For Polly Morton, life on the Oregon coast with her husband Stan is an endless series of ups and downs, mostly downs. She's turning forty, and she plans to celebrate in style, with Stan and a night on the town. If only she hadn't snacked from the beautifully packaged box of chocolate truffles someone left at her front door, then Stan might still be alive, not dead on the back deck. Soon Polly's not-so-happy birthday is spiraling toward total mayhem, and it's up to her to untangle the mess Stan created and flush out a killer.
Doctored Truffles was selected as one of seven finalists in the "Mystery" category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
A mysterious letter brings Lizzy Stewart back to her childhood home, one that was written twenty-five years ago. It's a call for help from John Craig, a close childhood friend. All these years she's believed he took his own life; now the letter tells a different story. In her search for the truth, Lizzy packs up the secrets she's clung to far too long and returns to her grandparents' deserted, ramshackle farm on Central Oregon's High Desert. But life on the farm challenges her emotional and physical wellbeing. As she attempts to pull together the remnants of her tattered life, confront disquieting ghosts from the past and solve the puzzle of John's death, she's plagued by bittersweet memories and unsettling threats. And by Sam Craig, John's older brother and her closest neighbor.
Sam Craig has his own problems, all of them sparked by Lizzy's return after a twenty-five year hiatus. From the moment she emerges from the dark corner in the dreary farmhouse, he's hounded by vexing memories he's tried to forget and by the all too familiar hold she has on him. As he struggles to keep her out of his life, he slowly realizes that he's the only person who's not privy to the frayed web of life-altering secrets and lies lurking about. There are strange goings-on around the Stewart farm, and Sam is determined to get to the bottom of them. Soon it becomes apparent that he has a bigger problem: if Lizzy doesn't leave the farm, she just might end up dead.
Tattered Lace was selected as one of four finalists in the General Fiction/Novel (over 80,000 Words) category in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and an Honorable Mention award in the 2013 Southern California Book Festival.
Tracking down a killer is not a part of Kit O'Maley's life plan. She's a dedicated teacher, content with her safe, uncomplicated existence until it's blown to bits by an unexpected invitation. Soon Kit is saddled with a historic home, an antique shop, a pack of money-hungry kinfolk and snoopy neighbors who seem to have their own agendas. And everywhere she turns she's confronted by whispers from the past, a cache of gold nuggets, Oregon's lost Blue Bucket. To top it off, Kit must conquer her fears and uncover a murderer before she becomes the next victim.