FEBRUARY 21, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
Jane Frances Collen has spent the last umpteen years practicing as a lawyer – but don’t hold that against her! She has made a career of protecting Intellectual Property, but at heart always wanted to be writing novels instead of legal briefs. She has written award-winning children’s books, “The Enjella® Adventure Series,” using fantasy as a vehicle for discussing the real world problems of children. She has tried to use her talent for storytelling for good instead of evil.
But her real love is history. One of her many hobbies is traveling to historical sites around the world and reading the biographies of the people who affected these places. Her books depict modern dilemmas in historical settings, with a touch of humor. Since only one of her parents had a sense of humor, however, Jane feels she is only half as funny as she should be.
Much to her husband’s dismay, they still live in New York.
Her historical fiction trilogy, “The Journey of Cornelia Rose” will be published this spring.
COMING FALL 2019: All 3 books in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels: Flirtation Walk (September); Blazing a Westward Trail (October); The Path of Saints and Sinners (December).
Shivers of delight raced through Cornelia Rose’s entire body as she thought, Stroll Flirtation Walk with my escort, unchaperoned? How could this be permitted, much less condoned?
Cornelia Rose decides early in life, almost instinctively, not to allow anyone to limit her to the few choices available to women in New York in the 1850s. Marry well and become a proper lady—is that all I can do? She surreptitiously pursues learning ‘not meant for young ladies,’ and begins the journey to become a midwife.
Flirtatious and sexy, Cornelia attracts suitors everywhere she goes. Flooded with invitations after her ‘unofficial’ debut, her courtships take a dramatic turn when invited to the West Point Military Academy as the guest of a cadet. Will her romantic escapades compromise her choices? Who will decide her future?
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?
Heeding the call to “Go West Young Man,” Cornelia Rose’s husband accepts a position as Circuit Judge in the new Utah Territory, and persuades her that it’s an exciting opportunity for them all. She thinks leaving the modern comforts of their home in Sing-Sing, New York, and saying goodbye to her family, will be the hardest challenge she’ll ever have to face.
Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research, and preparation of their Conestoga wagon, for the rough road ahead. She summons all her resourcefulness to combat the hardships leading them to the greatest unknown: what would be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City?
THE PATH OF SAINTS AND SINNERS
When silent Mister Clayton resurfaces, he opens Cornelia’s eyes to the passion she unknowingly craves. Despite keeping her expectations realistic, she finds the challenges of living outside the civilization of the United States onerous in ways she never anticipated.
In the Wild West, the conventions of civilization seem twisted for an intelligent pioneer woman, as Cornelia braves farther westward in Utah Territory. Her efforts to create a home are derailed in the greater struggle of maintaining her beliefs and her family amid the conflicting mores of several cultures. Living in the Mormon community under the thumb of Brigham Young, she’s constantly challenged to use her wits, midwife skills, and heart to keep her family together, while at the same time finding her independence.
More complicated than a mere love triangle, Cornelia becomes embroiled in conflicting passions as she searches for her identity and discovers her true love.