Historical Fiction. General. Women's Fiction. Coming of Age.
Sapphire Songbird Series, Book 1. Digital or Print.
Struggling to unravel the secrets of her father’s past while coming to terms with her own, a young woman finds a hidden treasure containing a brooch reputed to have the power to connect the living to the dead.
Truth is expertly woven with fiction into a riveting story about a sunken Russian battleship, a failed mission, a mysterious treasure, family legacies, the holiday season and learning to believe in the magic of love. A Novella.
"Mermaid's Treasure is an excellent book, and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The author's descriptions of characters and surroundings are so detailed and beautifully written that you feel you are experiencing it firsthand... Reviewer Amazon
"I so much enjoyed this book. Great action, suspense, and just the right touch of love and family values! Everyone should read this!"
"If you read "Songbird" but you haven't read "Mermaid" you're missing out! Mermaid is another winner!"
Sapphire Songbird Series, Book 2. Digital or Print.
Speakeasies. Gangsters. Flappers.
The early 20's roared. Fortunes were made or lost in a single night, criminals mingled with kings and neither prohibition or the government could stop the flow of alcohol or the lure of the "good life".
Young Hannah Glidden struggles to survive and manages to thrive as a cabaret singer. Handsome New York rum runner, Johnny Gallo, has a knack for knowing the right people, and a single-minded devotion to getting what he wants. And, he wants the beautiful Hannah.
Hannah goes with Johnny to Al Capone's Chicago and eventually to Brooklyn, New York and basks in the glamourous shadow world of gangsters and their gals. Her devoted lover is a force to be reckoned with but in time his controlling ways turn Hannah into a bird in a gilded cage. Facing the dark side of her dreams, Hannah dares to defy danger and Johnny only to discover that for her, dying might be the only true path to freedom after all.
"Gloriously heartbreaking and tragic, but beautiful, THE SONGBIRD WITH SAPPHIRE EYES is a nod to the roaring twenties you don't want to miss." Author, Delilah Marvelle
Short Stories. Multiple Genres. Multiple Authors. Digital or Print.
A former Marine, desperate for employment, takes a temp job that leads to a life-changing decision on Christmas Eve. A family brooch with magical powers saves the life of its wearer during the holidays. A doctor's nonfiction reflection of her father's cancer diagnosis personalizes the spirit of Christmas. Add in a little dog's snowy adventure, magical realism, and a touch of mistletoe, and readers will delight in these twelve diverse and heartfelt stories offered by Windtree Press authors that explore love, messiness and the miracles of Christmas.
"There were many touching stories in this book that definitely invoked the Christmas spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed Mermaid's Treasure. I enjoyed the historical references, and the story was intriguing and unique. For a short story, the author did an amazing job of character development. When I was done reading it, I definitely wanted to know more about the characters and the story.
AL, Reviewer Amazon
Sapphire Songbird Series, Book 3.
Brooklyn gangster Johnny Gallo is forced to become the father he never was when the son he ‘took’ at birth is seriously injured in a fire at the boarding school he’s lived at all his life.
Young Anthony Gallo is everything a father
could want. Popular, smart, talented,
good looking, a star academically and in sports, respectful and obedient. Anthony grows up in Brooklyn surrounded by his father's tough guy friends knowing there is nothing his father won't do to see him safe and successful. Blindly guided by his father's wishes for his future, Anthony follows along until his second term in law school when he falls in love and his domineering father not only disapproves but interferes.
1944. World War ll.
Angry, Anthony leaves home to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He quickly proves himself to be a sensible team player, hard worker, leader and ace pilot known for his knack with machines, bravery, daring and luck. His luck runs out at the tail end of the war when his Republic P-47D Thunderbolt plane is shot down and he is seriously wounded. Near death, miraculously guided to safety by his “guardian angel", he returns home a wounded but wiser man, anxious to make amends with his father and family.
Respect hard earned, all is well between father and son as life resumes. Having run the gamut from obedient son to decorated war hero to Columbia law school graduate, the only associate to make partner in less than two years at one of New York's top law firms, Anthony is at the top of the heap in his professional life with little time left over for a personal one, a situation he hopes to remedy but is ill prepared for the tragedy that irrevocably changes everything in an instant.
Barraged with loss, grief, loose ends, betrayal and the complications of sudden wealth, Anthony takes a cold, hard look at what he wants, who he really is, and who the people closest to him really are and finds himself in a tailspin. He leaves home hoping for some distance and to learn the truth about his parentage and figure out his own identity and sense of purpose.
Embarking on a reversal of the very same journey his birth mother once took; Anthony follows clues leading to Chicago, Kansas City, Missouri and finally rural Kansas. Along the way, he slowly pieces himself back together realizing every life lived, good or bad, has its purpose. That love can be imperfect but real and last forever. That forgiveness offers peace, home is where the heart is and contentment comes from knowing the only connections worth having are the simplest ones, those that come from the heart.
Sapphire Songbird Series, Book 4.
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