When the frantic pace of her Washington, D.C. life becomes too much for her to bear, Willow St. Claire takes refuge in the North Georgia Mountains. She buys a bookstore, hoping to spend her days talking to customers about the latest releases, and her evenings in the quiet oasis of her mountain retreat. Alone in her cabin, two miles away from the nearest neighbor, Willow must learn to cope with the terror of her past, heal from the loss of her mother, and maintain a relationship with a teenaged daughter who refuses to leave D.C. where she lives with her father. But a knock at Willow’s kitchen door late one night, sets off a series of events that will shatter her newly found peace and tranquility, and threaten to trigger another breakdown. Willow has held tightly to her own version of the truth for over three decades, because for her, the real truth is far too disturbing.
Valerie Joan Connors is the author of four novels. Her upcoming release, A Better Truth, will be published in June of 2016 by Deeds Publishing.
A Promise Made is a historical novel, set in New York City just after World War II. Originally self-published in 2010 and titled Give Me Liberty, it’s the story of a courageous woman who breaks away from her abusive husband and moves to New York with her three year old son to start a new life, at a time in our history when women rarely did that sort of thing.
During business hours, Valerie is the Chief Financial Officer of an engineering firm. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two dogs, and is working on her next novel.