Livia J Washburn
Livia J. Washburn is an American author of mystery novels, western novels, paranormal romance and historical fiction. Throughout hr career, Livia has written as Elizabeth Hallam, Livia Hallam, Livia James, J.L. Reasoner, Livia Reasoner, L.J. Washburn and of course, as Livia J. Washburn. She started dating her future husband, James Reasoner, when she was a senior in high school. While typing his manuscripts, she would think about how many different ways each story could go. She says while writing comes naturally to him, she’ll struggle and “bang her head on her computer.” Livia and James lived together in a house they built themselves, which they sadly lost to a fire caused by a neighbour.

Livia’s first story was titled The Lord Will Provide and was published in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine in 1978. Her first novel wouldn’t be published until 1983, which was The Emerald Land by Livia James. Livia didn’t actually start writing under her current pen name until 2000 with Tie a Black Ribbon – a standalone novel she co-authored with her husband. Below is a list of Livia J. Washburn’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Kingfisher P.I. Books

Kingfisher P. I. (With: James Reasoner) (2023)Description / Buy at
Dark Ride (With: James Reasoner) (2024)Description / Buy at
Tourist Trap (With: James Reasoner) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Lucas Hallam Books

(as L.J. Washburn)

Publication Order of Wind River Books

(with James Reasoner, as L.J. Washburn)

Wind River (By: James Reasoner) (1994)Description / Buy at
Thunder Wagon (By: James Reasoner) (1994)Description / Buy at
Wolf Shadow (By: James Reasoner) (1994)Description / Buy at
Medicine Creek (By: James Reasoner) (1995)Description / Buy at
Dark Trail (By: James Reasoner) (1995)Description / Buy at
Judgment Day (By: James Reasoner) (2011)Description / Buy at
Ransom Valley (2012)Description / Buy at
Outlaw Blood (2020)Description / Buy at
Six-Gun Law (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Our Town Books

Mending Fences (1998)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Magical Love Books

(with Sheridon Smythe, Lisa Hendrix, Ginny Reyes)

A Faerie Tale (By: Ginny Reyes) (1998)Description / Buy at
Alura's Wish (1999)Description / Buy at
Razzle Dazzle (By: Lisa Hendrix) (1999)Description / Buy at
It Takes Two (By: Sheridon Smythe) (2010)Description / Buy at
Three's A Charm (By: Sheridon Smythe) (2010)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Palmetto Books

(with James Reasoner)

Call to Arms (2005)Description / Buy at
War Drums (With: James Reasoner) (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Fresh-Baked Mysteries Books

A Peach of a Murder (2006)Description / Buy at
Murder by the Slice (2007)Description / Buy at
The Christmas Cookie Killer (2008)Description / Buy at
Killer Crab Cakes (2009)Description / Buy at
The Pumpkin Muffin Murder (2010)Description / Buy at
The Gingerbread Bump-Off (2011)Description / Buy at
Wedding Cake Killer (2012)Description / Buy at
The Fatal Funnel Cake (2013)Description / Buy at
Trick or Deadly Treat (2014)Description / Buy at
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (2015)Description / Buy at
Baker's Deadly Dozen (2017)Description / Buy at
Black and Blueberry Die (2018)Description / Buy at
The Great Chili Kill-Off (2018)Description / Buy at
Death Bakes a Pecan Pie (2018)Description / Buy at
The Coconut Bunny Butt Caper (2020)Description / Buy at
Never Trifle with Murder (2021)Description / Buy at
The Coconut Bunny Butt Caper is a prequel.

Publication Order of Delilah Dickinson Books

Frankly My Dear, I'm Dead (2008)Description / Buy at
Huckleberry Finished (2009)Description / Buy at
Killer On A Hot Tin Roof (2010)Description / Buy at
For Whom the Funeral Bell Tolls (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tongue-Tied Witch Books

Witch Got Your Tongue (2011)Description / Buy at
A Peck of Pickled Warlocks (2012)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Evans Novel of the West Books

(as L.J. Washburn)

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Emerald Land (1983)Description / Buy at
Ghost River (As: L.J. Washburn) (1990)Description / Buy at
Red River Ruse (As: L.J. Washburn) (1991)Description / Buy at
Rivers of Gold (As: J.L. Reasoner) (1995)Description / Buy at
The Healer's Road (As: J.L. Reasoner) (1995)Description / Buy at
Crusade: Lyron's Lament (As: Livia Reasoner, With: James Reasoner) (1995)Description / Buy at
Healer's Calling (As: J.L. Reasoner) (1996)Description / Buy at
Cossack Three Ponies (As: J.L. Reasoner) (1997)Description / Buy at
Yesterday's Flame (2000)Description / Buy at
Tie a Black Ribbon (With: James Reasoner) (2000)Description / Buy at
The Vampire Affair (As: Livia Reasoner) (2009)Description / Buy at
Twice As Deadly (2011)Description / Buy at
The Phantom Ranger and the Skateboard Gang (As: Livia Reasoner, With: James Reasoner) (2013)Description / Buy at
Bandera Pass (As: L.J. Washburn) (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

