All or Nothing Girl (A Rauc & Rollmance)
All or Nothing Girl (A Rauc & Rollmance) is a fictional novel that explores themes like: small towns & small minds, heartache & heartbreak, international travel, chasing a dream, rockstar status, and vindication.
Samantha Wolf hails from a second-tier town in a third-tier state. She was born and raised and fully expects to die there. Yet from the ashes of a cremated marriage and the subsequent midlife malaise, her life takes a series of unlikely twists when an impossible introduction happens at precisely the right moment. It turns into an international excursion, a whirlwind romance, and rockstar status after she leaves her small town and small life in the dust.
But you know what they say about life (and love) in the fast lane…
I Once Loved the Dead Girl
I Once Loved the Dead Girl is a fictional novelette that explores themes like: teen angst, young love, first crushes, and bitter tragedy.
An unexpected death impels a retrospective sojourn through an innocent and challenging spell. Mired in a midlife crisis, Jaye Ferguson hearkens back to his adolescent epoch—a period rife with divorce, transition, and discovery. While attempting to navigate a new school, opportunity strikes. Smack in the middle of the daunting transition from elementary to middle school, he experiences the rush of puppy love, the heartache of a first breakup, and the confusion of a partial rekindling. The drama plays out from spring thru fall, as each act makes a lasting impression on its corresponding season.
The effects haunt Jaye forever.
The flood of memories force an ex post facto examination of the fragility of life.
Ultimately, this story will bookend (and become) Our Drowned Cargo—my attempt at forming a tribute band to Stephen King’s epic coming-of-age masterpiece Stand by Me.
The Eponymous Hippopotamus
The Eponymous Hippopotamus is a fictional children’s book that explores themes like: friendship, inclusion, family, and African wildlife.
A family of hippos form a bond with a lonely oxpecker. Eventually, they become one big happy blended family.
Finding Fidelity is a fictional novel that explores themes like: divorce, fathers & sons, following in footsteps, repeating mistakes, outrunning the past, music, and the importance of excellent HiFi gear.
Jaye Ferguson is a middle 40s divorcee. He finds himself living in a fixer-upper with joint custody of his six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. He is mired in an undead and unfulfilling career. His younger brother is an ageless ladies man, and his father is an aged curmudgeon. Desperately working to avoid a replay of his own childhood, he feels powerless to spare his children from a similar fate. Despite trying to be better than his father, he feels helpless to become him.
Toiling haplessly to keep a job he loathes, he is delivered from certain self-destruction by a HiFi system, a few good records, and the thrift store almighty.
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All or Nothing Girl (Parts II & III)
All or Nothing Girl (Parts II & III) will be a fictional novels that explore themes like: small towns & small minds, heartache & heartbreak, international travel, chasing a dream, rockstar status, and vindication.
The story of Sam and Sid continues as they attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of international fame, intense pressure to produce and perform, and a simmering desire that threatens to destroy their professional and personal partnership.
Everything is Better on the 14th Floor (Parts I, II & III)
Everything is Better on the 14th Floor (Parts I, II & III) will be a fictional trilogy that explores themes like: young love, summer love, missed opportunities, regret, separation, divorce, second marriages, and enduring cosmic-level love.
Jaye and Addy have a summer fling before they return to their respective colleges three states apart. The strain of their separation cools their red-hot desire for one another. And, like many long-distance relationships based mainly on good times, infatuation, and sex, theirs perishes.
A chance social media encounter decades later sparks the embers of their dormant lust and kicks off a rollercoaster ride that never straightens out or slows down. In the process, they both rediscover each other, discover themselves, and reignite a deep abiding love that is as impossible as it is unbreakable.
Our Drowned Cargo
Our Drowned Cargo will be a fictional novel that explores themes like: friendships, adolescent adventure, abuse, trauma, alcoholism, and a band of childhood buddies battling demons—imagined and real.
Jaye and Brandon move to a new city and school after their parent’s divorce is final. They form a bond with three other misfits who live in their neighborhood. Together, this unlikely band of friends attempt to survive the trials and tribulation of becoming young men.
A rumor of a “sunken treasure” in the swimming hole behind their house continues to captivate the gang all summer long. Each of them struggles privately as they together attempt to discover the treasure at the bottom of the lake.