AUTHOR: Judy Ann Davis
When architect Elise Springer’s father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother’s death, and Elise can’t resist lending a hand.
Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He’s back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew—and prove his brother’s death was no accident.
As they unearth clues pointing to find a murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?
UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES is a unique collection of nineteen humorous and serious short stories that explores the lives and relationships of the young and old.
A grizzled, old farmer, Pop, climbs up on his farmhouse roof to meditate, check his chimney and antenna, and ends up talking to God on his portable phone in “Up on the Roof”.
In “Bald Revelations,” Maureen is convinced her husband of twenty years is planning to leave her when he purchases ten new pairs of black socks and starts singing Beach Boy songs.
Greta Nielsen of Inuit heritage is searching for an amulet to remind herself of home, but her money-conscious boyfriend keeps thwarting her efforts in “The Amulet”.
Storyteller Judy Ann Davis weaves her award-winning tales to make her readers laugh, maybe cry, but always able to relate to the unique characters and the dilemmas they encounter.
Red Fox Woman, by Judy Ann Davis, is a mixture of western, mystery and romance. It was chosen as a finalist in the western category of the 2011 International Book Awards and USA Best Book Awards. Set in the Colorado Territory in 1868, the main character, Pennsylvania redware potter Julia Gast, flees to the West to set up a pottery business, raise horses and hopefully avoid secrets from her past, including a ruthless fiancé.
When Flint Ashmore rides into the ranch he thought he purchased from a now deceased neighbor, he is surprised to find the potter squatting on his land. Both Flint and Julia are equally surprised when they discover that the ranch has been deeded to Julia and Betsy Ashmore, adopted sister of Flint and his three brothers.
In order to get money to start her horse ranch, Julia makes ring flasks and pottery to sell. (Ring flasks, pictured on the book cover, were used by the workers in the mid-1800’s to take drinking water to the fields.) Julia also aligns herself with a renegade Indian named Two Bears to help her gather horses to sell to the army.
When unknown enemies try to steal Julia’s stock and injure Betsy Ashmore, Flint and Julia must work together to find the culprits and to find the peace and happiness both are seeking.
Throughout her career, Davis has worked in both education and industry. To date, she has written two novels: Red Fox Woman and Key to Love-- and two collections of short stories: Up on the Roof and Other Stories and Three Merry Mysteries.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and have won awards. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and is a member of Pennwriters and Romance Writers of America.
She lives with her husband in Clearfield, PA.
Finalist in the Western Category
2011 International Book Awards
2008 First Place Short Story Competition
Writer's Digest Magazine
Placed in Top 100 of 1991, 1993 & 1996
Short Story Writing Competitions
Author Judy Ann Davis creates captivating characters who steal the reader's attention in Red Fox Woman, her first novel. Throughout the cleverly written tale, she introduces true characters of the Old West - scoundrels, four gun-toting brothers, a colorful, renegade Indian, a bumbling sheriff, and a willy old rancher who teaches the heroine, Julia Gast, that despite the odds, anything is possible with persistence. It is a well-told western, a humorous mystery, and a delightful romance. Best of all, it is a fun read which is hard to put down.
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