It’s 1928 and Estela Euquerio Hopper, an ambitious young woman from an impoverished area of Brazil, has landed a job at the New York Metropolitan Opera, though only to work in the sewing room. Her good fortune is due in part to her unique education and in part to the fact that her father is American. She hopes to make it from the sewing room to the stage, but there are obstacles in her way: her possessive father, her secretive cousin, and the wild temperament of the city itself in its pre-depression heyday.
A US Marine is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. He has a choice to make, save the woman he loves, or prove his innocence. He can’t have both.
“Obviously drawn from the author’s first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam … a rough but occasionally heartfelt war story … is quite good and has a lot to say about the nature of the conflict.”
— Judge’s comment from 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Those who enjoyed The Godfather and Fifty Shades of Grey will love this story about Carla, who had no idea that her new career would involve pornography, Mafia, and murder.
In 1973, Carla, an interior decorator, found work with Roy, a wealthy movie theater. owner. He hired her to refurbish his theaters, and then their partnership led to marriage. Her work was admired by the boss of a major porno mafia, and then his wife hired Carla to refurbish their Hollywood mansion. There, she befriended other lonely women with husbands in that mafia.
When Roy joined them, he got caught up in murder, pornography, and then parental child abuse. He took Carla into that underworld with himself. However, while trying to escape Roy’s deception, Carla found love with another man… a cop who set his sights on her husband.
She later had a nervous breakdown and had to struggle for her sanity when Roy turned against her in another uproar. A secret admirer loved her from a distance, but his hands were tied. Could he stop Roy’s rampages? Perhaps a judge could put him in jail.
Or did Roy just dig her grave?
The White Field is a fast-paced journey of a man, Tom, fresh out of prison and trying desperately to rebuild his life. But he is caught by mysterious, unseen forces beyond his knowledge or control. After his release from prison, he is dropped back into the world in the wastelands of the city. In the menial work afforded the underclass, he begins his new life among characters at the edges of society, dwellers of the netherworld such as Raphael, a former cop from Mexicali singing Spanish arias in the mists of the industrial night among drug addicts and crooked cops; Tony, a stoner scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge of history based solely on the intricate study of rock and roll; and Larry, the bloated, abusive manager trapped as much as his workers in a world of tedium and repetition and machines. Think, The Three Stooges on acid. Unable to reconnect with what’s left of his family, Tom embarks on a criminal path more harrowing than the one that led him to prison in the first place. Lured in by the nefarious, Thane, he slips into a plan that will leave him with no way back. And with no place left in this world to go but prison, he makes one last run for freedom. Will he escape?
Targeted Age Group:: 18-70
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Escape! And what traps us. The book is both a crime drama and a meditation on Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
There is a lot of sadness in Jeff.
Jeff and Hazel are in love. Life should be so simple, but an incident in Jeff’s past haunts him to the point that he becomes a recluse. As his band prepares to release its first album after the tragedy, Hazel watches as Jeff’s passions turn into obsessions. When Jeff’s sorrow gets the best of him and alienates Hazel from her friends, the couple has to finally face the truth of what happened three years earlier…
Will Jeff’s grief tear their love apart?
TWO HEARTS IN A GRAVE is an evocative read for those who like their love stories with a twist.
Devon O’Keefe, star of a popular streaming TV series Beverly Hills Banshee, is losing her grip on life and her sudden fame. When substance abuse and erratic behavior cause production of her show to come to a halt– and after burning through all of her money on drugs and legal fees– the young Midwestern transplant finds herself alone and homeless in L.A.
Enter Nikki Barnes, notorious aging child star and Hollywood survivor with her own tabloid exploits, who waylays Devon after a twelve-step program meeting. Nikki sees a younger version of herself in Devon, having battled addiction, eating disorders and the effects of personal tragedy for decades. She offers to share her decaying Laurel Canyon mansion with the troubled actress, determined to help her avoid making the same mistakes she’s made. But soon a series of mysterious and disturbing incidents occur and the two women find themselves locked in a complex and twisted relationship that spirals downward into violence.
Ladies of the Canyon explores the universal need for family and acceptance, and how a toxic environment can affect the choices we make.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I'm a movie fan and especially like suspenseful ones that mine psychological territory. As a kid, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? scared me and I found I was attracted to other somewhat dark films such as Sunset Blvd. and Day of the Locust that were set in Hollywood (where I live and work, writing, of all things, TV shows for kids.)
Fighting for what’s right in an unjust world. All Jessica wanted was a world filled with peace and justice for all, as most humans in the world do. Unknowingly the day came where she must fight for her son’s justice. A fight to see her son not become another systematic number in the log for the government.
Targeted Age Group:: Over 18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I always write from reality and real-life experiences and add a little twist. In the climate of today’s society, I wanted to write a story that touches on signing petitions which are heavy right now in the world, that many people can relate to.
Jason Donovan has a secret.
The Clere’s Restaurant’s drama has been unfolding in front of his eyes. If he can see it, so can the restaurant’s other guests. But there’s something the servers aren’t telling him, and he will get to the bottom of it.
Based on true events, Tree of Lives is a riveting two-track story of a horrific public murder in 1930 that became a long buried family secret. The lost ghost of the murderer, Raymond, roams the earth until his abused great niece, Ruth, a promising artist, confronts her deeply troubled family. It is a story of unfolding forgiveness, survival and triumph over unaddressed trauma as this determined woman navigates her thorny life path. Illustrated.
“My Name is Sam…and heaven is still shining through by Joe Siccardi was such an amazing story from beginning to end! I sat down and read it in one day — I just couldn’t put it down.”
Sit down with a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine and visit with Samantha as she shares a lifetime of memories in this light Christian-themed fictional memoir.
“My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through” by prolific storyteller, Joe Siccardi is a follow-up to the best-selling novella, “Heaven Shining Through.”
It introduces Sam (Samantha), her family, and her unique friends in more detail than the original, and picks up where the novella left off. I hope readers get to know Sam as a friend, a life long friend as she shares her life … complete with some drama, some humor, some heart tugs.
Just a free-willed suburban Jersey girl trying to figure out this journey called life with the presence of God in ordinary life as the underlying theme…