Mara Goodwin is a professional keeper of secrets, or that is what she intends to be. As a counseling psychology student at Northwestern Mara’s ambition is unrivaled. She has the grades, the compassion, and the dedication, everything she needs to gain entry into the clinical psychology program. However, after a traumatic experience leaves Mara in a state of mental distress, she finds herself keeping more secrets than she intended, most of them her own. Finding herself in trouble with the law, her dreams of being a therapist are jeopardized and as a consequence, Mara is ultimately forced into group therapy. While in therapy, Mara holds on to her secrets with a death grip, but when life comes full circle, her past is revealed and with it the potential to destroy her future career, her friendships, and ultimately herself. Mara is a fighter, even if she doesn’t know it yet, but with each attempt to salvage what she can of her broken life, she is met with a consistent punch to the gut. After being pushed to the edge by meddling roommates, a persistent ex-boyfriend, and a potential new boyfriend, Mara comes to the precipice of her destruction. Yet with her destruction also comes her rebirth, and revelations of love, pain, and growth.
Detective Grace McKenna’s mother has always told her that she has a gift. When she looks into a criminal’s eyes she can see haunting images of victims who have been wronged. One of those visions is the face of Jenny Silva, high school art teacher who has gone missing from the small town of Bridgeton, Massachusetts, where Grace works. When she makes eye contact with the possible suspect, Jenny’s tortured face flashes before Grace, leaving an unsettling imprint on her. Grace finds herself making tough decisions to solve a case on her own, where she stumbles across town secrets and gets mixed up in an unlikely love affair. Sometimes a wrong can find a way to be righted all on its own.
I’m a healer, not a fighter. Yes, I avoid conflict at all costs. But don’t mistake my pacifism for weakness. I look death in the eye on a regular basis. I’m an RN in the ER–strong, assertive, and capable, with a potent array of sophisticated equipment and medications at my disposal. Exactly one week from the day of my mother’s funeral, an investigator from the Florida Department of Health shows up at the ER and informs me that I may be charged with a felony. Someone is making anonymous complaints that I’m “practicing medicine beyond my scope of practice.” I have no idea who, or why! As the circle of suspects widens, I find it harder to tell where my once unfailing intuition ends and growing paranoia takes over.I repeatedly shove my personal struggles aside as I meet the needs of my patients. But I see them differently now and learn useful lessons from unlikely sources. My world changes in uncontrollable ways. Is it possible that my estranged boyfriend is the snitch? A trusted friend? The anonymous complaints keep coming. As the attacks become more dangerous, I wonder just how far my assailant will go to hurt me-and how far I’ll go to defend myself when my attacker’s life is placed directly in my hands. Anonymous Complaint is inspired by actual events.
Andy Friessen has two guarantees in his life: 1. His wife Laura, and his children are safe from the control of his family. 2. A safety deposit box holds evidence that could blow his mother’s world apart. But nothing is ever simple or easy, until one night tragedy strikes, yanking the rug from under him. This time, secrets and lies could destroy the solid foundation he’s built for his family.
Hardened matriarch Fionnuala Flood has been banished from the family home, and will stop at nothing to inveigle her way back to rule the roost with her rapier tongue. But a death at the dry cleaners where she works changes everything. Throw into the mix the return of a contestant from the Survivor-like Safari Millionaire, some shocking ancestral DNA results, and Fionnuala’s plan to save the world from evil with an eighth Crusade, and Static Cling is hilarious ride-part roller coaster, carousel and ghost train-that will leave you gasping, wincing and, most of all, laughing. Will a heart at long last grow in Fionnuala? Who killed Mrs. Ming? Read and find out.
When Ursula Barnett and her husband Jed win the Irish lottery, they think their troubles are over. But they are just beginning. Ursula coerces her Yank husband to retire in her hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland, hoping to atone for her youthful sins as a collaborator with the IRA in the 1970s. At the first sniff of Ursula s lotto win, however, her chronically greedy sister-in-law Fionnuala Flood rallies the family against Ursula.
Family saga and black comedy, love story and courtroom drama, An Embarrassment of Riches will take you on a journey to Northern Ireland and beyond, where Protestants and Catholics wage battle daily, and where crossing family with finance leads to heartache and hilarity, passion and tragedy.
