Between 1998 and 2001, Lorna Collins worked in Japan on the Universal Studios theme park with her husband, Larry. Their memoir of that experience, "31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park" was published in 2005 and was a finalist for the 2006 nonfiction EPPIE award. Lorna co-wrote "Snowflake Secrets," "Seasons of Love," and "Directions of Love," with Sherry Derr-Wille, Luanna Rugh, and Christie Shary. "Directions of Love" won the 2011 EPIC eBook Award for best romance anthology. The same group wrote "An Aspen Grove Christmas" and "The Art of Love" with the addition of author Cheryl Gardarian. Lorna also wrote two mysteries with husband, Larry: "Murder…They Wrote," "Murder in Paradise," a 2012 EPIC eBook Award finalist, and "The Memory Keeper", a historical novel set in San Juan Capistrano, CA. They are currently working on at least two more sequels to their mysteries and a possible sequel to "The Memory Keeper". Lorna is also the author of "Ghost Writer", a fantasy/mystery/romance set in Laguna Beach, CA. Her latest books are "Jewel of the Missions: San Juan Capistrano" and "Lola, the Parrot Who Saved the Mission."
And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe
Four women in Aspen Grove, Colorado will discover the extra blessing this old tradition brings when a silver sixpence appears to change each of their lives. Find out how each of them finds this special good luck promise of love.
“Something Old” by Lorna Collins
When Lexie Thomas returns to Aspen Grove, Colorado to visit her grandmother, she never expects to find an old wedding gown, and she could never imagine the journey she’ll begin. But will it lead to love?
“Something New” by Sherry Derr-Wille
Dana Mathews thinks she’s too old for love. That is until Sean Peters becomes her neighbor. Can this old gal learn a few new tricks?
“Something Borrowed” by Cheryl Gardarian
Carrie Roberts borrows her friend’s heirloom diamond earrings for a special performance, but when one disappears, she finds herself accused of theft. In the process of clearing her name, can she also find love?
“Something Blue” by Luanna Rugh
When Shannon Delaney inherits her mother’s house, she decides to repaint, and she definitely wants something blue for her bedroom. Will her painter turn out to be something more than just another tradesman?
When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results. (228 pages)
"Spring's Fling" by Sherry Derr-Wille:
When Spring Morrison asks the Easter Bunny for a perfect man, she has no idea that her mother will use the opportunity to play matchmaker with Wade Parker. Does mother know best?
"Summer's Challenge" by Luanna Rugh:
Summer Woods is starting a new life with a new identity. Can Officer Nathan Lockhart protect her from her past while he-s falling in love with her?
"Autumn's Blessing" by Christie Shary:
Young and pregnant widow Deidre feels her life is over until she becomes the patient of Dr. Jeremy Saunders. Can he help her let go of the hurts and burdens that weigh her down and embrace life again?
"Winter Song" by Lorna Collins:
To Dan Jensen, life seems hopeless. But when he gets railroaded into performing in a Christmas musical, a lovely young woman named Amy Roberts provides more than musical assistance. She brings hope and the promise of a new life.
What if a retired NYPD officer is asked to investigate a mysterious death at the National Authors Conference where various attendees offer their theories and suspicions?
Murder …They Wrote answers this question as Agapé Jones, retired NYPD detective, tries to determine the truth surrounding the death of Robert Dyer, noted poet and critic. Confusing and confounding him are Robert’s ex-girlfriend, current young girlfriend, ex-wife, agent, recently discovered illegitimate daughter, long-time friend, an action/adventure author, a famous psychic, and the mysterious countess.
While Agapé enjoys getting a chance to exercise his old skills, his wife isn’t pleased. Peopled by a cast of quirky and deliciously amusing characters, Murder …They Wrote will engage and delight, all the way to the final plot twist.
Murder... They Wrote is the first of a series featuring Agapé Jones. the second, Murder in Paradise, will be published soon by Whiskey Creek Press.
Can a simple crocheted snowflake contain magic? The Sullivan sisters think so. On Christmas Eve, 1958, Great Aunt Maude gives a unique snowflake ornament to each of them: Allegra—thirteen, Sonata—twelve, Melody—nine, and Carole—eight. Years later, they learn she might have crocheted a little something extra—a bit of magic and wisdom—into their gifts. In Snowflake Secrets, each sister, now grown, uncovers the magic of her unique ornament. As they confide their revelations to each other and their dying mother, they discover the secret they all share. Every narrative is unique and told in a different voice by four authors: Allegra by Lorna Collins; Sonata by Christie Shary; Melody by Luanna Rugh and Carole by Sherry Derr-Wille. Yet all their stories are woven together into the tapestry of Snowflake Secrets, an inspirational tale of family, love and finding that special joy that makes life worth living.