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.

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

A Different Truth with Readers' Favorite StickerA 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

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

News & Events

EscapeFromthePast_Banner copyJanuary 2016 Blog tour Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath

February 2016 Blog tour Escape from the Past: The Kid

cover for historical teen novel escape from the past: the kidFebruary 26, 2016 Release of Escape from the Past: The Kid (Book #2) Paperback and eBook – Preorder Now

February 27, 2016 Reading & Signing, 4 pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017

March 5, 2016 Reading & signing, 12-2 p.m., Indy Reads Books, 911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Ind.

March 6, 2016 Reading & signing, Escape from the Past: The Kid, 3-5 p.m., Boxcar Books, Bloomington, Ind.

March 23, 2016 Guest Speaking, Sunrise Rotary Club, Bloomington, Ind.

May 2016, date TBD Presentation and Reading in collaboration with the Solingen City Library, Solingen, Germany

July/August 2016, date TBD Writing Workshop Monroe Country Public Library (MCPL), Bloomington, Ind.