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Disintegration

A young couple's painful decline parallels the war-torn land around them.

 

Can they escape, and if they do, how will they survive?

A newly married English couple accepts the chance of a lifetime; escape to the excitement of a new exotic life on the shores of the Mediterranean. They believe they have won lifeʼs lottery.

 

Crowned the Jewel of the Middle East, Beirut throbs with life and myriad contrasts between east and west. But as the country descends into sectarian violence and civil war, the couple is forced to make choices. 

 

Friends are raped and murdered, others estranged by age-old religious divides, and they discover the fragility of their own union. 

 

Held hostage in their home for refusing to take sides, electricity and running water are cut, and they scavenge for food amongst dwindling supplies. Days turn to weeks, and amid deprivation and tension, they are forced to face one another and their individual betrayals. 

 

 

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Chameleon

What happened to Camellia, and why? And, whose are the bodies? 

 

When the wealthy Dawson family disappears, abandoning their vast country estate, it goes unremarked. Except for Camellia, the sole heir, they were always reclusive.

 

Untended for twenty-five years, the parklands are now a public thoroughfare, and the family’s fate remains a mystery until a skeleton is found on the long-abandoned, dilapidated property. Soon, three more bodies are unearthed, but none are the long-missing girl. ​

 

Clues lead  a determined reporter to the beautiful Italian coast, as she and the lead detective compete to uncover the fate of the neglected and loveless young woman, who, in desperately seeking her father’s love, made a series of ghastly choices.

 

They could never have imagined the profoundly personal truth.

 

 
 
 
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Unraveling: A Baker's Dozen

A trail of nine husbands belies that super-wealthy Maggie Baker is a romantic. 

Trapped in a coma, a flood of past loves and friends visit her bedside. Police suspect foul play, and they search for who hurt her and who profits from her death.

 

Confused and ignored, Maggie hears the conflict around her, but she cannot move. In her silent world, she recalls her past, a painful emotional journey, to find whom she has hurt and who might wish to harm her. 

 

A sweeping, passionate, and at times, painful journey from her birth in Australia to Hong Kong, through Tahiti, and Hawaii, ending back on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

 

Why would anyone wish her harm, and who would gain from her death? 

 
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Loophole: The Orphan Killers

Murder for Profit is a growing family business, but someone must take the fall, and beautiful orphans are the perfect scapegoats. 

 

When a series of aging, terminally ill men, are killed - murdered, it is a mystery. Why harm them, if they were about to die, anyway?

 

With hefty life insurance policies, flaws in the system would prevent payouts to their families, so they must continue in excruciating pain until Painless Farewells discovers a loophole — murder. It becomes a victimless, lucrative income for the family business.

As the bodies mount, Matt Bennett, the insurance investigator, suspects Murder for Profit and realizes the crimes have not been victimless. Beautiful young orphans have been convicted and incarcerated, still pleading their innocence.

 

In mounting frustration, Matt and his FBI buddy follow the twists and turns of each case.

 

Will the two friends stop the schemers, and can they help free the imprisoned girls?

 

Forced together--unaware of their devastating common bond, what they discover will irrevocably shatter their worlds.

Abandoned on the wintry shores of southern England, Leila does not speak and has no recollection of who she is or how she got there. 

 

With insight into her culture, her rescuer, a professor of Arabic studies, falls deeply in love with the vulnerable, pregnant girl, and despite her many secrets, eventually, they marry.

 

Leila’s memories come back in fragments: a privileged childhood, the violent death of her parents, recollections of her first love, and her escape. But she keeps her tragic past locked away until the day it becomes a threat to all she holds dear. 

 

As worldwide terrorism grows, her husband leads the hunt: his primary target—The Wolf, who leaves the caves of Afghanistan and Pakistan for London, seeking revenge on his arch-enemy who foiled several past plans.

 

Overlaid by tragic acts of 21st-century world terrorism, differing cultures and conflicting personalities clash in a battle for survival. 

 

The Shattering Effect
 
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Downfall: The Price of Ego

Love, lust, and wealth are powerful aphrodisiacs.

 

Who is Mark Henderson? 

A self-made playboy-billionaire, or a cunning and vengeful business opponent? A man who callously abandoned his young wife and child, or a doting father, who adores his second wife?

Sure, over the years, Mark has created enemies. Among them, his arch-rival Roger Bowman and his one-time fiancée, Sulin Wang. Even his daughter from his first marriage hates him and blames him for her mother’s premature death. 

His public downfall stripped him of status, privacy, and much of his fortune. But, after paying his debt to society, he believed he had a peaceful future with his new family. Incarceration taught him that his wife and son are the only things in life that matter.

Now, two years after his release, he may die, and he does not know why. The danger will not end with him. Someone wants to kill his family.

 
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The Captive

A lock clicks. She is trapped. 

 

Until her pregnancy, Kat’s future was ahead of her. Unwilling to forgo her dreams, she books a termination. But, abandoned by his own mother, her lover, Brad, cannot accept this. 

 

His extreme solution--trap her until she reconsiders.

 

When Kat viciously attacks him, he sees there will be no compromise. She must remain captive until the choice is out of her hands.

 

Isolated, dependent and heavily pregnant, Kat deteriorates physically and psychologically. Helpless, she longs for escape, but a voice in her head constantly whispers of her growing danger. What will happen to you when the child is born?

 

While Kat searches for a way out, her lover faces a dilemma. How will he keep his child, and how to be rid of Kat?

 

He settles on a dark plan, but fate has a plan of her own 

 

Will he survive? Will she? And can she get free?

 
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Thief of Memories

Three Lives - A Collision Course.

 

For the thief, the detective, and the naive woman, the clock is ticking. Time for the ultimate price to be paid.

 

Tortured and flawed, the thief fills a gaping wound in his psyche by cheating and inflicting deep wounds on vulnerable women. Pretending to care, he steals their most precious keepsakes. 

 

Blessed with a highly developed intuitive sense, Detective John Marsh feels the profound pain inflicted when the memories are stolen. When his sister becomes one of the victims, it turns personal, and he vows to catch the culprit and retrieve the heirlooms. 

 

The last woman in the thief’s life, Lisa, is optimistic and innocent and cannot believe her husband had a stolen identity when he married her. She refuses to accept he is behind two deaths, and an attack on her family, until he disappears, robbing her of all she has.

 

But Lisa will be his nemesis.  

 

Coming Fall 2021
 
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The Jailbird's Daughter:
A Memoir

If only she could have known her father. Not just Daddy, but the man he was and might have been, but for the circumstances thrust upon him…

 

Beginning with the daughter’s birth and ending with her father’s death. Often challenging, she struggles to survive his growing rage, as he changes from a loving father to one with outbursts of violence. A man with two sides to his nature. One that advocates, “Get them before they get you.” And the other, “Friends are the family we choose. Kindness is a special gift that costs us nothing.”

 

From England at the end of WW11, a country recovering from bombs, rationing, and shortages, it spans half a century, through prisons, a war in Lebanon, and the daughter’s new life in America. Through it all, she clings to the father of her memories, a man who will pass half his adult life in prison, in the company of murderers and violent criminals, while she battles for his release.

 

This is a testament that, despite anger, injury, and a life of crime, love can heal, and real love can transform. Powerful and essential, love never leaves.

Coming Soon

Children's Stories by Jeannie Neill

 

The Worries of Warnika, The Witch's Black Cat

Being a Black cat is not always easy, and belonging to a Witch is harder still.
 

People have misconceptions, and fear what is unknown. Being misjudged hurts.


But as Warnika and his friends learn, underneath we are all the same.