Faceless Now Available

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Twelve months is a lifetime.

Especially when each day is a land mine of panic attacks and fear.

Josie’s father, the Maj, is headed to a war zone.

To combat her loneliness, Josie (a.k.a. Rooster) accepts 12 challenges left by the Maj in a yearlong geocache hunt. When one of the challenges tests Rooster, she is confronted with the issue of homelessness. Her friend Bronwyn is battling another war. Surviving life on the streets.

Suddenly homelessness has a face.

And sometimes fighting the enemy isn’t the only battle in war.

Do Bronwyn and her sister finally escape life on the run?

Will the Maj survive combat and return home?

“Nameless” to be Released on Amazon in February 2015

Her crimes didn’t rank as felonies.

A mishap on the middle school basketball court. A prank. And a food fight.

When Teegan Miller’s position is threatened by the new girl on the basketball team, Teegan wants her adversary eliminated.

Instead Coach suspends Teegan from the team and challenges her to volunteer at a soup kitchen where mystery shrouds more than the meat.

The nameless faces at the soup kitchen force Teegan to confront hunger in the most unlikely of places—her own neighborhood and the basketball court. She meets a lonely old soldier with a traumatic past and discovers her teammate is hiding an awful secret.

Will Teegan help her rival even if it means losing the season’s final game?

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Tandem Now Available on Amazon in Paperback & Kindle!

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An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a bike trip through the mountains. Not exactly the ideal conditions for a father-son trip.

Fourteen-year-old Zeke Taylor lives to race his BMX bike around a dirt track. Not pedal through the mountains from the back seat of a tandem.

Especially when the guy in the captain’s seat is an ex-con. Zeke’s father, a.k.a. the druggie, spent the last seven years in prison. Now that he’s free, the druggie wants to make up for lost time.

Zeke agrees to the tandem trip only to escape the alternative — his mother’s latest boyfriend, Cowboy.

Father and son can barely bike two blocks without killing each other. Four days on a tandem will test their rocky relationship.

Can the two put the past behind them? Or will the trip destroy any hope for reconciliation?

Tandem–Available Soon in Paperback & Kindle on Amazon

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An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a bike trip through the mountains. Not exactly the ideal conditions for a father-son trip.

Fourteen-year-old Zeke Taylor lives to race his BMX bike around a dirt track. Not pedal through the mountains from the back seat of a tandem.

Especially when the guy in the captain’s seat is an ex-con. Zeke’s father, a.k.a. the druggie, spent the last seven years in prison. Now that he’s free, the druggie wants to make up for lost time.

Zeke agrees to the tandem trip only to escape the alternative — his mother’s latest boyfriend, Cowboy.

Father and son can barely bike two blocks without killing each other. Four days on a tandem will test their rocky relationship.

Can the two put the past behind them? Or will the trip destroy any hope for reconciliation?

A few questions. . .

Recently my friend and fellow writer, Kim Stokely, encouraged me to answer several questions about writing on my blog. You can learn more about her writing at: http://www.kimstokely.com

1.  What are you working on?

I’m in the final stages of a YA novel entitled, Tandem. Here’s a sneak peak at the back cover copy:

An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a four-day ride through the mountains.

Fourteen-year-old Zeke lives to race his BMX bike around a dirt track. Not pedal through the mountains from the back seat of a tandem.

Especially when the guy in the captain’s seat is an ex-con.

Zeke’s father, aka the druggie, spent the last seven years in prison. Now that he’s free, the druggie wants to make up for lost time.

Zeke agrees to the tandem trip only to escape the alternative—his mother’s latest boyfriend, Cowboy.

Father and son can barely bike two blocks without killing each other. Four days on a tandem will test their rocky relationship. Can the two put the past behind them? Or will the trip destroy any hope for reconciliation?

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Trends come and go, but coming-of-age stories are timeless. My writing blends contemporary characters with old school coming-of-age stories.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

I love the middle school age. Teens are exploring independence while learning who they are and what they believe. Writing stories that encourage self-discovery is my passion.

4.  How does your writing process work?

Words and ideas excite me. When something or someone strikes me as unique, I chew on the morsel for days, weeks, even years. If the idea still holds its flavor, I begin to write a story. Then the real adventure begins. . .

Late Summer Monarch Now Available in Paperback & Kindle on Amazon.

Some small town secrets need to be told . . .

Stealing the family car is not 14-year-old Darby Fletcher’s brightest idea—even if helping best friend Keaton is the motive.

When the plan backfires, Darby’s life collides with Crazy Rainey Shaw and her sidekick, a parrot named Hallelujah. The sentence: community service hours helping the heiress transform the old Shaw mansion into a bed & breakfast.

During renovation, Darby discovers an unpopular classmate hiding in the attic. Confronted with feelings she’d rather ignore, Darby is torn between Keaton’s quest for popularity and helping Peyton—loner, thief, and outcast.

Like Crazy Rainey’s stories of the late summer monarch, Peyton cannot soar without finding shelter. Will Darby befriend Peyton despite the cost?

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BRAiN RIDE now available in Kindle & paperback on Amazon.

Click here to order on Amazon.

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Broken limbs heal in eight weeks.  What happens when your brain gets busted?

Jason’s best friend died the day of the bike accident. The guy who woke up from the coma is nothing like the old Logan. His memory has more holes than Swiss cheese, and he can’t count to ten. Doc explains the changes in Logan come from a traumatic brain injury. But words don’t make dealing with Logan or his condition any easier. He’s more impulsive than a toddler, and his black moods strain the boys’ friendship. To cope, Jason turns to his sketchbook.

PB, Logan’s tutor, encourages Jason. Together, they help Logan face a painfully slow recovery. When circumstances threaten to tear the friends apart, PB offers a solution. The catch: Jason must train for BRAN, an organized bike ride, and Logan has to get on a bike again.

Jason reluctantly agrees only to battle flat tires, bad weather, and road hazards. Logan struggles against his uncooperative brain and unresponsive body. Relearning to walk is challenge enough. How can he ever ride a bike?

Will the two friends give up? Or will Jason and Logan let adversity take them on the ride of their lives?

. . . a spectacular read. A rare combination of an experience that must-be-told and a story that can’t-be-put down.”

—Kathy Mackel, author of Can of Worms, Mad Cat, Boost