Time to Retire is a new mystery/romance novel that offers a glimpse into the adventures of retirement living.
Things are not quite what they seem at Sunset Gardens, an active adult retirement community in California. The directors of the Homeowner’s Association has been handling money in questionable ways, there’s secret meetings occurring at The Silent Front, a former speakeasy, and an influential resident recently committed suicide. Reporter Willy Herbst, approaching retirement, is curious about what’s going on in the neighboring community “over the hill.” He and his eager intern, Sally Saginaw, team up to investigate. Their discoveries are surprising…
Time to Retire is filled with mystery, romance, and adventure, as Willy and Sally explore the lifestyles of aging retirees.
“A gripping narrative that reads like a mystery, entertaining and thought-provoking.” – Doug Hergert, columnist and author of Nothing in Paris and Can’t Get It In France
“A realistic description of a retirement community. Living in such a place, I recognize the foibles of members, the clubs, and the Board as vivid and humorous. Holds your interest… an enjoyable read that I recommend.” – Samuel P. Oliner, author of Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, and The Nature of Good and Evil
“…A current American chronicle poignantly surveying the dreams, heartaches, and successes of our life scene.” – Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., author of Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health and Roadmap to 100
Brockton is a typical American small town—or so it would seem. But to the citizens of this rural Mid-Atlantic community, it anything but normal. It is the type of town where jaywalking, an unfavorable appearance, or an absent-minded slip of the tongue could criminalize you…for life!
Mort and Emily Avery find out just how difficult life in Brockton can be when they stop in for dinner at the local diner. Before their first day in town is over, they find themselves looking at life in prison—for cancelling their order. Then, as if spurred by the newcomers’ arrival, the townsfolk find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Who can bring order to a town caught in the throes of iniquity?
“Thirty-nine year old Howard Perkins is a public relations agent living on Long Island and working in New York City. As a divorced man nearing forty years old he makes an observation about himself, and other ‘thirty-somethings’, that the end of the thirties brings panic that manifests in uncharacteristic behaviors. For Howard, his friends, and his old band mates, those behaviors run the gamut of everything from the reunion of a rock band, a visit to a nudist resort, a visit to a peep show, and even falling in love.”
Rush Mullens saw her parents, Joseph and Carmen, being murdered before her eyes as an 8 year old child– ten cloaked figures destroying her once peaceful life. She did not know the men responsible, but she would find them. She wanted revenge…she needed it.
When Lord Justin Maston came to take her in to his care, she vowed she would use this opportunity to find the murderer’s she chased. She did not think she would also find a boy she could love more than her own life.
Bailey Maston had never supposed to mean any more to her than a friend, one who could protect her from the new lifestyle she had been forced into. What he had become though was a young man who could take her breath away, and steal her heart.
Rush knew Bailey knew nothing of her family, or the life she was raised to live. She doubted should he learn the truth that he would understand. She could not let him endanger the revenge she so craved to seek. Nor could she ignore that she was willing to risk all – her past, her life, her reputation – just to sample an ounce of passion from this man.
Bailey Maston wanted to find a woman – the perfect woman – to give his heart to. He wanted to trust that such a person could exist that would never betray him. Everything he had seen in his young life, both at home and in society, told him what a foolish dream this was. Such a woman could never exist. Even if she did, he doubted she would ever willingly give her heart to a love-starved boy like him.
Foolish though his dream was, Bailey could not help being drawn to the young orphaned girl his parents had taken in.
He wanted her friendship and the attention she so willingly offered to him.
He craved to feel the passion he knew was hidden deep inside her.
What he did not want was to fall in love with her.
When Bailey finally discovers the truth of Rush’s life, and the revenge she was enacting, he feels betrayed. Foolish though it was, he hopes that beyond this betrayal may yet lay the woman he has always yearned to find…a woman he craved to give his well-guarded heart to.
From a lush valley in the country to a fast-paced city under the California sun, Jenny’s story is a true to life adventure. Mature and disciplined with a competitive spirit, Jenny enjoys working alongside her father.
However, problems arise when her father is injured and she is responsible for the care of the family farm. Matters of the heart become an issue when David captures her attention. After he seemingly drops out of her life as suddenly as he had appeared, Jenny is puzzled and hurt.
She heads off to California for a visit and meets the intriguing, handsome Mic. Stepping into Mic’s upper-class social scene is an ego boost for Jenny until her background and dreams are mocked. Feeling alone in the crowd, Jenny faces choices that could change the course of her life.
High school junior Amy has a dilemma – she yearns for someone special to keep her company, but her shy, self-doubting nature is proving a major problem for her. Only making matters worse for Amy, the school fancy dress gala is just weeks away, and no one has asked her to be their date. It looks like Amy may well be twiddling her thumbs at home the night of the ball, without a date. An unexpected encounter with easy-going sports star Jake, though, may just change all this, but deep down, Amy’s unsure if Jake really likes her, as he’s giving her mixed signals. Amy can’t work out whether Jake really is the nice guy he seems to be, or just another sweet-talker, with only one thing on his mind.
As if Amy isn’t confused enough already enter the very enticing Chad and Francine, who have a secret, if very seductive, agenda on their minds. The seemingly confident Chad and Francine, though, have always wanted Amy and Jake, but, have never had the courage to admit it to them. Alluring Chad, Jake’s t-shirt ditching sporting rival, and sly drama queen Francine, spurred on by Amy and Jake’s blossoming friendship, will try anything to have them, but a certain little secret may just get in the way of them achieving their dream…
Henderson is a small, old-fashioned town. Growing up here proved tough for Noah Nash, as he knew the truth he lived would never be accepted in this town, even by his family. To him, all he had was his keyboard.
Until one day, that all changed when Noah met Ronan Shea. Ronan’s confidence, wisdom and pride inspires Noah to finally, happily live his truth for the entire town to see.
This is a story of two young men and their journey to a relationship, fighting for equality and listening to their melody while striving to live in harmony.
Jac Prescott is an aspiring artist. After a rough past, Jac made a fresh start in San Diego when he got a job at a local art gallery, owned by one of the richest men in the city. It was an ordinary day at work when Jac’s life was turned upside when he met Evangelina Harper, daughter of the gallery owner.
Evangelina is your typical heiress; rich, snobby and arrogant. But when her father cuts her off from her inheritance, her life too is turned upside down when Jac, a poor and down-to-earth guy, takes her in and they start to get close.
In time, the two begin to see that they’re not so different after all as they face ups and downs on the way to their own masterpiece.
Thelonious T. Bear, ursine photojournalist, leaves behind the big city life of London to take an assignment in the Norfolk countryside, where he hopes to find the real England. Instead he stumbles upon gastro-pubs, crazed Audi drivers and murder. As the hapless Thelonious keeps ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time, he attracts the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Horatio Sidebottom of Norfolk Constabulary CID, who’s determined to tie Thelonious to the crimes. Add in a pair of hoods from London’s East End, celebrity TV chef Paolo Louis Black, and plenty of oddball local characters and it all adds up to a madcap journey through England’s most quirky county, where everything is normal (for Norfolk)!