Description Book 1: Shadow Ranch
University of Arizona student Kasenia Clarke knows where she’s headed in life and how to get there. But falling under a charismatic professor’s spell was not part of her plan. When a romantic weekend getaway to his isolated ranch reveals his perverse agenda, Kasenia finds herself a prisoner of a madman.
Desperate to extricate herself and her teenage brother from the locked compound near the U.S.-Mexico border, she frantically searches for someone to help them escape. The other "captives," who seem content with their unconventional lifestyle, are suspicious of Kasenia and her rebellious ideas. Can she trust anyone to aid her quest for freedom when the group’s loyalty is to the professor and their activities are monitored day and night?
Cassie True dreams of the day she can resume her music career. Only one thing stands in her way—a court-ordered rehab program sponsored by a religious cult determined to steal her soul.
Description Book 1: Shattered Dream
Singer/songwriter Cassie True enters a rehab program that promises to change her life. And it does…in ways she never expected. Caught in a religious cult’s ever-constricting web, she fights not only for her sanity but for the freedom to form real friendships. She longs to put alcoholism behind her, finish the program and return to her career. But when her friend is forcibly separated from her husband by the cult leader and a young boy is abused at the cult’s elementary school, she can’t stand by and do nothing.
Bucking the system is dangerous and could result in dismissal from the program—and a return to jail. Can Cassie and her coworker, Corban Dahlstrom, “toe the party line” on the surface yet work together behind the scenes to help others escape the cult’s clutches? Will they be able to withstand the fiery backlash that’s sure to come? Does their budding romance have a chance in a world where an iron-fisted leader controls all relationships?
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Description Book 2: Tangled Truth
Cassie True escapes a controlling religious cult but forsakes her freedom and returns to help her friends break the chains and lies that bind them.
Cult leaders view Cassie True’s unexplained overnight disappearance and the subsequent arrests of key members with suspicion. When she refuses to bow to intimidation, they do all they can to humiliate her, which means degrading “cleanse” sessions as well as public shame. Daily, she and others suffer increasingly callous treatment. Yet, court-ordered to participate in the cult’s rehab program, she knows she can’t leave again.
Corban Dahlstrom, whose winks and smiles melt Cassie’s heart, and other friends in her secret circle encourage her to persevere until graduation. With their help, she knows she can do it. But when she learns her beloved grandma is on her deathbed, she asks the program director’s permission to travel, and he grants it. However, the cult leaders fight her departure with everything in their arsenal. Will Cassie see her grandmother before she dies? Will the rehab program help her overcome addiction and enable her to return to her music career? Will her friendship with Corban be thwarted or allowed to grow into an “approved” relationship?
Description Book 3: Hidden Path
Cassie True returns from her grandmother’s funeral to a warm welcome by the rehab program staff and participants—and condemnation from the cult leaders.
Furious that Cassie slipped through their fingers, the leaders have no sympathy for her loss or the injuries she sustained in an accident. When they learn Corban Dahlstrom helped Cassie escape, their fury escalates, and they pressure her to confess sins she didn’t commit. At the same time, the head
leader’s son becomes more aggressive in his pursuit of Cassie.
Then the unthinkable happens, and she has to choose. Does she focus her anger and bitterness at God, like she did after her husband died? Or, does she trust Him to walk her through the nightmare, to enable her to graduate from the rehabilitation program and see her family and Corban again?
Cassie dreams of the day the leaders’ dark secrets are laid bare, their lies shattered, and their followers released from the fraudulent faith. But how can she and Corban fight the system from within without suffering severe consequences?
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The KATE NEILSON SERIES is now available in one volume – Winds of Hope, Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom and Winds of Change. See below for a description and links to excerpts of of each book.
A beautiful ex-felon who's had her fill of men.
A crotchety old ranch hand who loved and lost.
A busy, lonely rancher facing a difficult summer.
Winds of Hope is the prequel to the Kate Neilson Series, contemporary romantic suspense novels set on a picturesque guest ranch nestled deep in Wyoming's Sierra Madre Mountains. If you like engaging characters, vivid locations and high-octane action, you'll love Winds of Hope and the other Kate Neilson books that follow-Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom and Winds of Change. Learn more.
Fresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest-ranch employee. A typical twenty-five-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside—despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will trail as close as a shadow and imprison her once again.
Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson’s soul. Despite her pain, Kate’s well-being takes a backseat to the needs of loved ones: her best friend, who’s been ensnared by evil; her failing great-aunt, whose dementia care keeps Kate guessing; and Laura and Mike Duncan, whose ranch and livelihood are threatened by a land-grabbing neighbor.
Would you sacrifice your marriage to save a child’s life?
Kate Neilson Duncan discovers new purpose for her life when she and her mother-in-law, Laura Duncan, open a home on their Wyoming guest ranch for young trafficking victims. But her husband, Mike Duncan, insists the endless hours Kate spends at the children’s home threaten their marriage. Following an argument with Mike, Kate treats three of the kids to an outing—where the unimaginable happens. If Kate and the children survive, can she and Mike recover what they’ve lost?
Winds of Change is the third novel in the Kate Neilson romantic suspense series. If you enjoy engaging characters, vivid locations and high-octane action, you’ll love this final venture with Kate Neilson Duncan and her Whispering Pines family and friends. Excerpt >>
Four authors who also happen to be friends. Sixteen unique short stories. From tales of spies and trains and John Wayne, to monks, magic and marriage, you’ll be entertained, challenged and inspired. Learn more.
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