Florence Witkop, Author
Florence has been an elementary teacher, an IT person, has owned (with her husband and 5 kids) a family-friendly resort in northern Minnesota, and at present is helping make and sell fudge and fudge-filled treats, a family business she joined after her husband passed that started with the family recipe for Christmas fudge.
Most of all, though, Florence is a writer.
Her writing journey began some years ago when she was driving through near-blizzard conditions the thirty plus miles to the school where she taught first grade while wondering if there was a better way to make a living. As she drove, she remembered that she’d always intended to become a writer when she retired. After living an interesting life. Later. Well, with the wind blowing the snow thick across the windshield and sending her SUV sidewise, she wondered why she was waiting for retirement. Why not now? So when the school year ended, she said goodbye to teaching, became a full-time, professional writer and has never looked back.
Since that fateful decision, she’s been a ghost writer, written confession stories, done editing, written advertising copy, written some non-fiction articles, written literary and science-fiction short stories, written both novellas and novels, and won the only literary contest she ever entered, becoming Minnesota’s Region 2 Literary Person of the Year.
When the bricks and mortar publishing industry went bankrupt and her paychecks went up in smoke, like many other writers she made the transition to electronic media, eventually ending up in the absolute best place of all, Winged Publications, where she writes for both Forget Me Not Romances and Take Me Away Books. In this clean and Christian-oriented market, she can write the romances she likes to read, the kind that mothers and daughters can read together without either of them blushing!
Her imagination is wide-ranging and takes readers from small towns to the depths of space and into the realm of fantasy, with stories that invoke and celebrate the wonder — and the fun — and the surprises of life and romance.
You can find her on the deck overlooking the forest she loves so much, or online at:
How long can a toddler lost in the wilderness survive once the temperature drops below freezing? How can a normally sedentary woman convince searchers that she—and she alone—can find the child before it’s too late?
Anna Reilly grew up in the wilderness and knows it like the back of her hand. Just because she’s not a macho tomboy doesn’t mean she can’t make her way in the forest but she’s away when three-year-old Bobby Deal goes missing and search parties are formed. When she returns, she’s relegated to pouring coffee and handing out donuts. But she knows how to find the missing child if she can only get past the guards keeping throngs away from the forest lest they, too, become lost and make things worse. If only, somehow, she can get into the forest and start looking. She is determined to do her best to save Bobby’s life and her chance comes when she sees Max Colton, her childhood friend who’s stood up for her since they were kids. He’s emerging from the forest to take a break from searching. With his help, she slips into the forest she knows so well and finds Bobby. But finding him is just the beginning. What happens next turns her life upside down.
Another story by veteran story-teller, Florence Witkop, peopled with her signature nice, normal people in situations they didn’t look for who are way too busy to fall in love — but do so anyway. AMAZON
More than anything, Abby Carr wants to own the house in the forest where she spent many happy, childhood summers and she can have it if she follows the rules her grandmother laid out for owning it.
Having quit her job and moved to the north woods of Minnesota to live there and eventually own the house in the forest, she moves in — and realizes her grandmother wasn’t specific about the requirements. Exactly what does ‘living the old way’ mean? And how can she ‘make a living and become a permanent resident’ when she can’t find a job? But she’ll do her best. Until, on her very first day, she gets between a mother bear and its cubs and barely escapes with her life. Things go downhill from there and only the help of her hunky neighbor promises to get her through the year alive and undamaged.
Bruce Merriweather grew up in the wilderness and pretty much knows everything there is to know about living there and is willing to tutor Abby if she’ll pay for the lessons with her to-die-for muffins, which he dearly loves.
With no other options, she reluctantly agrees, ignoring his effect on her libido because both of them are too busy surviving in the forest to have time for romance. But romance has a way of sneaking into any and all hearts and Christmas in the forest is the perfect time and place for love. AMAZON
What if you went for a walk and brought home a man from another era? Impossible, you say! Sometimes the impossible happens.
