"I love to tour historic homes and imagine what it was like living in them. The setting for each of my books is a real place that you can visit too."

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#Historical Christian   #Adult Fiction

The Dayton Flood of 1913,
a Novel

#Historical Christian  #Adult Fiction

Intersecting lives battle the flood of all floods.

Sweeping through Dayton, Ohio, in March of 1913, a flood the strength of Niagara Falls, rose twenty feet and trapped thousands in businesses, houses, and treetops.

Annetta Schmidt and her father huddle on the roof of their shed when it swirls away on a collision course with the Main Street bridge.

Logan Wells, a jewelry salesman stranded in the Beckel House Hotel, loses his fortune but gains a treasure.

Esther and Oliver Garrison never dream that fleeing their home with their two toddlers and elderly mother would cause such anguish.

Sam Marshall, nicknamed Samson, uses his size and strength to rescue hundreds at his own peril.

Mellie Mitchell works alongside Dorothy Patterson, daughter of John Patterson, owner of the National Cash Register Company, to feed thousands of refugees while waiting for news of her own family.

Based on real-life, fictionalized experiences, this is a clean, Christian novel, the first in the Disasters! series.

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Mount Olive

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Will he be selfish and choose his own happiness at the expense of an entire family?

Englishman Nate Chivers is offered a great opportunity in 1896 to work on the Saxby's farm near Circleville, Ohio. But tragedy strikes shortly after he arrives, with long-term consequences not only for himself, but also for the ten Saxby children.

Best friends Josie Saxby and Carolyn Pritchard both have their eyes on Nate. Who will win him? It all depends on Nate. Or does it?

This is a stand-alone second book in the Tour of Homes series, imaginary stories taking place in real houses open to the public. The setting is Mount Oval near Circleville, Ohio.

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The Kenton House

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A blizzard changes everything.

Marrying the most beautiful girl in German Village had turned Will Fischer's life into a nightmare. But the night the 1888 blizzard roared into Columbus, Ohio, everything changed. Only time would tell if it was for better or worse.

A student at Otterbein University, Jennie Kenton was visiting Grandma the night of the blizzard. Their unexpected guests presented a crisis no one could handle, least of all gentle Jennie.

This is a stand-alone first book in the Tour of Homes series. The setting is The Kelton House and German Village in Columbus, Ohio.

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Sunny Side Hill

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Could he sacrifice the love of his life for an obligation?

When his missing sister returns home with seven-year-old daughter, Ruthie, John Sheridan, bank vice president in Rochester, New York, must keep the secret from his dearest friend, or reputations will be shattered.

Claire Larson has always dreamed of being a pastor's wife, but one week before graduation from Houghton Seminary in 1911, her plan unravels. Struggling for direction, she takes a summer job tutoring Ruthie at John Sheridan's Sunnyside Hill. Now she must keep the secret too.

This is a stand-alone third book in the Tour of Mansions series, imaginary stories taking place in real mansions open to the public. This setting is Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York.

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The Easterly House

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A laundress? How could she be a laundress? She had never done laundry in her life.

Yet after a family tragedy in 1908, kindergarten teacher Julia Bradshaw takes a humble summer job as a laundress for wealthy bachelor David Easterly. She has always been obsessed with seeing inside his beautiful mansion in Rochester, New York. But will her obsession become her undoing?

David Easterly's life is orderly, just the way he likes it, until he meets a beautiful woman at his Christmas Eve party. Will her secrets become his undoing too?

The Easterly House is a stand-alone second book in The Tour of Mansions series, imaginary stories that take place in real mansions that are open to the public. This book takes place at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

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The Chautauqua Belles

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From a mansion on Buffalo's Delaware Avenue to the shores of idyllic Chautauqua, the secrets of a beautiful Victorian maid are best left hidden.

After the death of both parents and the sale of the farm, eighteen-year-old Rebecca Galloway is hired as a parlor maid in the Eaton's Buffalo mansion in 1885. Her life becomes a nightmare with a secret so awful that she prays no one will find out. But it can't stay hidden, and the consequences are not what anyone expected.

The Chautauqua Belles is a stand-alone first book in The Tour of Mansions series, imaginary stories that take place in real mansions that are open to the public. This book features:

  • the Fenton Mansion in Jamestown, New York (the model for the Eaton mansion)
  • the Wilcox Mansion on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo
  • the Hotel Athenaeum at the Chautauqua Institution

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#Children's Nonfiction   #Workbook

Basics for Believing Kids

#Children's Nonfiction   #Workbook

How can we help children who have accepted Christ as Savior grow in their faith? What are the basic things they need to know?

  • What does it mean to be a Christian?
  • Why pray?
  • Why go to church?
  • How to tell others about Jesus
  • How to have assurance of salvation
  • Who is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
  • How to be separate from the world
  • How to have the character of Christ

Because reading the Bible and praying every day are so important, this is designed as a Quiet Time workbook with daily devotions for twelve weeks. Each week starts with a Phil and Ashley story—a brother and sister who apply these truths.

This can be used by one child alone, by an adult working one-on-one with a child, as a Bible study for a group of children, or taught as a discipleship class.

It is designed for third-sixth-graders to use independently but can be used by younger children with adult help.

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Susanna of Beaver Lodge

#Historical Christian   #Children's Fiction

Thump. Bump. Crash.

Something rolled in the kitchen below. Susanna was terrified. The drunk tramp who had rescued them from the blizzard was ruining Beaver Lodge. And Christmas was only one week away.

Prohibition whiskey is still in the cellar when Susanna's family moves into Beaver Lodge in 1939. Her plan to get rid of it as a Christmas surprise for her parents is spoiled by a blizzard, one-year-old twin sisters, and a tramp loose in the house.

This is the first book in the Beaver Lodge Legacy Series based on my mother and her four sisters growing up in the 1940's in a wonderful country home called Beaver Lodge with wrap-around porches both upstairs and down.

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#Contemporary Christian   #Children's Fiction

The Hideout

#Contemporary Christian   #Children's Fiction

Now what would they do?

They couldn't go home, not with the cops sitting on their steps waiting for them. They needed a place to hide-- a good place, for it might be for a long, long time.

Zach looked around the big, clean, carpeted room. It was much nicer than home. Why couldn’t they hide out here? Besides, no one would ever think of looking for them in a church!

Abandoned by their mother, the Fleming kids run out of food and steal from the corner grocery store. To avoid being caught by the owner, they hop on a Sunday school bus. Whisked off to church, they discover the perfect place to hide.

This book takes place at the Elgin Bible Church in Elgin, Illinois.
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