Memoirist Novelist Humorist

“Humor is often found where it doesn’t belong, but is no less perfect than crying tears of happiness.  I love to laugh, have a good cry and to be really scared, most usually at the wrong times.  I hope my work takes you there.”

The Swing, A Muse’s Memoir About Keeping the Artist Alive

Love won. Art won. Illness Lost. 

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“Indeed, the book as a whole serves as an important call to readers to recognize the humanity of the chronically ill.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Charlie’s passion for his art makes this book stand out. His story has me wondering whether I’m using my time for something worthwhile. Despite expecting to die young, Charlie fought relentlessly to pursue his dream of creating art and never gave up.” —Reader’s Favorite

“Captivating. Charming. Brilliant.
While its focus is on the life and love of an artist, this memoir would be valuable to anyone witnessing their loved one battle for life.” —Independent Book Review

Read more about The Swing or purchase it here.

The Secret Field

A heart-pounding race for home and treasure

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Kari Bell is a hard core loner. Her debilitating panic attacks have her dependent on potions, salves and thunder shirts for humans. She is summoned to a childhood home to bury her father and conceal her mother’s bloody secret. After that trauma, she buys a rundown ranch house surrounded by pasture and woodland at the end of an isolated rural road. Her two corgis and a Siamese cat are her world. In a single nightly dog walk, her fragile state of calm is gutted.

Set in an historic gossipy town whose glory days are behind it, Kari Bell’s homestead is on land that was once part of a grand plantation. Reggie Raintree, the last Raintree Plantation heir, has returned on a mission to locate and excavate ancient gold hidden somewhere on his family’s remaining acreage. All maps, however, appear to point to Kari’s little plot. Raintree wants it back.

In search of a mate, he posts an ad on a foreign bride website with the headline, “Looking for Love and Treasure.” He includes photos of an intriguing gold coin, but it’s not just any coin. It’s a coin so rare collectors call it, The Lost Love Coin. If authentic, its value is incalculable. Raintree and his Russian bride will stop at nothing to force Kari out. They bribe local officials, unleash mad dogs and cats to stalk her, steal her beloved Corgi and take her to court.

Kari must shed her loner skin, sleep with a gun next to her serenity candle and fight for what feels like home for the first time in her life all while looking for the lost Love Coin. In this woman’s story with a suspenseful backbone the twists are only matched by the secrets they reveal.

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Review from Manik Chaturmutha, Independent Book Review:

The Secret Field is a captivating blend of emotions, legalities, history, myth, drama, and
thrilling events. Quite the all-around package if you ask me. I strongly recommend this
fascinating read to all mystery lovers!”

Review from D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review:

“….While The Secret Field is marketed as a mystery and thriller, to call it a genre read alone would be to do it a grave disservice.  At every turn, the story asks questions of its readers about credibility, perseverance, and lifestyle values.

All the trappings of a fine thriller are there: Russians, mail-order brides, dog-killers, bribery, and court proceedings. The overlay of insights into manipulation, isolation, and the results of a determination to survive against all odds make The Secret Field highly recommended not just for thriller readers, but for libraries and book clubs seeking discussion material about love, home, and the real values in life pursuits.”

Reviews from GoodReads:

“This was a good read, it was well written with a twisty story line and well developed characters all set against an atmospheric setting. It was a compelling read that was unpredictable and left me wondering what was going on. I really enjoyed it.”

“Salty, sweet and scary all in one book. Loved it so much I am begging for a sequel. Delicious, flawed characters the author develops into a twisting storyline filled with the unexpected and when you think you know where she’s going, she delivers yet another surprise. She cleverly ties all of the threads together but be prepared to be surprised right to the last pages. So not your typical thriller. Playful and suspenseful.”

“I did find that this story did suck me in that I could not stop reading. The first opening scene was tragic and one that grabs your attention quickly. From there I could not wait to see how the story would progress.

In the beginning, I liked Kari and felt for her but to be honest, she came off a bit “mousey”. Yet, the further the story went on, Kari did blossom and become stronger. It was a nice progression that allowed me to get closer to her. The other characters were prominent players in this story as well. No one felt like they were third string. Overall, I did enjoy this book and would read another by this author.”

Read excerpts of The Secret Field or purchase it here.