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The Guilt of a Sparrow

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Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody. 

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change. 

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves. 

A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

Fierce Grace

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A fierce connection… 

Annabelle Dare is in a good place. She landed a sweet job, teaching at the quaint Fox River Elementary School. She has everything she needs: teaching music and sharing an apartment with her best friend. A simple life, she’s convinced, is all she needs. 

Asher Grace knows who he is and what he has to offer. Nothing. A poor boy from the wrong side of town, steel worker, with too much weight on his shoulders as he is trying to hold his family together. Best choice is avoiding too-sweet-for-her-own-good Annabelle at all costs. 

Annabelle falls in love with the way she comes to life with Asher. He awakens a hunger for life and love in her that she didn’t know she possessed. 

Asher must learn his worth beyond his upbringing and his past. Annabelle must learn to stoke the fire of life as it burns within her and learn how close she can get before the flames lick her.

Beauty & Melancholy

I had perfected the art of avoidance over the last four years.  Specifically of my home town.  Not going home was both the easiest thing in the world, and the most painful. 

College provided a plethora of reasons for me to stay away. 

If by reasons I meant excuses ...

It started out an exercise in finding myself, in being Calla Jane Weary on my own.  Just a girl.  A girl without a big brother, without a broken family, without the horde of Lacey brothers. 

After all that time away, I was headed back.  To stay.  Every mile that brought me closer made me sick.  Excited.  Afraid.  Curious.  Ashamed.  I was a mixed up toxic mess of emotions.

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Calla Jane Weary wanted nothing more than to be on her own with the freedom to make her own mistakes.  Until her choices broke her and sent her back home filled with shame.  Keeping secrets and wondering how to reconnect with old friends, Calla navigates her homecoming with help from her older brother Toby. Not to mention all five Lacey brothers.   

The protective family she had taken for granted, and had grown to hate as a teenager, becomes a welcome refuge as Calla finds the strength to stand on her own two feet.  

The Worth of a Penny

The Worth of a Penny will be released 2019 through Crooked Cat Books.

Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy would call gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless.  With her cheek red from being slapped by her daddy, and her heart trampled by a no-good ex-boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start. 

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh.  The one mostly likely to help you out of a bind.  His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re fleeing the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place.  Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna? 

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed outside her books.  With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of when no-one is there to put her down.  The last thing she needs is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town. 

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses.  He can’t get her bright hazel eyes out of his mind, and longs to be more than her half-brother’s boyfriend’s brother.  All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, how desired and loved, even if he has to do it as her friend.