Tag Archives: Award winning author

Suddenly Single

 Zal Pruett never dreamed she’d be a waitress in a retro-fifties diner. But like a burger flipped on a hot grill, Zal’s life turns upside down after the sudden death of her husband.     To her dismay, she discovers … Continue reading

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Making the Headlines

After Zal Pruett moves to a historic mining town, she researches her family history only to find a skeleton dangling from the family tree. She discovers her great-great-grandmother staring out from an old photograph. A group of women poses outside a house … Continue reading

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Would You Like to Dance?

Back when I was single, I liked to dance at a local country bar with live music. I went simply to dance. I used a line on men who asked me where I worked. With a straight face, I informed … Continue reading

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Fresh Starts

Have you ever wanted a fresh start in life—to the point you’d take off to an unknown destination? After college, I headed to a state where I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t recommend it. But then, I was single … Continue reading

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Whims, wishes, and Waterfalls

One of my favorite places is Ouray, Colorado. The first time I experienced its magnificent scenery, I was smitten. A red rock amphitheater surrounds the picturesque mountain town. High above, the San Juan peaks brush the heavens. Dramatic waterfalls plunge … Continue reading

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Vagrants and Visitors

Every summer I anticipate a trip home to see my family. We live far enough apart that frequent visits are out of the question. I usually spend three full weeks visiting my family and enjoying every minute of it. (Okay, … Continue reading

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Café Confessions

The life of a waitress can be trying— demanding customers, messed up orders in the kitchen, spilled drinks, and constant motion. My short-lived encounter with waitressing at age eighteen led me to pursue other vocations. I learned when people go … Continue reading

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Bookstore Barista

From washed-up waitress to bookstore barista, Zal Pruett starts a new life in Colorado. In the historic mining town, she researches her family history and uncovers a skeleton dangling from the family tree. Unexpected attention from two men, leaves Zal … Continue reading

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A Washed-Up Waitress

Zal Pruett never dreamed she’d be a waitress in a retro-fifties diner. But like a burger flipped on a hot grill, Zal’s life turns upside down after the sudden death of her husband. To her dismay, he’s left her on … Continue reading

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Tattered Covers

Wearing a little black dress and pearls, Azalea Pruett opens her front door and finds her BMW hoisted onto a long-bed trailer. A man in a blue jumpsuit explains he has a repo order for her car. With little money … Continue reading

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