Quote the Endling

by Velda Brotherton

Sometimes misconceptions of the past can twist perceptions of love, greed, and deception.

Unusual excitement kicks off in the small Ozark town of Cedarton when Deputy Dallas Starr spots a woman who could be his dead wife’s twin, tiger thieves strike at the animal farm, and a misplaced mouthy Texas Ranger shows up afoot in the wilderness while gunshots ring out nearby. To further distress lawmen and residents, the rumor has it that someone is opening a pub downtown in spite of being in a dry county.

These small upheavals are forgotten when Loren, the newspaper owner’s lover, is found murdered. She turns out to be a woman who was closely tied to Dal’s dead wife, Leanne. Stranger occurrences follow that drag Dal back to Dallas to investigate the murder. There he learns the truth about his wife’s death and how it threatens the citizens of Cedarton. All the while, Jessie uses her reporter instincts to get to the bottom of what is happening in her town, only to get caught up in more than she may be able handle. Will Dal be able to find all the clues before the same thing that happened to his wife happens to Jessie too?

Publisher: Lagan

About the Author

Velda Brotherton has a long career in historical writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Her love of history and the west is responsible for the publication of 25 books and novels since 1994.

But she’s not about ready to stop there. When the mid-list crisis hit big city publishers, she turned first to writing regional nonfiction, then began to look at the growing popularity of small presses as a source for the books that continue to flow from her busy mind. Those voices simply won’t shut up, and so she finds them a home.

First she obtained a conversion of rights for her out-of-print historical romances and published all six to Kindle. Within a matter of months, she placed a western historical romance, Stone Heart’s Woman, with The Wild Rose Press, an award winning publisher of both print and E books; then a mainstream paranormal, Wolf Song, was accepted by SynergE Books.

Not satisfied that her career might level off, she produced an audio book of Montana Promises along with Jeff Justus. The Montana series is also available as a boxed set. A novella, The Legend of the Rose, based on the true story of Cimarron Rose, is available on Kindle. Stone Heart’s woman is also available in audio.

While Wild Rose Press continues to publish her western romances, including Wilda’s Outlaw: The Victorians, and the second in the series, Rowena’s Hellion, in a change of pace, the press published her Vintage love story, Once There Were Sad Songs. The most thrilling experience in her writing career came when Oghma Creative Media contracted her book, Beyond the Moon, a story she has treasured since its first writing in 1985, and signed her to a four-book contract. One is to reprint the Ozark cookbook containing recipes from her mother’s collection and stories of growing up in Arkansas during the depression,

The most fun she’s had came when owner/designer of Oghma Creative Media, Casey Cowan, suggested a new brand. Sexy Dark and Gritty so well fits her writing style that it was quickly adopted.

This busy writer who has co-chaired a large weekly critique group since 1988, also gives two yearly all-day workshops and mentors promising young writers, plus teaches at conferences in a four-state area. She isn’t sure what will come next. With all those voices in her head, she’s bound to let some of them out to play before long.

Website: veldabrotherton.com

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