What if you wrote a steamy, erotic novel that was so hot bookstores couldn’t keep it on their shelves? What if you couldn’t tell anyone you wrote it? With a mundane life as a nurse, a husband who is grazing other fields, and a daughter of an impressionable age, Cassie checks her horoscope one morning just for kicks and notices an article about romance novels and how profitable publishing could be if one could spin a good tale. She pens Wild Rose under a pseudonym and it flies to the top of the charts, is the talk of the town, and people are clamoring to know who the author is. What would her children think if they knew? Or her own mother, who ‘taught her better’, and, worse, her husband who’d thought she’d turned back into a virgin since they’d not had sex in so long. How could she be thrown into the spotlight and still be a good mom? Wild Rose, Cassie’s caldron of prose, is woven through this story. Set it the 70s, it is the story of Rosemary, a beautiful photographer who wants to be recognized for her body of work, not her haunting beauty. Although, a modern women, she is as adventurous sexually as she is with her camera and beds men like candy…until she falls in love.
Both novels parallel each other as Cassie realizes Rosemary is not so different from her.
Troubled teen. Juvenile delinquent. Aja Harmon is familiar with the labels. She and her mom live like gypsies, moving every year. Her mom works as a psychic and Aja fights to suppress her own intuitive abilities because the power scares her. After losing a cool job at Abercrombie & Fitch, the only work Aja can find is as a waitress at an elderly residence home. Slowly she begins to enjoy working with the seniors. Unlikely bonds forge, making their worlds bigger while shrinking the generation gap. If only a corrupt police officer hadn't set his sights on Aja-a beautiful girl with a sketchy past. An easy target to add to his twisted collection.
Carson Harper hates life. Hates that she's fat and hates that her mother won’t let her do anything because she might get hurt. On the last day of her junior year Carson leaves a note for her mother detailing her plan to escape to an outward bound camp – alone. She’ll prove her strength to those mean kids at school who harassed her, and she’ll show her mom she’s not afraid to take a risk by doing something so big it will change everything. Ha, they’ll all have the last laugh at Carson Harper. If only her mother had seen the note. If only a piece of space debris hadn't annihilated their home. At her outward bound camp in Colorado, Carson becomes lost in the midst of a forest fire and embarks on a survival-of-the fittest journey as she searches for home and finds herself. Surviving Life is the story of how a teenager’s brave decision to defy her mother and prove she can survive in the world, teaches both mother and daughter lessons about life and the marvelous and terrifying things that can happen as you give in to passion to live every minute to the fullest.