Little does racist attorney Hiram Garbuncle know the danger he’s getting into when he reluctantly defends a black man brutally beaten by two policemen during a traffic stop and charged with resisting arrest. Plot twists and turns take the reader on a suspense-filled roller coaster ride as the attorney’s negligence causes a mistrial. He then discovers incriminating evidence against the cops, and his new challenge becomes how to keep himself and his client alive pending a new trial. Garbuncle is an alcoholic, and his courtroom remarks and outlandish attire startle the judge, whom the attorney brings to his side in arguing a legal conundrum. His miserly ways cause a tug of war with his burly apartment tenant, who ends up helping with the probe of the cops. But when the woman Garbuncle falls in love with is caught up in the investigation, tragedy results.
Much of Jarek’s youth revolved around making him fit for the throne, but one terrible day in adulthood finds him defeated, humiliated, and banned from the capital. He may only return upon complete surrender. Once home, he faces a trial by his commanders, though they are also fugitives by decree. Their land is a former province cut off from royal support, only kept free by the number of soldiers loyal to Jarek; but he swore to uphold the terms of his defeat, never to attack the capital.
As every illusion Jarek lived under is falling apart, he receives a visitor who tells him how the people of his land have suffered under his oblivious and unsustainable decision making. He faces a choice: drink himself to death while everything falls apart or change his land for the better. The latter might be impossible.
Just as he makes his choice, strangers arrive from a part of the world unknown to him, seeking a free and peaceful life, warning of a tyrant who pursues them. The story of their homeland is told in the second part. One man’s insecurity combined with his greed sees him betray people who believed they were his allies. He desires a great empire that he wishes his father had pursued, but this drives his transformation into something else–or, the persistent appearance of something he can never truly be.
But his former allies have no time to consider why he did this to them, not that they are to blame. Those who survive will each lead their people in a form of resistance suitable to their ways. Some will take to the battlefield, seeking justice, or vengeance. Some will search for a new home, challenged to leave no one behind, but they may flee into the waiting arms of a different danger. And some will do another thing altogether.
And the third part brings everything together. What is Jarek willing to do? Will anything ever be enough?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
First, I always like to write stories where compassionate leaders who are pursuing a hospitable society, and who ask themselves whether they are doing enough, are shown in contrast to power-seekers who will stop at nothing and who find that nothing they gain is ever enough. Second, I wanted to write a redemption story for someone who has his power because of imperialism, but having been denied what he hungered for most of his life, makes the unexpected decision to pursue something better instead; he ends up doing the type of good that his old king wouldn't dare.
Lily and Jack are trapped in a web of temptation. While Lily struggles with her marriage, they both fight the undeniable attraction they feel for each other. Will they lose the battle and give in to the desires of their hearts, or will they find the strength to follow God’s word?
Murderous rage, bigotry and rape; topics not commonly discussed around the supper table of Pastor Sam and Martha Belle Jobe, with their brood of five, in the segregated, Deep South of Louisiana of the 1960’s. However, events centered around their middle child, 12-year-old, Rance, will cascade all those issues and then some, upon their family.
Over the course of 4 turbulent years, Rance will meet tragedy, treachery, trials and true-love, head-on, as he seeks to discover truths about himself, his family, the enemies they share, and the God they worship. Ultimately, the question becomes, will there be enough miracles, love and redemption for Rance to survive his rite of passage.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The miracles I've witnessed in my own life, especially the merciful redemption provided by the sacrifice of Christ. His Grace is greater than all our sin, and then some.
Julie is a seemingly normal middle-aged woman who married the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. She had a very difficult childhood being the youngest daughter of a divorced couple. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her father resents her due to questions surrounding her paternity. Julie’s upbringing left her unsure of how to differentiate between love, sex, and power. Her story is told through a series of therapy sessions. The reader learns of her abusive past and its effect on the present day.
A baby’s laughter.
A mind uncaged.
Lance is known as Scourge, the warrior in the black armor, the dog of the warlord Ulfr Blackwolf. He was just a boy when Ulfr found him and molded him into the perfect weapon. He slaughters and pillages on command, merciless and numb, devoid of emotions. Then a baby girl laughs at him during a raid.
And everything changes.
When Gust, a talented healer, is out deer hunting and stumbles across a magnificent horse bearing a mortally wounded rider, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Gust applies all his skills to his patient, determined to save the rider’s life, and is rewarded when the man opens his eyes.
As friendship, and more, bloom between warrior and healer, so does the danger over the horizon. Ulfr has not forgotten, and Lance must take his first steps on the long road to redemption.
Ran Walker can’t outrun his demons. After watching the woman he loved marry another man, he’s given up on finding that happiness for himself. Until a chance encounter with a fiery redhead challenges everything he thought he knew…
Elle Sullivan is done bending to the expectations of others. Now, she’s determined to live life by her own terms. Even if that means taking a chance on the burly biker that helped her fix a flat tire. He’s the exact opposite of any man she’s ever dated—yet the heat between them is undeniable.
Can Ran and Elle shrug off the shackles of his haunting past and her constricting family name to find the freedom of a blissful life together? Or will the ill-fitting facades of who they are supposed to be force them apart?
Lillie Childress is an ambitious introvert who grew up in group homes in Texas. Her only family is Deborah whom she met in a group home when they were 7 years old. Lillie is sure of one thing. She’ll never be abandoned by a man or worse yet, have a child and be abandoned by a man. No marriage. Only simple, uncomplicated relationships as she eats her way across New Orleans, explores every park and venue, and enjoys every minute of it.
With that firm resolve, Lillie meets Charles Chauvet at a concert in Lafayette Park after work one spring afternoon. Charles is a crazy handsome extravert whose family has been in New Orleans since 1754 when his French Acadian ancestors arrived on a ship from an Acadian settlement in Canada. For reasons stemming from his childhood, Charles is also determined to keep his relationships simple and uncomplicated now and forever.
They began with a dinner here and a dinner there. Jogging and picnicking in Audubon Park. Enjoying a concert at Preservation Hall. Dancing at a neighborhood pub. Absolutely simple and uncomplicated.
Fall brought into their lives a hurricane and a surprise that Lillie could never have imagined. If you believe that love can conquer all, don’t miss this sweet romance. Escape now with this page-turning love story.
In Scotland for a semester of research, a Texas woman LeeAnna Davidson by chance meets Robert MacDonald, a native of the Isle of Skye. A handsome man of many parts, Robert is a former soldier in the Royal Scottish Regiment, an engineer, a musician, and a kids’ soccer coach. Robert hasn’t had a serious relationship since he lost his first love in a tragic accident for which he feels responsible. Still hurt from an unhappy divorce, LeeAnna is focused on her University of Glasgow research and a new job when she returns home. Come along to see if Robert and LeeAnna will be paralyzed by their past or find a way forward to love.
If you enjoy sweet romance, join Robert and LeeAnna in their journey of discovery on the beautiful Isle of Skye and beyond.
This is Book 3 of Love on Life’s Zip Line. John just kept surprising Patricia. Remembering little things about her and about their life together. He was like the man she married so long ago, not the man she had spent so many years hating. Could she take a chance on him again?