Blue Ridge Mountains


All the Truth                                                               

When three students stray from a party onto the rural property of a professor they know, a casual encounter devolves into a violent confrontation. This intense, lyrical novel tells the story of the aftermath of one dark night.

One Good Year

This paperback version of Love in a Time of Homeschooling shows how short-term homeschooling can be a great option for public school parents who are looking for educational alternatives. See below for a fuller description.






Love in a Time of HomeschoolingLove in a Time of Homeschooling

Love in a Time of Homeschooling is a lyrical memoir that describes the battles and joys that   emerged when a mother and daughter embarked on a year of homeschooling.

Julia, the ten-year-old at the center of this tale, spends much of her time deep in an imaginative world full of dragons and witches. When her public school routine threatens to drag her into depression, her mother suggests that they try a year of independent research and writing to rejuvenate Julia’s love of learning. The resulting story, steeped in the colors and characters of a small Virginia town, deals in human foibles as much as human potential, describing love and anger along with reading and math. At its heart is the subject of short-term homeschooling, a recent, growing trend in American education.

The Widow's Season
The Widow's Season
Winner - 2005 Faulkner-Wisdom Award for Best Novel-in-Progress

Sarah McConnell’s husband had been dead three months when she saw him in the grocery store. ..

So begins the story of a young widow who believes that she is being haunted by her husband’s ghost. In a surprising plot that follows the holiday seasons from Halloween to Easter, Sarah must negotiate the tenuous line between the living and the dead, in order resurrect her own dormant spirit.




Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of WomenBreaking Out : VMI and
the Coming of Women

 In 1996 the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Virginia Military Institute, the last all-male military college in America, must either admit women or give up its status as a publicly-funded state college.

Breaking Out tells the exciting story of the Institute’s intense planning for women, and the problems and triumphs of the first year of co-education.