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

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Upcoming Novels

Just like a woman’s work is never done, being an author is a lifestyle. While I maintain a regular writing schedule—made easy by my 30-second commute to my office—I constantly brainstorm about plot points, how to get my guy or girl out of the sticky situation s/he is in, and new story ideas. I think about it in the shower, while driving and walking the dog. So you could say I’m a workaholic. Except it doesn’t feel like work. I really enjoy it. Below are the next few novels I’m currently working on.

Broken Journey: A Civil War Adventure 

Expected Publication Winter 2017/2018

picture of unknown union soldier during the american civil warA poor farm boy’s choice to protect his best friend, a slave, from a brutal attack forces both on separate journeys: one escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery. Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, author Annette Oppenlander delivers another stunning historical tale set against the epic background of the American Civil War—a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.

young slave during the civil warTennessee, 1861. After presumably killing a rich landowner and to protect his best friend, Tip, fifteen-year old Adam Brown runs away to join the Union Army under an assumed name. Together with Wes, a chatty redhead with a few secrets of his own, Adam embarks on a traumatic odyssey through the war-torn Midwest. As his soul darkens with the atrocities of war, Adam no longer dreams of becoming a veterinary surgeon: all he wants is to go home. But in order to do that—if he survives—he must face his past.

Unbeknownst to Adam’s decision to enlist, sixteen-year old Tip is sold to a farmer who takes drunken pleasure in torturing his slaves. Tip’s determination to survive sends him on a harrowing journey to freedom. But attaining it is no match for what Tip misses most: his best friend and his mother.

 

The Italian’s Daughter (Working Title)

When feisty and headstrong Sam (short for Samantha) loses her mother in a freak accident, she decides to search for her brother, Angelo, who didn’t return from a business trip to Chicago six months earlier. It is the year 1924, the height of prohibition, and the city of Cincinnati is in the midst of a deep recession. Narrowly escaping a band of thugs, Sam meets Paul, a nineteen-year old hobo. Together they make their way to Chicago where Al Capone is building an empire.

More to come…

 

 

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