Hi, I'm Kristine!
My first book, Shadows Across Dakota is a historical, romantic fiction novel I wrote after retiring from a local university. It has been a dream long in the making... I hate to tell you how long!! Since 1972.... and my visit to the Little Bighorn Historic Site in Montana. I left there hearing bugle calls... (really!) and imagining the lives lost and their loved ones who lived with the loss. Thus... the book!! Finally!!! Working on the sequel... maybe 2019?
I live near Athens, Georgia and love my country life! Down the road is my daughter's farm where my horse, Sierra and hers reside. My pups Spike and Scout and kitties, Stormy and Miss Kitty, live here along with husband Randy and goldfish Barnabas.
Love to garden, read historical fiction, walk, ride Sierra and enjoy the beautiful world around me!
Lynn won the 2015 First Place Winner, Oak Tree Press, Cop Tales, for her crime novel, Well of Rage. Her cozy mystery Another Kind of Hero was a finalist in the 2018 Sliver Falchion Award.
She has a law enforcement background and writes her character-driven stories with an ear for dialogue and an affinity for plot twists set in rich southern culture. Her novels and short stories use humor and irony. She is a storyteller and member of the dance troupe, The Dancing Flowers for Peace. Her flower persona is "The Dandelion." She lives in Stone Mountain.
Another Kind of Hero:
A casket full of drugs and money at the Pick’n Pay in Forsyth, Georgia puts dissimilar sisters, a ghost’s godson, and a DEA agent in jeopardy.
Well of Rage:
A female rookie cop in Mobile, Alabama finds an African-American teenager’s bones and a ring in the bottom of an abandoned well. Her training officer confiscates the ring and blames the rookie. She must survive long enough to solve this cold-case murder and bring closure to the victim’s mother.
Southern Humorist, Marlene Ratledge Buchanan has been entertaining readers with her observations about life through her column, Hey Y'all, published in the Gwinnett Citizen since 2015. Ms. Buchanan column first appeared in the life section of the Snellville Patch. She has combined a collection of essays into her first book, Life is Hard Soften It with Laughter. The subject matter for her columns primarily center around life events she has experienced, but no topic or any person is off limits.
After thirty-four years of being in public education either as a teacher or counselor, Marlene "fully" retired in 2007. Her first teaching position, as an art teacher, was at Duluth High School in 1972. She moved to Parkview High School in the fall of 1978 and remained for the next tweny-four years. It was in the classroom where she earned the name "Ms. Rat." that has stayed with her and garnered her a collection of rat figurines and collectibles over the years from her students. After her first attempt at retirement, Marlene returned to the education arena as a counselor for students in special education or required academic support in 2002 for Central Gwinnett High School.
Marlene is quick to say that she'd plan to marry someone old and rich, but she only got old. This is often immediately followed with how she knew on her first date with her husband, Snell, she was positive he was the one for her to the point she proposed. After his refusal, she considered getting him pregnant. Marlene and Snell have celebrated forty-two years of marriage.
After seven years of marriage, Snell asked Marlene if she could be pregnant. The answer was yes and a beautiful olive skin baby boy with a head full of black hair became a part of their lives. James suffered a lack of oxygen during delivery, resulting in him having special needs. Marlene refers to James' condition as a special gift.
Their family is complete with several feline, two of which are often referred to as flying monkeys, and other rescues James has brought home. Her computer is known as Hissy Prissy. Marlene believes dust is just and admits she is not a domestic diva and has allergies to cooking,. The only reason their home has a kitchen is for the resale value it adds. She is a connoisseur of coffee and finds therapy in bush hogging around her home. Guest are welcomed to visit. There is a shovel at the back door to help navigate your way into her home. She does ask that the fur tumbleweeds are not disturbed.