An author with Georgia on her mind …

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I write historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense mostly set in my home state of Georgia. I've authored around fifteen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas.  A freelance fiction editor, wife, and a mother of two daughters, I always pause for coffee, chocolate, and old houses. ~Denise

New releases for 2024:

  • Scouts of the Georgia Frontier Series with Wild Heart Books:

    • A Cherished Betrothal (January 2024) - Fort Charlotte, 1775

    • A Conflicted Betrothal (June 2024) - Savannah, 1765

    • A Calculated Betrothal (November 2024) - Fort Howe, 1777

  • When Hope Sank (May 2024), a novel of the Day to Remember Series with Barbour Publishing - Arkansas, 1865

  • A Summer at the Niagara of the South, novella 8 in Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts Series (July 2024) - Tallulah Falls, 1886

January 2024 …

A Cherished Betrothal

Book Three of the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier

He rescued her once, but a chance at love will require the ultimate sacrifice.

Alexander Morris bears the childhood scars of the Long Canes massacre that killed his brother and father. Forced by his dark past into the lonely life of Georgia Ranger, Alexander joins the bordering South Carolina Rangers in their revolt against the Crown. When he’s posted to the fort erected to defend the community once decimated by the massacre, duty demands he court the loyalty of his sworn enemies, the fierce Cherokee warriors.

Elspeth Lawrence never forgot the boy who sacrificed himself for her at Long Canes—any more than she forgot the younger sister taken captive. She’s learned not only to forgive, but also to help minister to the Cherokees at her father’s mission. When Alex Morris arrives at nearby Fort Charlotte, Elspeth finds her memories—and her emotions—stirred. He doesn’t even remember her…or the long-ago attack. But the bitterness that simmers just beneath his stoic exterior—as well as her courtship by a local landowner—challenge their undeniable bond.

When Alex uncovers a long-held secret and a plot to sabotage patriot talks with the Cherokees, he must choose between his desire for revenge and his love for the girl he rescued long ago.

May 1, 2024 …

When Hope Sank

Book Three of Barbour’s Day to Remember Series

The Civil War has taken everything from Lily Livingston--her parents, her twin brother, her home. Now she works at her uncle's inn and keeps her head down. Speaking up for her beliefs proved too costly in a part of Arkansas split by conflicting loyalties and overrun by spies and bushwhackers.

Emaciated in body but resilient in spirit, Lieutenant Cade Palmer is crowded onto the Sultana with other paroled Andersonville and Cahaba POWs for the journey north. But a fiery explosion on April 27, 1865, rends the steamer and empties two thousand men into the frigid Mississippi River.

Recovering from wounds that might end his career as a surgeon but clinging to his faith, Cade threatens both Lily's defenses and her heart. How can she tell him she might've prevented the tragedy if only she'd reported a suspected saboteur's claims? And when the man returns to town and encoded messages pass through the hotel, will Lily follow her convictions to prevent another tragedy?

June 11, 2024 …

A Conflicted Betrothal

Book Four of the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier

Ansel Anderson thrives on the independent life of a King’s Ranger, serving the forts between Augusta and Savannah that guard Georgia’s boundary. But as a second son, he needs his own land grant to settle his future and his family knows just the way to secure it—through the favor of a member of the Governor’s Council, Judge Bazel Scott. What better way to win that favor than through the hand of Scott’s daughter in marriage? But gaining Miss Scott’s trust proves more of a challenge than anticipated when she acts as though she doesn’t recognize him from their chance meeting at a tavern known to host those disillusioned with the royal government. Equally disconcerting is the fact that Ansel finds the arguments of the newly formed Liberty Boys increasingly convincing.

As drawn to the enigmatic Ansel Anderson as Temperance Scott might be, he’d be more of a match for her feisty twin sister—who is all too happy to oblige. Not only would timid, nearsighted Temperance make a poor wife for a man trained for life on the frontier, but anyone she allows close to her must share her secret patriot ideals.

When Savannah erupts into riots and intrigue following the passage of the Stamp Act, Ansel is tasked with identifying a spy passing sensitive information to the Liberty Boys and the author of anonymous letters threatening those loyal to the governor. And as suspicions focus on the Scotts, which is he prepared to sacrifice—love or loyalty?

July 9, 2024 … A Summer at the Niagara of the South

Book Eight of the Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts Series

She came to the resort to heal her voice, only to discover her heart needed healing more.

Breaking under the stress of being a rising star, opera singer Grace Galveston travels to Tallulah Falls in search of reprieve. With its multiple waterfalls, spectacular gorge and mountain scenery, and lavish resorts, "The Niagara of the South," seems the perfect place to do just that. Even amid the crowds and excitement of an aerialist’s attempt to cross the gorge, Grace hopes to find peace.

Daniel Monroe basks in that peace as minister of a local church. He’s the perfect tour guide for Grace during her visit—until his heart gets entangled with the red-haired beauty with an angel’s voice. The trip sheds light on the secret pain in Grace’s heart. And does she even share the faith that’s so vital to his ministry? Can the blessing of friendship and the possibility of love guide her toward healing, or will the call of her life back in New York mean even greater heartbreak?

2024 Book Signings

  • March 16 - 10-4, History Day - Willington Bookshop, McCormick, SC

  • March 20-23 - Blue Lake Christian Writers' Conference, Andalusia, AL

  • April 6 - 10-5, Fort Yargo Market Faire, Winder, GA

  • May 18 - Mountain Laurel Festival, Clarkesville, GA

  • June 7, 6-9 p.m., Southern Lit Fest at Newnan Carnagie Library, Newnan, GA

  • September 14, 9-4, Dahlonega Lit Fest Book Fair, Dahlonega, GA

  • September 21, Hurricane Shoals Art in the Park and living history, Maysville, GA

  • October 26, Mountain Farm Celebration at Hardman Farm, Sautee, GA

    More coming soon…

From the Revolutionary War through the present day, from the mountains to the coast, your Georgia adventure awaits.

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For book business. With an option to make books available, I speak to clubs in North Georgia and North Atlanta on the writing and publishing process, turning historical research into fiction, and topics for emerging authors.

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