Widow, Virgin, Whore: A Novel: (An emotional journey as three friends find strength in the face of a devastating diagnosis.)

Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Three very different womenone houseone devastating diagnosis.

 

When recently widowed Katherine Samuals purchases a home to share with her son, Christopher, and her best friend, Denise Richards, the last thing she expects is to include Denise's outrageous sister, Darla, into the household. But Katherine agrees because she adores Darla's daughter, Chelsea, and feels this is a good opportunity to give the young teen a real home.

           

Living with Darla isn’t easy. She parties too much, sleeps around, and speaks her mind without apology. To conservative Katherine and shy Denise, Darla’s behavior is intolerable. Then, Darla is diagnosed with AIDS, and the household is turned upside-down.  Katherine finds herself thrown into Darla's life, first as her caregiver, then as her companion as she explores the devastating lives of AIDS sufferers. Katherine's fledgling writing career flourishes as she shares the experiences of Darla's AIDS group in newspaper articles across the country. And Denise finds true love for the first time, but struggles with the inappropriate timing of her personal happiness. Surprisingly, Darla also finds love−real love−in a time when she needs it the most. 

           

As the household struggles with the stress of living with a terminal illness, Katherine, Denise, and Darla learn just how strong their bond of friendship, and sisterhood, is.

 

If you are a sister or best friend, you will love this story.

 

 

What readers are saying about Widow, Virgin, Whore:

 

"Widow, Virgin, Whore Is An Engaging, Introspective, Skillfully Written Novel From First Page To Last". - Midwest Book Review 

 

"This book has literally left me breathless. Simply put, it is one of the BEST books I have EVER read (not something I say lightly.)" -Val on Goodreads

 

"Don't let the title scare you. I loved this book. I read it in 2 days. This book is beautifully written. It really makes you stop and see what exactly a person with AIDS goes through. Not just the illness, but the emotional toll it takes on you as well. I loved this book. I did tear up a few times." – Gina Butler – Book Reviewer

  

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About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of MAGGIE’S TURN, FINDING LIBBIE, ONE WRONG TURN, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

 

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd, traveling, and relaxing on the lake. 

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Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Published on
Dec 14, 2011
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Pages
337
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ISBN
9781941212073
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
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Deanna Lynn Sletten
Do you believe in soul mates?

 

William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman?  

 

Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.

 

Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence, or by Sara keeping her promise?

What readers are saying about Sara's Promise:

 

"With a realistic cast of characters who come alive and jump off the pages; a richly detailed and descriptive setting along the Oregon seaside; and a simply inspirational storyline that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions, Sara's Promise is a tenderhearted story of love that will touch your heart and soul, and will resonate with you long after the last page has been read." ~ Kathleen Higgins-Anderson - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

 

"Sara's Promise is a wonderful story that I just got lost in. Deanna writes such warm, beautiful words that makes one just keep reading and reading. I did not want to put the book down, I did not want to leave Sara's world." ~ The Book Bag – Susan Schliecher

 

"A rather charming love story, which should appeal to incurable romantics in search of a pleasant diversion. ~ Catherine Langrehr, IndieReader  

Deanna Lynn Sletten
 Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything...


Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she's ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.


Luke Brennan isn't interested in having his heart broken again. He's loved and lost once, and he's hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she's a city girl, and engaged to another man. She's off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it's too late?


Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?

 

 

What readers are saying about Kiss a Cowboy:

 

 "KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews


"I just love it when I know I have a new Deanna Lynn Sletten book to read! I absolutely adore her stories! Kiss a Cowboy was a wonderful escape from my hectic, crazy, busy life." ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag


"I absolutely cannot wait until the next book comes out! Luke, Randy, Colt, Ginny and Andi are all so addicting and you will find yourself loving each and every one of them." ~ A. Gehman ~ Avid Reader

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten
Life can change in a heartbeat…

 

Ali Jenson's life changed forever the moment her mother died. The sixteen-year-old was suddenly swept away from the life she knew in California to live with her estranged grandfather in the deep woods of northern Minnesota. Ali's life has never been easy, but it seems her grandfather is trying his best to make it even more difficult. Her only hope is to get through the summer and her last year of high school so she can return to her old life in California. What she hadn't counted on was slowly becoming attached to the grumpy old man and falling in love for the very first time. 

