Sharon Ervin

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Merry-go-round music makes me laugh. The rat-ta-tat-tat of the drums recalls daddies hoisting children onto the carousel, reminds me of the way stomachs flutter as the machinery groans to life and wooden horses shudder before lifting to set imaginations soaring.

I write novels mostly for and about women, although some men like them, too.

Like you, I had hobbies and dreams growing up: cheerleading, golf and tennis, proms. For spectating, I am almost obsessive about football. Mostly, however, I love romance--not necessarily as a spectator.

I went to the University of Oklahoma, primarily to be close to great football. I planned to be an M.D., but as things evolved, I changed to journalism. People said I wrote well. You don’t know those things when you’re young. People have to help you define your gifts.

Bill Ervin was my best friend, a man who combines the most important human qualities, but who nearly ruined our idyllic, platonic friendship when he suggested we marry, a radical concept. Our union has worked well. We have four grown children and are still best friends. We live in McAlester, Oklahoma, population 20,000. We stand at attention, hats doffed, hands over our hearts, to honor the stars and stripes at parades and ballgames. We know all the words to The Star Spangled Banner and belt it out when the opportunity presents. We are devout Christians, yellow dog Democrats, crazy about our kids, only a little less crazy about our grandkids, and even enjoy our in-laws.

Life is comfortable here and familiar. America’s heartland is richly blessed with fictional characters. Critics say I write good dialogue. That’s because I eavesdrop. A lot. I am attune to the thrum of life around me, like the rat-ta-tat-tat which, though it does not carry the tune, enriches the music of the carousel. And that thrum compels me to write books about the undercurrents in life which drive us. They are neither social commentaries, nor texts. They are, rather, the books of my heart.

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JINGO STREET Image Comming SoonNew book coming in August

JINGO STREET

Sentenced to community service at the Jingo Street Soup Kitchen, new attorney Anne Krease, 24, sees a different view of life. The physical work in the soup kitchen is hard, but Anne admires the resilience of its patrons, particularly Rosco Marcowitz, her mentally deficient protector. Anne also likes Max, Rosco’s brother, reputed to have murdered a man when he was eight years old. A volatile relationship develops between Anne and Max. Anne also sees America’s throwaway attitude toward unwanted children, like the Marcowitz brothers, institutionalized, removed from the sight and minds of mainstream America. When Anne’s life is threatened, Max kills the two gunsels, is arrested, convicted, and sentenced to die. He refuses to appeal his sentence and spurns contact with Anne.

ISBN: TBA

 

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NightingaleNIGHTINGALE

Jessica Blair, 17, rescues a runaway stallion in a remote area of Great Britain in May, 1840. A scullery maid, Jessica is the very literate daughter of a deceased professor and is sole support of her ailing, widowed mother. Ignorant of the danger in handling an overwrought stallion, Jessica calms the runaway, then backtracks to find the animal’s missing rider. She locates Devlin Miracle, 29, the arrogant Twelfth Duke of Fornay, cowering in the underbrush beside the road waiting for daylight. But for this nobleman, there will be no daylight. Injuries, inflicted by highwaymen, have left him blind.

ISBN-13: 9781440568107

Crimson Romance

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CandlesticksCANDLESTICKS

The third book in the Jancy Dewhurst series. The romance between Jim Wills and Jancy Dewhurst ripens into marriage. A familiar presence plagues their Rocky Mountain honeymoon as one heir to a fortune systematically murders beneficiaries in the Will of a wealthy woman who has bequeathed her entire estate to "those of my heirs who survive me." Curiosity piqued, Jancy insists Jim help track the killer.

ISBN: 978-1-59414-876-7

Five Star

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AftermathAFTERMATH

Publisher: Deadly Niche Press

Ashamed of her responses to her kidnapper’s erotic stimulation, newspaper reporter Anna Fulenweider, 24, refuses to discuss her 53-hour ordeal. Her friend, black newspaper photographer Wesley Stemmons, summons Joe Marsh, hoping Anna will accept help from the stranger credited with rescuing her by remote from 300 miles away, but creating a love triangle. Titillating, this is a romantic suspense.

ISBN: 978-0-937660-11-9

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MURDER ABOARD THE CHOCTAW GAMBLER

Nosy about murder and by investigator Jim Wills, newspaper reporter Jancy Dewhurst pries too deep and has no clue that the lifethreatening accidents that dog her are not accidents at all. Wills recognizes the attempts against her and orders Jancy to stop meddling. Following her instincts, she blunders from one dangerous situation into another.

