The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

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”With a poet’s tongue and painter’s eye, Denise Heinze summons the wonder, horror, and selfless grit of the women who pioneered a new world. Temperance Flowerdew makes compulsive reading.” —Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew, my debut historical fiction, was launched by Blackstone Publishing Sept. 29th, 2020.

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Sally St. Johns


“Denise Heinze creates a raucous story full of animated dialogue and humorous character interaction in this action packed novel. Throw in her eccentric mother, an unexpected chance for romance, and the huge question mark casting its shadow over Sally’s true ethnicity, and the reader realizes that a one-way ticket to excitement has landed.” Lisa McCombs, Readers’ Favorite

“The author is clearly a talented writer who has the ability to provide in-depth character formulation and an easy to follow and intriguing storyline. I believe most readers would find this novel well worth the read.”Frank Princiotta, Retired EPA Research Director

“The voice of 43-year-old Sally St. Johns sparkles with intelligence and humor in Denise Heinze’s debut novel. . . .The plot chuckles along to an unexpected but earned conclusion that left me wondering if the answer to our energy problems might be right under our behinds.”–Donna Meredith, Southern Literary Review

Forty-three-year-old Sally St. Johns is in deep trouble.  A major player in alternative energies, Sally is on the verge of a revolutionary breakthrough in energy consumption.  But before she can unveil her discovery, she is arrested and implicated in a terrorist plot to destroy all competing energy sources.

To exonerate herself, she must join forces with the U.S. government to find the real terrorist, a shadowy figure named Switchgrass whose goal is to control the nation’s power grid.  But time is short.  If, in 48 hours, Switchgrass’ demands are not met, a series of bombs planted in nuclear plants around the country will be detonated.

For Sally to save the day, she must draw on her checkered past to help identify and locate Switchgrass.  She thinks back to her childhood when she grappled with Marfan syndrome. She relives her professional basketball career, a brief stint as a madam, and the eureka moment when she discovered the solution to global warming. In the midst of the crisis, she relies for the first time on others, including her idealistic attorney, Bud, and her fiercely protective mother who, though racked with advancing age and a heart condition, becomes an unlikely hero.

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