The Test of Devotion is a historical novella about healing and redemption. Second chances and happily ever after get a rugged makeover against the backdrop of Texas in the 1850s. Teenage Viajero has always grown up confident in his abilities—the child of an outlaw, he knows the ins and outs of the west like the back of his hand. But he gets quite a bit more than he expected when he chooses easterner Henry Trevalyn as someone he wants to help. Henry has come to Texas looking for his former fiancé, who moved away after she believed him dead. When it appears that the missing Arabella has gotten herself into quite a predicament, Viajero finds that enigmatic and critical Jenny Forsythe will be his best bet for assisting Henry. She seems to disapprove of Viajero—sometimes trust and respect can be as hard-won as the West itself. And when it comes to exposing the schemes of Arabella's husband to the Governor himself, they’ll have an uphill battle even when Jenny decides to cooperate.
A Year with the Harrisons is a comedy-drama about a young lady, Letty Harrison, who comes from a proudly independent family. Growing up in the peaceful scene of small-town Texas, she knows very well that the Harrisons like to ignore self-righteous, indignant neighbors who think everyone should be the same. She prefers to think for herself rather than to be dictated by a local community and her two squabbling sisters brighten her day with their endless arguments. Luna believes she is the last bastion of sanity as she strives to bring more conformity to the family and Lamia has no use for her pretensions, especially since she pretends to be deaf whenever Lamia speaks. But there are plenty of Harrisons out there in the world—some of them at an astounding level of egotism. And when Letty’s pop star aunt, Brenda Harrison, reunites with her long-estranged daughter Betty and sends Letty off to the College of Party-On for a whim, it looks like it just might be a year to remember.
Bellevere House is an update of Mansfield Park set in the 1930s. It’s FDR’s vintage era and Faye Powell isn’t quite as socially vulnerable as the original heroine, Fanny Price. But her situation is in many ways the same as she holds independence from bad messages that permeate her adoptive family. Her complacent aunt and uncle are clueless targets for flattery and her aggressive cousins form wince-worthy, failed romances at every turn. Their actions leave Faye completely frustrated because she was taken into their family at a young age and she cares deeply about Bellevere and its people. She wishes they could be better—but the Havertons prefer to dance in convoluted circles of greed and flirtation to increase their importance. Ed Haverton, her cousin’s half-brother, assumes Faye is pursuing him and showers attention on newcomer Helene under a belief this will matter to Faye. But as the Carter siblings swell the Haverton imperfections to a blistering, popping head, Ed starts to turn towards the light a little bit. And perhaps one day everyone attached to the smooth green lawns and pretty architecture of Bellevere House will be the better for having been exposed.
Victoria: A Tale of Spain is a historical adventure about a young duchess who explores outside her restrictive home. Life in the Alcazar, a castle straight out of fairy-tales and elevated on a hill above the old city of Segovia, is a pattern of golden sunlight, rich decorations, and the red and gold gowns of Duke Carlos’ many daughters. It’s Spain in the 1600s and like all countries of that era, it’s a man’s world. Girls of Victoria’s station are just supposed to get married. Growing up with only sisters and with two eccentric parents who won’t let the girls go to court, she knows little about men and thinks they don’t value her. As a threat strikes the old castle’s inhabitants because of a gift from a king—and not the current one—Victoria leaves home on a series of travels. King Felipe might be a venomous antagonist, but it turns out other men aren’t quite as remote and unreliable as Victoria believed. In fact, some of them will be the best friends she could have ever wanted.