Beneath the Shady Tree - (Preview - First Three Chapters)
Payton Montgomery wishes she could remember her early childhood; Joel McIntyre wishes he could forget. Payton is excited about restarting life in New Orleans, but she is plagued by sketchy nightmares and two child abductions that pervade the community and her inner psyche. As she tries to cobble her life together after a string of bad choices, she falls hard for Joel, a veterinarian struggling with his own memories. Could their shared early past reveal secrets that will set them free?
Told with subtle drama, humor, and a hint of irony, this collection of short stories scrapes beneath the surface of facades and explores human nature, moral dilemmas, and people trying to connect with one another.
The collection includes a father trying to reconnect with his son through John Lennon; a young woman returning to her hometown to face an incident that's plagued her conscience since she left; a dissatisfied woman who imagines an eye-catching bag in a storefront window will fill her void; a chance meeting between two strangers at a train station; an elderly woman awaiting a friend's visit as she reflects on a life that's winding down; and an introverted man's desire to visit a farm from childhood.
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Preview - first three chapters)
A novel told in short stories, follow young Ellen as she narrates each story of love, loss, longing, friendship, and entrapment. Inspired by the artistry of the Beatles, each story is framed by a Beatles song or actual Beatles event. Follow Ellen's journey from 1976 to 1990: Her beloved brother's disappearance from the family, which she carries with her throughout the book; her navigation through high school as she searches for friendship and love (and a musical instrument), loses her innocence in more ways than one, and is scarred by John's death; her challenges in the 1980s workplace as she confronts sexual harassment; her growth as a young woman taking charge of her life. Ellen injects insight, wisdom in hindsight, and humor into these slice of life stories.