Lark and Charles' story unfolds in poignant, often poetic prose that seeks to awaken the wildish nature in all of us.
K.M. Rice is a national award-winning screenwriter and author. Defying literary conventions and genres, the defining element of Rice's work to date has been the touch of whimsy she brings to every story she tells. They will take you from hauntings in the woods, the rugged American West, the cliffs of Ireland, and across dozens of eras.
Her four-part historical fantasy series, Afterworld, began with Ophelia and continues with the second book, Priestess.
Her first novel, Darkling, is a young adult dark fantasy that now has a companion novel titled The Watcher. Her novella The Wild Frontier is an ode to the American spirit of adventure and seeks to awaken the wildish nature in all of us. Black Irish, a dark comedy, highlights contemporary political drama in the emerald isle. She also provided additional writing and research for Middle-earth From Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Over the years, her love of storytelling has led to producing and geeking out in various webshows and short films, along with working for both Magic Leap and Weta Workshop. When not writing or filming, she can be found hiking in the woods, baking, running, and enjoying the company of the many animals on her family ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
It was a marriage of convenience, not love.
Lucy knew what was expected of her in exchange for Will saving her and her sister from ruin—to provide a nice home and family for him. But after ten years together, a child is the one thing Lucy was never able to provide for her husband.
Now they sleep in different rooms and lead separate lives. Until one day Lucy witnesses something that changes everything, and she fears her darkest secret may come to light. Because she's done the one thing that was forbidden from the moment she said yes. She fell in love with her husband.
But now that she's realized her true feelings, she can no longer pretend to be happy in her marriage. If Will can never love her, she'll have to make the hardest decision of her life.
To secure Will's happiness she must release him from a marriage he never wanted. But can she walk away and break her heart in the process?
(Can be read as a stand-alone)
Captain Max Winslow was once a pathfinder for the Army, blazing trails and keeping his brothers-in-arms safe. Now he's the star of a Wild West show, reminding curious audiences of days long gone. The world around him may be changing, but that doesn't mean he has to accept it—not when there are frontiers yet to be explored.
When Max first sets eyes on no-nonsense Harvey Girl Emma Elliot, he knows that anything between them would be impossible. She's a realist embracing what the future holds, while he's a dreamer, determined to preserve the West he once knew. And yet something about Emma's strength of will calls to him. It isn't long before Max must decide: is there room in his dream for love, or will his resolve to hang on to the past jeopardize their future?
Cowboys & Harvey Girls Series:
Trailblazer (book 1)
Renegade (book 2)
Pathfinder (book 3)
Praise for Anna Schmidt:
"Readers wanting a good old-fashioned Western romance need look no further than this one." —Dear Author for Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter
"The perfect read." —RT Book Reviews for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
"A plot twist that will leave readers speechless." —Fresh Fiction for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
"Schmidt's engaging historical romance will have readers asking for more."—Booklist for Trailblazer
When the West was wild and man's law favored the few, these extraordinary women could be found...in the heart of an outlaw.
When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity's doorstep, he knows he can't help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can't bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he'd been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.
Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She's rough and tumble...and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she'll have to betray her new husband. There's only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister...or the man she loves.
Outlaw Mail Order Brides series:
The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride (Book 1)
Saving the Mail Order Bride (Book 2)
The Mail Order Bride's Secret (Book 3)
Praise for Linda Broday:
"Linda Broday, who epitomizes the classic western author... once again captivates us with her storytelling." —Fresh Fiction for Twice a Texas Bride
"Fun and sensual...great for fans of history, romance, and some good old Texas grit." —Kirkus Reviews for Texas Redemption
"The exciting plot, rich setting, and superb writing will delight fans of historical romances." —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for The Heart of a Texas Cowboy
"Outstanding...an unforgettable journey through the Old West." —Booklist STARRED REVIEW for To Marry a Texas Outlaw
She left behind the modern world she knew to save the man she loves. Now in the trenches of the Great War, Ophelia must find a way to reach her lover of several lifetimes. Her existence is limited, making her journey all the more complicated, for she is in the Afterworld - the place between this life and the next. New memories of a wilder, untamed past life will either be a welcome reprieve from the pain of war or a deadly distraction.
Trapped in the past, will she be able to change her future?
Priestess continues the journey begun in the first book of the Afterworld series, Ophelia.
Ophelia Brighton hasn't had a vision from the past since she was a small child. Now a grad student, both her thesis and her life are interrupted when a troubled young Irishman knocks on her door in Santa Cruz, California. Her visions return with his arrival, and Ophelia must struggle to keep her balance amidst her growing confusion over her place in the world... and time.
When Ophelia's visions of a Victorian mystery reveal a secret that will change her future, she also discovers a love that was stronger than death. But is it too late to right the wrongs of the past?