Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Synopses of My Novels


World famous actress Cassidy Maguire has reached the pinnacle of success. Everything she dreamed of when she left her family in Illinois has come true: fame, success, fortune and her pick of roles. But she feels something is missing from her life, something she left behind. In an effort to recapture the real life she thought she didn't want, she flees Hollywood for the mountains of Colorado to the small town of Aspen Grove.

As she settles into her new life she meets the people of the town, most notably the town's veterinarian Seth Walters. Spending time with him and his family and friends reminds her of her own family and the love and support a solid family can give you.

As Cassidy and Seth's relationship deepens they both learn they have many obstacles to overcome. Does he fit into her world and she into his? The press intrudes, jealousies arise, and questions of how to make it work threaten to tear them apart. Can Cassidy truly find a normal life after the glamour and excitement of Hollywood? And can Seth convince her that it's worth it?


Maeve Haile and Kate Hanson have been friends for over forty years. Having met in junior high the two quickly discovered a mutual love and admiration for the girl detective Nancy Drew. It was the cement that bound them and now, all these years later, they fondly remember the heroine.

When a woman is killed in front of them and the detective assigned to the case dismisses it as a gang related murder, the two friends decide to tackle the case asking themselves "what would Nancy do?" as their guiding force.

A stay-at-home wife and mother Maeve volunteers at the library with their former high school teacher who helps them with research and advice. Kate, a therapist, runs court appointed anger management classes giving her access to the detective in charge. Together they use all their resources to delve into the woman's life and family to discover secrets, sibling rivalries and deeply rooted resentments that convince them the woman's death was not random act of violence.

More shootings around their small town convince them they are on the right track while they hurry to put the pieces together. As they deal with all of this, one of Kate's court enforced clients seems to be of the notion that she is the one standing in the way of his success, and continues to interfere in their investigation and frightens Maeve with his confrontations.

With their lives at stake, Maeve and Kate learn they can rely on each other in ways their friendship has never been tested before as they race to find the killer and turn him over to the police before he kills again.

Women's Fiction

Women’s relationships with each other are complicated and layered. From mothers and daughters to childhood best friends to co-workers to those encounters that seem somehow fated, the friendships between women help define them. Silver & Gold explores these relationships.

When a group of women come together in a critical year in their lives, they learn that gratitude for what life does or doesn’t bring you, and friends both old and new can carry you through no matter what is thrown at you. Gillian faces a life threatening surgery; Nancy and her husband must deal with the hardest trial of their lives together; Joyce is forced to give up her most precious dream and take up a new and more powerful one; Emma discovers she has something that can change not only her life but her community’s; and Nancy’s daughter Jane is given a chance to share a long held secret and learns, along with the others, how forgiveness’ embrace can give you a new life. They are stories all women can relate to.

Ultimately they all discover that when things do not turn out the way you want they can turn out to be what you need. These women take life head on and know as long as they have each other it is possible to triumph over it all. Silver & Gold explores the strength of friendship, the gift of gratitude, the power of forgiveness and how a group of women can change themselves and those around them. And how old friends and new are precious--just like silver and gold.

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