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 »



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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.

book cover Escape from the Past written by Annette OppenlanderMidwest Book Review

“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

Escape from the Past for sale from authorHistorical Novel Society

It’s a hardscrabble life, and ultimately Max winds up getting involved in a quest for gold and to rescue a family member of an American Indian. It’s ironic, but at first Max just gets everything wrong in his interactions. Ultimately he reveals his advanced knowledge and formidable courage against a deadly enemy, making this a gripping YA historical novel. There’s something about the essence of Western drama that makes exciting, wonderful reading. Max is fortunate enough to participate in the gritty, courageous kind of living that was once a day-to-day challenge. This is a great historical fantasy read that will make you want to read the first book in this series! Read full review

book cover a different truth by annette oppenlander

Readers’ Favorite – Five Stars

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

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September 24, 2016, 6th Annual Village Lights Bookstore Regional Author Day, Madison, Ind.

banner for blog tour of escape from the past: the duke's wrathSeptember 27-October 10, 2016, Blog Tour, Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath

October 7/8, 2016, Presenter and Participating Author, Mad Anthony BookFest, Hamilton, Ohio

October 15, 2016, Author Fair at Greenwood Public Library, Greenwood, Ind.

October 29, 2016, 12-2 pm, Indy Author Fair, Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, Ind.

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)

escape-from-the-past-trilogy-tour-bannerNovember 28-December 2nd, 2016, YA Bound Blog Tour Escape from the Past Trilogy

December 3, 2016, 12-4 pm, 16th Annual Holiday Author Fair, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

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

Spring Semester 2017, Starting January 18, 2017, Workshops about Writing Craft, Beginning Chapters and Publishing at Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, Ind.

June 22-24, 2017 Presenter “Going medieval: How to infuse the Middle Ages into your Writing,” Historical Novel Society Annual Conference, Portland, OR