 

Benjamin Jenson never planned on meeting his granddaughter, let alone having her live with him. He isn't thrilled with the idea of a teenage girl coming into his home or his life. He'd been down that path once before and he didn't want to relive it again. But he is her only living relative and he knew his deceased wife, Lizzie, would have wanted him to give Ali a home. Grudgingly, he figured he could put up with the girl for a year. He never expected Ali to find a way into his heart and make him face painful past memories and his worst fear. The fear of losing yet another person he loves.

 

Will Ben finally let go of the past and give Ali the one thing she's always dreamed of? A home.

 

 

What readers are saying about Summer of the Loon:

 

"I know when I start one of Deanna's books that I am going to enjoy the story so, so much. When I get one of her books, I drop whatever I am reading and doing so that I can dive into the new world she has created for us. She writes such wonderful, down to earth, believable stories with very likable characters." - Susan R. Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

“I absolutely loved this story— it absorbed me as if I was wrapped in a warm embrace and I didn't want to leave.” - Norma Budden, Author

 

“I highly recommend Summer of the Loon. It's a poignant tale with endearing characters.” – Tia Bach of “Mom in Love with Fiction”

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten
Love isn’t always a walk in the park…

 

Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find someone he can love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly gives in and starts going out on weekends, and soon discovers that women have changed as well as the rules of dating. He’s longing for a fulfilling relationship but the women he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he’s happy to find they have a lot in common. There’s only one problem—she’s not available.

 

Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a pediatric oncology nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn’t want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend—a surgeon—proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a thirty-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon or the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy.

 

Can Sam’s furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together?

 

Walking Sam is a heartwarming story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.

 

 

What readers are saying about Walking Sam:

 

“An uplifting story that leaves the reader with a warm smile and feeling that something really good happened!” – Maryann Bruner

 

“Walking Sam is a beautiful, warm, loving story.” -  Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

“I LOVED this book, it was a very moving book of loss and love!” – Diane E. Damico

 

“I love all of Deanna's books. They keep you involved in the stories and I hate to put the books down.” – Shirley Dodge 

Deanna Lynn Sletten
 1968 - 1971

Charlotte Parsons is devastated over losing her brother in the Vietnam War. Desperate to learn more about the war, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers and befriends Joseph Russo, a young soldier. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still confused as to why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home.

Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She’s been dating her brother’s long-time best friend, Deke Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char isn’t sure how she feels about the war. Then a stranger comes to town and changes everything.

Joseph Russo served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury as well as a life-long limp. He’s ready to put the war behind him. While in Vietnam, he’d corresponded with a girl from Grand Falls and he enjoyed reading about her idyllic life. When he’s discharged, he moves there to attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he’s taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and beauty.

The battle lines are drawn as Deke resents Joe’s presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle.

Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, can Char and Joe find enough middle ground to fall in love?

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten
She never expected to fall in love…

 

Carly Stevens loves to have fun but her carefree lifestyle has finally caught up with her. Broke and in debt, she heads to Montana to spend the summer with her sister, Andi Brennan, at the Brennan ranch. Her sister agrees she can stay on two conditions—she works to pay down her debt and changes her wild-girl ways. Reluctantly, Carly agrees, but it isn’t long before she breaks her promise and finds herself in a bind and Randy comes to her rescue. Carly begins to see the "crusty old cowboy" in a different light and soon finds herself falling for the one man she’d never thought it was possible to fall in love with.

 

Randy Olson’s life has never been easy—growing up with an alcoholic mother and an absent father— but he considers himself lucky to work for the Brennans and to be considered a part of their family. When Carly shows up to stay for the summer, he does his best to ignore the spoiled city girl, as he's done over the past two years when she’s visited. Then, one night, everything changes and he realizes there may be more to Carly than he ever imagined. As their relationship grows, old doubts plague Randy. Could a city girl like Carly ever truly love a simple ranch hand?

