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Natrelle Long

Natrelle at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas researching her Charley Anderson Crime Series.


Mountain Heat

In the fourth Charley Anderson Crime Novel, Charley goes to New Mexico to search for her missing ex-husband. She discovers that Hatch peppers aren't the only source of heat in the mountains.

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 Meet Natrelle & Russell

Now enjoying retirement, the husband-and-wife team have time to write novels—a luxury they never had with their busy careers. Natrelle has just published her fourth novel in the Charley Anderson Crime Series, while Russell is polishing his three-book series.


Russell is a native Texan who spent most of his career in higher education. He has degrees from Sul Ross State University, New Mexico State University, and Texas A&M University. His most recent position was president of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.


Natrelle also spent her working years on a university campus, teaching thousands of students in over 27 years. In her last position she served as executive assistant to President Barry Thompson at both Tarleton State University and West Texas A&M University. While she oversaw several departments, she especially worked on raising funds for student scholarships.

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Charley has left Texas and her past behind. But when she receives an anonymous invitation to an exclusive spa in New Mexico, she accepts and sets another test of fire in motion. Spa luxury is quickly turned into terrifying episodes as she's kidnapped, poisoned, and living on the street.

Charley Anderson is a woman with a past. A past so haunting that she leaves Texas to begin a new life in New York, but when a homeless man dies and leaves her a mystery to solve, once again she's immersed in a world of deception, greed, kidnapping, torture, and murder. Dangerous Gifts follows the first novel--Scars--in the Charley Anderson crime series.

What begins with a cat ends with a corpse. Rescuing a maimed cat thrown into traffic on New York's Fifth Avenue is just the beginning. As  Charley hunts the torturers, she discovers layers of abuse and corruption that reach an ocean away.

My Books

When Neal Landrum is diagnozed with a fatal disease, he begins a physical, intellectual, and emotional journey through his life--from a peculiar lower-class childhood in a small West Texas town to a career in New York City. He explores family, business, and romantic relationships as he begins to understand Socrates's dictum that "an unexamined life is not worth living."

In the press

An Unexamined Life

"The novel is unflinching" and "offers a cast of supporting characters with unexpected depth."


" won't want to put it down."


National Book Award Winner

"...gripping novel of a man coming to alive in a mid-life crisis"


New York Times Best Selling Author


Award-Winning Author


"The author gets points for delivering a flawed, feisty

protagonist . . . [who] 'carried her scars like some people

carry a .45--hidden, only brought out when needed.'"


Dangerous Gifts

"A crime tale with a fierce, flawed heroine who surmounts plenty of perils and a few choice men. . . .

The author organically inserts revelations of Charley's backstory . . . . Believable dialogue and occasional humor pepper the narrative . . . . compelling descriptions."


The Tattooed Cat

"Once your attention is grabbed there is no escaping the desire to read every single word and find out . . .how the cat and the nefarious deeds of a single man are interconnected . . . . This is a book you won't regret picking up."


Mountain Heat

“Mountain Heat is well written . . . and showcases the writer’s talent [for presenting] her characters and the story in such a way that you feel them. . . . an engaging and thoroughly entertaining book that I recommend to fans of crime fiction.”


“ Murder mystery fans that enjoy strong, spirited female investigators . . . will find Mountain Heat a compellingly involving read. . . . It’s highly recommended for those who like their heroines imperfect and strong.”


Senior Reviewer Midwest Book Review

"...unforgettable character"

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 Book Events

Thanks to Burrowing Owl and

Barnes & Noble for successful book signings.

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Pride Fest Book Signing

We loved meeting our fans and discussing SCARS and An Unexamined Life at Amarillo's Pride Fest in Memorial Park. Most of all, we enjoyed introducing our novels to new readers!

We want to thank Yellow City Publishing for hosting us at their booth.


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Pride Fest Book Signing

Thanks for an Amazing Night!

Russell and I would like to thank everyone who joined us for the SCARS Release Party! We had a wonderful evening with our family and friends!

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SCARS Release Party

Another Amazing Night
Let the CAT out!


The third book in the Charley Anderson Crime Series--

The Tattooed Cat--

was celebrated by lots of loyal Charley friends!

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The Tattooed Cat Release Party

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