Official Site of Author B.K.Ricotta
Wild Wolf-Woman Writer
Book 1 in the Econfina Creek Series
Katherine Brice’s dreams of a loving home with her husband, Jeffrey, have crumbled. Now with a baby on the way, often left alone in the wilderness of Northwest Florida, her husband’s failure to provide for her and their child has become glaringly clear.
James Howell is gathering intelligence for Washington on Indian affairs and surveying the lands around Econfina Creek of Florida. His Creek heritage makes him a perfect fit for this mission. He needs to find out who is supplying illegal guns to the area Redsticks.
When tragedy and a most unexpected event throws them together, they must work together to get Katherine to safety, discover her husband’s dark secrets that now bring danger to Katherine’s doorstep, and navigate their new and fragile attraction.
The Hebrew Midwives Trilogy
As Abraham's descendants prepare to cross into the Promised Land, Hannah, a disillusioned midwife, is tested in more ways than she can imagine. She wants love, a home, and children of her own, but she believes she will never know that blessing. Having her heart broken and being humiliated once was enough.
Ze-ev is God’s warrior, protecting his people. Busy doing what must be done, finding a wife is not his priority. However, when he meets Hannah, they are both tested in ways they never imagined. Will either of them let down their guard long enough to find love?
Amidst attacks on the camp, spies, plague, and the unprecedented request of Zelophehad's daughters, Ze-ev and Hannah must navigate the difficult path of the heart.
Beth Roark, RN, is battling alcoholism. Guilt over the death of her young son and husband in an automobile accident in which she was driving is destroying her. Her family doesn’t know where to turn with her addiction. When Beth's sister, Ann, decides Beth must get sober or die, she takes a huge risk and leaves Beth on a sailboat off the coast of Panama City, FL to get sober.
West Point graduate and former Army officer, Mick O’Bryan, is running from his anger and disillusionment of being unjustly blamed for the friendly-fire death of a soldier in Iraq. That event shakes Mick’s belief in honor and integrity, so he’s sailing the waters of Florida, trying to find peace from his anger and the loss of his career and good name.
When fate intervenes and these two wounded souls are brought together, sparks fly. It finally takes a storm at sea and near tragedy for both to realize there is redemption and healing in love.
A Love So Sweet, is now available via Amazon. Published by Wild Rose Press, this sweet novella is a perfect weekend read.
Entrepreneur Kathleen Newman struggles toward her dream of selling her special cheesecakes. Pig farmer Jeffrey Dikes has a big secret--he's actually a millionaire. Together, they must navigate their undeniable attraction while caring for Jeff's feisty, wheelchair-bound mom, a precious toddler, and a pet pig named Petunia. Are their differences a recipe for disaster? Or can they push past a sour first meeting to find that trusting each other can be the sweetest gift of all?
Brenda discovered creative writing after a loss in her life that drove her inside herself after a busy life of being mom to three sons. This page is dedicated to the work of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes'. Her work, Women Who Run with the Wolves, is transformative and a must read for any woman, young or old, especially as we navigate changes and valleys in life, which are inevitable.
Now, after a long, dry spell, Brenda is actively writing again. See links to read more about these new releases.
Reviews of The Midwife's Song: A Story of Moses' Birth
"Ray's debut is a wonderful midrash...Filled with intrigue, romance, and suspense, Puah's story ,sheds new light on the role of women in the Bible, just as Thom Lemmon's 'Daughters of Faith' series and Francine Rivers's 'Unveiled' do. A wonderful story for all collections."
“Puah is portrayed with compelling suspense, colorful descriptions, and deep insight. An outstanding first book. This will become an often-read classic.”
-Christian Library Journal
“The novel is an easy read, suitable even for a young adult audience." -Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
"A story of faith, of encouragement and empowerment for women."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Ray’s portrait of Puah and many other characters is outstanding. The biblical times come alive with real people struggling in a hostile, alien country…This book is among the best. Highly recommended.”
-The Evangelical Church Library Association
“An engaging tale surrounding Moses’ birth. Recommended for readers looking for enjoyable, spiritually uplifting historical fiction.”
-Christian Booksellers Association, CBA Marketplace
"Modern midrash at its finest. Utilizing biblical narrative, folklore, Ancient Near Eastern history, and her vivid imagination, Brenda Ray has created a magical tale. Puah's story is an interesting insight into a forgotten heroine."
-Rabbi Stacia Deutsch, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
“Brenda Ray has woven a very personal and intimate story. The characters come alive, the drama is gripping.”
“I smiled, laughed, cried. One of the most spiritual books I’ve ever read. It has romance, heritage, and the power of God. I highly recommend it.”
-Jean Ann Williams, Christian Writers Fellowship International