Roses for the Sparrow by Mary Elizabeth Fricke

Sparrow-CoverIt was bad enough that her best friend/employer took off on an extended honeymoon leaving Jani to oversee the building of their new business alone. In strolls this tall, dark and handsome contractor who makes it clear he intends to become the center of Jani’s attention. But, is Rick too good to be true? Why is he the one who continually finds long stemmed roses on her car or at her door? What kind of admirer leaves expensive roses to freeze on windshields or be trampled on the floor?

Some girls have all the luck─ or maybe that’s no luck at all.

How often does a girl have two stalkers after her at the same time?

Targeted Audience: 21—-and over

Author Bio:
I have lived my entire life within five miles of the Missouri River. My husband and I own and operate a farm that has been consistently owned and operated by his family for five generations. We raise approximately 800 acres of corn and soybeans annually; along with, maintaining pasture and hay ground for our herd of cattle

I have been published in non-fiction for more than twenty-five years. My autobiography ‘Dino, Godzilla, and the Pigs was published by SoHo Press in 1993. Since then I have had articles published in various national magazines and on the internet. As a member of the Heartland Writers Guild, I have been serving as editor of the HWG monthly newsletter, The Heartland Writers Journal since 2002.. Most of my freelance work freelance work through the internet has been ‘ghost written’. However my most recent endeavor was a series of articles written and published for a Civil War website

‘Pigeon in a Snare’ published by AKW Books (May, 2014)was my first fiction publication.
Pigeon in a Snare is #1 of a romantic suspense series collectively titled, “Birds in Peril”.

#2 of the series, Roses for the Sparrow was published on Oct. 3, 2014

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The primary character, Jani, of Roses for the Sparrow’ was introduced in ‘Pigeon In a Snare’. In Pigeon, Jani is Lisa Cromwell-Hunt’s assistant and dear friend. After Lisa is kidnapped Jani is instrumental in helping to capture Lisa from Humsler. By the end of Pigeon, however, Lisa was a bit perturbed with Jani’s enthusiasm to just push forward full steam ahead. Jani doesn’t understand Lisa’s need to recooperate. So, after I ended Pigeon, I kept wondering ‘What about Jani?” And so, in Roses for the Sparrow we get to know Jani as intimately as we came to know Lisa in Pigeon in a Snare.

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Pigeon in a Snare by Mary Elizabeth Fricke

Lisa Cromwell’s euphoria over a weekend of successful sales begins to plummet when an old boyfriend, Lex Hunt, unexpectedly enters her craft and gift shop. Then she receives a telephone call from someone she despises (Sheldon Humsler, the acting head of Cromwell, Inc.). Of Lex, she has fond memories but they didn’t part amicably and she doesn’t want to revisit that pain. S. Humsler only wishes to antagonize her. Lisa knows S. Humsler was on a course to overtake (or destroy) her father’s real estate business but her father (Benton Cromwell) trusted S. Humsler enough to give him control should he die unexpectedly. Unfortunately, Benton did die several months before and Lisa is reluctant to take the final steps to close her father’s estate. Minutes after the heated telephone conversation with S. Humsler Lisa is abducted at gun point from her shop. Lex witnesses the abduction and follows….

Targeted Audience: 18-80

Author Bio:
Mary Elizabeth Fricke lived her entire life within five miles of the Missouri River. She and her husband of 33 years have lived 30 of those years on a farm that has been consistently owned and operated by his family for five generations. They have two grown sons married to wonderful girls she is proud to call, “daughter”.

A graduate of the Writer’s Institute of America and a member of the Heartland Writers Guild, she has published a number of articles in various forums and magazines, as well as Dino, Godzilla and the Pigs, My Life on Our Missouri Hog Farm (they have since switched from raising hogs to raising cattle). She is also a prolific ghost writer.

Her stories, based in rural mid-western areas, concern the unique but quickly vanishing way of life on the family farm as well as other mysterious intricacies that evolve life from generation to generation.

Pigeon in a Snare is her first work of fiction.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A life long interest in romance novels and other true to life stories.

While the primary focus of this fictional story is the romance between Lisa and Lex, this is also the story of love between a father and daughter as well as between friends and family. It is a story of greed and obsession, of the way one person can obtain so much control over another, he manipulates that person into abandoning all that is dear, especially relationships with his friends and colleagues…his daughter.

‘Pigeon in a Snare’ is the first in a series collectively titled ‘Birds in Peril’, involving primary characters who live in the rural Midwestern U.S.A. All characters are friends, family or employees of Hunt Real Estate and Construction, Cromwell Inc. or Harvester Law. While each story has a different central character, all connect in some way to the same antagonist, Sheldon Humsler

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