​   Two in the morning—Saint Joe, Missouri:


   Insects buzz in the heavy air, and sitting in her '85 

   Ford, saleswoman Maggie Black can barely 

   breathe. Glancing at the little boy asleep behind

   her, she prays the van will start. Dirty, beat, and

   shaking with fear, she thrusts the key in and twists

   hard, frantically pumping the gas.


   Homeless and on the run, she lands in Lincoln,

   Nebraska—hoping to earn some money. Pitching

   her wares door-to-door as dusk falls, she's stopped

   by the police. Before escorting her out of town, the

   sergeant offers advice—booming casinos in 

   Deadwood need workers. A dream catches fire in

   her heart, but she strands 240 miles short, at a city

   campground in Scottsbluff. Broke, her son ill, she

   accepts the help of a lonely park ranger—only to

   become torn between his love, her dreams, and

   the stark reality of her past.


   A prairie town, dramatic bluff and historic river form

   the crucible in this visceral portrayal of survival,

   redemption and love.


   For the latest news about this novel, see my 

   Blog Posts  # 11 - 15

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​See Blog Post 17 for an introduction to my upcoming novel,

The Angel of Pleiku.

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