Introducing my friend and author: Karen E. Baker

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Karen E. Baker earlier this year.  I have since found out from that first introduction that she actually READ my books to become familiar with me (and she liked what she read!) before approaching me to publish her book DAKOTA at Shadoe Publishing.  Such an important book.  As someone who has experienced depression and PTSD I felt the NEED to get this book out to the public and with that gut instinct I offered her a contract.  I am so glad I did because the resounding success of this incredible novel, it’s fantastic cover (by none other than her own graphic artist of a wife!) have shown that others too need to hear this story.  So if you haven’t read DAKOTA yet, don’t wait.  It’s a great read!  I am honored to consider Karen a friend now, thrilled that she trusted me with her debut novel, and want you to check it out!  We should ALL look forward to more from Karen E. Baker in the coming years!


When U.S. Marine Dakota McKnight returned home from her third tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom, she carried more baggage than the gear and dress blues she had deployed with.  A vicious rocket-propelled grenade attack on her base left her best friend dead and Dakota physically and emotionally wounded.  The marine who once carried herself with purpose and confidence, has returned broken and haunted by the horrors of war.  When she returns to the civilian world, life is not easy, but with the help of her therapist, Janie, she is barely managing to hold her life together…then she meets Beth.

Beth Kendrick is an American history college professor.  She is as straight-laced as they come, until Dakota enters her life, that is.  Will her children understand what she is going through?  Will she take a chance on the broken marine or decide to wait for the perfect someone to come along?

Time is on your side, they say, unless there is a dark, sinister evil at work.  Is their love strong enough to hold these two people together?  Will the love of a good woman help Dakota find the path to recovery?  Or is she doomed to a life of inner turmoil and destruction that knows no end?

In both Paperback and E-book, just click on the picture to be taken to them:


Panels at GCLS

Conversation-Pic-2-NO-HAIRThis year I’m proud to announce that I will be on a panel called:  “Living and Laughing Ain’t a Crime:  Balancing Romance and Humor with Crime”

With the following authors:
Ali Vali
Carsen Tate
Connie Ward
Carol Rosenfield

Jessie Chandler will be moderating this panel!

This looks to be an exciting and fun time and I’m on with authors I highly respect (and I’ll admit, intimidate me a little)…so it should be a good time!

So if you happen to be in the New Orleans area or you want to come to the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) event, please stop in and we will be happy to take your questions and probably give you some humorous answers!