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“…entertaining all readers while providing grist for the mill to those who are looking for something deeper.” — BigAl of BigAl and Pals

The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire -- showing a (dressed) teenage girl on a bed, looking rather pensive.In a small Western Massachusetts town in 1977, a thirty-two-year-old widowed physics professor and the sixteen-year-old girl who used to babysit his daughter forge a bond fraught with potential scandal as they try to help each other survive loss, guilt, fear, trauma — and growing up.

THE RIBS AND THIGH BONES OF DESIRE asks: Is there ever a time when doing the wrong thing can be exactly right?

Read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

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“lovely and humorous” — Publisher’s Weekly review of the ABNA manuscript

“engrossing and well-written” — BigAl at BigAl and Pals

Cover for The Awful Mess: A Love StoryA recently-divorced woman tries to start fresh in a small New Hampshire town, but a surprise pregnancy, a shocking secret, and a handsome cop shatter her expectations.

One of five general fiction semifinalists for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, THE AWFUL MESS explores how people reconcile their feelings, their beliefs, and their community with the occasional absolutely horrifying screw-up.

Read a free sample HERE.

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Or enjoy a shorter, lighter work FOR FREE!

The Short, Spectacular Indie-Publishing Career of Matilda Walter

The Short, Spectacular Indie-Publishing Career of Matilda Walter

In this twist on the classic short story by James Thurber, downtrodden direct mail list clerk Walter Mitty imagines fame and riches as an indie romance writer. (Nom de plume: Matilda Walter.) Since she’s better at imagining success — and plot twists — than actually sitting down and writing, it’s fortunate that her colleague Jonathan is so eager to help out.

Indie publishing is much harder than either of them imagines — but there’s more than one way to capitalize on a great set of abs!

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COMING IN LATE 2015 (or early 2016)

Bardwell’s Folly — An impoverished young woman tries to protect her Southern white father’s literary legacy from the media baron who appears to have designs on it, and the ex-boyfriend who might just be messing with her — even as she wrestles with the question of whether that legacy deserves any protection at all. Then she discovers what it’s like to be caught on the wrong side of racial politics.