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Filled with the dreams of youth, and surrounded by the love of her family and friends, Payton Martin’s world was simple. When someone closest to her is cruelly betrayed and unjustly sent away, life afterwards proves never to be the same for everyone involved, beginning a series of events beyond her control. Somehow, through the years that follow, Payton manages to deal with the heartache of loss and rejection, all while balancing her new situation, and becoming her own woman. 

Finally settled into a life that she could only once imagine, Payton is content; especially when the promise of love is presented by someone she admires and trusts. Nothing ever goes to plan, though. Once again she is faced with surviving circumstances, and choices others make on her behalf. This time, they ultimately take her across the ocean, to settle in a harsh new land.

“Your Pa put me in your bed. I’m sorry,” Charlie whispered while he carefully returned his hand to his side again, releasing the corner of the sheet, which is what I assumed he used to wipe my mouth with. His eyes were fixed on my face.  They were dark right now, and they seemed…distant. Not that I have ever actually noticed Charlie’s eyes this close before, but right now, as I looked into their depths, I realized that what I was seeing was more like heartbreak.
“No, I want to pen a reply, now, so it reaches there before we do. I want to have some wheels set into motion. If Captain Jefferies didn’t stop by today, I wouldn’t know about the land grants. This helps both of us.  It’s just a little longer.  What can go wrong?” There was the lengthy silence again. I could see in my mind’s eye my Papa running his hands through his hair. He did this when he was troubled or thinking hard on something.
“Oh Alright, I’ll do it, but if I have no wife to return to, I’ll quit. Then see if you can find as good a steward as me.” His voice sounded lighter and resigned. My Papa had just made a decision that affected us all in such a way that I couldn’t even comprehend.
A part of Ashleigh’s skirt wrapped around William’s legs as he spun her in a big hug. As William was putting Ashleigh down, I walked over, paused, and curtsied just like Ashleigh showed me in front of William.
“Welcome home, Master Townshend,” I said. Ashleigh clasped her hands in front of her and beamed a proud smile.
“What, no hug?” William asked, looking between Ashleigh and I. Shaking my head I held out my hand.  William wanted to laugh at me, I knew, but who better to practice on with what I had learned than with a true gentleman.

Top 5 Movies:
  1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  2. Ever After
  3. Pride and Prejudice
  4. Sahara (For the Mathew McConnahay Factor)
  5. Three Little Girls in Blue
Five Books on my Kindle (okay I’m cheating on this one a little):
  1. Cross Stitch
  2. Bronze Horseman
  3. Into The Winlderness
  4. Paint The Wind
  5. Any book of Marcia Lyn McClure’s
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I was born in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, and raised in Alice Springs (the very center of the country). I have always loved reading and telling “tall tales” and wrote poetry all the time. My greatest influence was my grandpa Majid who kept us entertained all the time with his stories, music and passion for writing. 
I didn’t tell anyone I wrote when I started because I was to shy, I have no idea why I was like that. I don’t care now, I have stories to tell and I want to share them. I am not, and never will profess to be an awesome writer, but I will try to entertain, while bringing to life the history of my country, one page at a time.

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