo's New Baby
Children's book

Written by Virginia Munns
Illustrated by Howard L. Munns

24 pages

Mrs. Kangaroo is expecting a new baby. Come along and see how she and all her friends prepare for the surprising new arrival.

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