 

 

What people are saying about the Kiss a Cowboy Series and Kissing Carly:

 

 

“This is a fun, highly romantic story. Thanks to great characters, witty dialog, and well-built relationships (I especially loved Luke's mom and how she takes in Andi), Kiss a Cowboy has a real depth to it.” ~ Tia Bach of Mom in Love with Fiction

 

"KISS A COWBOY was my first experience reading work by indie author Deanna Lynn Sletten, and Ms. Sletten's well-paced and touching story between a cowboy and a city girl thoroughly held my interest from the onset and has definitely won her a new fan." ~ Angie Just Read...The Romance Reviews

 

“Deanna is one of my must read authors now and I have loved everything she has written. Her stories are just so easy to get lost in and like I said, the characters become friends. Her books go to the top of my TBR list when they come out! I know the stories are going to be so good!” ~ Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten
Reflected in Her Eyes ~ A Short Story

 

Marissa loved her husband so much that she was willing to risk everything to give him the one thing they both wanted most: a child. Four years later, her past comes back to haunt her and now all she holds dear may be taken away from her.

 

 

Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ Chapter Sampler

This book also contains the first three chapters of the following novels by Deanna Lynn Sletten

 

Memories

 

Michael and Dani fell in love years before when Michael was still recovering from his tour of duty in the Vietnam War and was single-handedly raising his young daughter. Dani was only eighteen, but she was deeply in love. Then, without a word, Michael left Dani without a word of explanation. Her heartache was increased when she made a fateful decision that would alter her future and she blamed Michael for her loss. Years later, the two meet again. Michael believes they can find love together again, but Dani hates him and he doesn’t understand why.

 

Dani and Michael share a journey of heartache, loss, and painful memories that threatens to keep them apart. Can they break free of the past and finally find love again?

 

 

Sara’s Promise

 

Do you believe in soul mates? William wife, Sara, promised him she would always be there for him and the children no matter what happened. She believed she was his soul mate and they'd be connected forever. Five years after Sara’s sudden death, William meets Annie, and is surprised by how much she reminds him of his deceased wife. Has Sara come back in the form of Annie to watch over him?

 

 

Destination Wedding

 

Claire Martin is excited to go on a tropical island vacation for her daughter's destination wedding except for one small detail—her ex, Jim, will be there, too. But Claire believes she can ignore Jim throughout the vacation, until a strange twist of fate thrusts them together for the entire week. Even worse, Claire soon finds she is still attracted to him. But forgiving and forgetting the past may be too difficult for Claire.

 

 

Summer of the Loon

 

After the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Ali Jenson leaves California to live with the grandfather she has never met in the deep woods of Northern Minnesota. She tries and fails to connect with her grandfather, Ben, who clearly isn’t pleased about having the young teen in his home. The past and present collide as Ali tries to break through the old man’s cold exterior and find a way into his heart. Can Ben find it in his heart to accept Ali and leave the past behind?

 

 

Walking Sam

 

Ryan is attracted to his new neighbor, Kristen, but she's dating someone. Kristen likes Ryan, but she thinks he’s the neighborhood playboy. Can Sam's furry charm bring these two together? A heartfelt story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.


Kiss a Cowboy (Book One)

 

Andi is heading toward her future. Luke is hiding from his past. When the two collide, sparks fly. Can the city girl and the cowboy ignore their growing feelings for each other or are they destined to be together? A heartwarming romance.

 

 

Widow, Virgin, Whore: A Novel

 

A heartwarming story of three very different women who are all at crossroads in their lives. They decide to share a home together along with their children. When one of them learns the devastating news that she is infected with HIV/AIDS, the household is turned upside down as they all learn to cope with this tragedy. It's a story about friendship, sisters, family, rebuilding broken relationships, and tolerance. 

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