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My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.






The daughter of a

Georgia plantation owner, Diantha Ames was raised and educated to be a lady.

Surviving the Civil War as a child, her family, in a desperate, but ultimately

unsuccessful bid to save the property of both her father and her uncle,

arranges a marriage between her and her first cousin. Although not a love match,

she and Eugene were amiable. As information about her husband comes to light

after his death in the Gold King Mine disaster that took so many lives in

Wildcat Ridge, she is left with her husband’s hotel and postmaster position to

fill—and a lot of questions.


With Diantha’s

former laundress gone, she hires Hilaina Dowd, whose family hails from the

mountains of Appalachia. Hilaina loyally stays with her mother who wishes to

live out her life in Wildcat Ridge and be buried next to her husband who died

in the mine disaster.


Henry “Hank”

Cauley is branded a failure after refusing to be part of his father’s Salt Lake

City brick-making business and then losing his stationary and book store

business. To bury him far away, his brother and conniving sister-on-law use

their political influence with the territorial Congressional representative to

award him the postmaster position in Wildcat Ridge. He arrives in town to take

over the position starting the first of September only to discover the

postmistress, Diantha, knows nothing about the change, and is not relieved she

no longer is obligated to fill this position originally awarded to her deceased

husband. Finding himself surrounded by those loyal to the soft-spoken, Southern

lady, is he destined to also be a failure in Wildcat Ridge?


Buckley “Buck”

Kramer, wrangler on the Grassy Fork Ranch in Colorado, has not been totally

satisfied with his lot ever since the trip he took to Wildcat Ridge earlier in

the summer with his boss and best friend now he sees the happiness of family

life the two men enjoy after they brought back wives. When two trail-worn young

brothers stumble onto the ranch looking for a meal and permanent jobs, but are

told with winter coming on there is only room for one, Buck insists on leaving

in order to keep the brothers together. Is Buck really dissatisfied with his

job on the ranch, or is this an excuse to return to Wildcat Ridge and the woman

he has not been able to get out of his mind?


Diantha, Book 14,

is a stand-alone novel. However, you might enjoy it best by reading all the

books in the series, The Widows of Wildcat Ridge. Also, my other book in the

series, Nissa, Book 3, was written to

be a duet with Diantha—a series

within a series. You might also enjoy reading Nissa if you have not already done so.




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“One of the men killed was the

postmaster. He wasn’t a miner, but he took part in the rescue attempt that

ended up claiming the lives of a lot of merchants and businessmen in town. With

enough people still there to justify a post office, and the position now open,

the government is looking for someone who is willing to move to such a remote

location to fill it. Since it is a small office without mail delivery every day

with only a minimal monthly salary, it means you would need to live frugally on

the income provided. I…” Louis glanced across the table at his wife. “We

thought it would be a good opportunity for you, since you do not seem to wish a

future in the brick business.”


fought down the surge of excitement welling up within him. This position held

great possibilities. It would bring in a steady source of income—money over

which he had complete control—for a job that would leave him enough freedom to

pursue his own desired career. He could find a small retail space and once

again open his shop. He could use the leftover inventory he had crated up and

stacked in both his room and a back wall of a storeroom at the brickyard. If

the post office building was big enough, he could sell his inventory there.

Most importantly, he would have time to finish his novel he had almost

completed before he had been forced out of his shop and into a job working for

his brother. No, he would do that before he left.



quick glance at the smirk of satisfaction on Della’s face told him she was the

mastermind behind him being offered a position far away from Salt Lake

City—completely disassociated from the business she wanted to eventually go to

her son, Louis Junior, rather than to Hank. For once, he felt grateful he had

not indulged in his usual hair-trigger tendency to act—often over-react—to a

situation. It would never do to let Della know he welcomed the prospect.






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