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*Listed as a “Best History Book for Kids” selection by Grateful American Foundation.

Fortitude will see you through the darkest times.

In April 1898, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell makes a decision that ultimately changes her life. She has never been one to follow society’s rules. Her best friend is a Creole during a time when that isn’t done, and she volunteers to serve as a nurse for the Buffalo Soldiers before the Spanish-American War-despite Jim Crow laws.

After Claire gives her heart to one of the soldiers, she finds herself caught in the racial violence besieging the area. When the consequences of her past decisions follow her home, she has no choice but to cling to faith and find the path she was meant to travel.

The updated third edition (October 2022) includes the bonus short story “Courtship and Courage” at the end of the novel.

This young adult historical novel was originally available in e-format on December 8, 2015 and published in paperback on January 5, 2016 by the Surge Imprint of Anaiah Press. The second edition published on March 5, 2019 by Bienvenue Press, and the third on October 11, 2022 by Olive Kent Publishing.

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After three years, CORRODED is back! The new edition released in March 2022.
It was first published in April 2016 through the Surge Imprint of Anaiah Press and remained in print and digital format for three years.

Fifteen and suffocating in her sister’s shadow, Mary Weber struggles to claim her own identity–and the attention of a guy at school. No matter what she does or where she goes, Mary never feels she measures up to her older sister’s legacy.

Ben Thomas, a seventeen-year-old neighbor on the autism spectrum, crosses paths with Mary. He fights against the weight of his rigid lifestyle because he doesn’t want his sensory issues to block their road to friendship.

An unlikely relationship forges between someone hiding from the world and another seeking to find her place in it. Will Ben and Mary discover what it takes to strengthen their lives that have been corroding around them?

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