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General Information

Name:  Eva Ridenour  

Pen Name: Elizabeth Butler


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Ridenour writes about Illinois, and is retired from the University of Illinois. She was raised in Arcola, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ridenour is a writer of articles, books and poetry. Shas written eight romance novels under the pen name of Elizabeth Butler. Her books take place in the West and Midwest. Under her given name, she's written many articles, her family history and her hometown history. Her articles have been published in magazines such as ''Boys' Life'', ''Persimmon Hill'', ''Grit'', ''Rural Missourian'', and religious publications. Her poetry has appeared in ''The Mid-America Poetry Review'', ''Well Versed'', ''Cappers'' and she has published one chapbook of her work entitled ''Ridin' the Rails and Life''. Ridenour is retired from the University of Illinois and now lives in Missouri. She is the mother of one, grandmother of two.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Colonel's Widow
ISBN: 0967576709

B & E Publishing Company. 1999

A romance novel that takes place in Arizona right after the Civil War.

Amanda Green, a Union Army nurse has seen more pain, hurt and killing than any genteel woman should. She's survived it and a disastrous marriage to travel to Arizona in search of the money her banker husband trusted to a friend to start a bank. In Mineral Wells, there's no money, and no banker.

Sheriff Wade Denton suggests Amanda return where she came from or move on. This is no place for a woman. He's sworn off women and settled here trying to put the war years, his failures, and a broken heart behind him. This flaxen haired beauty means one thing trouble, and he knows it.

But, Amanda has come too far to turn back now.

ISBN: 0967576717

B & E Publishing Company. 2000

Ned Parker is a man on a mission. The only woman who ever cared for him died and has left all her possessions to her granddaughter, and he's bringing the news.

Susannah Bidwell barely remembers her grandmother and knows she didn't have money or possessions of value. She's concerned about staying alive. A visit from a cattleman no matter what his story, can lead to only one thing - disaster.

Ned can't leave her to be killed.

She doesn't dare trust him to help.

J.D.'s Rustler
ISBN: 0967576725

B & E Publishing Company. 2001

Western Contemporary Romance - J.D. Martin, a former policewoman in New York City, is trying to start her business as a private investigator. Doing a good job on her assignment, finding the rustlers of Reed Brunswick's cattle, will surely give her the one thing she needs in Montana, a good reference from a well-known rancher.

What neither of them is prepared for is the immediate attraction that develops between them. This far-away ranch is a place no woman wants to live, that's already been proved to Reed more times than he cares to remember.

J.D.'s got a lot to prove, but isn't prepared to have her heart rustled...


Ridenour received the Walter Williams Major Work Award in 2004. The highest award given by the Missouri Writers' Guild.

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