Growing Wings is my maiden novel - a book that was as difficult to write as it is enjoyable to read, prejudice no doubt. People (family and friends) with little or no writing experience often ask me if, being a man, it was difficult to inhibit a female character. The simple answer is, of course, NO. That's what writers do; they create, breathe life into, and inhibit characters they share little or nothing in common with. J.K Rowling, a woman, created an empire on the back of a character who was a boy wizard. Alexander McCall Smith, a professor of medical law in Edinburgh, created the popular No. 1 Ladies Detective series whose main character is a Botsawnaian woman. The examples are many. So no, creating the character of Samantha was not difficult; weaving the story was. But I persevered, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, worth every sleepless night and countless near-breakdowns (staples of the profession, no doubt).
So go ahead and order yourself a copy if you want to be entertained - to laugh, to cry, to bang the table (hopefully with your fist, not your head). Whatever your temperament, this book will make you feel something. I guarantee it!
Gary and Liz are happy and satisfied with married life, living the dream, the kind of happily ever after they dreamt about. When Liz falls pregnant, they are both over the moon. What better way to complete their happy matrimony than adding another bundle of joy?
Under the façade of a perfect marriage, the couple has skeletons in the cupboard, skeletons that have been kept hidden through meticulous lies, deceit, and cover-ups. The news of the pregnancy jolts them back to life and forces them to face reality. In a bid clean up their misdeeds and transgressions secretly before the baby arrives, they set off a chain of events that threatens to destroy everything.
Their separate, secret clean-up efforts open an unexpected can of worms which threatens to reveal uncomfortable truths, lies, deceptions, and cover-ups. How far are these two willing to go to preserve a lie? How will all the lies, cover-ups, and the plotting and scheming end?
Blind Games pulsates with sex, lies, deceit, scandal, and suspense in a tragic story where both protagonists play the role of the hero and the villain.
Karma or Alive
Alone in her house around 2 AM, Gina Mars hears footsteps slowly and deliberately trudging up the stairs to her bedroom on the second floor, boding of imminent danger. An intruder, a burglar, a rapist, maybe all three. Gina panics and freezes with fear. The footsteps of the intruder trudging up to her bedroom triggers in Gina memories of similar footsteps from her childhood, trudging up the same staircase, around the same time of the night, chilling, ominous, and carrying in their deliberate progress the foreboding threat of harrowing pain. But this time, it cannot be the intruder from her childhood, unless his ghost has returned to haunt her. Living alone in the huge secluded manor house, Gina has always believed this day would come. But she didn’t expect it to be today. The intruder stops outside her door and takes a deep breath. As the doorknob begins to turn, Gina sees it, a weapon…
Perched on the rooftop, looking into the backyard of a suburban bungalow, retired assistant police commissioner Charlie Stevens adjusts his machine gun one last time. He picks up his old pair of binoculars and looks down into the yard. The men are all gathering around a makeshift stage where their new leader, Jake Powell, is clearing his through to begin his speech. Binoculars dangling around his neck, his finger caressing the trigger, Charlie listens to Jake clearing his throat, perform a quick mic check and begin to speak to the now silent and attentive group of mostly young people, most of them under twenty-five. Charlie aims at Jake first and squeezes the trigger…
This Tarantino-movie-style novel traverses time, place, and action to unravel the lives of two complex protagonists whose pasts connect them and whose decisions and actions bring them face to face with destiny. Gripping, visceral, shocking, this book will snap every nerve in your body to attention until the very last page. Even after you finish reading, the story will continue to loop and swirl inside your head, urging you to reflect, to reconsider, and to reassess elements that may have seem obvious but afterwards appear anything but.