Jezebels of the Earth by Wandering Meadowlark

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After being fired from her university job for her environmental activism, a mother and her daughter move to a small town in Montana, hoping to find peace and quiet in a house they recently inherited from a long lost aunt. To their dismay, they discover that their new home is a "house of ill repute." To put it mildly, this is not entirely a help in their efforts to improve their battered reputations.

Located directly across the street from the local church, it would also seem to be inopportunely located. However, their new business partner, the madam who runs it, wouldn't have it any other way. She explains that the minister across the street gives them free advertising every Sunday. It's a self-sufficient economy, she insists: They provide the sin; the minister provides the salvation. Together, they circulate enough money to keep the tiny local economy afloat. 

The women quickly find themselves involved in a longstanding conflict with a powerful rancher. Nicknamed by his detractors Kingdom Come, he is a state senator and the head of a secretive religious group called the Priesthood. Rumor has it, he murdered his wife for adultery. With his daughter in rebellion, environmentalists fighting a coal mine he wants, and the Priesthood's many secrets to protect, the last thing he needs is for the two women to move in. 

Named Best of 2011 by Kirkus Review, Jezebels of the Earth is a novel about power, sex, and the climate crisis.

About Wandering Meadowlark

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 7, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 414 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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“What the world needs now,” she says, “are dangerous women, women who are moral enough to risk immorality.” This naughty novel takes those risks, with bite, craft and, of course, lots of sex.

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