Diane’s books are historical fiction, based very heavily in fact and are, therefore, not politically correct. Visit my website at: www.dlrogersbooks.com; Facebook at: www.facebook.com/dlrogersbooks; Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org; Amazon Author Page at: tps://www.amazon.com/author/www.dlrogersbooks.com
Released May, 2017 (THE OLD COOTS: Blue, Gray and Gold) Sam Whitmore and Tom Hansen, childhood friends who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, reunite fifteen years later with a common goal—to save Sam’s family home from Northern bankers. Sam recruits Tom to do the only thing he can think of to save it. Find gold! Setting off for the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory, they find more than they bargained for in the form of Mother Nature, Lady Luck, would-be claim jumpers, and thieves. Can Sam and Tom find the gold they’re looking for and make it back in time to save his home? Or will it all be for naught?
Released May, 2016: (THE OLD COOTS: Tom) Tom Hansen is a simple man, despite his family’s Boston money. Intent on making his own fortune, he starts by racing the thoroughbred stallion he is given at age 15—and winning. Growing to prominence in the racing world, he meets a filly named Abby that he must tame, or lose himself to everything he believes. As unrest between the northern and southern states grows, choices are made, both by Tom AND by those around him, forcing him to choose sides and, ultimately, the loss of everything he’s worked for over the years. Join Tom in his journey of survival through love—and war.
Released June, 2015: (THE OLD COOTS: Sam) Sam Whitmore hates slavery. Turning his back on his slave-holding family, he purchases a run-down tobacco plantation with the hope of someday making it a success. Freeing Horace and Jefferson, the slaves who came with what he now calls Summerset, they become Sam’s new family...Until the night he meets Ellie Baker and his life changes forever. Ellie believed what Sam believed and upon their marriage, she happily stays in Tennessee to help him make Summerset a success. The first few years Sam’s dreams are realized, but soon after the weather deserts him, leaving a worthless property and a wife who wants only to return home with their two children—to Missouri. The KS/MO border explodes in violence, a precursor of the coming Civil War. From Missouri to Tennessee, Virginia, Gettysburg, and finally Appomattox, against all he believes, Sam fights for the southern cause—to soothe the burning need for revenge that burns in his belly—and costs him almost everything.
Released June, 2014: (ELIZABETH’S WAR: MISSOURI 1863) In 1863 along the Missouri / Kansas border, raiders, bushwhackers, soldiers, and local militia ruled the land. Neighbors and relations fought each other from opposite sides of the Civil War and when General Order No. 11 was issued, it forced thousands of mostly women, children and the elderly to leave their homes and everything they loved. Although Elizabeth prepared for and began her journey with a plan, those plans meant nothing in the face of her enemies as she races the clock, drought, and the soaring Missouri temperatures to reach her kin and save her family before it’s too late.
THE WHITE OAKS SERIES - (In the Order I would Read Them):
(Beginnings: Into the Unknown) Although BEGINNINGS was the last book written in THE WHITE OAKS SERIES, it’s really the beginning. Starting with a frightening steamboat trip up the Missouri, join Jonathan and Emma Carter as they experience a "star shower," the opening of the Oregon Trail, the Great Flood of 1844, the Mexican-American War and pre-Civil War, and two cholera epidemics while building the new town of Independence and, at the same time, building their own lives and a new “ranch” called WHITE OAKS.
(Tomorrow’s Promise) After their wagon train is attacked by the Lakota, Sarah is taken captive and spends a year in captivity. Once rescued, Sarah must fight to regain her husband’s heart. When the Civil War begins, Ben leaves to fight for the Union cause at Wilson’s Creek, Lexington & the Battle of Hemp Bales (where he’s sent to Libby Prison), Shiloh, and Sherman’s March to the Sea. In his absence, Sarah must endure General Order No. 11, slave catchers, and Quantrill’s Raiders.
(Caleb) Former slave Caleb sets out to find his freedom and self-worth up north. From a ruthless former overseer to an out-of-control town and the brutality of Mother Nature, Caleb follows his heart to find love and freedom, but when called upon, he returns to White Oaks and risks his life to save his friend Sarah, the one person who gave him a chance and set his feet toward the freedom he sought.
(Brothers by Blood) Half-blood Blue Fox with Two Hearts wants only to be accepted. From the schoolroom to the camps of the Lakota, join Blue as he grows to manhood amongst his mother’s people, the Lakota. From the Battles of the Rosebud and the Little Bighorn (from the Lakota Point-of-View), to the love that grows between Blue Fox and Amy, the woman Blue rescues from the Crow during a Lakota raid on their village, Blue Fox vows to find acceptance—somewhere.
(Amy) From the first firing on Fort Sumter, through the Union blockade, the fall of the Confederacy and Reconstruction, to gold fever in the Black Hills and finally the Battle of the Little Bighorn, join Amy, the eight-year-old little girl who experiences all of these while growing to womanhood amidst one of the most tumultuous periods in our history!
(Ghost Dancers) From the Battle of the Little Bighorn to General George Crook’s Horsemeat March as he trails the Lakota for months after the Little Bighorn, to the corrupt reservation system, the surrender of Dull Knife at Fort Robinson and it’s horrific results, the surrenders (and deaths) of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, and the Ghost Dance that lead to the fated Massacre at Wounded Knee, George Hawkins vows to “make a difference” for the Lakota.
(Maggie) Maggie is a “forward-thinking” woman who can out shoot, out ride, and out do most of her male counterparts. Maggie stomps for women’s rights in Boston then goes to Cheyenne to write for the Cheyenne Sun. Riding the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage to report on the deadly 1879 Deadwood fire that wiped out half the town, she comes face to face with Indians, ladies of the night, robbers and lawmen while searching for a lost love before winding up at the Standing Rock Agency in Dakota Territory. From Boston to Cheyenne to the Dakota Territory, Maggie makes a difference—and gets into all kinds of trouble while doing it!
Echoes in the Dark: Stepping off the plane in Da Nang, Adam knew his life was forever changed. Wanting only to survive his tour in Vietnam and return home to Belinda, he learned quickly the harsh reality he’d been thrust into and the frailty of life and looming death. Once home Adam deals with PTSD, alcoholism, Survivor’s Guilt, anger, & how to forgive the parents who sent him away.
The Journey: Reeling from her husband's betrayal Rosemary, and her recently widowed best friend, Joy, are dragged off to Europe by a young, vibrant new teacher at their school. What they discover about themselves on their "journey" is both enlightening, educational...and fun! Join Rosemary, Joy, and Kristen as they discover the beauty and history of Europe, while discovering who they are, and a little bit of love, too. (A little naughty)