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Book One, Defying the Crown Series

Gold medal winner in the Independent Publisher Awards, religious fiction

Finalist in the 2022 Chaucer Award for early historical fiction

La Rochelle France, 1661. Fierce Protestant Isabelle is desperate to escape persecution by the Catholic King. Every day she defies the powers that threaten to destroy her—until she meets a handsome Catholic soldier who softens her will.

She fights off an attack by a nobleman, and the only way to save herself is to flee to Canada as a Daughter of the King. She can have money, protection, and a new life — if she betrays everything she believes in. 

Based on the true story of the French orphans who settled Canada, Daughter of the King is a sweeping tale of one young woman’s fight for true freedom. 

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Book Two, Defying the Crown Series

Silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Awards, best fiction series

Finalist, National indie Excellence Awards, action-adventure

Finalist, Chaucer Award for early historical fiction

1667 Quebec. Committed to a double life to save her fellow Protestants, Isabelle turns spy against her deceitful Catholic husband. When he devises a ruthless plan to imprison and torture her people, Isabelle learns to fight from a brave young Huron woman. Isabelle seizes the opportunity to undermine her husband's efforts by escorting him to France. There, she plays the doting wife while she secretly works to subvert the Catholic Church and plot his demise. But Paris is full of poisons, street gangs, and cruel nobility who threaten to destroy all Isabelle has worked to protect. With her found family on the line, Isabelle must challenge the most powerful man in France—King Louis XIV. Defying the Crown may seem impossible, but Paris has yet to meet a warrior like her.

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Book 3, Defying the Crown series

1681. Isabelle lives safely in Geneva but travels to the French countryside along secret Huguenot trails to rescue Protestants from the king's vicious dragonnade program. She protects her family from the dangers of battling the Royal Army, but her wild daughter Elizabeth has other ideas. Eager to prove herself, Elizabeth attempts a solo rescue that goes horribly wrong. Isabelle comes out of hiding and travels to Paris while all of France wants her dead. On a dangerous mission to Versailles, old enemies threaten to tear her family apart. She must rely on surprising allies and the daughter she's fought to protect to keep them alive and rescue every Protestant in France.


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A heartfelt young adult historical

Finalist, Sarton Women's Book Award for young adult fiction

Silver medal, Moonbeam Awards for young adult fiction

Finalist, Reader's Favorite Awards, young adult category

First Place, Dante Rosetti Award for young adult fiction

Newly orphaned Magnolia Parker must protect her sick little brothers, but when the authorities send the boys to an unknown orphan asylum, Magnolia calls on her unwavering grit to bring them home. She's lost everything but still has a secret weapon—a promise from Eleanor Roosevelt, the most famous woman in America. Setting out on a cross country quest, she befriends two unlikely travelers: Hop, a migrant worker with a big heart, and Red, a young girl traumatized into silence. Hunger and dust storms aren't the only dangers this found family faces on the rails. After an assault, they're forced to outrun the police, all while trying to track down the First Lady. But time is running out and Magnolia's chance to reunite her siblings depends on one thing—finding Eleanor.

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