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Now available! The second book in Gretchen's Vero Beach Series!

"It gave me moments of beauty that left me with tears in my eyes."

Tori L. Ridgewood in the 'Romance and Other Dangers' blog

Masterfully written and impossible to put down… Author Gretchen Rose holds her readers captive from the first page to the last… This book is nothing short of terrific!

M.B. McDonald, author of “A Comprehensive Guide to the Male Mind”

An inspirational story from a mother of her daughter's fight with addiction.


A talented, privileged young woman descends into the netherworld of strip clubs, addiction and crime, only to realize she must conquer her demons or be destroyed by them.

"Dancing with the Devil" is a fast-paced narrative that alternates between the irreverent, pathetic, existential, and hopeful. It is a wildly entertaining tale and an inspiration for anyone who ever felt stuck in a lifestyle, job, or relationship that seemed impossible to escape.

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Olivia thinks she is running away from an abusive husband. Turns out, she's running toward the life and love she'd always dreamed of.


A hastily conceived flight and a near-brush with death, miraculously land Olivia in Chrystal Fall's atmospheric Charming Manor. Annabelle Bow, the kind-hearted innkeeper, takes the distraught woman under her wing, and it isn't long before the townsfolk of this insular little town in Upstate New York embrace Olivia.


Much to her chagrin, she finds herself being ardently pursued by the town's two most eligible bachelors—local radio personality, Rhett Palmer, and attorney/farmer, Lance Crawford. But Olivia has been wounded and is much too fragile to consider romance. When her soon-to-be ex-husband blows into town, thinking to spirit her away, Lance and Rhett send him packing, and Olivia realizes she has people who watch her back and that she's dug in.


Original songs, an ensemble cast of diverse characters, and an idyllic country setting deliver true Christmas cheer and sweet romance. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a Christmas Charm?

Musical Comedies


When Christianity takes hold in Ireland, a powerful druid must come to grips with a world and a belief system that is transforming around him.


At the onset of WWII, when London is being bombed by the Germans, the Lind’s decide that they must send their children, Sabrina and James, to America so that they might be safe for the duration of the war.


Earlier Works

Gretchen's earlier works were for the theater.

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Born and raised in Michigan, Gretchen earned degrees in music, English literature, and interior design. Most of her adult life was spent in South Florida, where, for 30-years, she owned and operated a high-end interior design firm catering to millionaires.

Her first major work was the musical “Talisman,” which was professionally produced in the largest regional theater in the South, starring an as-yet-undiscovered Mandy Moore! She went on to write two other musicals and several children’s books.

Gretchen's memoir, “Dancing with the Devil,” a harrowing chronicle of her daughter’s addiction journey and hard-won recovery, continues to appeal to book clubs across the country, and her children’s book, “Dune Dragons,” was nominated for a 2019 Michigan Most Notable Book Award. 

Gretchen resides in San Antonio with her partner, Mel Laracey. She's working on the third installment of her Dune Dragon series, "Dune Dragons and the Northern Lights", and a major film studio is currently considering the "Dune Dragons" books for an animated series.

Gretchen rose, Author

The Dune Dragon Saga

"Rose is an excellent storyteller, smoothly relaying a tale that will bring smiles to reader’s faces with its unexpected, yet happy conclusion."

Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing’s Curious Book Shop

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Dune Dragons

The Beginning

In search of a new land—someplace where they may be free of man’s violence and wars—a colony of dragons sets out on a great journey across a vast ocean. They find a home alongside a great lake, where they can shelter in the dunes for their long winter naps and, in the summer, play in the lake's turquoise waters.

But when a ragtag band of humans appears, the Dune Dragons' idyllic way of life is threatened.

Dune Dragons

and the Fairies of the Lake

When young Zuzu accidentally injures a fairy, the young Dras and their friends are propelled on a treacherous cross-country journey. Reunited with Alitta, Zuzu's rescuer from book one, they wing their way south, escaping close call after close call along the way.


Toward the end of their expedition, they are blown off course, necessitating a stop in Cahokia, “The Mecca of the Plains,” and that’s where things really get dicey.

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The Vero Beach Novels

Deliciously complex narratives combining relatable characters, beautifully detailed settings, and the triumph of hope and strength that allows one to carry on when the world seems dark.

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Veni, Vidi, Vero

A misplaced lottery ticket worth millions, a drug-deal gone bad, a broken woman’s journey to healing… Above all, this book celebrates the resilience of the human heart.

A Little Vice in Paradise

A mother struggling to provide for her disabled teen, the enigmatic man who holds the key to her future, and the psychopath who is hellbent on destroying it…

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