The Autumn In The Desert Series

Book 0: Prequel Novella Death In Autumn

Age is no excuse for giving up on life.

Palm Lakes Senior Community in the low desert of Arizona is a golfer’s paradise filled with sunshine, palm trees and retirees who are determined to enjoy their ‘Golden Years.’ But sometimes life throws you a curveball, and things don’t go exactly as planned.

For Helen, an unexpected death in the family leads to a scary but potentially thrilling new life. Tanya fights to keep herself feeling young and loved, while another resident pursues serial killing as a way to temper his moods and sate his hunger for judgment. Widow Serafina opens her home to her newly divorced and unemployed daughter, and Alexander, a lonely bachelor, struggles to find meaning in his life. Maddie, an elderly married woman, faces declining health with courage and the help of her daughter, Samantha, who also lives in Palm Lakes. Residents Jean and Lydia meet through their mutual interest in New Age pursuits and find they are soul sisters. Life is anything but boring in Palm Lakes, and each day offers a new chance to create a happier, more fulfilled life.

Death In Autumn is the prequel novella for Maggie McPhee’s Autumn In The Desert series. If you like realistic characters of mature years who are facing life’s challenges with grace and courage, you’ll love the Autumn In The Desert series. It’s classic boomer fiction. Start your journey by downloading Death In Autumn today!


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Book 1: Renaissance

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“I didn’t want to put the book down!”… “Refreshing!”… “Looking forward to more from this author”

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

Tucked away in the desert is Palm Lakes Senior Community, a gated retirement village full of secrets and second chances. Every day the residents in Palm Lakes wake up with the opportunity to create a new ending to their life stories.

Follow Helen, Owen, Tanya, Jean, and a host of others as they navigate their extraordinarily everyday circumstances. From the loss of a domineering spouse to countless skeletons falling out of the closet, these neighbors face a daily choice: give up before they start or face their later-in-life challenges with unmatchable courage. Their tales will leave you feeling curious, comforted, and changed for good.

Renaissance is women’s fiction (boomer fiction) about contemporary lives lived well. If you like characters with gravitas, innovative points of view, and heartbreak mixed in with happiness, then you’ll love Maggie McPhee’s Autumn In the Desert series.

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Book 2: Second Chances

frontNo matter how old you are, life can always throw you for a loop.

There’s always a second chance at Palm Lakes Senior Community. The residents at the idyllic retirement community may be seniors, but they grapple with the same challenges in life and love as their younger counterparts.

Tanya is fresh out of rehab and ready to navigate her relationship with Owen. Helen and Alexander discover that a desire to be happy doesn’t always lead to wedded bliss. And a new resident tries her luck at love with the younger landscaper. Old friends return, new friends move in, and the past can’t help but catch up with everyone.

Some lives end, while others begin for the first time. And everyone learns–once again–that as long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late.

Second Chances is women’s fiction about thoughtful people in their autumn years. If you like enjoyable characters, refreshing new stories, and rich wisdom that comes from a life lived well, then you’ll love the standalone second book in Maggie McPhee’s Autumn in the Desert series.

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Book 3: Never Too Late

When it comes to matters of the heart, age is nothing but a number.

The residents of Palm Lakes Senior Community have never felt more alive. Between newfound love, unexpected blessings, and a chance to make a difference in the world, the lives of these seniors are filled with opportunity.

Eric struggles to keep his PTSD and his feelings for Lydia at bay. Outside forces seem destined to keep Ethan and Mary Beth apart as they battle their inner demons. Ray and Alan must face a stranger from the past who might just be a blessing in disguise.

As their golden years sparkle on, the residents learn that it’s never too late to transform someone’s life and their own for the better.

Never Too Late is the third standalone novel in a series about the profound potential of an aging community of seniors. If you like authentic characters, bittersweet drama, and a heavy helping of heart, then you’ll love Maggie McPhee’s latest literary installment.

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Book 4: At Last

Sometimes the best things come late in life.

At Palm Lakes Senior Community, the residents may be retired, but they haven’t given up on living life to the fullest. Unexpected healing, new beginnings and the promise of love can be even more rewarding when they arrive in the autumn of life.

Olivia moves into the assisted living complex and struggles to resolve a sinister mystery that has engulfed her friend Sophie, who lives in the nursing wing. Samantha bonds with her eccentric mother Maddie while juggling a new job, a faltering marriage, an attraction to her boss and all the responsibilities of easing her mother through the move to assisted living and a diagnosis of cancer. New resident Marilyn attempts to adjust to divorced life after fleeing across country, only to be stalked by her abusive ex, while her neighbor Steven quietly nurtures hopes of romance.

Opportunities for change arrive with dawn each day. Time grinds on, but the residents of Palm Lakes make every day count. Anything is possible, and these seniors demonstrate that the wisdom of years can yield unexpectedly sweet fruit.

At Last is the fourth standalone novel in the Autumn In The Desert series. If you believe that life doesn’t end at retirement, you’ll love Maggie McPhee’s latest novel about a gated community in the Arizona desert.

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