BIG LIES in SMALL TOWN
Release Date -- September 28, 2012
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The Sumners of Susanville,
California, are the embodiment of virtue in their extensive rural community. Paul has a seat on the city council, Kate is
an activist for the disadvantaged, and their five children follow a tradition of excellence.
Not many recall the misfortunes that cast shadows on the Sumners’
past—Kate’s loss of her infant son to parental abduction by an ex-husband; the violent kidnapping and attempted
murder of her teenaged daughter, Sara; and the fact that twenty years ago, Kate killed a man in self-defense. Like the genocidal
history of white American settlement in Lassen County, these unpleasant realities have purposefully faded from collective
But when their fifteen-year-old
daughter, Kristina Sumner, is forced to kill a classmate to prevent a high school shooting, the brutal act triggers a mix
of shock and outrage. The scandal escalates as upstanding members of the community, faced with their own moral dilemma, find
themselves pinned beneath the small town microscope, as powerless to control the same type of harsh condemnation that has
dogged the Sumners, and just as determined to silence it.
Big Lies in Small Town examines the malignant architecture of human behavior, in this fictional recount
of life in rural California.
DEATH BY BITTER
Release Date - 22 June 2012
In this anthology of ten short stories of Native America, Death By Bitter Waters
embraces the seemingly ordinary lives of average people—Kate, connecting with a son nearly thirty years after losing
him as an infant to parental abduction; Freddie, whose alcoholism amid the aftermath of a violent profession is tempered
by a loving woman; Arlene, returning home to live with her parents when her long-standing marriage is suddenly ripped apart;
Tiki, who struggles with her mother’s unexpected death; and Thelonius, a cop whose life is forever changed following
traumatic brain injury. More than just the sum of average people engaged in average lives, Death By Bitter Waters is
a fictional chronicle of contemporary Red Power in northeastern California, of a healing lifeway risen from the ashes of
genocide and cultural annihilation following two centuries of collective trauma.
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THE CURIOUS NUMBER is
"a fascinating look at how various cultures and ethnicities clash and merge." --Mrs. Condit Reads
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THE CURIOUS NUMBER
- Release Date - March 9th, 2012
Rose McKillop’s virtuous life as mother and homemaker, and seventeen-year
marriage to an upstanding, decorated police officer, are safe haven from her outlandish family: sexually-unfettered sister,
Justine, a freelance writer; brother, James, always in trouble with money, prostitutes and the law; and elderly grandmother,
Marlene Burich, who raised the siblings after the cold-blooded murder of their parents three decades ago. Marlene’s
radical ideology has estranged her from Rose for twenty years.
The bitter truth is that Rose’s life is a tragic fraud. Disconnected
from her workaholic husband, sexually dissatisfied, and spiritually empty despite her religious facade, she harbors a secret
that could tear apart her marriage, and expose not only its dysfunction, but also her personal failures. In pain and desperation,
she reaches out to another man, risking everything in a sexual affair.
Rose and her siblings are abruptly reunited by a series of catastrophic events, including
Marlene’s increasingly bizarre behavior, and a brutal double-murder. In the process, Rose isn't the only family
member whose dirty secrets threaten to destroy the ties that bind.
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In ROAD APPLES,
I was "delighted to find a story filled with memorable complexities and one I won't soon forget." --Susan Plummer/A
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ROAD APPLES - Available December
2nd, 2011 - from Musa Publishing
is a realist, unaffected by the power of destiny. A skeptic, she believes in free will, though she is often trapped by her
personal expectations. When the man in her life, Jake, is engaged to another woman, and her sister, Mallory, is cleared of
first-degree murder, Maddie feels a need for distance. Her solution is a road trip. With newfound confidence, she gives Jake
one last chance, and catches him in the arms of another woman. Outraged at her naiveté, Maddie renounces love.
then, she unexpectedly meets Wyatt McLain, a glaringly honest man, whose compelling past is part of his charm. Complete strangers,
their lives hold too many similarities to be coincidence. A true believer in fate, Wyatt is convinced they have been thrown
together for a purpose. That future is shrouded in uncertainty when Maddie discovers she is pregnant, and isn’t sure
whether the father is Jake or Wyatt. When their lives seem headed toward disaster, Maddie must decide whether to allow fate
or free will to determine the outcome.