I’ve been writing for eight years now. Wow. I can’t believe it’s been that long! And since that time all my kids have graduated from college and all but one are married and raising kids. Are dogs included as raising kids? Anyway, God, retirement and this sad pandemic have afforded me time to write, write, write. That and a very loving, and supportive husband, more about him to come. Here’s a very brief summary of what’s to come!
Bay Town Series Novels ~ Finding the light in life’s darkest places.
Revived Hope – a Bay Town Prelude Novelette (Coming November 2020)
Standing on a street corner, Melanie Thompson narrowly escapes a hit and run. Was it intentional? When the familiar car shows up at her Bridal Shop, her suspicions are confirmed. Her dream of owning a shop unravels when her life is threatened, and her store vandalized. With the help of her father, she pursues options to keep her dream alive. Then tragedy strikes, not once, but twice. Is all hope lost? Or will she choose to follow the path God has directed?
In this prelude to the Bay Town Series, single-mom Melanie Thompson overcomes the foolish mistakes of her past, seeking to build a better life for her teenage daughter. Complications with her ex-husband, the new business, and a threatening landlord prove to be a challenge she can face. But when tragic heartache hits home, it’s not her own strength that gets her through.
Revived Hope, set in California, paves the path for Melanie and Lacey’s move to the gulf coast of Mississippi. In the coming Book One, “Shattered Guilt” their new life unfolds. New friends, a new church, and the quintessential small-town community of Bay Town await them both.
Shattered Guilt (Bay Town – Book 1) – Coming June 2021
Single mom, Melanie Thompson, lives a quiet life in Bay Town on the Mississippi Gulf. An oceanfront cottage, a great community of friends, and a budding romance with the widower, Pastor Desmond Brooks adds to the charm. But her faith is challenged when her small Wedding Consultant business struggles financially, and she reluctantly seeks the help of her flakey ex-husband, Chris. When her daughter’s high school friend goes missing, and Chris’s Real Estate clients are suspect in a human trafficking ring, danger hits home. Her daughter is attacked, and Melanie takes extreme risks to find the perpetrator. The two men in her life, Desmond, and Chris join forces to rescue Lacey’s missing friend, and Melanie’s peaceful life is rapidly upended in more ways than one. Melanie’s most significant trial is surrendering to God the things that mean the most to her.
Restored Grace (Bay Town – Book 2) – Coming June 2022
New in her faith, free-spirited Carol Scape, is picking up the pieces of her broken life, and trying to do it with God’s grace. The people of Bay Town Mississippi, are there to help the owner of the upscale vintage thrift store, ‘Second Chances.’ Ironically, Carol’s life mirrors the store’s namesake, and she’s all about helping others to seek the same. Suspecting the abduction of a local teenager, Carol comes face to face with the dark and dangerous world of Will Boudreaux, a human trafficker. When she chooses to fight for the victims, the struggle of allowing God to guide her may prove to be the bigger battle. Her single-minded focus gets complicated with the affections of the local Mayor John Taylor. And just when she’s sworn off all men forever.
Stand Alone Books
Free-spirited Ava Jules is living the dream. A born and bred California girl, she’s a highly sought-after hairstylist, and her posse of girlfriends forever promises fun times. It appears Ava doesn’t have a care in the world, except for the buried tragedy hidden inside. As a favor to her ailing Aunt, she attends a day trip to a Mexico Missions Project. It plants the seed of God’s direction for her life, and more ministry opportunities arise as well as heart-wrenching trials. Ava’s choices are clearly laid before her. Not the least of which is choosing between the two men, the kind but tenacious Pastor Forrest, whose heart is sold out for the underprivileged, or Sebastian, the vibrant celebrity sensation, who promises fame, fortune, and a life of luxury. Ava must come to grips with her past to unmask her true feelings. Will she heed God’s gentle pull or succumb to the temptations headed her way?
It Can Happen
He was beautiful. But then all first crushes are, except they don’t all start in college. Bailey’s fascination with Marshall started freshman year, and here it was four years later, six months after graduation, still going strong. And he barely knew she was alive, but it didn’t matter because she’d never see him again. Or would she? Working for her father as a Real Estate Assistant, Bailey feels lost. It’s not her passion. She doesn’t have one, which is the bigger problem. There had to be more to life’s ambition than the man of your dreams. At a crossroad, Bailey seeks God for more. Taking opportunities to volunteer in a retirement home, working family law with a non-profit, and helping her brother in Mexico with missions, brings depth and meaning to her life. But Bailey’s life turns upside down when she meets a handsome, rich, young stranger. To complicate matters, Marshall is thrust into her life! A chance meeting and an ensuing accident cause him to show a sudden interest in her. Things get messy, and Bailey struggles to surrender her life to what might be her real passion.
More to Come!