St. Petersburg, Missouri, 1864 – A divided state languishes under martial law and the once-peaceful river town where Becky Thatcher grew up throngs with soldiers, spies, and sedition. When her father falls under suspicion of treason, the last person she expects to drop in—literally—is the man who broke his promise to her years ago. Why has Tom Sawyer returned, and why now?
Tom pledges to help Becky vindicate the judge. With crucial memories missing he must fill in the facts, which run contrary to her assertions. Instead of improving matters, his involvement catapults them into a web of intrigue involving her disloyal cousin, Tom’s relentless brother, and a childhood friend who offers her safety and security in return for her hand in marriage.
Becky is no longer the naive, spoiled girl Tom remembers. But who is he? A deserter? A charlatan? A loyal friend? She isn't certain she can rely on her heart to guide her. If Tom doesn't keep his word this time, she will face her enemies alone, armed only with her courage and a secret that could get her killed.
Inspired by America's favorite storyteller, bestselling author E.E. Burke brings her vision to a Civil War thriller with characters borrowed from Mark Twain's classics. If you enjoy a rollicking romance between sharp-witted contenders, woven into the framework of a plot-twisting page-turner, don’t miss E.E.’s newest adventure, Tom Sawyer Returns.More info →
Missouri River, 1870 – On a vast, untamable river separating civilized society from the wild frontier, steamboat pilot Huck Finn lives life on his own terms, avoiding any entanglements that might tie him down. Until he’s named guardian of an eight-year-old orphan.
At first, the chronic wanderer looks for a way out. But when a waspish-tongued spinster makes a questionable claim on the child, Huck’s sympathetic heart takes control of his better judgment. A snap decision alters his course, leading them all on a wild trip upriver fraught with conflict, danger, betrayal, and—to Huck's surprise—temptation.
Will this adventure cost Huck his life? Or worse, his freedom?
Inspired by America's favorite storyteller, bestselling author E.E. Burke brings her vision to a new historical adventure with beloved characters borrowed from Mark Twain's classics. If you enjoy a rollicking romance between opposites, set against a breath-taking landscape in the rip-roaring era of the American frontier, don’t miss Taming Huck Finn.
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In chains on his way to a bleak end, the infamous outlaw Jasper Byrne is stolen off a train by a woman in disguise who claims to be a Pinkerton agent. She offers him a deal...one he is in no position to refuse.
Brigit Stevens has worked undercover for ten years, putting rascals like Jasper behind bars. But when a fellow detective goes missing in the wilderness during a railroad investigation, she must turn to a train robber for help. She recruits Jasper to guide her to an outlaw stronghold, relying on her instincts about him.
Jasper admires the beautiful agent’s pluck and her artful disguises. Even more surprising, Brigit treats him with respect and trusts him with her life. He isn’t sure if she’s crazy or simply naïve. But she refuses to accept that he’s an irredeemable scoundrel. Instead, she promises him a second chance if he will trust her.
When the stakes get higher than either of them expects, Jasper faces a choice. He can sacrifice himself for Brigit and save her. Or he can put his faith in her courage and cleverness, and in something he finds harder to believe…the power of love.
Award-winning author E.E. Burke delivers a steam-powered Western romance that transports readers back to the American frontier where lawless hearts reigned. Don't miss the blockbuster finale to the Steam! Romance & Rails series!More info →
Kansas, 1873: A depression grips the country, robbers target rail lines with shocking accuracy. In spite of its early success, the Katy Railroad now struggles to pay its workers and bankruptcy looms. But in the midst of all this unhappy news, it is an act of domestic violence that sets the town of Parsons ablaze with gossip, and challenges Sheriff Frank Garrity to uncover the truth. When he does, it will shatter his notions about duty, justice...and love.
Bestselling author E.E. Burke transports readers back in time to the wild and untamed era of steam railroads in this breathtaking historical romance that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.More info →
In 1873, the Katy Railroad’s ambitious general manager is caught up in a whirlwind of crime and corruption. While fighting for his job, he is drawn into a passionate relationship with a younger woman who sees through his arrogant facade to the lonely man beneath. But it takes an excruciating loss before he faces the truth about what his obsession has cost him.
Bestselling author E.E. Burke delivers a beautiful and poignant love story within a taut suspense based on events in the life of a pioneering railroad builder.More info →
In August, 1870, the Katy railroad arrives in Indian Territory to an unwelcome greeting from the people who live there. During the tense standoff, which stalls construction and ignites tempers, a peaceful resolution appears impossible. So does a love that springs up between a wealthy railroad heiress and the desperate Cherokee outlaw who kidnaps her.
"E.E. Burke understands the heart of romance...and delivers it."
Maggie Shayne, New York Times bestselling author
A soldier with a secret. A daughter with a quest. Will their steam-powered chemistry thrive on the frontier?
Kansas, 1870. Buck O’Connor rides a horse named regret. Aimless and alone after a brutal loss to the North, he risks heading cross-country to reconcile with an estranged kinsman by helping in the bloody battle to wreck a new railroad. But after he saves a beautiful widow from an overturned carriage, he’s shocked to discover she’s the wealthy villain he swore to sabotage.
Amy Langford is desperate to fulfill her father’s legacy. And after a series of targeted mishaps, she gratefully accepts the protection of a strapping cowboy against the violent settlers. But she’s up to her neck in the frantic race to finish construction, and she can ill-afford to succumb to her feelings for her new bodyguard.
With Buck falling hard for the determined promoter he’s supposed to destroy, he’s terrified his hidden past will cost him her heart. And as Amy puts everything on the line to honor her father, her guilt demands she cut the handsome stranger loose before he’s the next victim of a cutthroat project.
Will their unexpected love be permanently derailed in the name of progress?
Her Bodyguard is the first scorching tale in the Steam! Romance and Rails Western historical romance series. If you like pulse-pounding suspense, dark deceits, and vivid depictions of the Wild West, then you’ll adore E.E. Burke’s gritty story.More info →
KANSAS CITY STORY, a rich collection of short stories blending history with fiction, takes the reader from the muddy banks of the Mighty Mo to the gleaming glass and steel of the Sprint Center. The journey highlights memorable moments in our river city’s intriguing history, beginning as a wilderness settlement in 1821.
Written by MRW members, this unique anthology showcases the KC Spirit that overcame floods, fires, and disasters to create the quintessential American metropolis that thrives today.
Includes two short stories by E.E. Burke:
The Orphan and the OutlawMore info →