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 »

 

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.

The Italian’s Daughter: A Prohibition Era Novel (Working Title)

black and white photo of Al Capone in white hat and with cigar

Albert “Al” Capone will be in my new manuscript.

Cincinnati, December 1924: 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 twenty-year old hobo. Together they make their way to Chicago where Al Capone is building an empire.

“You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.”

~ Al Capone

More to come…

Surviving the Gulag (Working Title)

Based on the story of my grandfather, Wilhelm Kronen

two men in German uniform in dugout

German soldiers in Kurland

Courland, May 8, 1945: Five years have passed since Willi Kronen left his family in Germany. Five years he’s fought for the German Army, the last eight months wedged in by the Russian Red Army in the East and the East Sea in the West. He knows the war is lost and it is just a matter of time before Germany must capitulate.

Then he hears the fateful words across the wire. “Germany is defeated. Hand your weapons to the Red Army.”

At last he can go home to his wife, son and daughter. But warning bells sound in Willi’s gut, a skill that has helped him survive so far. In horror he watches as Russian soldiers are shooting surrendering German soldiers, play Russian roulette or take them prisoner. On a whim Willi and his men decide to make a run for it. They head for Libau, a port city on the west coast of the East Sea. There they hope to catch a boat home.

It takes them three days to reach the port, always hiding, always dodging spying eyes. They’re in luck. A German boat is about to leave. But then disaster strikes. The Red Army reaches them just as Willi’s men are embarking. Willi hesitates…and with that makes the biggest mistake of his life. He is taken prisoner and soon finds himself heading east, away from everything he knows, away from freedom.

More to come…

 

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