Olivia Hardy Ray is the pen name for Vera Jane Cook. Vera Jane is the author of Dancing Backward in Paradise, 2007 winner of the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction and an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence, also in 2007. Dancing Backward in Paradise received a 5 Star Review from ForeWord Clarion. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, was a finalist for the ForeWord Clarion Book of the Year Award and the recipient of a five star review from ForeWord Clarion. Where the Wildflowers Grow was her third southern fiction novel and is receiving 5 star reviews from Amazon.com. She is also the author of Lies a River Deep. Under her pen name, Olivia is the author of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau, Pharaoh's Star.