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
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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)
Brooks is a nineteen-year-old dance teacher whose main stability
through 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. The three friends find themselves struggling with
love, loss, and secret passions during the turbulent Seventies.
rising fame comes rising tensions and decisions that build relationships
or destroy them.
Susie, Duncan, and Evan lead Raucous through the music world jungle
heading toward the top. Along the way, family secrets are revealed
and new additions come along, and the friends must redefine themselves
within their new roles. While making sacrifices and reconsidering
relationships, they’ll have to choose between clinging to
their current worlds and letting go to explore new possibilities.
Of Chaotic Currents
Raucous crew is on the road moving along toward the end of the Seventies.
With several number one hits and a UK tour, the band is set for
bigger things and larger adventures. Along the route, false rumors
and relationship strains abound, and a dangerous curve threatens
to overturn their journey.
a sudden explosion rocks them to their cores, the band members,
management, and fans question their future. (2012)
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)
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)
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)
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!