(James Reasoner, as Livia Reasoner)

Mockingbird and Big Earl (As: Livia Reasoner, With: James Reasoner) (2014)Description / Buy at
Charlie's Pie (2014)Description / Buy at
Guarding Her Heart (2014)Description / Buy at
Missing! City of Gold (As: Livia Reasoner, With: James Reasoner) (2015)Description / Buy at
Tinseltown (2015)Description / Buy at
Naughty or Mice (2015)Description / Buy at
The Badge and the Bride (2016)Description / Buy at
Panhandle Freight (2016)Description / Buy at
Keepsake (2016)Description / Buy at
Kissing Until Christmas (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Wild West Christmas (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Haunting Hearts Books

(with Kimberly Raye, Tess Farraday, Kate Freiman, Sally Berneathy, Rachel Wilson)

Shadows in the Flame (By: Tess Farraday) (1997)Description / Buy at
Earth Angel (By: Kate Freiman) (1997)Description / Buy at
Restless Spirits (By: Rachel Wilson) (1998)Description / Buy at
Heaven's Promise (By: Rachel Wilson) (1998)Description / Buy at
Snow in Summer (By: Tess Farraday) (1999)Description / Buy at
Bittersweet Summer (By: Rachel Wilson) (1999)Description / Buy at
Spirit of Love (By: Rachel Wilson) (1999)Description / Buy at
In the Midnight Hour (By: Kimberly Raye) (2009)Description / Buy at
Ghost of Summer (By: Sally Berneathy) (2012)Description / Buy at
Spirit Catcher (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Eyes Have It(1984)Description / Buy at
An Eye for Justice(1988)Description / Buy at
The Black Moon(1989)Description / Buy at
Feline and Famous(1994)Description / Buy at
Vengeance is Hers(1997)Description / Buy at
The Best of the American West II(1999)Description / Buy at
The Book of All Flesh(2001)Description / Buy at
White Hats(2002)Description / Buy at
Guns of the West(2002)Description / Buy at
Texas Rangers(2004)Description / Buy at
The Traditional West(2011)Description / Buy at
The Christmas Campfire Companion(2011)Description / Buy at
The Peacemakers(2012)Description / Buy at
Six-Guns and Slay Bells(2012)Description / Buy at
Wolf Creek: Murder in Dogleg City(2012)Description / Buy at
Lassoing A Bride(2014)Description / Buy at
Present for a Cowboy(2014)Description / Buy at
Nine Deadly Lives(2015)Description / Buy at
One Christmas Knight(2015)Description / Buy at
A Mail-Order Christmas Bride(2015)Description / Buy at
Mail Order Brides for Sale(2017)Description / Buy at
Tales of the Old West(2018)Description / Buy at

Notes: Tie a Black Ribbon, Crusade: Lyron’s Lament and Mockingbird and Big Earl were co-authored by James Reasoner. The Palmetto books were written as Livia Hallam, with James Reasoner. The Lucas Hallam and Wind River series along with the novels Epitaph, The Black Moon, Bandera Pass, Ghost River, Riders of the Monte and Red River Ruse were written as L.J. Washburn. The collection The Traditional West includes contributions by Jackson Lowry, Larry Jay Martin, Kerry Newcomb, Kit Prate, Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner and Dusty Richards and credits Washburn as L.J. Washburn. The Black Moon contains contributions by Loren D. Estleman, Ed Gorman, W.R. Philbrick and Robert J. Randisi.

The novels Yesterday’s Flame, Spirit Catcher and Alura’s Wish were written as Elizabeth Hallam. The Emerald Land was written as Livia James. Rivers of Gold, The Healer’s Road, Healer’s Calling and Cossack Three Ponies were written collaboratively with James Reasoner as J.L. Reasoner. The novels Crusade: Lyron’s Lament, The Vampire’s Affair and Mending Fences were written as Livia Reasoner.

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Livia J. Washburn Synopsis: In Yesterday’s Flame by Elizabeth Hallam, a firefighter named Annabel Lowell is sent from 2000 San Francisco back to 1906 and must deal with one of the worst earthquakes ever in recorded history. On the bright side, she also meets a fellow firefighter named Cole Brady. Does want to live in future (in the past) with impending danger forever?

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