Kate McLachlan lives in Eastern Washington with her wife, two dogs, and two cats. After teaching in the public schools for 14 years, Kate developed a case of temporary insanity and entered law school. All she really wanted to do was write stories but, despite the common misperception, legal briefs are not fiction, and Kate's creative urge was not satisfied by her day job. She writes now for the joy it brings her and for the joy she hopes it brings others.
"What would you do if you won the lottery?" Hazel asked her night school pal Sky the day they trundled across the state transporting a homeless parrot. It's a question nearly everyone is asked at one time or another, but for Hazel the question was not rhetorical, for at that very moment she had the winning Superball MegaLottery ticket duct taped inside her underwear.
The day she bought the ticket, Hazel had nothing to her name but a pile of debts and a five dollar bill. Days later and $164,000,000 richer, she finds herself catapulted from Sweet Maids junior cleaner to multimillionaire and discovers she has become popular. Long-lost relatives, friends old and new, charities, business start-ups, and the media all clamor for Hazel's attention. Rosa, Hazel's ex, comes calling again, eager to let bygones be gone. Talia, the glamorous and famous finance guru, offers to help manage Hazel's money-and a whole lot more. Only Sky seems uninterested in Hazel's wealth. In fact, ever since the news broke about Hazel's big win, Sky won't even answer Hazel's texts.
Everybody wants something from Hazel, but it's only after she makes mistakes and creates heartaches that Hazel realizes she forgot to ask herself. What does Hazel want?
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Alias Mrs. Jones
In 1902 the dusty western town of Hillyard, Washington, seems worlds away from metropolitan New York City, but it still isn't far enough for Nell to feel safe. So when she's handed a chance to impersonate Mabel Chumley as the new Hillyard schoolteacher, Nell jumps at it. Never mind that she knows nothing about being a schoolteacher.
When a man is murdered and Nell finds herself holding answers to the mystery, she knows better than to share her information with the Marshall. After all, she's no innocent herself, and it's no skin off her nose if someone else gets away with murder. Unfortunately, the murderer doesn't know that.
Meanwhile, the town's lady doctor befriends Nell with an intensity that borders on courtship--or is it suspicion? When Nell's story begins to unravel, she scrambles to shore up one alias or another. Anything to keep the town--and the lady doctor--from finding out who she really is. And what she's done.
Ten women, guests at the lesbian-owned Adelheid Inn, are stranded in the Cascade Mountains after a mudslide closes the only road out. One goes missing. One is killed. More than one is not who she pretends to be, and every one of them has a secret. When another woman is attacked, it become clear there's a killer in their midst, and it has to be one of them.
Is it Beatrice, the judge, surly and sad after the death of her long-term partner? Or her niece, Tish, angry and sullen at being kept under Beatrice's thumb? Or is it Carmen, Beatrice's childhood friend who lured her to the Inn under false pretenses?
It couldn't be the Mormon girls, Amy and Dakota. Or could it? Perhaps it's Paula, the gallant butch, or her date, the lovely and silent Veronica. A blind woman couldn't do it, but is Jess really blind? And what about Holly, the hotel manager who is just a bit too perky, or Lila, the mysterious owner of the hotel?
One thing quickly becomes clear. They'd better find out, before there are none.
Jazzy's Fresh Christmas Trees is Jasmine Oliver's last ditch attempt to rescue the family finances and send her little sister to college. She did some research, selected a prime location, and bought the very best Christmas trees available. What she didn't do, though, was check out the competition.
SleepSafe Youth is Darcy Gabriel's baby, her way of paying back the help she received as a homeless teen. The charity she established gives homeless kids a safe place to sleep, and SleepSafe's annual Christmas tree sale is the organization's biggest fund-raising event of the year.
When Jasmine learns that SleepSafe's Christmas tree lot is only a block away from her own, she turns her dismay and anger into determination and vows to give SleepSafe a run for its money. Sparks fly between Jasmine and Darcy as they compete for the Christmas tree business. Before long, sparks of a different sort fly, and they find themselves experiencing a Christmas they'll never forget.
When Jill's latest time-travel experiment goes awry, no one but Jill is surprised. But when Amelia Earhart suddenly pops out of RIP, everyone is stunned-and delighted! Everyone except Jill, that is, especially when Amelia decides she likes the future too much to return to her own time. History without Amelia Earhart? Unthinkable! But how do you return an impetuous pilot who doesn't want to go home?
It's Bennie and Van to the rescue! Together with Kendra and Jill, they try to return Amelia to the right side of history. Their motives might be mixed, but their hearts are in the right place...or are they?
Reunite with the RIP gang in Return of an Impetuous Pilot, the third book in the RIP Van Dyke Time Travel series, and find out where their hearts are leading them now.
It's 1897, and Susan Bantry is on the run from the law. She ends up in Needles Eye, Idaho, where she works in a hurdy gurdy as a dancing girl.
Jo Erin, Susan's childhood friend, is the cross-dressing Pinkerton agent sent to track Susan down. Before she can complete the job, a mining war breaks out and interferes with Jo Erin's plans. Complicating matters even further are the feelings that resurface between Susan and Jo Erin, as events from their past come back to haunt them.
When fifth grade teacher Kimberly Wayland finds a human heart in the middle school dumpster, she has some explaining to do. Like why she was in the dumpster in the first place, and why she didn't tell the police about her gruesome find. But after giving the police a fake alibi, explaining is the last thing Kim wants to do. Instead, with the help of her friends - hot "best friend" Becca, co-worker "lesbian wanna-be" Annie, and lawyer "stickler-for-rules" Lucy - Kim sets out to solve the mystery of the missing heart. Along the way, she unexpectedly solves another mystery, the mystery of her own heart.
Rescue at Inspiration Point is the second book in the Rip Van Dyke time-travel series. Van is taken hostage at a local prison, and Patsy is stuck in the role of hostage negotiator. Jill sends Bennie back to 1974 to learn more about the hostage taker and his crime. "Do nothing," Jill warns. "Just observe and report back." But the instant Bennie lands, she breaks Jills # 1 rule. As Bennie pursues her own agenda in 1974, the hostage crisis in 1988 escalates. Can Bennie rescue Van from fourteen years away? Or will her actions only make things worse?
When Van is suddenly transported twenty years into the future, she is dumfounded-and furious. Jill's silly time-travel experiment wasn't supposed to actually work. But it did, and now Van is stuck in the future. 2008, that is. A future in which Van's friends and lover have all aged twenty years, but Van has not. Jill, an old woman now, promises to recreate her time-travel machine and send Van back, but Van is skeptical and decides instead to try to make a life for herself in 2008.
It isn't easy. Patsy, her lover, never recovered from Van's sudden disappearance in 1988 and is now a deeply troubled old woman, in no condition to offer Van any help. Van has no home, no job, no money, not even a driver's license. But help and hope arrive in the form of Bennie, the steamy young woman whose intriguing overtures were off limits in the past. Van wrestles with herself. Does she remain faithful to Patsy despite the sudden chasm between their ages, or does she let herself accept the life, love and laughter that Bennie offers?
But when secret agents learn of Van' s leap through time, Van faces an even tougher decision. This time one of life or death.
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