Home Free ~
In Home Free, Arch Hoffman returns to his hometown after ten years in prison, and has to learn to live his life all over again. Many people in our country face this challenge and unfortunately, there are not always enough resources available to help them make this transition successfully. However, there are some resources available.
Every state in the USA has different resources for prisoners when they are released. For example in Southern California they have the Los Angeles Regional ReEntry Partnership, a coalition of organizations that work to help ex-inmates transition to a successful life outside prison walls. California is also home to the Stanford Justice Advocacy Project, which is discussed in this touching and fascinating New York Times article that inspired a lot of what I wrote about Arch Hoffman's struggles as he returns home in my book. One place you can find more information about re-entry projects across the United States is here at the The Reentry Institute. Look for resource pages online like this California-specific one from thePrisoner Reentry Network and this national resource from the National Reentry Network.
Return to Marker Ranch ~
Like so many of our veterans in the United States, the hero of this book struggles with PTSD. If you know a veteran who is suffering from PTSD, there is help available. This government web page lists several hotlines and resources. And this page gives an overview of PTSD, services available, who is eligible for help, etc.
A portion of my income from Return to Marker Ranch will be donated to three different organizations that serve veterans and their families. One charity, Pets for Vets, fits right into the theme of this book: that the animals we rescue can rescue us as well. Pets for Vets trains specially selected shelter dogs to be companion dogs for veterans.
Another charity I am supporting is Hope for the Warriors. It "provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources." And the third organization is the Fisher House Foundation, that helps families of hospitalized veterans find and pay for nearby housing.
I hope you'll join me in supporting our veterans.
Wild Horses ~
This romance puts the hero and heroine on (somewhat) opposite sides of the struggle to save America's wild horses. This is a complex issue and I advise anyone interested in it to read articles that address the various perspectives on how they should be managed. But regardless of what you think about wild horses and burros, I think we can all agree that they should be treated humanely. Tragically, in many cases this is not happening. One way to make a difference is to call or write your representatives in Congress and the Senate and let them know your concerns and that this issue matters to you.
More Than a Rancher ~
In this novel, two of the characters struggle with alcoholism. If you are concerned about your own drinking, the Alcoholics Anonymous website is a great resource and can connect you with a local A.A. support group. If you are concerned about someone else's drinking, the Alanon and Alateen website can give you all kinds of information and help you connect with support groups in your area. The alcoholic in your life does not have to be sober for you to find your own recovery!
Wishing you all the best on your journey,
Contemporary Romance Author
Finding hope, home and happily ever after.