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Pioneer Passage, the third book in the Journey of Cornelia Rose Series, is now available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere!

“Collen’s prose is melodic, almost to the point of musicality and her descriptions vivid and real enough to transport the reader right into the wagon, alongside Nellie and her family, as they negotiate the dangers of the trail.”

– Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars

“What makes Ms. Collen’s books such coveted reads are her innate ability to master the art of marrying fiction with fact and the sensational life she breathes into her fictional characters; making them a part of the history.” 

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EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a journey back in time to the 1800s, with the third book in the award-winning “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series. One woman, having left New York Society far behind, summons the Old West pioneering spirit and seeks fulfillment in her life.

Cornelia Rose thought leaving the comforts of home and her family would be the greatest ordeal she would ever face… and then she encounters buffalo, quicksand, mountain fever, and old beaus.

Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations and difficulties than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research and preparations for the rough road ahead. Her feisty spirit and medical knowledge help her face challenges from unexpected sources. She summons all her ingenuity to combat the hardships, leading them to her greatest unknown.

What will be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City, and who is that silent brooding man on their wagon train who seems so familiar?

Order your paperback or ebook now from Barnes and Noble or Amazon!


  • Flirtation on the Hudson (Journey of Cornelia Rose – 1)
  • Walk Away West (Journey of Cornelia Rose – 2)
  • Pioneer Passage (Journey of Cornelia Rose – 3)
  • “The Path of Saints and Sinners” (Journey of Cornelia Rose – 4)
  • “Bit o’ Heaven Ranch” (Journey of Cornelia Rose – 5)


  • The “Shining Light’s Saga” Series by Ruby Standing Deer
  • “Fresh News Straight from Heaven” by Gregg Sapp
  • “Soul of the Elephant” by Pam Laughlin
  • “Invisible by Day” by Teri Fink
  • “The Colonel and the Bee” by Patrick Canning

Walk Away West

Walk Away West, the second book in the Journey of Cornelia Rose Series, is now available here!

Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River flow both ways past her sitting room window again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?

Cornelia Rose–armed with her midwifery training as well as literature and history knowledge, thanks to older brothers’ education and books, embraces the opportunities that life in the metropolis of New York provides.

In love and happily married to Obadiah Wright, her life is a fairytale of abundance. Surrounded by her family the couple establishes a home and enjoys the entertainment, society and technological marvels that make life in the 1850s so easy. Adventure finds her, whether she is touring New York City’s first World’s Fair or a passenger on a disastrous steamboat ride.

Her life takes an unexpected turn with Obadiah’s decision to heed the call of the West. As his wife, she has no choice but to leave her home, family, and the comforts of civilization, and join him in accepting his opportunity to become circuit judge in Utah Territory. In spite of her endless hours of research nothing prepares Cornelia for the arduous walk from the packet boat on the Erie Canal toward the Wild West.

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Virtual Book Club!

Author JF Collen video chats with book clubs reading her book. If your book club is interested in a private speakerphone or video chat discussion just use the form below to reach out

I love to hear from my readers. Share your thoughts on the story and your excitement for the rest of the trilogy by sending me a message directly on twitter (at @JFCollen), facebook (also at @JFCollen), or in the form below.

If your Book Club is interested in a private video-chat session (or speaker-phone session) please feel free to tell me a little about your group in the message. I’d love to know more about you!