A Race to Splendor

March 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Set in the tumultuous aftermath of San Francisco’s devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, and based on the lives of several women apprenticed to famed Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect, this historical novel tells of the fiercely-fought competition between Nob Hill hotels to re-open their doors by the first anniversary of the disaster–proving to the country and the world that the city would rise from the ashes.  Amelia Hunter Bradshaw, fresh from earning her certificate in architecture at the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, finds herself, through a series of flukes and mishaps, in the employ of the one man determined to best Miss Morgan, Amelia’s mentoress and friend.  Intrigue, political corruption, and an undeniable attraction to the mysterious James Diaz Thayer threaten not only to jeopardize her personal life, but also prove fatal to all she holds dear.

Early Praise for “Splendor:”

“…Vividly evocative of the time and place, Ware’s (Island of the Swans) first novel in ten years deftly blends history and romance in a page-turning story. From her gripping descriptions of the earthquake and its aftermath to the interplay between the protagonists, this is another winner from an excellent wordsmith.”

Library Journal

“…Ware’s trailblazing woman is a feisty host for an affecting story of the struggle to rise above the wreckage of mankind.”

Publishers Weekly


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Midnight on Julia Street

March 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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This “stand-alone” prequel to A Light on the Veranda is a romantic novel of intrigue and suspense set in modern-day New Orleans with echoes of nineteenth century Louisiana, when Cotton was King.  Corlis McCullough, a take-no-prisoners TV journalist, late of Los Angeles, and her former UCLA nemesis, King Duvallon, an historic preservationist with deep roots in the Crescent City, are an unlikely pair to join forces to save a beautiful Greek Revival building with origins linked mysteriously to those of their own ancestors during the Golden Age in the Big Easy   Both must grapple with the unlikely concept of “genetic memory,” a force that appears to be intruding on their lives and thwarting any chance for ultimate happiness.

“Ware transports you to New Orleans in the modern day and back in time and captures all its charm. You’ll see, hear, feel and taste the flavor of N’awlins..It’s a Big Easy and a must read.”

Rendezvous Reviews

“A Fascinating story…If you like historical fiction, then you will be sorry when you turn the last page.”

Florida News Chief

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A Light on the Veranda

March 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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A “stand-alone” sequel to Midnight on Julia Street, this novel tells the story of Daphne Duvallon, a wayward southern belle and Juilliard-trained harpist, who returns to Natchez, Mississippi from New York’s cut-throat classical music world, weary from professional battles and personal despair. Still wounded from the uproar that ricocheted through her family when she ditched Jack Ebert, her philandering groom, literally at the altar, she has an unexpected rendezvous with her future when she meets Simon Hopkins, a nationally-renown nature photographer with a dark secret of his own. Reinventing her life as a jazz musician while sorting through a series of bizarre collisions with her nineteenth century ancestors—and Simon’s as well—Daphne begins to get the feeling that she might well be better off making her way as a second-rate musician at society weddings than as a wildly successful woman band leader whose past is deeply rooted in the “Land that Time Forgot.”

In this wonderful sequel to Midnight on Julia Street (1999), Daphne Duvallon leaves her native New Orleans for New York City after abandoning her philandering fiance at the altar in front of 500 guests. Now her brother, King, wants her to come back south for his wedding in Natchez. A talented Julliard-trained harpist, the trip truly becomes a life-altering experience when she meets Sim Hopkins, a nature photographer.  Both are cautious, and for good reason, as the distant past impacts their future, cued by the music of a mysterious harp. This ghostly instrument opens a gateway to a sequence of tragic events beginning in the late 1790s. Thoroughly engaging in its own right.

Patty Engelmann- American Library Association

As someone well acquainted with Natchez, the setting for A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA, I found this book to be an honest reflection of a unique town lost in time. It’s both engrossing and entertaining and shows a vivid familiarity with the Mississippi landscape, both past and present, as it gracefully weaves dual story lines. In no way a frothy romance, VERANDA is a richly rewarding read brimming with local color, humor, sexual tension, environmental issues and even a fun glimpse into the world of jazz bands.

Five-Star review, Amazon.com

Rightsizing Your Life

March 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Named by the Wall Street Journal as “One of the Top 5 Books on Retirement,” Rightsizing is more than a handbook about the process of planning a new environment, jettisoning a lifetime’s worth of surplus household items, and moving painlessly into a more suitable space. It is also a comprehensive guide to the emotional passage that this winnowing process entails, providing a prescription for dealing with the internal hurdles that can easily sabotage sensible decision-making.

The paring down of a lifetime of possessions and furnishing a “new” life with things that have meaning liberates people in mid-life to pursue their passions such as travel or hobbies without the responsibilities of too much “stuff” weighing them down.

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February 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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