WAYWARD GUILT by H.M.S. Brown (Bulgaria)


H.M.S. Brown (Bulgaria 2001-02)

H.M.S. Brown (Yes – her real initials!) is an avid knitter, crocheter, and a voracious reader who stumbled into writing during lockdown in 2020 after complaining to her mom about a book she didn’t like. When her mom challenged her to write her own, the small town of Grant’s Crossing, Ohio, was born. H.M.S. Brown is a graduate of both Indiana University and The Ohio State University, as well as a returned Peace Corps volunteer,(Bulgaria 2001-02) so be prepared to see occasional mentions of the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes, and all things Bulgarian within her novels.

She lives in central Ohio, doing the bidding of her evil, yet adorable cat, Michonne, along with keeping a day job to maintain a roof over her books and yarn stash. Wayward Guilt is H.M.S. Brown’s debut novel and Book 1 of her Heroes of Grant’s Crossing series.


Wayward Guilt
H.M.S. Brown (Bulgaria 2001-02)
Leavx Cay Press
278 pages
July 2023
$2.99 (Kindle)


Three friends leave home to serve their country. Only two make it back.

After the twin towers fall, Derek Mitchell enlists in the U.S. Army with two of his best friends. He dreams of helping people, whether in the field of combat or back home in Ohio.

Juan dreams of marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family.

Joey dreams of being happy and living his own truth.

Together, they serve in multiple deployments until Juan and Joey are each grievously injured in separate combat missions. Thirteen years after initially enlisting, one doesn’t make it back.

Four months after the funeral, friends and family gather to celebrate Derek’s return to civilian life. With each story shared, he relives their final missions together, carrying the guilt of having saved one friend but not the other.

What do you do when the one friend you’ve always turned to is no longer there?


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  • Thanks so much for sharing Wayward Guilt on your page! I can’t wait for folks to read it. It includes one of my favorite characters, Kiro Marinov – the son of Bulgarian immigrants. In later books, you’ll be able to read more about Bulgarian foods and such. Gotta keep working in that 3rd goal!!

    Всичко хубаво! All the best!

    Heather M. Brown
    A.k.a. H.M.S. Brown
    Bulgaria B10 2000-2002

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