They Can’t Eat You for Supper

“…dysfunctional family dynamics at their finest.”-Reader review

Kristin Murphy is a nurse who doesn’t like change, but a lavish lifestyle and controlling marriage left her broken.

After she traded the pressures of perfection for her sanity, she’s whole again. Her southern farmhouse can’t compare to the mansion she left, but her young family has peace. Until she’s blindsided.

The fog lifts, and she’s separated from two daughters she swore to protect. An ill child relies on Kristin’s medical skills while luxurious promises lure her teen out of reach. Fighting to remain relevant to them wasn’t something she prepared for, but she’s here now.

It’s a familiar psychological hell. Only this time, the stakes are higher.

Kristin’s greatest struggle remains: Can she return to being the mother she always wanted, or will she give in to a twisted family past she vowed to bury?


Meet Roxanne Remy

Roxanne is a nursing graduate from the University of Virginia who spent most of her career caring for critically ill patients. Her passion for writing started early in life thanks to her mother’s encouragement.

Today, she lives in the Southeastern US with her husband. They enjoy spending time with their three daughters and three dogs.

The ‘GREAT’ Kickin’ Dog

Ex musician, assembly line worker and alcoholic, John Coleman Sr. is a man with deferred and shattered dreams. Living in a Chicago housing project during the 60’s he is a father raising his eight-member family; four girls, two musical prodigy boys and a mentally unstable wife, in a drug, gang and gun infested environment among households with absent dads. During a competitive time of young musical prodigies, he fights for a pathway out of the projects through his talented sons. On a quest to find a way out, he drags his gifted boys on a whirlwind journey of hope, from talent shows to south side Blues clubs and observes their reputation growing with each performance. But along with the journey to see his boys “get great”, is his ongoing struggle with alcohol, his wife’s neurotic behavior and the fortified barrier of resentment from his jealous daughters all brought on by a family history of mental illness. Not only does John Coleman Sr. have to contend with the inner turmoil of his family, but a family tragedy shakes him to the core and threatens the sanctity of his high-spirited loved ones.

The ‘Great’ Kickin’dog is a Black experience during a turbulent time of civil rights in the 6o’s and free spirits of the 70’s embedded in the cradle of Chicago’s segregation. It is a coming of age saga of passion, perseverance and the courage to rise above; a compelling story of hope and the question of fate.


Meet Kenneth Allen Crutchfield, Sr.

Kenneth Allen Crutchfield, Sr. was born on the south side of Chicago into a family of musicians. During his formative years he worked as a professional drummer in Chicago then traveled globally after finishing high school. He received a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters degree from Queens College (CUNY) in New York City, both in music. He has written several plays, The Great Kickin’ Dog, Balloon on a String and Lorna’s L’Elegant Lounge; two musicals, All God’s Saints Go To Heaven-Not and Bones Brothers Brothel. All were produced in New York City as well as nationally. Ken is also a writer of prose and pens poetry as well. The ‘Great’ Kickin’ Dog’ is his first novel, loosely based on his family.

The Gift Counselor

Do all gifts come with strings attached? Find out in the award winning novel, The Gift Counselor. Set in Southern California in the late 1990s, the story narrates how a woman in search of peace, a man ready to love, and a boy longing for the truth all come together one December. A timeless mix of romance, drama, psychological and spiritual insights and humor, this story will warm your heart all year long. Book club recommended.


Meet Sheila M Cronin

The Gift Counselor, winner of the Beverly Hills Holiday Fiction Book Award, is the first in the Gift Counselor series. My stories have appeared in Woman’s World Magazine, The Golden Domer, Good Old Days Magazine and Spark. I won the 2018 Joy Short Story contest. My book of short stories, Heart Shaped II, was released in January, 2020. My stories also appear in Shades of Transition and Transformation Anthology (Write Volumes, 2020). Book club recommended. Best of All Gifts is the sequel. I am working on the third installment.

Pathfinding Women (Waxwood Series: Book 3) - ASIN B08FYX5RBZ

There are paths in life we have no choice but to follow.

At the close of the nineteenth century, Vivian Alderdice is twenty-six, unmarried, and has no prospective suitors. Now the heiress of the Alderdice fortune, she has yet to fulfill her duty to her family and to society: to marry well and produce heirs.

Her brother’s tragic plight the year before left her and her mother on shaky ground with the San Francisco blue bloods of Nob Hill, and the only way they can re-establish their social position is to win the heart of Monte Leblanc, a wealthy Canadian in search of a wife and looking to become a member of the exclusive Washington Street society.

But a young man on the train tells Vivian things about her grandmother that shake her to the core. Even as she is pursued by the debonair Monte Leblanc, Vivian can’t avoid ghosts from the past who send her on a journey she is reluctant to take.

Is there always light at the end of a dark and hellish path?

