Southern Legacy is now in printall 604 pages. 

Now the bestselling serial is under one title— SOUTHERN LEGACY COMPLETED VERSION!
Including Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and the dramatic conclusion, The Sun Rises!

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon–here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times–Southern Legacy Series.

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned–loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman–Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomery cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?


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Countdown has begun…. The Sun Rises IS HERE!!!

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The dramatic conclusion to Southern Legacy, The Sun Rises, will be released October 19th! It has been a long time coming.

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I hope that Southern Legacy will sweep you back into the past and make you want to read more… starting with Belle of Charleston.

I first wrote Southern Legacy ten years ago under the title of Whispers of a Southern Heart. I never could get anyone to look at my book. That year at the NECRWA conference, I was talking to an agent. She simply told me it was too long.

Too long….at the time it was 180,000 words. Completed today, putting all four books together—it is over 230,000 words. Given that a book is considered a novel at 50,000 words, I can’t argue that Southern Legacy is lengthy. In the age of the ebook, most authors try to keep their novels between 50,000-70,000 words to maintain their reader’s attention. I considered several options. I wanted to offer it at one price and release it a little at a time—like a true serial. I had to go through Amazon and Amazon refused. After a lot of considerartion, I was left with only one choice—releasing Southern Legacy in a series of books. I realized I had a challenge before me on how to release my Southern Legacy.

Number One—I was told readers don’t like cliffhangers. In turn, I gave warnings that Belle of Charleston was a serial…more one than one. I was prepared for the negative reviews to come…the ones that were angry because it was a cliffhanger despite the warnings given.

Number Two—This one I truly don’t understand, but I realize it upsets some readers—the readers that complain that I wrote the series only to make money. Yes, it is my intention to make money off my writings. I would love to make enough with my books to give up my regular job. BUT it is not my intention, nor has it ever been, to misled readers.

Number Three— It has been my intention to create a story that would hold your attention until the end. It is my sincere hope I have succeed.

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For anyone that wants Southern Legacy under one cover, it is coming. I will be releasing all four books under one cover in time for Christmas. It will go into print at that time also.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT SEPTEMBER’S RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!! Only one more day to enter to win at this link— a Rafflecopter giveaway

BUT—there will be an OCTOBER GIVEAWAY!!! Will let you know how to enter soon…

BROKEN LEGACY on Special and Don’t miss out on Upcoming Releases and Giveaway!



BROKEN LEGACY~ An Amazon #1 Bestselling Historical Romance!
Orangeberry 2013 Hall of Fame Best Romance!

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the lady…after their meeting, her wanted her.

For seventeen years Lady Eloise Granville lived in France thinking herself a bastard. Not until her life was threatened did her father cross the English Channel to reclaim her as his legitimate daughter. Now four years later a revolution roars its ugly head in France. Rumors abound of Lady Eloise’s life before her emergence in England…rumors that link her to the notorious leaders of the French Revolution.Lord Gerard Lenister knows well the whispered connections Lady Eloise has across the Channel and the disdain that Society holds for the lady. It matters little to him. He could have cared less if she was the incarnation of a she-devil. He would marry Jezebel herself if she helped him on his mission. He is that desperate…but soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.


Intrigue, Secrets, Romance–Broken Legacy, Book Two of Secret Lives Series!

Thrown into the midst of the Reign of Terror that the French Revolution has become, Lady Eloise has long struggled with the questions arising from her birth. Forced into a marriage she neither wanted or desired, she finds herself drawn to the man who is now her husband.

Lord Gerard puts into place a plan to save his children. Marrying Lady Eloise gives him the leverage he needs. Soon, he realizes the woman he married is nothing like the woman she has been portrayed. Never did he consider she would risk her life for him nor did he consider that Eloise would evoke feelings within him he did not know existed.

Thrown into a terror few escape, Gerard and Eloise discover a connection that will bind their lives forever–love. That is if they survive.

Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.
A widower, Sumner has been haunted by the death of his wife and is consumed with a desire for revenge.
Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other—so much so, that both are willing to die for the other. And they might have to.
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The dramatic conclusion to the absorbing, tantalizing saga– Southern Legacy!Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon–here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times–Southern Legacy Series.

From the ashes of war, can an ember of love still burn?
The final chapter of this sweeping tale finds Josephine Wright Montgomery reeling from the devastation and loss around her. Stunned, she has never felt so helpless and alone. The life she has known is gone forever. Through her courage and strength, she is determined to hold onto Magnolia Bluff, but there is more working against her than the war raging.

US Navy Lieutenant Cullen Smythe has distinguished himself with his bravery and valor in the hard fought campaigns at New Orleans and Mobile. Time and battles have done little to expunge the demons that haunt him. Nevertheless when he receives news he has long feared, he has no choice. He follows his heart back to Josephine…but will it be too late?

This is a serial! The books in this series may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books– Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Rises. Enjoy!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read the books in order. This is a SERIAL! One book ends and the other picks up where it left off. This is the conclusion!!! Enjoy!


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