The Stella Series
The love story of Stella, an Appalachian woman, and Jonas, her Inupiat boyfriend, spans the distance from Lindside, a rural community in West Virginia to Atqasuk, a small town in Alaska. Stella thought she left behind an abusive brother when she fled her childhood home on her graduation night. But Timmy Lee finds her three decades later her life unravels as money goes missing and her best friend is found dead. Marriage and a honeymoon in northern Alaska bring new adventures. The newly-weds return home with Jonas' mother beginnings of dementia as Stella's brother continues to threaten her happiness. Then a huge unwanted natural gas pipeline crosses their mountain farm. At the same time, her brother, a suspected murderer, is pretending to be a preacher at a sunny beach town while targeting a wealthy woman in a nursing home. The two plots intersect in a conclusion that features Stella’s usual pragmatic decision-making. She ‘picks her poison’ in a way that the reader may not expect. "suspenseful, entertaining, funny and sometimes a bit sad."
Becky Hatcher Crabtree, Author
Her stories span the miles between Appalachia and the North Slope of Alaska through independent characters from both cultures. Laugh as you look at the world through a determined mountain woman’s eyes, shake your head at the coping skills of her man, and gasp at her older brother’s evil ways.
Pick Your Poison
Pick Your Poison builds on the first two novels of the series, Drunk on Peace and Quiet and Hung Over with Grandma, but all the reader really needs to know is Stella and Jonas are middle-aged newlyweds who are plagued by Stella’s troubled brother Timmy Lee.
In this sequel, Stella and Jonas face a new obstacle, a huge unwanted natural gas pipeline crossing their mountain farm. At the same time, her brother, a suspected murderer, is pretending to be a preacher at a sunny beach town in South Carolina and is targeting a wealthy woman who lives in a nursing home there. The two plots intersect in a conclusion that features Stella’s usual pragmatic decision-making. She "picks her poison" in a way that the reader may not expect.
Pick Your Poison was awarded Bronze/3rd Place award in the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Romance category.
Hung Over with Grandma
Hung Over with Grandma continues the love story of Stella and Jonas, her Inupiat boyfriend for nearly three decades. It spans the distance from Lindside, a rural community in West Virginia to Atqasuk, a small town in Alaska.
His elderly mother, suffering from the beginnings of dementia, and her brother, committed to a state hospital awaiting trial for murder, both create a bumpy road for the new marriage and the lives of Stella and Jonas.
Comparisons between Appalachian and rural Alaskan lifestyles lead to more commonalities than would be imagined. Love of nature, subsistence, hard work, caring for family, independent thinking, respect for one another, and a generous helping of humor link the cultures.
Unusual relationships develop and circumstances based upon revenge threaten the lives of several characters. Unlikely heroes, a dark secret, and a country sheriff are part of the story, but those cannot resolve every challenge.
Drunk on Peace and Quiet
Stella Francis Boswell has lived the majority of her long life in a quiet town in West Virginia where her days are consumed with volunteering at church functions, selling wares at arts festivals, hiking with her dog Sugar, and occasionally sneaking into cemeteries after dark to catch flower thieves. When the abusive, money-hungry brother she fled from decades ago when she was Penelope Ann Davis shows up at her church, she has to fight to keep her world from falling apart amid accusations of embezzlement, assault, and murder. "Though sanity prevails, Stella's brother isn't the only opportunist in the family and she turns out to be quite the unreliable narrator." US Review of Books.
Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention: 2016 Presses and E-Book Fiction Categories
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