My latest novel
The prequel to “The Year I Made 12 Dresses”
The Year I Made 12 Dresses
After her mother’s unexpected death, struggling writer Charlotte (Charlie) Hudson moves into her family house after her older, mostly absent sister Evelyn instructs her to empty the family home of objects and memories to ready it for sale.
When Charlie stumbles on a dusty old sewing machine hidden away among the clutter of detritus in the basement, she has no idea of the journey it will take her on, or of the secrets it might reveal about her mother, her family and herself. If only she will let it.
With the help of an enigmatic fabric-guru named Al, Charlie discovers how little she really knows about anyone―especially herself.
Something More Than Love
What is something more than love? It’s complicated. While teaching at a Canadian university, ex-pat American English professor Sean O’Hara stumbles on the diary of his great-great-great-grandmother, Bridget Ryan. With a doctorate in English literature based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Sean is deeply drawn into Bridget’s story when he discovers that she and Poe were contemporaries, friends and perhaps…something more?
When the diary begins in 1825, 16-year-old Bridget’s one passionate desire is to follow her widowed father’s footsteps into medicine. The medical school, however, has never admitted a woman and has no intention of changing that policy for Bridget. Thus, Bridget is faced with discovering another path for her life, a path that leads her to her life’s work with impoverished women in early-twentieth-century Baltimore and an abiding link to Edgar Poe. Bridget’s story sweeps us into her life in Boston and Baltimore, as we begin to unravel the mystery that, to this day, continues to surround the final few days of Poe’s life.
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When your life hits a major road block, sometimes your Plan B is more than a detour – it just might be your real life.
JENN POSTMAN, a lifestyle writer for a B-list women’s magazine never thought that such mundane things as recessions or inflation or job loss could hurt her until the day her world comes crashing down when the magazine folds. Jenn finds herself back in her childhood home, a boomerang kid, working at the only job she can get– in her father’s booming gourmet grocery business. Her life changes the day someone finds a tarantula in the banana shipment.
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The Body Traders
The media turned him into a medical God. It will take only one reporter to turn heaven into hell.
Set against the backdrop of this search for immortality by developing patch-work people, The Body Traders is the story of a young newspaper reporter, Eve Cochrane, who is assigned to write a series of public relations pieces about the local university medical center’s transplant program. Facing a crossroads in her own career as a journalist, Eve finds that her nice little feature story might be more interesting than she had first thought.
When Eve discovers a tie between the so-called International Body Replacement Society and a large, international pharmaceutical company, things begin to unravel.
Grace Note: In Hildegard’s Shadow
To most people it would have seemed like an obscure article in an obscure academic journal. To author P.J. Parsons, it was a challenge. The article called into question the authorship of music attributed to twelfth century mystic Hildegard of Bingen.
This is the story of two women, Hildegard and her childhood friend Lysanor of Rupertsberg, both ahead of their time in many ways. Hildegard becomes a twenty-first century saint and icon. The other is but a grace note – an embellishment of secondary importance. But their lives intertwine in ways that challenge both of them, taking them into experiences they could never have imagined. And both, in their own ways, have left a legacy to the generations that followed.
This is Lysanor’s own story about her life – and the life of her friend, the mystic.
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Confessions of a Failed Yuppie
Secrets…they’re the stuff of everyone’s life. But most of us are not confessing!
Thirty-something Alex Harvey has secrets. With her tenth wedding anniversary party looming large, she begins to reassess her choices and her depressingly predictable Yuppie life – a lifestyle heartily embraced by her fastidious dentist husband, Eric. But failing as a Yuppie is only one of her secrets. The other one is even more delicious: unbeknownst to any of her friends or family, Alex has been writing fabulously successful women’s erotica for years, and occasionally her characters invade her life. On the occasion of her tenth wedding anniversary one sticky June night, the secrets begin to emerge. By the time the party is over, life will never be the same again…for anyone. Join Alex for a hilarious romp toward complete candor, and raise a martini glass to being who you are!
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