If you enjoy family dramas with a touch of romance and suspense, you’ll love the continuation of The Alderdice family saga set in America’s Gilded Age by the author of the bestseller LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER’S LIFE, which debuted at #1 in the Amazon Historical Short Stories category.

Get Pathfinding Women today to find out the final mysteries behind the Alderdice family that will change Vivian’s life forever!

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THE WAXWOOD SERIES

The Specter (Waxwood Series: Book 1)

False Fathers (Waxwood Series: Book 2)

Dandelion Children (Waxwood Series: Book 4) – coming in December 2020

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Eye of the Moon

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Eye of the Moon is a gothic mystery of the finest order, Eyes Wide Shut meets Agatha Christie.”

Johnny’s legendary socialite Aunt Alice mysteriously died while reading The Egyptian Book of the Dead when he and Percy were ten. They have been kept in the dark about that night ever since…

Twenty years later, they are reunited, along with family and guests, for a weekend house party at Rhinebeck, the sumptuous estate once owned by Alice.

But Rhinebeck holds more than just childhood memories.

From the family butler, they learn that Alice’s story is far darker than anticipated, and will impact all their lives, particularly Percy’s, before the weekend concludes.

All who attend are ensnared in a surprising web of mystery, Egyptian occultism, sumptuous elegance, and intrigue, where family members, guests, and even the servants have their own agendas, and nothing is what it seems.

This complex and sophisticated gothic mystery thriller is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.

What readers are saying about Eye of the Moon:

“It’s gripping, intense, thorough. Everything I wanted in a thriller and then some.”

“This was such a surprise. If you like big house mysteries,Downton AbbeyandCluedo ‘who done its’, you will love this.”

“Eye of the Moon kept me engaged from start to finish. I read it in three days.”

“Eye of the Moon is a well written, enjoyable gothic mystery filled with secrets, treasures, twists and turns, and the paranormal.

“Truly magical! A compelling story, with an original plot full of mystery, colorful characters and unexpected twists and turns, that keeps the reader in suspense until the very end.”

“This story held me spellbound throughout.”

“Eye of the Moon is a delightful suspenseful adventure into a world of aristocracy and mystery. Lively conversations, wonderful, diverse characters and vivid detailing gives one a feeling of being there. Overall this is an intelligent read that keeps you turning the pages.”

“I could not stop reading as I was entangled in the many twists and turns, a fun and unforgettable read.”

“True to the promise it makes, it’s a book that kept me reading well into the night. It’s incredibly suspenseful and full of great conversations and characters.”

“It was a wonderful escape. The characters so solid and intriguing, the location and relationships absolutely entrancing.”

“I enjoyed reading it so much that I have already picked it back up! I could not wait to be back at Rhinebeck with my friends Percy and Johnny.”

“The book is closed, the weekend at Rhinebeck is over, and I don’t want to let go of the sense of mystery and magic that permeates the story and all its intriguing characters.”

“This is one of those books where you’ll have a sudden realization while flying through the pages that you don’t want the book to end. If there ever will be a sequel to this book, I’ll definitely read it.”

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False Father (Waxwood Series: Book 2)

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Sometimes no father is better than a false father.

At nineteen, Jake Alderdice is shy, contemplative, and passionate about art. With the death of his grandfather, shipping magistrate Malcolm Alderdice, he becomes the new family patriarch and heir to Alderdice Shipping and Alderdice Luxury Liner. After two years of mourning, he is ready to add to the family honor just as all the Alderdice men have, but as an artist, not a shipping magistrate. His plans are delayed with his mother announces the family will be retreating to Waxwood, now a fashionable resort town favored by the San Francisco elite, for the summer, fulfilling her father’s dying wish to “go back”.

On the train, he meets Harland Stevens, an enigmatic but charming older man, who has come to Waxwood as chaperone and guide to his college-aged cousin Roger and Roger’s friends. Mr. Stevens, or, as he tells Jake, “just Stevens”, takes an interest in the young man’s ambitions, and introduces him to the town’s most prominent gallery owner. But when Jake takes his paintings for appraisal, the man delivers a fatal blow — Jake’s mythology-inspired paintings are too original for the market of realistic landscape paintings favored by Gilded Age patrons.

Stevens seizes the devastated and wandering Jake and counsels him toward a more aggressive but moralistic path to manhood inspired by Teddy Roosevelt and Thoreau. Jake proves himself to be more studious and serious than Roger and his friends. Impressed with the young man’s determination to take over his grandfather’s business, Stevens introduces him to The Order of Actaeon, a secret society built upon those ideals favored by his idols.

But the path to emotional maturity and masculine identity is, Jake learns, a complex thing in the Gilded Age. Will his journey free him from the Alderdice family illusions, half-truths, and lies that have kept him a child, just as it did his sister Vivian’s six years before? Or will it lead him into the world of Actaeon, where the hunter becomes the hunted?