Beginnings: Into the Unknown
Emma and Jonathan Carter, aboard the steamboat Carter's Dream on her maiden voyage up the Big Muddy, head toward a new beginning in the wild, emerging town of Independence. From their newly opened store, Carter's Mercantile Too, they hope to make their fortune outfitting traders, trappers, and emigrants heading west into Indian Territory. The years in Independence, and later Westport, bring both joy and pain as Emma and Jonathan face would-be robbers, a "star shower," the fear brought by not one, but two outbreaks of Cholera, the devastation of the Great Flood of 1844, the joy of a new life and pain of death, the uncertainty of the exploding hostilities of the Border War, and just plain growing old. One of their greatest joys, however, is the purchase of the land that would become White Oaks, the ranch that signified the fulfillment of everything they'd worked for over the years. Through all their experiences, whether good or bad, there was one thing that always sustained Emma and Jonathan - their love. A love that gave them the strength to endure whatever confronted them - as long as they faced it together.
About D.L. Rogers (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Although born in New Jersey of parents from New Jersey and Tennessee, it was just a matter of time before Diane's "southern" blood revealed itself. And reveal itself it did, in a passion for all things western and related to the Civil War. Having learned a great deal in her research since her historical journey began, especially in the Midwest, Diane has attempted to portray both the west and the war from numerous points-of-view, which is not always the same history as what has been previously portrayed--or taught.
As a kid, Diane played Cowboys and Indians more than she did Barbie, and as she got older, she and her cousin (whose parents were reversed) gave themselves the moniker of "Yebels." The question of what it would have been like during the Civil War years, when friends and family fought on opposite sides of the war, festered inside Diane until she answered her own question in the form of the novels she writes of the west and Civil War, where everyday people, regardless of what "side" they were on, when faced with difficult situations, rose to the challenge, and survived.
Now living south of Kansas City, Missouri, on fourteen acres of property, when Diane's not writing or marketing, she enjoys sitting on her front porch, reading when she can or just watching her three horses in the pasture and multitude of cats in the yard. When she does venture into town, it's to work at a law firm on the Plaza, or visit her two children and five grandchildren.