As Josie Belle Gore, daughter of a Louisiana train engineer and Texas seamstress, journeys with her itinerant family through the deserts of the boom-and-bust American West and revolutionary Mexico, she learns that in her life, two things are constant: water is precious, and her role in her family is to save it.
When unforeseeable events force the separation of her family, Josie begins an odyssey that takes her from New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto to Bisbee, Tucson, Los Angeles, and finally post-WWI San Francisco—experiencing betrayal, pandemic, and survivor’s guilt, as well as the compassion and generosity of friends and strangers, along the way. Once she lands in San Francisco, like a river meeting the sea, Josie has nowhere else to run—and she realizes that she must make peace with the past and good on her promise to the family she loves. Inspired by the author’s family lore, The Ways of Water is a lyrical tale of loss, hope, and forgiveness set in the rugged beauty of the turn-of-the-century Southwest that, like Josie, is growing up in fits and starts.
In this momentous coming-of-age western, Rowdy must fight between his heart and what is lawful.
When rustlers steal from a ranch on the outskirts of Lincoln, Rowdy is called to join the hunt and bring them in. But after a fight breaks out and one of the bandits ends up dead, a family member sets out for revenge.
With love chasing Rowdy’s heels, tragedy strikes when his new beloved is attacked in an act of revenge by the dead rustler's brother, and the town becomes tangled in turmoil.
Rowdy, accompanied by new and old friends, sets out to track down those responsible for the attack and secretly hopes to find the attacker first so he can decide the lawful course of action…even though his heart craves revenge.
As the manhunt rides on, each must do their part if they hope to catch a killer.
WINNER Fiction: Western 2023 International Book Awards
A Death in Durango is an epic novel telling the story of the Vanderhorns and Stricklands, two family dynasties whose battles helped shape the history of southwest Colorado. The investigation into a mysterious death leads to a rich journey through the truth, legends, and lies of the Old West. This fast-paced romp through the events that shaped the West after the Civil War and up to the present day includes shoot outs, train robberies, archaeological discoveries, range wars, captive rescues, runaways, and gold.
Along the way, the story encounters real people out of the pages of history like Charles Goodnight, Chief Ouray, Butch Cassidy, and Teddy Roosevelt. A Death in Durango is a love letter to the people and spirit of the Animas Valley, where the history is still being made and the Wild West remains.