When a lavish lifestyle and controlling marriage left her broken, she traded the pressures of perfection for her sanity. Today, her southern farmhouse can’t compare to the mansion she left, but her 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.
Can Kristin 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’s debut novel, They Can’t Eat You for Supper, is receiving high praise from readers all over the world.
How could one small piece of jewelry mean so much to so many?
Paige West is a well-educated, financially stable business owner who mourns the death of her father and misses the closeness she had with him throughout her life.
Jessivel Salter is a high school dropout who had a child out of wedlock at sixteen and is now a single mother on the brink of becoming homeless. She also misses her now-deceased father, but for very different reasons.
When fate unites the two women, Paige is drawn to Jessivel from the start and wants to help her. But Jessivel doesn’t trust Paige or her intentions and rejects her many “helping hand” offers.
When the two women eventually connect, certain disturbing truths are unveiled, and they discover they have something in common that is inconceivable and shocking. Each woman must decide whether to take the easy way out and part ways forevermore or face up to the adversity that fate has thrown at them.
And it all started with “the ring.”
Meet Florence Osmund
After a long career in the corporate world, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. “I strive to write literary fiction and endeavor to craft stories that challenge readers to survey their own beliefs and values,” Osmund states. Florence’s book “How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel” offers substantial advice for new and aspiring writers including how to begin the project, writing techniques, building an author platform, book promotion and more. Florence lives on a small tranquil lake in northern Illinois, where she continues to write novels and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Family secrets can be deadly…
Liam is a charismatic smooth-talker, but when the police accept his disappearance as suicide his older brother Tom doesn’t believe them and begins a deadly hunt for answers. Liam’s legacy of deceit is dangerous. Tom, and his sister Andi, suspect they are being followed, and then come the threats. Tom follows Liam’s trail to France and Switzerland, trying to decipher Liam’s cryptic clues and discover the truth. When Andi’s twin daughters are kidnapped, only then does Tom realise the truth may have too high a price. What would you risk to find the truth? Lies of the Dead is part mystery, part thriller with a little romance and lots of twists and turns. It is a standalone novel and has received a B.R.A.G. Medallion and an Awesome Indies Award.
Meet Shauna Bickley
Shauna writes crime mysteries for people who love to work out the clues and discover the murderer before the answer is revealed in the final chapters. She also writes contemporary women’s fiction with strong, emotional stories that include family, friendship and love mixed with secrets and a little mystery. The locations for her books are based on many of the places she’s lived or visited, creating realistic settings from cities, small towns and coastal communities in England, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
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.
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.
“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:
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“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.”
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?