I’m happy that nearly all of my early books are now available for those of you with e-book readers to enjoy. (If you prefer print books, you may be able to find old editions of these books on used book sites or through your library’s inter-library loan program.) You can purchase these novels wherever you usually buy your e-books.
Actress Eden Riley’s decision to make a film about the mother she barely knew plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past. Through her mother’s journal, Eden discovers a life of hardship, madness and secrets. Shifting gracefully between Eden’s world and that of her mother, Secret Lives seduces with the power of its images and the lyricism of its prose.
The Escape Artist
When Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, she changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows, including the man who has been her best friend since childhood. She lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her or her child. Just as she’s beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she’s willing to go to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt, and worst of all, losing her son.
Equal parts family drama, love story, and thriller, The Escape Artist is the poignant story of a mother’s unbreakable bond with her child and the resiliency of a love that transcends distance and time.
Rachel Huber returns to her home town of Reflection to care for her ailing grandmother. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy occurred in Reflection and the townspeople hold Rachel responsible. Now, she finds herself the object of anger and hostility. She is not without her allies, however. Lily Jackson, a young woman who was personally touched by the tragedy, perplexes everyone by treating Rachel with compassion. And Michael Stoltz, the minister of the Mennonite church, is elated by Rachel’s return. He and Rachel were close friends as children, and that childhood bond quickly evolves into a loving, passionate relationship that must be hidden from the town. It is Rachel’s grandmother, Helen, however, who becomes her strongest advocate, surprising Rachel with her wise counsel, and rare strength — and with a wealth of secrets she has long been concealing.
Perpetual optimist Claire Harte-Mathias and her disabled husband, Jon, run a successful foundation to help people with spinal cord injuries. One night, Claire witnesses a woman leap to her death from a bridge, and the tragedy sparks murky childhood memories that leave her confused and frightened. As Claire becomes obsessed with trying to understand the power the haunting memories have over her, she’s torn between blocking them from her mind entirely and trying to unearth their source. Putting both her marriage and self image on the line, she struggles to uncover the truth, only to discover that the past, present and future are connected in ways she never dreamed.
Fire and Rain
Into the drought-weary California town of Valle Rosa comes a stranger who promises he can make it rain. All he asks for is a place to stay and complete privacy. But he is too charismatic to maintain a low profile . . . and the adobe cottage he’s given to live in is owned by an investigative TV reporter struggling to revive her career. Fire and Rain is a love story filled with mystery and heart.