ISBN: 978-1-59414-698-5

Five Star Publishing

When a croupier is murdered on the Choctaw Gambler Riverboat Casino, State Bureau of Investigation Agent Jim Wills invites newspaper reporter Jancy Dewhurst to accompany him to the scene.

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THE RIBBON MURDERS
Jancy Dewhurst, 23, a pushy, disheveled newspaper reporter, nervously attends her first homicide scene, and immediately locks horns with Jim Wills, 27, a natty cop who has no use for reporters meddling in an investigation. Observant, Jancy, sees details, but has no idea how they apply. Jim overlooks clues but, once informed, knows how they apply. Brainstorming leads to grudging regard and heightens the couple’s growing attraction. Meanwhile the murderer with the peculiar ribbon signature continues killing. ISBN: 1-59414-436-2

March 2006
Five Star Expressions
Romantic Suspense

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WEEKEND WIFE
From toddler to teen, Dianna Bratcher was in love with Greg O’Rourke, her brother Tom’s best friend. Because the boys were seven years older, Dianna had to make heroic efforts to get their attention. It’s been nine years since she’s seen Greg when Tom asks her to travel to Dallas and pretend to be Greg’s wife for a weekend to help close a business deal. Because (1) she has never been able to fall in love with anyone else, and (2) she is seriously contemplating marriage to Griffin Mayo, a prominent man in Twin Rivers, Kansas, and (3) because she believes she can withstand the O’Rourke mystique, Dianna takes the

ISBN: 1-41376-229-8

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COUNTERFEIT COWBOY
Jilted, Chelly Bennett, 25, quits her holiday job, abandons her fourth semester of law school and runs to the city to work, vowing never to trust another man. In a new job, Chelly encounters Don Richards, a handsome office gofer in run-over cowboy boots. And she develops regard for D.R. Manning, the firm’s perpetually absent named partner whose primary contact with the office is by e-mail. Coworkers laud Manning’s genius but describe him as crotchety, which Chelly mistakenly translates as old. Chelly is captivated by both her cowboy and D.R. Manning before she discovers a deception that makes her ex’s betrayal pale by comparison.

ISBN 1-4137-4955-0

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BODACIOUS,

Gifted and talented in many ways, Sara Loomis, 26, accepts her one glaring inadequacy: her sexual repression. Kidnapped during the robbery of a convenience store in the Ozark Mountains, Sara is terrified when her captors turn her over to Bo, a hairy mute mountain man they say will kill her humanely. While Bo does not murder Sara, neither does he return her to civilization, despite her pleas. Over 12 days, Sara grudgingly begins to appreciate Bo’s primitive lifestyle. Gradually the unlikely maestro arouses passion in Sara, fueling her need to escape. In those attempts, Sara inadvertently puts herself in one life-threatening situation after another. It is Bo who saves her, from other predators as well as from herself.

 ISBN 1-58851-494-3

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JUSU AND MOTHER EARTH

After five months of grieving, newly widowed Ruth Pedigo, 52, screws up her courage and sets out for Bwana, Uganda. Traveling alone, Ruth attracts the attention of Jack Standish, 45, who takes her under his wing when she is unexpectedly delayed in London. Ruth keeps their friendship platonic, archly denying the chemistry Jack insists is fomenting between them. When flights resume, Ruth continues her trip over Jack’s objections. He vows to see her in Uganda. When he doesn’t appear, she is disappointed to find no one knows him. Her curiosity does, however, produce lurid stories of Jusu (the magician), a local witch doctor so powerful, so feared, that his name is spoken only in whispers. Eventually Ruth is surprised by revelations about Jack, the people of Uganda, Jusu the witch doctor, and her own indomitable spirit.

 ISBN 1-893162-87-7

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Chick b- Lit for Foxy Hens

Four novellas from four authors in one volume includes my contribution, ROSE. Jan Hartley grieves the inevitable death of her husband and dislikes the brute in run-over cowboy boots elbowing his way into her life. But Fisk Reed is a hard man to ignore.

ISBN 0-937660-75-2

 “Four talented women writers have combined their life experience with their imaginations. Chick Lit for Foxy Hens is a cause for celebration.”
Teresa Miller author of Remnants of Glory and Family Correspondence

“Touching, funny, and insightful stories of second-time-around romance and adventure. Gals over forty will find themselves in these pages and have a rollicking good time!”
Deborah Camp, magazine editor and romance novel author of more than 45 books

“This spicy mix of sexy treats hits the spot for us ‘over-40’ dames.”
Velda Brotherton, author

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Former newspaper reporter Sharon Ervin has a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The Harvard Review, Whispers From Heaven, Pray!, True Love, The PEO Record and Arabella magazines.

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