And We Proudly Raise the Curtain
Coming in June through Rebel Ink Press…
Cooper Hensen is back in the Midwest, a place that holds haunting memories for him. Worse, he’s been labeled the newcomer, the guy now responsible for replacing a pro bowl, quarterback superstar destined for the hall of fame. And while the other guy’s name graces everything around the city from a children’s hospital to a golf course and philanthropic foundation, people keep misspelling Cooper’s, driving him crazy. Twice in as many weeks he’s heard his neighbor, a die-hard other guy fan, refer to him as Copper. Seriously?
Cali Carter is a hard charging, no non-sense district attorney determined to clean up the city of Indianapolis. But lately things have shifted and she’s felt torn between her work and the position she fought so hard to achieve, and helping her sister, who’s struggling to manage her own young family and run the small café where she’s invested all of her heart, not to mention her life savings.
When a bossy, quick thinker who likes to fix things meets a man with incredible potential clouded by a haunted past, can two household names find a balance of power within their relationship and share the spotlight?
Captain Alexandre Joao Marshall is furious. He’s just been tricked by a silly female masquerading as a man, and has signed a binding contract to use his ship, the Scoundrel, in a reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and Brazil. It was his idea, his dream, and his money he’d brought to the table, and now the dream was doomed to fail. He’d sunk everything into this venture and it would’ve succeeded if he wasn’t now legally shackled to a woman who didn’t know her place. He’d be bankrupt and a laughingstock in the male-dominated Brazilian shipping industry if he couldn’t persuade Edwina Webb to release him from the contract or continue her misguided charade.
He should’ve expected fate would deal him a rotten hand. After all, his mixed race, Portuguese and Japanese, had already stacked the deck against him. He’d tried his best to defy the odds but after suffering unexpected racial prejudice from those he thought loved him, a bout of malaria that’d nearly killed him and a duel with a cousin determined to scuttle his business, Alex throws in his cards and washes his hands of his female partner and his dreams. It’s only when the ashes of his career settle that he realizes he’d been pursuing the wrong dream.
Seppuku is only one way for a Japanese male to remedy such a great loss of face and Alex remains true to his ancestry or at least he tries to, but even that is denied him when the sea goddess Lemanja suddenly pops into his life and demands a new deck of cards. In orchestrating one final meeting with his former partner, the goddess will give him a chance to recoup his losses and win the one hand he’d wager everything for.
When a pandemic caused by the global warming that David Morrow has spent his life studying strikes, he and the rest of the world are caught off guard. His new relationship with Amanda Sutton, pathologist, becomes interwoven with the crisis and their relationship is nearly swept away in the chaos. Can they remain together against all of the odds?
Unrequited is a story of everlasting love, heartbreak, addiction, and courage of the human spirit to fight back against all odds.
Travel back in time to this peaceful New England community during the simpler days of the post WWII era of 1955, and join Joe on a reminiscent walk down Main Street America to the Five and Dime where he’ll ask Kathy out for the first time. Visit the Connelly’s home as Kathy and her family gather around their potbellied stove and trade stories of family values and of Chester, the fabled family protector.
It’s the picture-perfect family Joe’s always wanted and when he calls on Kathy, he’s welcomed with open arms. When he proposes and she says yes, their future promises them an idyllic lifetime together, but fate breaks that promise and Joe’s plans are turned upside down. Suddenly the peaceful 1950’s become his prison and the keys to his prison are hidden away in the true meaning of life as told to him by Riggs, a elderly black man with roots in slavery. Riggs shares his three truths with Joe as they’ve been handed down for generations, but there’s more to Riggs and his three truths than meets the eye.