Say Cheese!: A Sandwich Shop Novella
Wedding photographer Aurelius Montanari captures flashes. Hidden behind his camera, he creates a fantasy world for the bride and groom, masking flaws for a high fee. A name among the wealthy in Lexington, Kentucky, he’d rather be anywhere else than in a bride’s dressing room.
Lydia Hest, a novice tattoo artist and full-time server for an elite caterer, loathes weddings. In the hot, Kentucky summer, she serves mint juleps and fashionable miniature hors d’oeuvre to racing royalty or bourbon barons.
A misunderstanding leaves Aurelius and Lydia stuck in a plantation’s outbuilding. As the reception’s music continues into the night, the two hungry artists have nothing but time.
Le Miel Street and Hope: A Soda Shop Novella
Ohio, USA 1945
The bombs of WWII are far away, but Florence Beaulieu-Wells lost it all. A widow before a bride, her secret fiancé Adam Sakurai died among the brave soldiers of D-Day.
To hide her bereaving heart, Florence puts all her sorrows into hard work. During the day, she tends to her beehives, and then at night serves drinks at her family soda shop. Months and then years pass by in her hometown of Canton, Ohio, without indication of change.
Until a telegram arrives, offering a glimpse of hope.
Sugared Florets & Bayonets: A Candy Shop Novella
Minerva, Ohio 1919
The mortar rounds and trenches of the Great War echo in Joe Conley’s head. Returned home a hero, he is a great thespian. Inside, an imposter lurks. His heart ripped from his ribcage by the savage gallantry of battle.
Sally Smith scrapes by out of necessity. The village’s curious introvert, she applies her gardening skills to her advantage, selling sugared flower petals to the local bakery, café, and mercantile to decorate cakes and teas.
School cohorts, Sally and Joe, despised each other. The war hero, a changeling by circumstance, discovers a friendship without demands from the distinctive woman. And Sally, finally, feels the comfort of companionship.
Drum Lessons With Diego
Back home in Argentina, Diego Videla can’t believe his luck. A drumming competition in Kentucky, USA turns his everyday hustles into real potential. With six younger siblings and an ailing Mamá, he feels the pressure.
The wheel turns, and with fortune follows disaster. Diego’s trust lies in ruins, wounded by the one he loves the most. Some lessons cost a man everything.
This book is part of the Twelve Drummers Drumming Series.
Tantalized and Tickled: A Sex Shop Novella
Among the lavish court of the young King Louis XV, members of the elite play games of delightful debauchery in the shadows. Marquis Eloy de Harelle survives on the libertine-lifestyle of his brethren.
Destitute, Lucrèce Beaurin turns to her godmother for assistance, the Dowager Marquise de Harelle. Far from her small country life, Lucrèce finds Paris a formidable den of heathens.
A ruinous secret: the Harelle’s are on the brink of financial collapse. Eloy takes on Lucrèce as his protégé, hoping she captures a rich suitor. The beguiling woman flourishes under his tutelage, winning over the court with a lover’s touch.
Jealousy and greed are perilous foes, because who could ever truly love a libertine?
In The fogs of London: A Coffee Shop Novella
Held at gunpoint, cold metal pressed against her temple, Jane prepared to die for a secret.
Two years later, Jane is a barista at an artsy café in London’s Dalston neighborhood. She lives in obscurity. Every moment of every day, meticulously planned for her safety.
Closing the café for the night, she hears the clatter of the bell above the door. Death waits for her, rolling in with the fog. But some mysteries are too important to take to the grave.
Luella Carey isn’t crazy, not really, not that anyone believes her. Sent to Barrow Haven Asylum for a melancholic nature, she’s locked away at the behest of her father and his new wife.
Grieving for her mother’s death, Luella finds comfortable solitude in the asylum until several anonymous letters appear. Mr. Winifred Carey’s new wife intends murder. She plans to claim the Carey fortune as her own.
Mere days to escape the asylum and warn her father, Luella turns to a new friend, Mr. Isaac McEwen. The clock ticking down the hour, Luella fears her final decision. A grave mistake, perhaps? But who can she trust?
Blue’s Night Out: A Donut Shop Novella
The year is 1927.
Davis Bakery has the best breads in Queens, New York City, and Blue Davis is proud to serve her customers. Helping her grandparents run the shop, Blue crosses paths with an old high school friend George Greyson, a musician, returned from a long absence in the neighborhood.
Blue’s bookish nature and naiveté with the gentlemen blind her to what’s right in front of her. Gorgeous George invites her to an upscale speakeasy for dancing, sweet jazz, and drinks. Surprising even herself, Blue accepts but insists on bringing her best friend and socialite, Myra Post.
A skiff and lie to Blue’s grandparents, along with local gossip about that night, lands her black and blue, and shipped off to upstate New York to stay with another family member.
Will George seek out the love he most desires after Blue is sent away? Or will he let the music die along with her departure?
Apparitions of Elizabeth Robinson
A story born in the hollers of Eastern Kentucky.
An Elizabeth Robinson has lived in the hills of Eastern Kentucky as long as people have built permanent settlements in the lush, green forests. While the mountains recover from the War of Northern Aggression, the simple folk seek the healings of the Robinson women. Three generations, working the ways from the old country, live in isolation.
The youngest Elizabeth Robinson, a healer by happenstance, despises her role in the family. She longs for freedom, the wilderness of her youth, an escape from a dark secret. Alone in the forest, she stumbles upon the ghost of a Yankee soldier, Samuel Henry.
Determined to help Samuel pass beyond the veil, Elizabeth brings him back to her mountain home. Turning of the wheel of fortune, prosperity changes to misfortune for the Robinsons, and a menacing figure lingers like a thick fog. Generations, built on lies, force Elizabeth to face a bleak reality and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Better the Devil You Know
An immigrant, Fredrick Wolf has to succeed at Morrow Academy of Anatomy and Science. Not only succeed, he has to prove to his peers that he belongs, that he isn’t a poor local Dr. Morrow accepted out of pity.
Fredrick is willing to do anything to procure a prime specimen for their special assignment. Calling upon his uncle, his partner in crime since their move to England, Fredrick plans to use his uncle’s position at the local gaol to select the perfect candidate.
But not all prisoners are the usual drunkards or petty thieves. Some possess dark secrets, especially the man known in Clayton Bridge as Eugene Wallaby. Biding his time, Eugene sees young Fredrick’s murderous plan as a means of escape, but only if Eugene can survive the night.