WWW member Sydney Avey’s latest novel, The Trials of Nellie Belle, releases tomorrow, on Tuesday, February 6th!
When her parents marry Kansas-born Nellie Belle to the ranch’s foreman, she never questions that motherhood will follow. Yearning to achieve a sense of self-worth, Nellie later leaves behind her husband and son and takes her two daughters to the Northwest. She becomes the first woman court reporter to travel the circuit in the region. But on her journey, and as she meets people from all walks of life, she loses her daughters, one to death, and one to vaudeville.
Nellie finds fulfillment in the hard-won respect of a tight legal community that metes out early twentieth-century justice. But when her prodigal youngest returns home with a babe in arms, she must do what she can to pull together what remains of her scattered family. Can Nellie rescue her broken-hearted daughter, and give direction to her headstrong granddaughter, who is on a path to disaster?
Sydney lives half her time in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, CA and the rest of the year in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Her background includes a degree in English from Berkeley and writing news stories for non-profits and large corporations and many of her pieces have appeared in magazines across the country. You can find her writing her blog or just more about Sydney, at sydneyavey.com