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Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, TwoDot Imprint
Release: March 2016

The Shifting Winds portrays the dilemma of reluctant pioneer Jennie Haviland, a young American torn from study at her female academy in New York when her father takes the family west over the Oregon Trail to a wilderness on the far side of the continent. In 1842 Oregon Jennie meets two young men, American mountain man Jake Johnston and British Hudson's Bay Company clerk Alan Radford. The two vie for Jennie, as their nations vie for the contested territory of this rich western frontier. Jennie never expected to find a gentleman in Oregon as fine as Alan Radford. But when Alan asks to court her, Jake does his best to put a crimp in the plans of Alan and his company, and Jennie becomes caught in the conflict of nations and the confusion of her own desires. ~ Historical Fiction

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Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, TwoDot Imprint
Published June 2014

A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin taps into one of the West’s great stories, the bold pioneer crossing a continent, here seen through the eyes of a woman. Martha defies her parents to marry the dashing Garrett Maupin and follows him west across the Oregon Trail, but their struggles in a raw new land soon shatter her dreams of an idyllic life with him. When he dies in 1866, leaving her alone on the Oregon frontier with their many children, she makes a daring decision to buy a farm in this wilderness for herself and her family. The author, Martha’s great-great- granddaughter, now owns that farm. In creative nonfiction style, Janet shows Martha’s long road to this place, with a few short interludes to describe her search for Martha’s story. ~ History

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Available now at:

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Powell’s ~ Books-A-Million
Indie Bound ~ Globe Pequot ~
Annie Bloom’s Books

 

Future Book Projects

The projects below include Janet’s other completed works, which aren’t out yet, as well as works in progress. Each story traces the life of a strong woman meeting the challenges of her day. History’s other half—remembered. This thread runs through all the stories, casting shimmers of light, like a filament of gold woven through a tapestry of time.

Another story of the American frontier:

Entangled Trails follows the story of Katherine Ashford, who strains against her sheltered life in 1838 St. Louis, America’s fur trade capital and gateway to the 19th century West. When her brother Jed brings home mountain man Luke Trent after the summer fur trading rendezvous in the Rockies, she knows she’ll never be satisfied to marry the tepid Miles Covington who’s courting her. Luke would enjoy a dalliance with this fiery beauty. He argues with his better angels, but the encounter could be dangerous, given her status, and he has already set his course. The intrigue of new land in the Oregon Country lures him and he can’t imagine the stylish Katherine as the rugged pioneer woman he needs. Katherine faces more challenges when she has to forge a new direction for her family and the nation’s antebellum conflicts collide with hers. But she can’t forget the sweet brush with desire Luke showed her. ~ Historical Fiction 

Books from the Sands of Gold Trilogy:

Janet’s stories of the ancient Greek Isle of Crete are being presented now as the Sands of Gold Trilogy. Most of her other stories of the ancient world are still in progress, to be presented at a later time.

Beyond the Waning Moon, Book One, opens on the day warriors first arrive on the peaceful Greek Isle of Crete, threatening to snuff out the light of peace the islanders have long enjoyed. The fiery young Cretan priestess Helaina distrusts these warriors from the northern mainland, believing they will destroy all she holds sacred. One of the last holdouts of peace in an increasingly war-torn world, Crete rests like a glittering jewel in the brilliant cobalt sea, an alluring prize for those who crave its riches. Minos of Mycenae, the leader of the visiting warriors, offers protection for the island if the ruling high priestess will become his consort and make him king. Afraid for her people, the high priestess agrees. Helaina rails against the change, but one man will touch her heart and entice her into a clandestine love affair with ramifications far beyond betrayal. ~ Historical Fiction/PNWA Literary Contest Finalist

Grains of Light, Book Two, is the story of the beautiful artisan Sarena whose own work will speak across time. The story begins soon after the end of Beyond the Waning Moon when young King Minos III returns from a voyage to the western sea and meets his two-year-old son by Sarena. Sarena has willingly borne the king’s son as surrogate for her high priestess Helaina, who is too old to give the king a son and heir. Sarena has lived in Helaina’s home to share the child. But on Minos’s return this arrangement becomes torturous for Sarena and Minos, because they have feelings for each other forbidden by their culture, and she escapes to her sister’s villa. When Crete confronts its worst crisis, Minos faces the limits of a king’s power when he needs it most. Through the brilliance of her fresco work Sarena bestows light on her world, but her beauty and art become unwitting lures, threatening everything she treasures. ~ Historical Fiction

Talia, Book Three, picks up on the evening of the day Grains of Light ends. The priestess Talia plunges into turmoil when her beloved Nikoli rejects her. He knows the dazzling Talia will one day be high priestess and will have to choose her own king-consort, a man who can best serve Crete—most likely Nikoli’s older brother Piero. Nikoli refuses a passionate interim with Talia because he can’t bear the thought of loving her and then handing her over to his brother. Talia finds fiery comfort with the handsome Lysandros, Piero’s new first officer, a Mycenaean mercenary. Lysandros has chosen foreign service in Crete after threats to his life in Mycenae. Meanwhile, Desma, sister of Mycenae’s new king, plots against the Cretans she blames for the death of her father. In Crete’s darkest hour, Talia must put aside her conflicted desires and confront Crete’s enemies to save the light of her people. ~ Historical Fiction