Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter, Libby Ross, visits the Apostle Islands to interview world-renowned author, Bates Dodge. Unwittingly she sets off a chain of events that lead to memories of a lifetime — and romance! Ella Nogosek, Bates’ best friend, also visits and is soon attracted to Bates’ business partner and widower, John Benson. Ella and Libby join John in a travel adventure to El Rosario, Mexico, to observe the Monarch butterflies’ overwintering habitat at the conclusion of their annual migration. Along the way, Ella and John’s mutual attraction becomes open affection, and sparks fly. The whole adventure is empowering for Ella and Libby as their self-confidence increases and they gain new insights into their individual strengths and capabilities as women.
What happens when the fabric of long-standing mutual trust and respect of two cultures — each rich in history and traditions dating back to pre-Colonial times — is at risk of being ripped apart by jealousy, greed and murder? This story takes place in Talladega, Alabama, site of NASCAR’s Talladega 500, the Annual Azalea Festival, Kymulga Cave, De Soto Caverns, and Mount Cheaha —home of the Sleeping Giant. This is also the home of people whose cultures were ordained by history to converge and who live and work side-by-side today. The aristocratic traditions of the Old South combine with the legends and traditions of the Coosa Tribe of Creek Indians to solve a murder mystery!
Out of Focus by Susan Egner
Price: $3.99 95,053 words
Published December 30, 2012 Fiction
Morgan Grey photographs a prowler at her home 24 hours after her airline pilot-husband’s death. Picking up the pieces of her life, she debuts her photographic talents and features the unusual eyes of the prowler, setting off unforeseen events that expose her husband’s double life. The illusion of a perfect life gives way to the reality of a gifted artist’s celebrity — a life no longer out of focus.
Dave Sears and Les Coggins, top research chemists, collaborate on a pharmaceutical project so secret that even lab notes are encrypted. After clinical trials, worldwide recognition and untold wealth await the patent holders. Dave and Les held the patents, but now they are dead. Revenge is the catalyst in a formula that breaks the laws of chemistry and society: (revenge) + (manipulation)(greed) = murder!
Corky Allen settled into a new life as a single parent and newspaper reporter. Covering a story about the proliferation of pornography in her rural town spurred Corky to question the choices women make, trading their souls for love and security. Her journalistic quest uncovers an abusive marriage, a religious cult entrapping women, even murder. Will finding and exposing the truth rest on Corky’s shoulders?
Marketing guru Casey Click takes early retirement in hopes of traveling the world with her husband. When the economy impacts their retirement fund, Casey returns to work as a flight attendant. A bomb onboard, a coworker’s disappearance, and an attempted murder propel Casey and her friends into an adventure that goes well past the last exit to what she thought would be pleasurable excitement!
Bates made her way up the path leading to the historic lighthouse. Could she muster enough inner strength to live here for the year she’d committed to in the rental agreement? She was embarking on a dream she’d nurtured since childhood. The isolation of a lighthouse, the loneliness, the yearning for someone’s return, all spelled romantic fantasy to young girls, even for Bates at one time. Now it spelled escape — at least that’s what she thought!