I am presently debating which in-the-works project to start writing next. I have the following ideas for novel-length stories:
- turn-of-the-last-century adventure starring two women;
- sequel to "Million Dollar Death";
- Historical Novel #3
Option 1 needs a lot more research. Option 2 needs a plot. And Option 3 is ... more or less ready to go. Well, I guess that answers THAT question!
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ABOUT MY BOOKS AND STORIES
The L.A. Stories are novella-length modern romances - they average 20,000 words. They are written in a modified teleplay style, meaning mostly dialogue, and feature adult situations, language, and themes.
- Getting Off: two female friends compare notes on dating and make an unexpected discovery
- All the Bars on Sunset: a lounge lizard falls hard for a salsa dancer
- Chrome: a Japanese-American designer takes a semi-pro dancer by surprise
- The Continental: a young ballroom instructor meets the man of her dreams. There's only one problem: he lives on the other side of the planet
- Beat: a retired fighter and a younger draftsman walk into a bar in West Hollywood ...
- Chai at Midnight: an Indian expat and an African-American club owner decide love is worth some changes
- Speed Date: an up-and-coming DJ is ready to settle down, and finds his match where he least expects to
- Set Dressing: a designer with trust issues and a set decorator with a history find common ground
- Mating Dance: how much older is too much? a ballroom pro and a younger actor figure it out
Novellas 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 are collected in paperback.
The Exiles was my first-completed book. It is a long historical romance, set during the French Revolution, with some of the action taking place in France and the rest in England.
Discovered is a follow-up, not precisely a sequel, to The Exiles. The action here is all in England and features an inter-class relationship. I'm particularly proud of this one.
Home Sweet Home is a contemporary romance set in the 1980s.
Million Dollar Death is a mystery with two points-of-view: one, the director of a stage play; the other, the police officer investigating the death of one of her cast members. Set in the modern day in Los Angeles. (paperback available now!)
THE OTHER STUFF
"What Went Down" is a stage play, basis for the production described in Million Dollar Death. A project in the works is creating sheet music for the songs in this play.
and finally ...
"Other Voices: Social Commentary in the Novels of Frances Burney" was my master's thesis. It looks at the ways this very successful, highly-placed Englishwoman managed to say a lot of things that most women in her position wouldn't have dared to. I don't have an image for this particular book, but it is available for Kindle e-readers and in paperback from Amazon.