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The Power of Rain

Rosalie Rayburn

Writer & Author

A New Mexico Mystery

Passions clash in Las Vistas, a Southwest desert town where money buys power and corrupt politicians turn a blind eye.


Digger Doyle, is the tough young lesbian reporter who investigates political intrigue and finds love at the risk of her career.

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The Power of Rain

Elizabeth “Digger” Doyle is the protagonist of Rosalie Rayburn’s lively, crisply-written debut novel “The Power of Rain.” Doyle’s nickname fits; she’s the tireless, hard-charging city hall reporter for the Daily Courier, a newspaper in the fictional New Mexico town of Las Vistas. 

I was Rosalie’s editor on the project, and it was a true joy to inhabit for a little while her moving story of healing, belonging, family, tenacity, idealism, and love.

This novel has all the characteristics of a page-turner –romance, underhanded or bewildered City officials, journalists at work to shine light on bureaucratic dealings, nefarious developers and the power of local people who keep showing up and speaking the truth.

David Steinberg
Albuquerque Journal

Sarah Jane Herbener
Savvy Communication

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Rosalie Rayburn is a journalist and author who has lived in many countries including the USA, UK, Ireland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Portugal.

Rayburn earned a bachelors’s degree in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin. She started her newspaper career freelancing for the Irish Times and Irish Independent. Travels took her to Norway where she was news editor for the English language Saga Weekly and contributed to the trade magazine Norwegian Oil Review. Returning to the US, she spent 18 years as a staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal; during which she covered business, local government, energy and telecommunications. 

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Now retired, Rayburn divides her time between the US and Portugal where she contributes to the lifestyle magazine “Portugal Living” and writes a blog about relocating to and living in Portugal.

She had six short stories broadcast by Radio Telefis Eireann in Ireland, authored a business guidebook “Living and Working in Saudi Arabia” published by How To Books Ltd., UK, and translated the Norwegian memoir “Norsemen Follow the Trail” published by Dreyer Bok, Stavanger, Norway. 


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