Love and Squalor (April 24, 2018)
Luthertown Heights isn’t anyone’s idea of paradise. Gangs run the streets, fighting and killing to claim territory, and the other residents struggle just to get by.
While most of the population hides behind ragged curtains and chipped concrete walls, one woman dares to venture out into the streets. As the leader of an after school care program at the local YMCA, she strives to teach the children of this embattled city that there is more to life than violence and hate.
The only thing she wants in return is someone, anyone, to call her by her real name.
Known only as “White Girl” to her neighbors, she wishes so much to be embraced by the community that she loves. Instead, though, she finds herself thrust into the middle of a war between two of the city’s most lethal gangs.
Armed only with her indefatigable optimism and the unexpected protection of a mysterious gang member known only as Slipknot, she must fight to ensure a better future for her city – and herself.
The closer she grows to a solution (and to Slipknot), the more she has to lose as the city becomes a war zone. Can she find a way to convince her community that Luthertown Heights is worth saving? Or is it useless to think that she could find love amongst the squalor?
Love and Squalor is available at Amazon.com.
For Clara Halpert, an artist at heart, life is full of color and vivacity— until her older sister Charlotte is brutally murdered. With her family broken, her dreams shattered, and her creativity smothered by the overwhelming weight of grief and guilt, Clara’s once-bright, once-colorful future is quickly fading to grey.
Now tasked with completing a round of hospital-mandated group therapy sessions at the local YMCA, Clara has hit rock bottom. She has resigned herself to feeling lost and lonely forever…
Until she meets Casey Linderman.
Like her, Casey has more than his own fair share of dark secrets and terrible regrets to live with, but that doesn’t stop him from making Clara feel something that she hasn’t felt for a long time: hope.
Together, the two must find a way to navigate themselves (and each other) through the maze of their inner darkness and back to the light of sanity and completeness. No matter how hard Clara and Casey try to move on, however, they can never completely outrun the pasts that define them, the pasts that still haunt them both physically and emotionally. While Clara’s traumatic memories and overwhelming anxiety threaten to drown her, Casey’s dark history manifests itself in a much more corporeal, much more lethal way.
Can these two broken people find a way to escape the pasts that cripple them and become whole again? Or will taking a risk and opening themselves up to one another only manage to hurt them even more?
Portrait of a Sunset is available at Amazon.com
Chase and Charlie (December 28, 2016)
Charlie loves Chase.
He’s not just her brother, he’s her best friend. He’s her confidant, her moral compass, her partner in quirky movie fandom: he’s everything she wishes she could be…until he gets framed for murder.
When a man is killed and Chase is left holding the murder weapon, he’s deemed “criminally insane” and sent to the ominous Gray’s Institute of Mental Health. Desperate for answers, Charlie infiltrates the asylum with the help of a kind young custodian and soon discovers that nothing—and no one—is as it seems.
Armed with nothing but her wits, her guts, and her unflagging loyalty, Charlie must fight her way through a nightmarish maze of lies and manipulation to expose, not just the truth about her brother, but a much darker, much more sinister truth about the crime he didn’t commit, and the institution that has no right to hold him.
Chase and Charlie is available now on Amazon.com