October 2014

Belle’s Crossing

by BJ Betts

In 1909 on All Hallows’ Eve, three beautiful young sisters perished in a tragic accident…or was it? For years, citizens of Council Bluffs, Iowa would report strange sightings around Big Lake Park. Were the sightings due to over active imaginations…or something else? Over one hundred years later, Laynee Rodgers’s car accident in the same location takes its toll on her memory, but she knows she isn’t crazy. With the help of a psychic, she may remember exactly what happened to her, and unlock a century-old mystery in the process—if she only has the courage!

Cooking up Trouble at the Peabody Palace

Book 2 of the Gold Rush Diaries

by Jewell Tweedt

October 13, 1851

Dear Diary,

I suppose I should explain myself a bit and make this clear. You see, I have decided to embark on a grand adventure. Someday when I am an old woman in a chair talking to myself, I’ll pick you up and recall these days of my free-wheeling youth. My name is Anna June Johnson and I’m 24 years old which makes me an old maid. Until yesterday I was the best chef in San Francisco and engaged to restaurateur Harold Humphries. We were to be married Sunday. My bags are packed, my beautiful gown was completed and I’ve been baking for days. Now the wedding is off. I admit I shouldn’t have thrown that boning knife at him but what he did was inexcusable. Even as I write this I’m staring at my three tier wedding cake on its glass pedestal. Maybe I should have thrown that instead. But darn it I spent an entire day creating the culinary masterpiece. At least I wouldn’t have to leave town. But I digress.

The Advent Bride

by Mary Connealy

Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.

Courtships and Carriages

by Janet Syas Nitsick

Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, returns readers to the Midwest in 1893, where men who drove fancy carriages like debonair Nolan Bradford could make ladies’ hearts flutter, such as Gwen Ward’s. Her heart raced every time she saw him, especially when these rides included secret rendezvous, pretty flowers and stolen kisses. …

Her decision could be an easy one if only her dear-childhood friend, Russ Knudson, a kindhearted, humble man, a man who works with his hands — a farmer — was not also vying for her hand. He may not be as refined as Nolan, but his feelings were just as sincere and Gwen’s love for him ran deep. And, if only Nolan was not the son of the corrupt mayor and her father, the publisher of a local paper, was not investigating that corruption.

The answer is in her court in Courtships and Carriages which includes intrigue and suspense when a trunkful of mayoral electoral ballots comes up missing.


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