Laura betrays her wealthy socialite girlfriends and they blackmail her into spending a weekend with them at a villa in Spain. There was only one condition, Laura had to submit to everything that... More > Kimberly, Bronte and the twins Jamie and Shannon wanted! It was to be, as Laura discovered, a weekend of shame and discovery! (First published 2008)< Less
The final months of the war in Tuscany. The Germans in retreat and Americans soldiers stationed in Livorno. The uncertain life of women on their own, their men far away, their hopes, dreams and... More > disappointments. The short-lived illusion of being able to live and love outside the rules. The backdrop of historic events. In the foreground, the psychological drama of a young woman torn between duty and desire. A short novel to be read at a sitting and reread for the subtlety of the dialogue and the depth of characterisation.< Less
The poet struggles with her work, becoming embarrassed at some of her older works she is now recently reading through. Some of the older themes still permeate the work, but she tries to incorporate... More > newer material into the poetry.< Less
Michel draws inspiration for his poetry from his immediate surroundings. His relationships with his children, his ex-girlfriends, his family are explored unashamedly. He is Don Quixote on a quest for... More > his Dulcinea del Toboso. He is a critic of society’s ethics. He is out there in every line, pervasive and serious; and simultaneously tongue-in-cheek. His writing is organic, based on the natural patterns that occur.
He is the optimist throughout, even in the darkest hour. His belief in a makeable future keeps him standing up straight and gives even his most miserable hour a comic edge.< Less
A retired estranged couple reluctantly team up to help their son, the head administrator of a community hospital district, to combat a sophisticated embezzlement frame-up. They are assisted by their... More > son’s divorced wife and troubled teenage techno-geek grandson. Hint: None of the characters get along with each other.
In the process of identifying the culprit behind the embezzlement, the family members begin to reconnect to one another. RTJ is a comic story about generational family tensions being overcome and family reconnecting. The other major theme is the politics of fear as practiced in the US with a primary emphasis on the paranoia and potential for privacy abuses through the Patriot Act. Subthemes include our society’s increasing overreliance upon electronic gadgets/services, the incompetence of our justice system and intergenerational differences. Visual and physical comedy heavily accents the entire novel but in very novel ways.< Less
You'll be entertained, you'll laugh, you'll scribble lots of notes in the margins, you'll use some of its best lines at parties. Yes, all this and more. By reading this book you will be qualified to... More > become a duly deputized Consumerist. You will be empowered to stand up for your own interests as well as defend the rights of others by insisting on courteous treatment, a fair deal and enough useful information to allow you to make an informed choice. The good retailers will happily give you these. The not-so-good retailer will be in for a real lesson. And you’ll find yourself spending less time shopping, spending less of your hard-earned money and more time enjoying life. Not a bad outcome for a few hours of reading.< Less
I would strongly recommend that you start with my first book -- Secrets of the World's Greatest Consumer. Gruminations is a bit different....it is less of a reference book and more of a set of... More > ruminations and grumblings – thus the hybridized title. It is a compilation of my pithy (or pithless) observations about all things consumer. You'll find interesting thoughts about buying and evaluating consumer items, but you'll also find some provocative discussions about life, love, the meaning of the universe and whether Einstein was smarter than Sarah Palin. (hint on the last item....OH YEAH) This is a book to be read with a glass of fine red wine in one hand and the book in the other. If you don't care for the wine, you'll like the book. If you like the wine, then you won't care much about whether the book is good or not. Either way, you win!< Less
Many people today live with feelings of guilt not only for things they have done, but for who they are. They feel faulty, flawed and more simply because they made mistakes. If that describes you,... More > this booklet is for you!< Less
In the Midst of Shame does not seek to merely entertain. This story is simply an organic insight of a society that struggles for its own identity. You will see this society through the eyes of Hope... More > who fantasizes about becoming the next successful mistress in the lucrative sugar industry. The young woman grows up on White Stone Estate without her birth mother, and in the shadows of Master Livingston, the man she calls father. Against the wishes of the Angela, her house servant, Hope befriends Gloria, the most notorious female slave owner on the island. This encounter introduces the young woman to a more ruthless side of the industry where physical cruelty, manipulation, sex, and witchcraft are used as powerful means of dominance. In the midst of social upheavals and economic uncertainties, one of the women discovers a disturbing past about the other. A bitter heart makes room for revenge.< Less