I'm always game to try new things, so I can't wait to read this one.
Marsha Ward was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and currently lives in a pine forest in central Arizona. Marsha is an award-winning poet, freelance writer and editor whose published work includes four novels, two collaborative non-fiction books on writing, a collection of prose and poetry, and over 900 articles, columns, poems and short stories. Her novels, The Man from Shenandoah, Ride to Raton, Trail of Storms, and Spinster’s Folly have received rave reviews from both readers and reviewers.
I know Marsha because she was the founder of the American Night Writer's Association (ANWA), an organization I belong to and from which I have found wonderfully supportive friends.
Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but Colorado Territory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely than wedded bliss. Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing. When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor's son. Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family. Marie's mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers.
This fourth book in the Owen Family Saga is infused with potent heart and intense grit.
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I started out NaNo by going to a writers retreat. What an awesome group of wonderfully creative and supportive women! I broke my personal daily record (which isn't impressive, since I'm a bit of a plodder--a couple of women write over 30,000 words each that weekend!), but I managed to crank out 13,000+ words in three days. I can live with that. I'm already sad I can't go next year--dang day job.
As of this posting, I'm at 19,022 words, and I'm having fun with the story, which is a companion novel to my book A Change of Plans that comes out in June with Rhemalda Publishing.