Why Open Rood?

Open Rood sounds strange, but several years ago my husband and I thought it would be interesting to name any business we started The Open Rood. Why? Because my husband is named Frank Cross; Frank=Open (honest) Cross=Rood (an ancient name for cross). It's merely a play on words. 

About Me

My background

The drawl that flows like molasses from my mouth each time I speak is clear evidence that I was raised in west Texas and southeast New Mexico.  


Over the years, as an adult, I've lived in Rhode Island, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma ~ where I currently reside. 

Award-Winning Author and Retired Nurse ~ Winona Bennett Cross

Mother, Grandmother, Avid Reader and Writer. 

Favorite Color: Yellow 

Favorite Food: Mexican 

Favorite Flowers: Lilacs & Roses

My style

I write historical and contemporary novels with romantic elements but prefer reading Historical fiction.


I currently have one published novel ~ Dianne's Destiny, published by The Wild Rose Press, and 1st place winner in the 2016 IDA contest ~ Short Contemporary Category. 

About The Journey Series

Journey of Honor-Journey Series Book 1

   Dance under the stars and moon. Ford rivers. Climb mountains. Trade with Native Americans. Heal the sick. Bury the dead. Live with indescribable fatigue. Celebrate at the end of the trail. Fall in love. 


Weddings at Journey’s End—Journey Series Book 1.5   

  February, and the promise of spring, becomes the perfect timing for the double wedding the new community has been anticipating.     


Journey of Homecoming—Journey Series Book 2  

  James and Elizabeth Miller and their daughters Katie and Eileen finish their trek tired, dirty, and grief stricken.  


Journey of Healing—Journey Series Book 3 

  Aaron Smith was twelve years old when he crossed the country with his parents. He learned to have hope and honor despite the tragedies and uncertainties in the early years of his life. Now, he had to learn how to be a man.     

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