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What would you do with just one week of being young again?

This is the fun premise that sets Young Again in motion, combining music, magic, and romance in an uplifting fantasy novel. Mabel Johnson has recently turned ninety years old and lives alone near Clarksdale, Mississippi. She is nostalgic thinking back on her Grammy award-winning career as a blues and jazz performer. In frequent pain, she no longer can play the piano, and compounding matters, her granddaughter was recently  killed in a tragic car accident.

Mabel’s great-granddaughter Priscilla comes to visit for the week and prays that Mabel can be young again. When her prayer is answered, the two ladies set off on a week of romantic and musical adventures entangling a handsome young doctor, a music mogul, a homeless person, and an aspiring singer down on her luck. How they extricate themselves from their many lies provides the comic tension in this uplifting novel.

Set in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the Delta blues, this fantasy novel recounts some of the history of famous musicians including Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, and Peggy Lee.

Young Again is filled with song and laughter and will appeal to all those looking for a welcome escape.  FREE SAMPLE HERE.

Publication Date: May 17, 2022; $17.95 trade paperback; ISBN: 978-1-7350273-5-7
$7.99 ebook; ISBN: 978-1-7350273-6-4 Distributors: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Overdrive

This funny first volume in the Normal Family trilogy takes place over four consecutive holidays in the 1960s among a dysfunctional family in decline.

"The book has tender moments surrounded by hilarity."

                  Record Courier (OH)    

“What if you could be young again, if only for a week? That is the provocative question explored in this touching novel by Don Trowden and Valerie McKee. Young Again is also a delightful love story, filled with insights about family, aging, religious faith, and the importance of music for human flourishing.”

—Michael Kinnamon, author of Summer of Love and Evil

No One Ran to the Altar

Volume Two . . . 

The concluding volume of the trilogy features several courageous octogenarians pursuing their dreams, completing the cycle. ​

​"A superb conclusion to a captivating series, beautifully told and fast-paced, with ingredients that  keep readers turning from one fascinating page to the next."

              Readers' Favorite, Romuald Dzemo

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Normal Family

Volume One . . .

All the Lies We Live

Volume Three . . . 

​​The second volume in the Normal Family trilogy explores father-and-son betrayals while using flashbacks and multiple points of view to reveal the humor and pain of family life. 

"This book is superbly written, and glows with warmth and intelligence."

                   Teresa Stepping, Author 


A partial facsimile edition of an original daybook from  the various artists, musicians, and writers who summered on the Isles of Shoals artists' colony during the Victorian Era. The model and precursor to the famous MacDowell Colony. Artwork, musical notations, and poems from Childe Hassam, Edward MacDowell, Helen Keller, Celia Thaxter, and many more.

"Provides a fascinating look at an important time  period in American arts."     

             Allen Lacy, from The New York Times