Lizzi grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in the Gold and Pony Express Country of California before emigrating to New Zealand. She has two wonderful boys, a grandbaby, and an excellent partner in that sea of green. When she’s not writing, she’s swinging a sword or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding or driving a carriage, playing in the garden on her hobby farm, singing, cooking, or looking into a horse’s mouth in her equine veterinary dental practice. She is multiply published and awarded in specialized interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.

With this debut novel, she was Finalist 2013 RWNZ Great Beginnings, Winner 2014 RWNZ Paci!c Hearts Award for the unpublished full manuscript, Winner 2015 RWNZ Koru Award for Best First Novel and third in Koru Long Novel, and Finalist 2015 Best Indie Book Award.


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Hunted for her secrets. Hiding in plain sight. Can one woman blaze her own trail into the untamed territory?

Winner True West Magazine 2016 Best Western Romance,

Winner Romance Writers of New Zealand2015 Koru Award, and

Winner Romance Writers of New Zealand 2014 Pacific Hearts Award

Utah Territory, 1860


Aleksandra has spent her whole life training for the inevitable. So when a brutal Cossack tracks down and kills her father, she instinctively collects her pa’s elixir and flees. But when she meets the mysterious Xavier at a nearby trading post, she wonders if she can win both his protection and his heart…


Disappointed when the man of her dreams leaves to join the Pony Express, Aleksandra dons a disguise to follow him into the dangerous frontier assignment. Hiding behind her martial arts skills and a male alias, she longs to tell the handsome Xavier the truth. But with the killer in pursuit, keeping up the ruse may be her only chance for survival…


Can Aleksandra save both her love and her family legacy from a relentless murderer?