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Bordertown Gypsy, a Christian Historical novel, is True Grit meets Redeeming Love. It tells the story of two siblings who are suddenly orphaned and left to be raised by their corrupt uncle who has turned their parents’ house into a bordello. As the children get entangled in his illegal schemes, their innocence and virtue are challenged. While their noncompliance could cost them their lives, it could potentially cause the city’s corrupt legal infrastructure to implode.
Bordertown Gypsy is the first novel in The River Series. Subsequent books are Lynchtown Wolf, Mobtown Player, and Rivertown Crooner.
Lynchtown Wolf raises the stakes in a game of deception versus truth.
The year is 1923. In Fort Smith, Arkansas, a raucous western town with a history of outlaws, marshals, hangings, and prostitution, Roy Kemp Ulric, the city’s District Attorney, is on trial for a crime he committed. A guilty verdict means time in federal prison and jeopardizes everything he’s built- his career, marriage, and a stash of blackmail money. Wulf, a scoundrel with few scruples who served as Mr. Ulric’s accomplice in the crime, is ready to reveal the attorney for the wolf he is, but both his health and business are failing at a rapid rate. Daniella Cordero, formerly known as the prostitute Gypsy, is a key witness for the prosecution, but she fears that her testimony may cause her to lose her best friend, Robert Callum, if he discovers the truth about her past.
Can Mr. Ulric convince the jury of his innocence and hide his sins from his wife, or will everyone discover the liar and criminal he is? Will Wulf die before he’s put on the witness stand, or will he at last get his vengeance on Mr. Ulric? Without Robert’s father, Henry, to protect her from the wolves, does Daniella stand to lose more than just Robert’s friendship?
Lynchtown Wolf is the second novel in The River Series. It follows Bordertown Gypsy and precedes Mobtown Player and Rivertown Crooner.
The roaring twenties are in full swing.
Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming jazz musician, Robert Callum, and his band, the Windy City Rhythm Kings, keep the flapper girls swinging every night at the Green Mill. A world away, in Kerry Patch, St. Louis’ poor Irish neighborhood, Daniella embraces the humble culture of her adoptive family while striving to establish a new identity for herself and, simultaneously, hoping to bury the secrets of her scandalous past.
Nearly two years after they parted ways, Robert and Daniella cross paths by chance and, suddenly, a tidal wave of betrayal is upturned, threatening both of their lives as they know it. Robert’s boss, Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn, a dangerous gangster who deals in gambling, alcohol, and murder, meets Daniella and, soon, his passionate desire for the beautiful and young coquette flares into an alarming obsession. Without warning, she is caught between these two men, their jealousy, anger and power creating a deadly storm. To make matters worse, gangster wars rage in the streets of Chicago, and Daniella’s new beau’s involvement in the crime world puts her future- and a host of other’s- in jeopardy.
Robert knows the dark secrets both Jack and Daniella are keeping from one another- but will he use this knowledge to tear them apart? In his attempt to keep Daniella for himself, will Jack’s violence go over the edge? Will Daniella’s disgraceful behavior get her disavowed from her wholesome family?
Mobtown Player is the third book in The River Series. It follows Bordertown Gypsy and Lynchtown Wolf, and precedes Rivertown Crooner.
The secrets of Daniella’s past have finally caught up with her.
Under the mounting weight of scandal and deceit, Daniella’s engagement to Dr. Carvan Gains begins to crumble. Although he vowed to overlook her past sins, pressures from his family, friends, and the entire gossipy college town cause his loyalties to his fiancé to waver at every turn. Terrified of losing him and his children, Daniella compromises her beliefs and makes promises she knows might destroy her.
But the biggest blow is still to come.
When her brother Robert came to her for help in his greatest hour of need, Daniella coldly turned him away. Now she learns that Jack McGurn’s men put three bullets through his chest that night. Robert is dead- and it’s Daniella’s fault. The shock and guilt this realization thrusts upon her is crippling. Not only is her future becoming more uncertain with each passing day, but she begins to fear her own judgment. As she struggles to put her life back together, a series of events draws her back to the city where it all began.
Fort Smith, Arkansas.
The house. The secrets. They lurk in that town like shadows, darkening every corner and memory. As Daniella bravely faces them alone, she makes the most shocking discovery of all- a ghost from her past has come back to life…
Rivertown Crooner is the fourth and final novel in The River Series. It follows Bordertown Gypsy, Lynchtown Wolf, and Mobtown Player.