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Redemption Rose is here! A beautiful spinster with a scandalous past must find the courage to love again: Book 3 in the Harper Ranch Series in Debra Holland’s Kindle World called Montana Sky.
Here at the website, you will find posts about my work as a professional editor, my speaking and teaching, as well as my writing.
Rye’s Reprieve, my first historical novel, features a doctor with a secret in 1886 Montana Territory.
The second novel in the Harper Ranch series, Rebel Love Song, stars Jessamine Harper, a suffragette like her mother and a ranch hand on the family ranch; Bethesda Janes, a Jewish goldminer, closet cellist, and gifted artist with iron and steel who loves Jess but feels unworthy; and Taylor Temogen, government land agent for Southern Montana Territory, who is committed to stopping Jess’s insurgent writings before he loses his heart to her. Rebel Love Song released through Amazon in Debra Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle World in December 2016.
The third in the series, Redemption Rose, launched on July 18, 2017. A few more details about the story:
From the Wild West to the steamy jungles of Panama and across the American Territories, shipping scion Joseph Rawlins courts the eldest Harper sister, Susan, through correspondence. His letters are fascinating, romantic, and above all safe. While she’s drawn to him, Susan fears the discovery of a past scandal will not only hurt him and ruin her, but also damage her sisters’ reputations and jeopardize the political career of Joseph’s father. A rose plant from Joseph’s match-making mother ironically foreshadows Susan’s inner journey to healing. In the striking conclusion, as wedding preparations begin for a sister, Susan confronts the past and finds it’s not just her who hides secrets that could destroy a family.
After many years as a best-selling contemporary author, developmental editor, and writing instructor, it’s a great pleasure to announce the release of my first historical novels. I hope you will enjoy the Wild West adventure storylines and find a moment to post a review on Amazon. Rye’s Reprieve falls into the category of “sweet” or G-rated historical romance.
See my blog post, “Rye’s Reprieve, featuring a doctor with a secret in 1886 Montana” by clicking on the link or the blog tab above. You can learn more about the research I conducted for the medical and veterinary professions as well as the record bitter winter of 1886-87 in Montana Territory. I also provide a map of the fictional town where the book is set.
About the Author
My professional life is devoted to writing and mentoring writers. To that end, I conduct lectures, teach seminars and class series, host two year-round critique groups, serve as a developmental editor for Amazon and for several best-selling authors as well as aspiring writers, and write a series of handbooks for writers called BestSeller Secrets for Fiction & Memoir Writers. My fiction has been published by Amazon, Harlequin Books, and LNC Books, my own imprint. Connect here to see my author page on Amazon.
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Best-selling author, writing instructor, and editor Louella Nelson, M.A., recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award from the University of California, Irvine, offers both fundamental and advanced courses in fiction and creative nonfiction writing. Many of her students and clients are agented, published, award-winners, and best-selling authors who write novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and nonfiction books. Lou is published in fiction and nonfiction, has conducted successful author promotions, and has been featured on radio and television. A past-president of Orange County romance writers, she holds a master’s in English with an emphasis in nineteenth-century British literature and an undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Chapman University.
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Award-winning and USA Today/NY Times best-selling author Debra Holland says, “Wild Montana Sky and its sequels have been #1, #2, and #3 on the Amazon Top 100 Western Romance list. My success is definitely due to Louella Nelson. She is the writing teacher, mentor, and editor extraordinaire!”
“Lou Nelson is absolutely the best writing teacher in our area…. She’s changed my life as well as my writing.” –Deborah Gaal, award-winning agented writer.
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