I’m always working on several projects. These are (some of) my current ones.
Once a Stratton
first novel in the Lilli Strauss series
Lilli Strauss never meant to offend anyone … but apparently marrying a German immigrant from the Philadelphia slums is an inconceivable action that must separate her from her family, the illustrious Strattons.
A year later, with a baby to think about, Lilli accepts her overbearing older sister’s request to come with her and her family, the Farjons, on their Virginia plantation while Lilli’s husband Chris goes through college.
However, Lilli soon finds that she simply can’t live in a place where her fellow human beings – regardless of their color – are enslaved. She can’t just look away; she is no longer what she once was; she is changed now. She is simply once a Stratton.
Progress: approx. 40K written. Goal: putting aside for a time.
Interpreting Callie James
a historical novella
With his family relying on him for support after his father’s death, former football star Charlie Hanson takes extra work doing odd jobs for reclusive “Crazy” Callie James.
Unable to follow his buddies (and best girl) to college, Charlie is sure he’s lost everything, but Callie soon shows him that there’s more to life than a having a group of friends to approve your every move, wise or not.
Even a crazy person living on the edge of a swamp is worth getting to know.
Progress: outline completed. Goal: putting aside for a time.
At Her Fingertips
the third book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy
Alice Knight has always had certain plans for her life. She will go to London. She will meet a dashing, rich gentleman who will sweep her off her feet. She will marry and raise a perfect family.
However, Alice’s life doesn’t seem to be cooperating with her plans. When her childhood friend arrives at Pearlbelle Park with amorous intent, she isn’t sure how to respond.
With her head pulling her one way and her heart another, Alice doesn’t know where to turn. Can she make the right choice in the most important decision of her life?
Progress: alpha reading finished! Goal: final revisions in December
a fairytale-retelling novelette
Queen Adaerinya “Adae” of Maran has always come second to her gorgeous little sister, Meritania. Second in brains, second in individuality, and second in beauty. The one thing she’s not second in is birth, and even that Meritania threatens to take away from her.
When Adae is forced to flee the capital to avoid being killed by her plotting sister, she only has one thing keeping her from tripping on a banana peel and breaking her neck – the genie in her magic mirror, Carmelli. But can even his wisdom help her find her way back to the throne?
(Note: the blurb needs work!)
Progress: writing. Goal: finish in October.
Beyond Her Calling
the fourth novel in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy
After her sister Alice’s marriage and subsequent move, Ivy Knight feels lost and lonely. With nothing to do with her time and needing to regain the feeling of security she so prizes, she begs her parents to allow her to visit her friends at McCale House. They gladly acquiesce.
Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he just isn’t serious-minded enough. He won’t make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village near his parents’ farm, Keefmore.
Ivy desperately wants to find something to do with her life, and helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity. Still, she doubts herself. Is Ivy’s purpose in life simply to be, or is there more for her? To find out, she must go beyond her calling.
(Note: the blurb needs work!)
Progress: outlining. Goal: write in November.