That Woman: Beating the odds in Colonial New York

. 2017 Book Excellence Awards Finalist for Fiction
. 2017 Winner 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading

that womanKidnapped in France and brought to America as an indentured servant, a young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York’s East River waterfront…
Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On the rainy night their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family, his children are kidnapped and forced onto a ship bound for New York City where they’ll be separated and sold to the highest bidder as indentured labor.

Purchased by a grotesque merchant whose wealth, backed by a team of henchmen, allows him to dominate the chaotic East River docks, Sarah strikes back the only way she can. Vowing to never allow him to put his hands on her again, she presses a knife to his fat neck. She demands her freedom, a roof over her head and the means to start a business. Her leverage? Knowledge obtained on the voyage that would bring the big man to his knees forever. He yields to her demands but privately swears to become her worst nightmare.

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A Nail Biting Story about Human Weaknesses and Strengths!

Illumination Book Awards Winner

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Seven years ago, Grace Grafton died in a boating accident. Her body was never recovered.

Years later, a woman reads in a note addressed to her: “Hello Grace, did you think we wouldn’t find you?” Those nine chilling words end Grafton’s self-imposed sanctuary of witness protection. Now she and the lives of everyone she loves are in danger. She has a secret — one that will change the fortunes of America. Grace knows the man running for president is guilty of a double murder, but who will believe her?

When a killer moves into the White House no one is safe—not even the dead.

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Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar suspense novels in this genre may be categorized as: suspense, thrillers, suspense thrillers, Christian suspense and Mystery & Suspense.

Death Arrives: A Paranormal Historical Thriller!

The Beginning of the Nightmare.

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“I noticed a mirror on the wall. A black drape covered it. Strange. I was tempted to remove it, but that voice inside my head told me to hold back.

But I was curious . . . (Victoria)”.

Dark forces lure Victoria, an ordinary woman, back in time where she is no longer herself, but Mistress Dorian, a member of upper class Victorian society defined by her famed beauty.

“Feeling like I was losing my mind, I touched my face, and from what I remembered, it was quite the opposite of the one staring back at me in the mirror. All that I heard and screamed repeatedly in my head were the words, My wife, Dorian. How could I be someone’s wife when last I remembered I was single? This would be interesting. (Victoria)”.

Struggling to find her way home, Victoria assumes the identity of Mistress Dorian, the token beautiful wife of a well-known doctor, who is bored and restless with rigid aristocratic life. Craving adventures at any cost, Dorian rebels.

What Dorian doesn’t count on is betrayal or the deadly ravages of the Smallpox epidemic. Death arrives. Unprepared for what fate has planned for her, she must discover her innate strength or lose all that she holds dear. If not, Death wins, and Victoria may never go home.

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If you could go back in time and redo one thing in your life, what would it be?

The Watchmaker’s Doctor is the first novella in Erase and Rewind, a collection for new adults that delves into the biggest regrets of the dying, and follows their stories of what might have been. 

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“With the pace of a thriller and ideas from science fiction, The Watchmaker’s Doctor takes us on Anaya’s journey of discovery through shifts in time. In doing so, it has things to say about the choices we make and how we might live our life differently.” – Roisin Heycock, Director of YA and Children’s list at Oneworld, winner of the Booker Prize 2015 and 2016.

“The Watchmaker’s Doctor is a thought-provoking look at the nature of free will, at the same time as an intimate picture of one girl’s growth to adulthood. I’d also highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing an unsensationalised depiction of life with bipolar disorder.” – Anna Bowles, former Commissioning Editor at Hachette UK.

Anaya, a disillusioned, thirty-five-year-old doctor, has been looking after Gregory, a retired watchmaker and resident of an aged care facility. On her last visit, he gifts her his final creation, an exquisitely-crafted watch, knowing she will die tragically that very day. It will turn back time.

With one condition: she must choose the time and place to reset the clock, and redo just one thing in her life. Regrets, it seems, are easy to realise when you’re dying. Hers was dropping out of school at seventeen.

But what if, after one small change, her life would become much worse than it was? Or unthinkable disasters result from a single step off her path? When the alternative is die now, her choice makes itself. And so, Anaya’s story begins with her last thought. Would I have done this if I had any option but the grave?

Would you?

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Wonderful combination of romance and humor!

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As a Korean adoptee, Louise Tanner has always felt like an outsider looking in. And the possibility of forming a romantic attachment is so laughable, she’s practically resigned herself to singlehood for the rest of her college days. She knows she needs to get over her fears, but she has to do it in a controlled fashion and under her own terms.

That means: Most definitely not Gavin. Not the hunky grad student that everyone idolizes.
Because she’s spent her entire life having people think she’s not good enough, the last thing she wants is to hook up with a guy who makes her feel even more inadequate.

But when she’s required to attend his tutoring sessions in order to pass her music major, Louise realizes there’s more to Gavin—and to her—than she’s ever dreamed.

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Full of action and fraught with danger!

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When a huge hole opens up in the path of a controversial new pipeline, the oil company’s head of safety convinces her estranged husband to fly up to Alaska’s North Slope and investigate. But when the geologist Jack Oswald rappels down into the mysterious pit, he discovers it is unlike anything he has ever seen before. Meanwhile, giant wolf-like creatures slaughter both wildlife and people, and they attack the nearby protester camp, indiscriminately killing protesters and even the oil company’s armed guards. This prompts a reporter to reveal herself as a member of an ancient secret society dedicated to defending humanity from demons. The survivors soon learn there are worse monsters than hellhounds. To repair his broken marriage, the middle-aged geology professor only needs to save his wife, defeat a devil, seal the hell hole, and put an end to Armageddon. What could possibly go wrong?

This movie script for the full-length feature film, Hell Hole, is based on Donald Firesmith’s novel, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below.

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Choosing the love you deserve!

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After six sizzling nights with hot IT consultant Layne Sto. Domingo, writer Kate Borromeo realizes she really sucks at love. She’s thirty-five, she just recently moved on from a destructive unrequited love situation with her longtime love and best friend, only to end up in bed with someone who isn’t going to give her what she wants.

So when gorgeous corporate finance wiz Rob Salcedo, Kate’s first love and best friend, turns over a new leaf and finally proposes marriage to her, promising to make up for all the hurt he caused her, Kate accepts and prepares for the wedding of her dreams.

But when Layne waltzes back into her life, seemingly ready to finally let her into his heart, it appears the universe has other plans for Kate.

Or does it?