–Colin Quinn, Comedian, SNL, Tough Crowd
Publishers Weekly: “The Irish family at the heart of this hilarious novel is so tawdry and despicable, it’s a wonder they don’t kill off each other in the first few pages. …The central figure is Ursula, whose husband had won the lottery and has since gambled away much of the winnings. Ursula’s new (and fading) riches have strained many of her personal relationships, particularly with her sister-in-law, Fionnuala, a first-rate villain who concocts get-rich-quick schemes based on the misery of others. …Once the vulgarity and shenanigans set in, the novel is as absorbing as it is hysterical.”
“I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear.
But Hansa, a thirteen-year-old child-bride in rural India, refuses to remain a victim of the oppressive society where a female child is an unwanted burden. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with three-month-old Tara.
Hansa soon discovers that life as a teenage mother is fraught with danger. But a single lie opens the door to a promising opportunity far from home.
Just seven years later, Hansa finds herself fighting for Tara’s life once more, this time in an American court, with a woman she calls ‘Mother.’
Will the lie upon which Hansa built her life, defeat its own purpose? How can she succeed when no one believes the truth?
A story of two mothers, two daughters and a fight to save a child, Fighting for Tara explores the depth of love and motherhood.
“Is it ever really over with our ex’es?” asks Passionella’s new next-door neighbor Julie. Passionella is about to find out as she falls hard for Julie’s hot but moody ex-husband, Jeff. Is Jeff the life partner she’s been waiting for or just another Mr. Almost Right?
When you leave home, can you ever return? Twenty-five years after following her husband’s dreams to New York, Maria Pop has to choose between her marriage, and returning to Romania, the country she can’t stop missing. Meanwhile her daughter, a bona-fide New Yorker, is struggling to adjust to life in small-town Texas where she found a good job teaching college. As both women try to figure out where they belong and who they want to be, they butt heads in an epic fight that might leave them forever estranged.
A near-death experience during a cycling accident unearths a mystifying memory that leads Katelyn Roberts to the quaint seaside town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. There, she becomes entangled in the secrets of a historic inn that somehow call to her from the past.
Passionella Davenport has been unwilling to risk her heart since her husband Fletcher, an off-Broadway director, confessed his preference for men. Now, ten years later, she is about to get a second chance at life and love in the unlikeliest of places. Divorced, unemployed, and running out of money, she journeys to rural Newbridge, Connecticut, to house sit Fletcher’s boyhood home-and falls hard for Jeff Woodrow, a local woodworker and weekend musician. In every way, Jeff is the opposite of Fletcher-masculine, rugged, handy-and when he grabs her in a passionate embrace, she feels wanted.
But there’s a problem. Jeff’s ex-wife Julie is Passionella’s new next-door neighbor and new best friend. And one thing is becoming inconveniently clear: Julie is just not ready to let Jeff go. As Passionella gets entangled in an increasingly complex love triangle, she must ask herself: Is Jeff the life partner she has been secretly longing for, or just another Mr. Almost Right?
Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, Almost Right with the World is a wry look at the limits of friendship, the bonds that survive divorce, and the lies we tell each other and ourselves in our love relationships.
Facing months of reconstructive surgery, former model Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. The more talk-show queen Olivia Howard learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Yet.
Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love follows a man’s emotional journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can’t forget. An epic tale of love, sexual passion and forgiveness that lingers long after the last page is turned.
De Vine Tours’ two-week walking trip through New Zealand wine country is billed as a trip of a lifetime: sumptuous food, great wine, fabulous scenery, easy walks and wonderful homestay accommodation. For Lindsey McIntyre, writer and illustrator, the tour seems like a recipe for success. She will be able to sketch, research for her new book and most importantly, become more independent. It’s time for her to take some vital steps to overcome the legacy of a difficult childhood and move on with her life.
Despite her fears and lack of confidence, Lindsey soon makes friends with fellow tour member, Eleanor, and begins to get to know her other travelling companions: older couple Eddie and Vi; socially inept Cedric; bristly Bianca and the elusive Simon and Andrew. How will these relationships develop over the course of the two weeks? Will Lindsey manage to break free from the traumas of the past? And what will happen when a mystery threatens to derail the journey altogether?