Through the years of her practice, Mattie's life is filled with romance and disappointments, battles won and loved ones lost, challenges met and opportunities passed. Through it all she endures. And as the years pass, her life takes on a richness and quality she knows she coiuld not have found anywhere else or at any other time.

Mattie offers a realistic and haunting portrait of life on the plains and of a most unforgettable woman. Against the backdrop of sparsely settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician.

Sarah's Valley

This might be an elusive dream for a young girl who, along with her brother Frank were orphaned early in life. How would two children survive the highwaymen, the raging grassfires, the cold winters and heartache?Many words in this story reflect the times. Sarah and Frank were the only wagon survivors. Their parents died on the way to California in the early 1800's.

. E. G. Sarah's dream was to live in a valley. It was called a carcass. From the late 1600's until the late 1800's, soldiers used an iron shell filled with pitch that burned at intense heat. The united states ordnance manual of 1861 lists carcasses.

Libbie Real Women of the American West, Book 1

Her name is elizabeth Bacon Custer, but her friends call her Libbie. A single mother of four and the grandmother of seven, Judy and her two dogs call Fort Worth, Texas home. The newly-wedded wife of general george armstrong Custer, accustom to the "finer things in life, Libbie is small and delicate, " seemingly unfit for the rigors of army life.

But she refuses to be separated from the man she loves. Here is her story, a first-person narrative based on three books written by the real-life Libbie and surviving correspondence. Experience her sacrifices and hair-raising adventures, the hijinx Autie the nickname Libbie gave to her husband played on her, regretted flirtations, and a rare and remarkable love that would not be tamed.

Reviews:"a wondrous, intimate story of an unsung heroine of the West. Romantic timesreal women of the american west, in series order libbiesundance, butch and MeCherokee RoseJessieABOUT JUDY ALTER:Judy Alter is an award-winning author who enjoys writing about women of the American West. Winner of the western writers of america Spur Award and the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement, Judy also enjoys writing mysteries.


Return to Sarah's Valley: Sequel to Sarah's Valley

He and his sister, sarah, were left orphans when everyone on a wagon train died in a horrific tragedy. Return to sarah's valley is a follow-up story to Sarah's Valley, which was published in 2012 by the same author, Sharon Mierke. Frank, winnipesaukee, who prefers his Abenaki name, spends the night recalling his life story.

Now an old man in his nineties, one of Winnipesaukee's descendants, Patrick meets Michael Lawdry, and tells him how two Lawdry men influenced his life. In sarah's valley, Patrick Smithson meets Frank Lawdry. It was their story of survival. Return to sarah's Valley continues where Sarah's Valley leaves off.

This is a story of life during the Great Depression, struggles and heartache, but also the deep love that a man has for one woman.

EMBRACE THE WIND: An Historical Novel of the American West Aislynn's Story Book 2

To conceal her disgrace, her home, she abandons her job, her family and friends. Aislynn Maher trusted the wrong man. Embrace the wind continues the story of aislynn maher, heroine of FAR AWAY HOME, an Amazon bestseller for five years in the categories of Historical Fiction-US and Romance-Western. But in this rough town, violence and lawlessness, with its prejudice, it’s not just difficult to do what you believe is right─ it's potentially deadly.

This unlikely love story details real triumphs and tragedies from frontier women’s letters, diaries and newspapers of the day, and places Aislynn in the center of their history. She turns to the raw, contentious US marshal of the Wyoming Territory, Orrin Sage, who is hiding a guilty secret of his own.

Setting out alone, Aislynn brings her optimism and determination to Cheyenne. What is the cost of living life on your own terms? For a young woman on the American Frontier, the price can be high. Embrace the wind illuminates an intimate picture of the American frontier; the story of the women who changed the West and helped forge the freedoms we enjoy today.


The Widow's Walk

For his mother's sake, he decides it is time to chop down the widow's peak that Adam built for her. Her sons watch and see her pain and heartache. After a year of waiting, Bessie is certain she has lost them both. Mathew's anger grows as he sees his mother climbing to the widow's walk day after day, and coming down with tears in her eyes.

For many months, day after day, she climbs that ladder and looks out over the Texas plains. Andrew, thirteen, slips away early one morning to search for his stepfather. So, adam king, for one last time, Bessie climbs those steps to see if her husband, will be returning to her. She is now left to survive on the Texas panhandle with her son, Matthew, and an orphan Kiowa baby, she has named Ki.

From her widow's walk, Bessie King watches and waits for her husband, Adam.

Far Away Home: An Historical Novel of the American West Aislynn's Story Book 1

Read far away home, in its enhanced edition with a bonus introduction to the much-awaited sequel, a five-year Amazon bestseller in the historical and western categories, EMBRACE THE WIND. In post-civil war new york city, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her.

. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it is an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. In today's troubled world, far Away Home will make you believe no matter how many challenges fate sends your way, the human spirit can triumph. Aislynn's journey begins in a new york city tenement and leads her across the frontier to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with the three very different men in her life: smart, good-natured, solicitous Tim, good-guy Johnny and the intense but intriguing Liam Moran.

Life in the roughshod camp brings small joys and devastating losses. No formulaic romance, this well-researched love story depicts life as it truly was for the thousands of women who went west reaching for a new life. The novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending.


Molly's Memoir

He knew, and as far as he could recollect, that when he’d left out this morning there weren’t any babies living with him, for sure, he wasn’t expecting none either. Molly’s memoir is a journey through the life and times of a woman who is raised by a Seneca Indian after she is abandoned on the porch of a log cabin in the hills of West Virginia.

Molly’s memoir offers a fascinating picture of a strong Native American woman, historical events, medicinal healing, biases, and the significance of family ties – even when you aren’t blood kin. Mr. Stories from the past, and from when the memoir is written in 1990, are intertwined as the most memorable events of a remarkable life, are revealed with humor and a gentle touch.

The background of these stories begins in 1905 when west virginia was wild and wooly, when a journalism student, who works at the Springfield Senior Care Facility, is recruited by two gray-haired, and continues to the later half of the 20th century, knee-high wearing women to inscribe Molly’s tales.

. Growing up in the isolated Monongahela Mountains, she learns about love, faith, and of the craft of healing with medicinal herbs. Minion pushed open the door of the cabin and immediately froze when he heard the shrilling sound of an infant crying.

Winder Hollow

Siblings, manage to preserve their self-sufficient existence within an isolated mountain hollow, Alma Lee and Jacob Holcomb, even after the untimely death of their parents. That is, until alma lee is confronted with a life-threatening illness, forcing them from the refuge of the hollow to confront the unknown perils of the modern world.


When the Yellow Mocker Calls Two Feather's Legacy Book 1

Faced with the stark realization that her life is changing and she has no control of that change, many thoughts run through young Charity’s mind- she even contemplates running away, but doesn’t want to leave her grandfather alone. As they travel to fort charlotte, her grandfather tells her that before going to Fort Charlotte they will be making an overnight stop at his friend’s house.

And, given his advanced age, he somehow senses that time is near; he does not want to die and leave young Charity alone and desolate. When her grandfather suddenly passes away that night at Eli’s house, that threat never comes to fruition. In the south carolina hills, white grandfather to fort charlotte, three-quarter cherokee, sahani, 14-year-old, sets out on a journey with her 83-year-old maternal, along the Savannah River Watershed, in the fall of 1829, whose Christian name is Charity, for what she thinks is a trip to trade the pelts he has accumulated in order to replenish their supplies.

He and his wife reared charity after her mother and father both died in a yellow fever epidemic when she was 3 years old. Young, and, charity is forced to abide by her grandfather’s wishes and stay there with Eli’s family… When the Yellow Mocker Calls is based on my great-great-grandmother’s life; her spiritual journey, her love of family and storytelling, her never ending quest for knowledge, most importantly, her love for Henry… .

And, that a year or so earlier, he and his long-time friend, eli gulledge, talked about what would happen to Charity should both he and his wife pass away and have arranged for Charity and Eli’s son Henry to meet before that time comes to see if they will take a liking to one another. When charity, hears that, but her grandfather tells her that she cannot go back home with him and assures her that if young Henry doesn’t take a liking to her, who has never met Eli or his family, she threatens to act rude in order to make them not like her so that she can go back home with him, he is sure that some young buck down in Fort Charlotte will be looking for a wife.

However, charity soon discovers that her grandfather’s objective in making this trip is to get her married off and settled somewhere.

Annabelle's Diary

And in that telling, i discovered that my grandmother had led a very interesting life, especially in her earlier years. I realized that those days were forever gone. She attended mardi Gras Balls and traveled extensively around the South. Tell me about when you were a child; a young girl like me. She began her story that night, by telling me how she met and married my grandfather Jesse.

In her older years, maybe even her younger ones too, she was never without a jar of Garrett snuff. When a child, I thought she was tall, larger than life. She also told me about leaving her home and family in Savannah to move to Mobile to live near my grandfather’s family. And because her house was so small, I slept in her bedroom with her.

. Annabelle was my great-grandmother; she was a Full Blood, a Choctaw Indian from Savannah, Georgia. Shrunken from her many years on earth, she stood barely four feet, ten inches tall. Is that how you remember all of those stories you tell me, about when you were a child and about your kinfolks back then” I asked.

They remain with you your entire life. Tell me a story, Grandmother, ” I begged. I watched her comb it out and then she would braid it, wind it back into a bun and pin it low, just above the nape of her neck.