WINDS OF WAR, WINDS OF CHANGE
The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was the major North American shipping point for troops and supplies to the battlefields of Europe during the Great War. This series follows the lives and loves of two Irish-Canadian families, the Cochranes and the O’Neills, in the turbulent years when Canada found its place on the world stage and Halifax was transformed by tragedy and victory.
Determined to live on her own terms, commitment isn’t on Georgie O’Neill’s agenda, but a night out with her best girlfriends and a couple of attractive men just on town for the weekend is right up her alley – until it snowballs into much more.
For ex-RAF pilot Cameron Hatcher, single and free is the only way to be. Rather than go home to Ireland to be embroiled in a second brutal war, Cam chooses to barnstorm North America, giving audiences across the continent a taste of flight. Georgie is just a pleasant evening’s distraction before he and his partner move on.
But when mechanical problems ground the show, Georgie becomes more than a distraction. Between his growing feelings for her and the strong pull of loyalty to country and family, Cam is hard put to steer a true course. Go home and fight for Ireland’s independence? Or stay to pursue a woman who’s told him her dreams come before any man?
Carl O’Neill is on the run from the Army and himself. Returned from Europe on recuperative leave, he’d rather die than go back to the trenches. He assumes a dead man’s name and leaves his home and family behind him, only to be dumped off the train in the small prairie town of Mackenzie, Saskatchewan. Seriously ill and stranded, Carl has no choice but to confront the demons that drive him – and his growing feelings for the former Red Cross nurse who saves his life.
Naomi Franklin is no stranger to secrets and personal demons. Struggling with the trauma of rape and her experiences in a front-line field hospital, Naomi can’t bear to close the eyes of another young man whose life has ended far too soon. She’ll nurse the stranger who lands on her father’s doorstep and then send him on his way. But looking into Carl’s blue eyes makes her feel like a woman again, while the all-too-familiar shadows behind them touch her heart. When both their lives come crashing down around them, can Carl and Naomi overcome secrets and lies to find each other again?
Liam Cochrane no longer belongs. He lost his youth and his brother at the Battle of the Somme. Now he’s home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dulling his pain with liquor and the occasional willing woman. The only thing Liam can call his own is time. Alice O’Neill has never belonged. Able to read notes, but not words, she dreams of escaping from her life as the family housekeeper to teach music. She also dreams of Liam, who’s held her heart for years and never known.
In that fall of 1917, Halifax is on a collision course with fate. On December sixth, the most powerful man-made, non-atomic explosion in history will occur in Halifax Harbour. What will be left for Liam and Alice when their world is shattered?
I’m pleased to announce that this one is now available on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, Barnes& Noble and in print on CreateSpace, as well as in some bookstores in Halifax. Contact me for locations, and check my video page for a taste of Liam and Alice’s story.
Wallace Flats series
Do you love stories that take you back to an earlier time? When people lived close to the land, and just as close to their passions? So do I. Meet the McShannons of Morgan County, Georgia, as they win homes and find love in the old world and the new, against the background of the American Civil War.
With a passionate blend of Cajun, Scotch and Irish blood, the McShannons are as restless as the Thoroughbred horses they raise and know so well. Wherever they settle, whatever they’ve lost, they leave their mark on the land and the people around them. I’ve planned a series of three, possibly four books about the McShannons, their loves, friends and enemies. The first two are currently out of print; I hope to finish the third book, revise the others and self-publish the trilogy with new covers in 2015.
Trey McShannon survived the carnage of the Civil War, only to discover that the deepest wounds are those to the heart. A traitor to his home state of Georgia, Trey has built a new life for himself in the untamed Colorado Territory. Now it’s time to find a wife to share the future he’s worked so hard for – but can he free himself from his past?
Beth Underhill is looking for choices. Needing to marry to escape being sent back East, she prefers Trey’s honest business proposal to false promises of love. Can a union between a man who isn’t sure he can still feel love, and a woman who doesn’t believe it exists, blossom into more than a marriage of convenience?
When Rochelle McShannon accompanies her father to his old home in the Yorkshire Dales after her mother’s death, she thinks she’s leaving everything that matters behind her – including the man she expected to marry. When tested by the divided loyalties of the looming Civil War, she can’t choose love over her bond to her family. Chelle wonders if she’s even capable of the kind of love that can overcome bitterness and grief, the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
Martin Rainnie understands grief. In the months since his wife died in childbirth he hasn’t been able to feel anything else, except anger. He can’t face his baby daughter, and he can’t face himself. Martin wants nothing to do with the blonde, sapphire-eyed newcomer to Mallonby, but Chelle’s family is fostering his little girl. He can’t avoid her, and it doesn’t take her long to unsettle his heart as well as his temper. As baby Greer draws them closer, Martin begins to wonder if he can love again after all – and if he can convince Chelle that she can do the same.