When Carey finds an unconscious man among the wildflowers on her farm, he awakens knowing only his name and what her farm was like a hundred years ago. He’s clearly suffering from amnesia and ‘something else’ that the doctor doesn’t understand, but when the doctor tells Carey he’ll recover his memory faster in familiar surroundings—and the farm is familiar– she offers him a place in her home to avoid sending him to an institution, not dreaming how important he’ll become as time passes, both to her business– and to her heart. But, as his memory returns, they realize the ‘something else’ that the doctor didn’t understand is that he’s from the past. He traveled in time. And may do so again, separating the new lovers forever. AMAZON
Welcome to Johns Falls, Minnesota, where everyone knows everything about everybody, often before they know it themselves. So it’s not surprising that two people who are falling in love are the last to know, even though everyone’s talking about their romance and asking them personally for the lurid, juicy details. (Of which there aren’t any because this is a clean, fun romance.) But for the lovers to deny there’s a romance even after being told straight out that they are in love? That’s beyond belief. Meet Becky, dedicated small-town career girl following her pre-determined course to be the best bookkeeper in the area and now, with the blessings of her boss and all-around nice guy Tobias Whittaker, she’ll also be a genuine business consultant with a framed diploma on the wall as soon as she finishes an online course that she’ll fail without help from someone who understands the nuances of the people side of small town businesses. Enter Jackson, hunky, former football jock and newish, charismatic owner of the lumberyard in town whose charm can convince the must obstinate customer to buy something, whether that customer knew he wanted it or not, and whose boyish smile can subdue even the most stubborn heart but who can’t keep his books straight no matter how hard he tries. Add one small, black cat with a mind of its own into the mix that’s not about to watch his two favorite people live without each other one second longer than necessary. Then, along with the entire town of Johns Falls, Minnesota, sit back and enjoy the action. AMAZON
Recently jilted, Chloe Brown is back home in Johns Falls, Minnesota, working for her aunt selling furniture and other garden paraphernalia until she can recover emotionally, after which she’ll leave.
When she discovers a family of Mallard ducks in one of the huge vases in the outdoor portion of the store, her aunt agrees to let them stay because protecting the ducks is taking her niece out of her severe depression.
Soon Chloe meets Ryan, short-term, interim manager of the Johns Falls newspaper. The two agree to support each other during this temporary, small-town stage of their lives, after which they will happily leave Johns Falls and each other. They find themselves sharing confidences, but Chloe has sworn to protect the duck family and keep them safe, so she keeps their existence a secret lest Ryan write about them in the paper, because a story could bring unwanted publicity, too many visitors, and possibly danger.
But secrets have a way of being uncovered, especially by experienced reporters.
And love isn’t temporary. AMAZON
Charlie, forester, guides her boss and the owner of Macallister Outdoors to a tiny lake in the middle of a wilderness tract he recently purchased so he can see with his own eyes the spirit that legend says lives there and uncover the truth about it.
Suddenly, a rogue storm destroys the dam that created the lake, the surrounding forest, and much of their equipment. They are stranded.
Then they see the spirit and hear it sing. It’s real, it’s beautiful, and it will die when the lake drains dry. They resolve to patch the dam and save the lake and the spirit. As they work, they learn about the spirit of legend and about each other, while deliberately ignoring the growing attraction between them, because a romance between boss and employee is always a bad thing.
But some spirits can do more than just sing and look lovely.
And romance has a way of developing even when it’s not wanted. AMAZON
Jane, who dislikes wolves because they kill her livestock, takes Buck Portman, wolf researcher and wildlife professor at a nearby college she attends, to an island to seek out the huge wolves of legend … the dire wolves of prehistoric times … that local fishermen say they’ve seen there. She’s skeptical until a huge wolf runs through their camp and mentally connects with Jane and invites her to visit so they can sort out this strange mental phenomenon that neither of them expected.
Jane follows the wolf and Buck follows her into another world, another dimension, one populated by larger-than-life dangerous animals, including the wolves of legend. Her mental connection to the alpha wolf is all that keeps them alive in this dangerous world and when they return, at the request of the alpha female, they take with them an injured wolf pup to be healed.
The pup heals nicely… but as it grows, will it remain a pet or will it become a dangerous predator in a world where it doesn’t belong?
As the attraction between Jane and the professor grows, so do the problems inherent in having a huge, prehistoric wolf in today’s world. AMAZON
Elle Olmstead isn’t your normal, every-day botanist. She’s different. As a descendant of Ceres, goddess of the harvest and fertility, she, like others of her family, has a magic touch with plants. Real, honest-to-goodness magic. Which is why she unwillingly stows away on the Destiny, a space ship filled with ten thousand colonists heading for a distant planet. Because she knows that her abilities are essential to keep the plants alive that keep the colonists alive and that will be the basis for their survival when they reach their destination.
She’s caught and thrown in prison, where her powers are useless. Soon the plants begin to shrivel and die. Starvation is imminent, not to mention that the plants provide essential oxygen. But no one believes her when she tells them who she is and what she can do, especially not Cullen Vail, the one person she has come to like, maybe even love. Because Cullen is head of Security, an inscrutable, military type who has no time for stowaways and doesn’t believe in foolish legends.
She lied before, why should he believe her now? But somehow she must persuade him of the truth or ten thousand people will die. AMAZON