Fall sets the mood for reading, so why not hunker down with a hot cider and a good book.

The Sutherland Series builds modern mysteries around carefully researched history, resulting in dual plot lines that prompt the reader to wonder “what if.” Escape reading at its best!

Tory Roof is the mother’s/wife’s story — an unexplained and addictive attraction to a dashing man from 1765. Silver Line is the son’s adventure that unites him with his former, older self — a miner living with a beautiful dance hall girl, in Colorado, 1861. Absent follows the father/husband on his quest for self-discovery, through four pivotal eras in time, guided by a woman who sees words as colors. Book No. 4 is the daughter’s story, now in-the-works.

Enjoy a short excerpt (some with audio elements)

Or… read the full first chapter, gratis, on Reedsy Discovery:

Tory Roof by Jill C. Baker | Reedsy Discovery

Silver Line by Jill C. Baker | Reedsy Discovery

Absent by Jill C. Baker – Reviewed by J.E. Ortega | Reedsy Discovery




Nelson M. Baker, 19th Century Genealogist, A Family Album and its companion, Nelson M. Baker, 19th Century Genealogist, School Papers.

For anyone interested in memorabilia, keepsakes, and Cartes de Visite, this is a wonderful compilation of images and documentation that covers the span of several generations. These books are particularly relevant to anyone descending from the Baker line.

ACCESS ONLINE STORE LINKS from our Books page. Nelson Baker/A Family Album is a color paperback and color ebook. School Papers is BW.

For authors and indie publishers seeking promotional ideas, check out our tips on the IBPA site.

This article appeared in the Independent Book Publishers Association newsletter on October 8, 2020. Thank you to IBPA Member Liaison representative, Christopher Locke, for the opportunity.


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Featured Books


TORY ROOF is a woman’s story – an unexpected romance and account of bravery – that pits logic against longing. The story takes Sarah Sutherland from the safety of her contemporary New England home into the arms of a fiery Revolutionary War agitator. In the process, she discovers her own independence and why she was chosen to traverse time. The present-day plot unfolds throughout the course of a year and dovetails with actual events in 1765. In trying to reconcile the two, Sarah learns that people around her are not who they seem, and that greed can infiltrate even the noblest agendas.


SILVER LINE follows a casual college couple who discovers they can revert to their former, older selves living as a miner and dancehall girl in a bawdy 1860s Colorado town. Jared Sutherland (Sarah’s son) had repressed these precognitive skills, until Alexa insists they are a gift. He finally agrees to use them to help solve a modern museum heist—and to travel back in time, lured by the romance of their alter-egos and adventures in the untamed West. Together, the twosome discovers that clues to the present lie in the past as their innocent attraction matures into something more.


ABSENT invites the average man – or the woman who loves one – to embark on a quest for self-improvement. When Carter Sutherland (Sarah’s husband and think tank executive) meets the lovely Tracee Green, a synesthete who sees words as colors, little does he know she will take him on four sensory-rich journeys that alter his black-and-white world. Regressed through several personas, past and future, he gains emotional intelligence and personal insight that helps him at work. But he also stumbles into black-market dealings and a situation he can’t escape.

The author often wondered what it would be like to simply disappear and do something else — thus the motivation for the Sutherland Series

Binding It Together

Darn. There’s a word for that.

March 19, 2023 This photo shows a “marcescent” leaf … but is it as creative as saying “ghost leaves” or “the wings of moths” to describe leaves that don’t fall in autumn. Check out Jill C. Baker’s author site for a new post about the pros and cons of using scientific terms in fiction writing, rather than creative interpretations.

When imagination manifests in reality

March, 2022 This is a strange occurrence, but it’s happened twice, so author Jill C. Baker blogged about it on her site.  Her post is not about pulling energy from the universe to make something happen, but rather, envisioning something, then seeing it happen in real life.