Historical Fiction Inspired by Family

 If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. R. Kipling      


So excited to be part of this online event sponsored by my publisher, Ronsdale Press in Vancouver, BC. Mark your calendar. We're going to talk writing, talk history, talk books. And then you get to talk back and ask questions. 

                                                                     Register here.

January, 1945: Captured during her flight from the Red Army, Katya's forced to work in a Ural Mountains' coal mine.

Nov. 2022
  Ronsdale Press

"Goldstone paints the horrors of war vividly and comprehensively ... Difficult, harsh, and worthy of attention." Kirkus 

“A story of resilience and survival, told from the unique perspective of Katya who speaks the language of both German victim and Russian oppressor, this little-known piece of history resonates with indelible images.”
 - Barbara Nickel, BC & Yukon Book Prize recipient & author of Dear Peter, Dear Ulla

Crow Stone continues to explore my mom's life via the character of Katya Halter ... kulak orphan, East Prussian servant girl, munitions worker for the Nazis. In this newest book, Katya morphs from East Prussian refugee into starosta at a Soviet labour camp.

Crow Stone
(trailer produced by R Camelin in Yarmouth)

Thank you to the book designer, Julie Cochrane, for the wonderful cover which incorporates my mother's POW release papers.

Note the new publication date. Worth the wait, I hope! Crow Stone will be the sequel to Tainted Amber. Together, the novels form bookends to six crushing years of a ruthless war. 

July, 2021
Ronsdale Presss

Tainted Amber  - third book in my series exploring the tumultuous life of my mom during the Stalin and Nazi years. It's 1937 and Katya is now 18, working as a maid  in rural East Prussia. 

Being young and in love can be a wonderful thing but in 1937, in the Third Reich, it's all about genetics not romance. 

 Order here or at your own favourite bookstore. 

Gold Moonbeam Award for YA historical fiction. Fall, 2022.

4 Stars and "Highly Recommended" in CM Review.  

Listed in CCBC (Canadian Children's Book Centre's), Best Books, Spring, 2022.                                          

For a taste of the book, here's a link to Made in Manitoba Book Jam hosted by Anita Daher. My reading starts at about the 23 minute mark.

Here's an interview I did with nfreads.com 

Thanks to author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler and many more books exploring untold war stories, who writes, "Goldstone deftly plunges the reader into a past when Hitler's ideas seemed new and fresh. A timely read."

Recording of July, 2021 launch available on YouTubeThanks to Jodi Carmichael who interviewed me. Grateful to McNally Robinson Booksellers for hosting the event. Thank you to all who attended!      




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