Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

Visiting the ruins of Hanstein takes us back to medieval times - Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany in 2012 More »

Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

U.S. Bomber flies above German airfield in WWII. More »



woman and dog hugging in the park

My Mutt, Mocha

Hi, thanks for stopping by. Here is my pooch, Mocha, doing her favorite thing: hiking in the woods. We picked her up at the Humane Society in 2004. (She really picked us.)

I hope you can stay a moment and check out the rest of my site like my published books, what I’m writing now, or take a look at my blog.

If you have comments or questions, please contact me. I love hearing from readers and fans and answer every e-mail.

Midwest Book Review

book cover Escape from the Past written by Annette Oppenlander“Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath” is a science fiction time travel action/adventure novel that will grip the reader’s total attention from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for school and community library YA fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath” is also available in a Kindle edition.

Historical Novel Society

Geared to a young adult audience, Escape from the Past is an entertaining and fast-paced read that guarantees to thrill any young reader’s/gamer’s wish to be a hero in a faraway time. Read full review

A different truth 5star-shiny-webReaders’ Favorite – A Different Truth

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New 2nd Edition now Available




A Different Truth is a powerful and thought provoking tale that allows us to think about our moral decisions. Readers who are personally familiar with the history of the Vietnam War will be fascinated by the story of the boys at Palmer Military Academy, whereas the generation that was born after the war would be able to use it as a trajectory to discover more about this unseen but crucial part of history. Full review at Readers’ Favorite

News & Events

May/June 2016, European Research Trip

cover image for Escape from the Past, book 3July 2016 Cover Reveal for Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Book 3)

July 17, 2016, 2-4 pm, Teaching a Writing Workshop on First Chapters, Free and Open to the Public, Monroe County Public Library (MCPL), Bloomington, Ind.

July 23, 2016, 12-3 pm, TeenCon 2016, New Castle Henry County Public Library, 376 S 15th Street, New Castle

October 7/8, 2016, Mad Anthony BookFest, Hamilton, Ohio

November 5, 2016, 12-4 pm, Fishers Library Booktoberfest, Fishers, Ind.

November 13, 2016, 2-4 pm, Teaching a Writing Workshop on Dialogue, Free and Open to the Public, Monroe County Public Library (MCPL), Bloomington, Ind.

November 25, 2016 Release of Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Book 3)

November 28-December 2nd, 2016 YA Bound Blog Tour Escape from the Past Trilogy

December 4, 2016 Reading/Signing of my new novel, Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End, Boxcar Books, Bloomington, Ind.