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What do I write? I call my novels literary romance, meaning they have the elements of traditional literary/mainstream literature with explorations of social/cultural aspects, psychological facets, and deep characterization, plus strong romantic elements.

It's reality fiction. You'll know my main characters inside-out and feel like you could run into them on the streets of your own town. It's also romance with emphasis on a relationship between at least one couple, the development and obstruction of the romance, and an upbeat denouement. It's not stuffy and it's not fluff. I have no objection to either kind of fiction, but it's not what I do. It's also non-erotic, written for adults, but safe for most young adults. It's classic romance with a strong literary edge ... or it's mainstream fiction with strong romantic elements. Check it out and let me know which way you would define it!
My short stories tend to be straight mainstream fiction, possibly with a touch of a romantic element but less so, sometimes with no romance. Why? I have no idea. That's how they come out. You can find free stories on my Smashwords page. You may want to bookmark it, since I'll be adding to it as I go. Or subscribe to my Blog to find all the most current news, as well as my ramblings about the arts, writing, and societal issues.

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I am also now writing shorter, more sensual romance as
Ella M. Kaye

Click on the cover or title to go to each book's site.

Jenna Rhodes escaped her mother's idea of a successful, elite life with an early marriage to an unknown artist, but her husband's eventual success has catapulted her into the midst of another world in which she feels she doesn't belong. Now, in her early twenties, she finds herself alone with a young baby and fighting against her overwhelming artistic desires. With memories of the past and the rekindling of an old friendship, Jenna struggles to find her own world. Rejecting her impulses becomes impossible, though, when a handsome magnetic force begins to pull at her spirit. (2003)

It's About The Journey. The Rehearsal Series is a musical romantic saga beginning in Spring, 1974 and running into the mid-Eighties. Societal aspects of the era highlight family, parenting, and friendship, all behind a story of lingering and passionate romance mixed with laughter and drama.  Rehearsal is a continual serial read that will consist of 6 books plus a sequel.

Susie Brooks is a nineteen-year-old dance teacher whose main stability through the years of an uncertain childhood was her best friend, Evan Scott, a guitarist with a flair for the business world. Evan's other best friend is Duncan O'Neil, also a guitarist, but with a flair for attracting women's attention while hiding his past. When Duncan moves into Evan's world, he changes the dynamics not only within the band, but within Susie and Evan's relationship.
(2006, 2008, 2012, 2016)

"Riveting" Ryan Reynauld is immersed in a world of music, parties, and temporary companionship. Having risen to the top of the pop charts, his biggest concern is objecting to the way his music is produced. That is, until he finds a young woman standing on a window ledge. Against the advice of family and friends, and through media attacks and fan protests, Ryan determines to care for her himself, making a promise that threatens to destroy his career.

Convincing the skittish girl she can learn to trust again comes with a steep price. Sometimes the path to recovery begins by allowing your world to implode. (2009)
Abraham Luchner pulls up roots from his Snake River Valley home in support of the war effort. Joined by his friend Cameron Terry, an impulsive adventure seeker, Abe determines to sever ties at home in order to minimize distractions.

Maura Laerty has been claimed as Cameron's betrothed in the eyes of the community. Determined not to become a war widow or caregiver of one more soul who needs her ongoing assistance, she refuses his proposal, at least until he returns. Despite her efforts, Maura soon finds herself saddled with responsibilities that tax her resolve and turn the townspeople away. (2010)

Moondrops & Thistles

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Daws, SGT Fred Dawson, is a determined and respected leader. Called to serve in Desert Storm, he performs two impromptu rescue missions and manages to bring all of his men back home. While still haunted by the cost of his actions, he loses the most important person in his life, in an accident for which he feels partly responsible.

As far as Deanna Meyers is concerned, there isn't a true loyal and honest gentleman left in NYC. Trying to advance in the world of advertising, she finds herself in another destructive relationship, this time to the possible detriment of her career.

When they run into each other at a bus stop, Daws and Deanna recognize the spark of a connection that draws them in the way they are both drawn to the city lights at night. (2011)




The Gallery

All art is personal. All life is art.

The gallery is a story of art and artists,
of life, love, family, and moving forward.

The gallery is two stories in one edition. Finishing Touches from 2003 and its sequel, Final Strokes, from 2013. They are also available individually in electronic format.
Stanley is a little raindrop who always finds the hardest places to fall. Inspired by a scene from Rehearsal: A Different Drummer, Stanley: A Raindrop's Story is a 28 page children's picture book (ages 5-7, softcover).

Preview it free on the book's page!
Thoughts & Sketches: Gates & Gardens is the first in a series of journals that incorporate writing, coloring, and sketching. Part of the Write The Light In project by Elucidate Publishing, the journals encourage personal exploration through words, images, and color.

Available in a full size 8.5x11 edition and an A5 pocket edition.

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