Blake's Folly is a Nevada silver boomtown in the 1880s, and notorious for its rough saloons and brothels. Later, during prohibition, although the silver has run out, the speakeasies and illegal stills keep the community alive. After the 1940s, the town's divorce ranch provide a steady income; but by 2022, it has become a semi-ghost town of abandoned shacks and weedy dirt roads where 54 original cranks comprise the town's population.
I love writing about people who are different. Some are forced to adapt to new circumstances in order to survive, others are folks who have never really fit into mainstream society. But no one is humdrum, and all have dreams. And in the Blake's Folly Trilogy, we peek into their lives.
What happens when a mail order bride discovers her husband is a primitive brute? When a brothel owner meets a very original—and artistic—silver baron, when a desperate war refugee seeks the stardom that has always evaded her? Just imagine the conversation between a woman who protects spiders and a veterinarian!
A Room in Blake's Folly
In one hundred and fifty years, Blake's Folly, a silver boomtown notorious for its brothels, scarlet ladies, silver barons, speakeasies, and divorce ranches, has become a semi-ghost town.
Although the old Mizpah Saloon is still in business, its upper floor is sheathed in dust. But in a room at a long corridor's end, an adventurer, a beautiful dance girl, and arejected wife are caught in a love triangle, and their secret touches three generations.
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A Room in Blake's Folly
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Rose Badger is the local flirt, and if the other inhabitants of backwoods Blake’s Folly, Nevada, don’t approve, she couldn’t care less. With a disastrous marriage and doomed career far behind her, settling down is the last thing she intends to do. Newcomer Jonah Livingstone is certainly intriguing, but with his complicated life, he’s off limits for anything other than friendship. Besides, Rose has a secret world of her own—one she won’t give up for any man.
The last person geologist Jonah Livingstone expected to meet in a semi-ghost town is the sparkling and lovely Rose Badger. But Rose, always surrounded by many admirers, doesn’t seem inclined to choose a favorite. So why fret? Jonah keeps his personal life well hidden…and that’s the best way to avoid disappointment.
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Alice Treemont has no intention of falling in love. Living in Blake’s Folly, a semi-ghost town, she cooks vegetarian meals, rescues unwanted dogs, and protects the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests?
Jace Constant is in Nevada, doing research for his new book, but he won’t be staying. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes and dog hair on his cashmere sweaters. As for snakes, he doesn’t just despise them: they terrify him.
So why does the air sizzle each time Alice and Jace meet? A romance would entail far too many compromises.
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The air sizzles when a country music star and renowned playwright meet, but can opposites fall in love?
Smart-talking Sherry Valentine has fought her way up from poverty to stardom as a country music singer. Ever surrounded by clamoring fans and paparazzi, her spangled cowboy boots carry her from one brightly lit stage to the next. But Sherry's been on the star circuit for too long, and she wants a change: is it too late for an acting career?
A renowned but reclusive playwright, Carston Hewlett cherishes his freedom, the silence of the deep woods surrounding his home, and his solitary country walks. So why is he fascinated by a flashy country music singer? Perhaps a short passionate, fling will resolve the problem
When their names are linked in the scandal press, and Sherry's plans to become an actress are revealed, Carston feels betrayed. Is their budding relationship doomed?
Culiner has a knack for intertwining believable older characters,plot, and setting, but her voice is what makes her book stand out among other contemporary romances. The Book Breeze
The connection between Carston and Sherry was well written and very realistic, so readers will really come to love them and their story. Nice job! Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
This author writes the most unique and endearing romances that revolve around older/mature characters. So, if that's what you're looking for then you need to add this author to your stalking pile... she is a wonderful writer. Chattykat
Lovers meeting forty years later
Forty-three years later, having lived in the world’s most dangerous places as an aid worker, Felicity is back, still offering love, passion, and adventure.
Now a well-known author, Marek loves his calm life in an isolated farmhouse, and he knows their relationship would never work : he and Felicity are just too different. Besides, why risk having his heart broken a second time?
But Felicity is as fascinating and joyful as ever, and the wonderful sexy magic is still there too. Can love be more delightful the second time around?
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J Arlene Culiner has a unique and poetic voice and I kept turning the pages anxious to find out where the story was going to lead me. I really enjoyed this story and was sorry when it ended - it left me satisfied but still wanting to read on, and that's the highest compliment I can pay any book! Lyn
I am rating this 5 stars because it is well written and ends in such an awesome way . . . because you know both characters very well by the end. D. Larios
This story was amazing! I adored the plot. The passion between Felicity and Marek jumped off the pages. I enjoyed the playful banter between them all the way through. Romance Lover
At last! A romance story for mature readers. Written in J. Arlene's down to earth, humorous style, bringing her unusual and interesting characters vibrantly to life. I loved this. Jeanne Livingstone
Don’t we all have a memory tucked away of someone we once loved, or someone we just might have fallen in love with if the circumstances had been right? And what would happen if we came face-to-face with that person today? Would the magic still be there? Would our hands tremble, our knees knock together just the way they did back then? Or would we just stare, appalled, wonder how we could once have been so silly.
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Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu
Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished.
Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal.
But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.
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This is an excellent book that was an easy read. The pace was steady and the whole mystery kept me gripped to the unexpected ending. Whispering Stories
THE TURKISH AFFAIR by J. Arlene Culiner is an easy read brimming with intrigue, and I enjoyed reading it. Books of all Kinds
The writing is great. It’s very simple, but don’t be fooled. Here, the simple prose is masterfully used as a tool to drag the reader into the story, without diverting the attention to the writing style. It’s very contemporary, very alive, in a thoroughly enjoyable opposite with the history within. Marco
From the first page to the last, The Turkish Affair was a great read. The descriptions had me feeling the desert heat, smelling the exotic spices and seeing the small Turkish villages and the people that inhabited them. Diane Jewkes
Buried pasts and questionable reputations, vulnerable hearts and fragile feelings, stubbornness, suspense, fear and intrigue - they are all here. I didn't want to put it down. Jean Livingstone