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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?

 

Whose are the four bodies? 

 

The heart-wrenching truth could never have been imagined.

 

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 become 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. 

A neglected, lonely, and loveless, young woman, who, in desperately seeking her father’s love, made a series of ghastly choices. 

 

 

 
 
 
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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 also 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, 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 since 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 she got pregnant, 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 choice. 

 

His extreme solution--trap her until she reconsiders. When Kat viciously attacks him, he sees there will be no compromise. He must keep her imprisoned 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 her when the child is born?

 

Her lover has a new problem. How can he keep his child, and what should he do about Kat? He settles on a dark plan, but an accident ends his dilemma. Hovering on life support, Kat and her newborn baby are abandoned and helpless.

 

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

Coming in July 2021
 
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Coming Soon
Songs of a 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. The struggle 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, “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, imjury, and a life of crime, love can heal, and real love can transform.

 

Powerful and essential, love never leaves.