5 women.
Five women bonded by friendship, there for each other no matter the storms that came.
Five women who had no idea their lives were about to be destroyed.
Five women bonded by friendship…until they weren’t.

Before the first shots are fired within the walls of Stillwater Elementary School, life went on as normal for five women who were close friends. Their monthly girls’ night was coming up and they couldn’t wait to get together. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree – from their husbands, their children, their church – with no expectations, no responsibilities, where they weren’t mothers or wives.

No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by a danger lurking in their tight-knit community.

This story gives you a glimpse into the town of Stillwater Bay and its residents. You will see what their lives were like BEFORE the storm that rocked their little community descended upon them.

This is the prequel to Stillwater Rising.






After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there is no going back, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past. Yet Charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community. Jenn and Charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship.







What kind of life can you live when you know you should be dead? What happens when all your dreams fall apart and it’s a struggle just to get through each day?

Grace Bryar is only alive because she called in sick to work and convinced her best friend to go in her place. She was alive when her friend was dead. That kind of guilt doesn’t go away and in fact, it holds the power to destroy lives.

Camille Bloomin struggles to give her sister time to grieve while keeping their business afloat. Every day she wonders if today is the final straw for Paige and if she’ll walk away – leaving Camille alone. Ever since their parents death, Camille’s focus has been on the family business and her sister – she’s not sure how to change, especially now.

Rocked by the tragedy in their small town, both women discovers that amidst the pain of living with loss, dreams still can come true.

Stillwater Tides focuses on members of the small knit community as they learn to heal.
Included is an excerpt from Stillwater Deep – the next in the series.








Hidden truths are unspoken lies. Or what others might call secrets.

Everyone knows nothing good ever comes from keeping secrets.
And yet, that’s exactly what Charlotte Stone is doing. Or trying to.

It doesn’t help that the secret she’s trying to keep is slowly destroying everyone and everything around her. Her marriage, her town, her friendships…even herself.

Months ago, her tiny town of Stillwater Bay was rocked with a tragedy. One of their own had gone into a local elementary school with a gun and too many lives were lost.

The secret Charlotte is keeping is this: she knows why Gabriel Berry went into the school with a gun and it’s all her husband’s fault.

While Charlotte is trying to remain strong, her husband is slowly falling apart. The secret Jordan’s keeping is too much to carry and he needs to confess – but Charlotte won’t let him. If he tells the truth it would destroy their town and all those they consider friends.

Control-focused Charlotte Stone, mayor of Stillwater Bay, unravels little by little as the secrets become too much for her to carry. Is the truth worth the cost? Charlotte isn’t so sure.

Stillwater Tides focuses on members of the small knit community as they learn to heal.

Fans of Jodi Picoult and Elin Hilderbrand will fall in love with this story set in the town of Stillwater Bay, a final continuation of bestselling author Steena Holmes heart-touching series of the devastating aftermath of a small town school shooting.