First, there is a River

By Kathy Steffen

Finalist in the 2008 HOLT Medallion Awards in the Best First Book Category.

Finalist in the 2008 Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest in both the Mainstream with Romantic Elements Category and the Best First Book Category. 

Finalist in the 2008 First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest in the Women’s Fiction/ Chick Lit/ Mainstream Category.

Wins an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival

Finalist in the PMA 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice Fiction

2nd place in the 2008 Write-Touch Readers’ Award in the Mainstream with Romantic Elements category

Winner of the 2008 Best Historical Cover Award in the Cover Café’s annual contest

1st place in the 2008 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Published Authors in the Mainstream with Romantic elements category.

Historical literature meets romance and intrigue . . .

A family conceals a cruel secret.

Emma Perkins’ life appears idyllic. Her husband, Jared, is a hardworking farmer and a dependable neighbor. But Emma knows intimately the brutality prowling beneath her husband’s facade. When he sends their children away, Emma’s life unravels.

A woman seeks her spirit.

Deep in despair, Emma seeks refuge aboard her uncle’s riverboat, the Spirit of the River. She travels through a new world filled with colorful characters: captains, mates, the rich, the working class, moonshiners, prostitutes, and Gage, the Spirit’s reclusive engineer. Scarred for life from a riverboat explosion, Gage’s insight into heartache draws him to Emma, and as they heal together, they form a deep and unbreakable bond. Emma learns to trust that anything is possible, including reclaiming her children and facing her husband.

A man seeks revenge.

Jared Perkins makes a journey of his own. Determined to bring his wife home and teach her the lesson of her life, Jared secretly follows the Spirit. His rage burns cold as he plans his revenge for everyone on board.

Against the immense power of the river, the journey of the Spirit will change the course of their lives forever.



Book 1 in Spirit of the River Series
Historical Fiction
Trade Paperback
US $14.95 / CDN $18.95
ISBN# 9781932815931

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