NOVELS

In the country of Yeats, Wilde, and Joyce, sixteen-year-old Charlie Bruno looks to escape the recent death of his parents by enrolling in a study abroad program for troubled youths. For Charlie and his fellow students, schooling goes far beyond the classroom. Lesson plans include experimentation with art, drugs, sex, nightlife, and the irrepressible desire to bleed their youth of all its inherent potential. While diligently attempting to lose his virginity, Charlie is joined by a group of adolescents similarly venturing to exorcise their innocence in hope of discovering wisdom. As these young people are ferried from adolescence to adulthood, they do their very best to look over the side, rock the boat, and taste the water - without growing too seasick.

Fault Lines (Coming Soon)

The continents of the world are converging on each other. War plagues the West Caribbean Union, but there are not enough willing soldiers to deploy. With rumors of peace across the Eastern border, a military draft is implemented to keep the nation’s greatest resource – its people – under control. Fault Lines is a story about three citizens pushed to the brink amidst an ever-shifting landscape of captivity and rebellion.

 

Whatever thin line once divided villains and heroes dissolves faster than the borders separating the countries reforming Pangaea. Fault Lines is told in three, distinct, first-person voices as they navigate the grey between good and evil. General Lament – a former officer in the Union military – looks to make amends for her war crimes by leading the exodus over the West Caribbean border. Ezra Atun lives on a labour camp, manufacturing weapons for the war, until being drafted. Strickland River is a widower, the father of three girls lost to the war, and the bounty hunter assigned to track Ezra down and deliver him to the armed forces.

 

Through thick jungle, baron desert, and urban squalor, Ezra eludes a life of servitude and seeks out General Lament for her promises of escape from the Union. Dodgers are scorned across the country. Power is seldom shared. The meek no longer await their moment to inherit the earth. The soul of the country is trapped in a vise. The options are few: freeze, fly, or fight.

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