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Remember fairy tales? They’re back…. The strangers came first for the timber. Next they came for the coal. Now, they’ve returned—for Widows Hollow.

Return To Widows Hollow

Have you ever doubted God? They did. How much suffering will He allow—to redeem one soul?
Prepare to fall in love with four year old Daniel Ruddy.

Hard Mountain

It is 1975, vandals plague the S&S. While portents and nightmares add to the horrors, The Train Man returns, knowing that trespassers pose a greater threat.


What is it like to go toe-to-toe with evil? To fight the very Prince of Darkness? This is the challenge that faces twelve-year-old Willie MacGregor and his best friend, Johanna.

All That Stays

The rule is that there are no rules in J. Helen Elza's pulsating and rare collection of poetry,
All That Stays.
Laced with Frosty whispers, the traditional poems are as warm and friendly as a winter fireplace.

J. Helen Elza grew up second oldest among seven brothers and two sisters in a rowdy household in the Dallas suburb of Hurst, Texas, where early on, books became Elza's best friends. Her love for reading and writing began in childhood and continued into 1972 when a chance encounter with a stranger redirected the course of her life and birthed Elza's dreams of becoming a novelist.

J. Helen Elza became an American best-selling author with the release of her first novel, Rosemillion, book I of The Appalachian Trilogy. Readers comment that the author's portrayal of Appalachia and its people from the early 50s to the mid-70s is so real, they can smell the biscuits baking and feel the weight of the beautiful handmade quilts.

Elza experienced the amazing people from the Kentucky, Virginia, and the West Virginia Mountains of Appalachia throughout her thirty-year marriage to a man from "W" Hollow, Greenup, Kentucky. He and his family were neighbors to Jesse Stuart, Kentucky's beloved novelist and poet laureate, who mentions them in his books.

Elza writes and people watches full-time from Jacob's Pond, her home in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee where she lives with her family, three dogs, a bodacious cat, one visiting raccoon, and a variety of other woodland critters.

In her own words, "I love what I'm doing and I'm doing what I love."

“What fans are saying”

An extremely well-written story showing that all differences between the bigoted, well bred rich people in a small Kentucky community and the poor as dirt, uneducated people from Widows Hollow come to nothing when the truth is discovered in the end. A seemingly impossible love develops between a wealthy man from town and a girl with no formal education from the Hollows. A wonderful mystery is solved in the books last pages.

Highly recommended!
Rosemillion is a heart-wrenching story of extremely poor mountain people struggling to preserve their life-styles. I loved the way Pick, Stump Simpson, Mamma John and their neighbors portrayed decent people who were honest, trustworthy, and fiercely supportive of each other. We saw greed and lack of human compassion in wealthy Stephen Stalworth. The character development in this book was deep as Suzanne, Jan, and others tried to breach the class barriers to help the people of Widows Hollow. The author enabled me to feel that I was actually there at times, the mark of a top quality novel.
Linda Husvar “ljhorsewoman” April 24, 2015

One of the best books I have read!
Great story can’t wait to read book 2 “return to widows hollow” J. Helen Elza is a great author and story teller. Dena Gray

Wow! This author is fantastic.
It is one of the best books I have read. The novel truly touched my heart. A gentle read, but also a page turner. Mtn Rose



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