Romance, revenge, and the meaning of home combine in this story about second chances. It’s November 1972 in the less-than-bucolic English countryside. David’s relationship with his French girlfriend disintegrates when a pretty Canadian offers him a marriage of convenience to solve her visa problems. David must not lose focus or a vengeful magistrate will steal Wyndlan, the family farm.
Fleeing Texas (and a jealous husband) in 1972, unemployed cropduster Tony Damascus takes a temporary job as a flight instructor in California’s Salinas Valley. Somewhere between the bad take-offs and landings, fast-talking Father Antonio becomes his worst student. The priest tries to discuss love and purgatory with the young pilot whose only religion is flying.
Tony finds a good friend (Bill), cheap women, cheaper bars, and a spraying job.
Somewhere between stealing his own motorcycle and waterskiing his plane on the Salinas River, he loses control and nearly kills his wife and Bill. Tony drinks to solve his problems and love isn’t in his vocabulary. Is there any hope of rectifying a broken friendship? Maybe, but don’t count on a reluctant priest to help.
See chapter 1.
About a married woman who teaches an unmarried man how to dance.
Technical writer Sheila Owens had a routine: write a short story every night, work every day, and feed her ten cats—each representing a failed relationship. She decides giving away a few cats would be a healthy change. Odd strangers begin to show up on her doorstep in answer to her newspaper ad. But a laid-off coworker with an AK-47 transforms her life when his shooting spree leaves three colleagues dead, Her high-tech rut becomes a frightful adventure when she spots the suspect on the run (and he spots her). It all starts with shedding a few cats . . .
A widowed receptionist, who stays grounded by remembering her male relatives’ stories, starts a lottery pool at a failing startup to raise her coworkers’ spirits. The ethnically diverse group wins the jackpot and stars in a reality TV show for charity about their first month as rich people. UNDER CONSTRUCTION