It’s 1928 and Estela Euquerio Hopper, an ambitious young woman from an impoverished area of Brazil, has landed a job at the New York Metropolitan Opera, though only to work in the sewing room. Her good fortune is due in part to her unique education and in part to the fact that her father is American. She hopes to make it from the sewing room to the stage, but there are obstacles in her way: her possessive father, her secretive cousin, and the wild temperament of the city itself in its pre-depression heyday.
A US Marine is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. He has a choice to make, save the woman he loves, or prove his innocence. He can’t have both.
“Obviously drawn from the author’s first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam … a rough but occasionally heartfelt war story … is quite good and has a lot to say about the nature of the conflict.”
— Judge’s comment from 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Those who enjoyed The Godfather and Fifty Shades of Grey will love this story about Carla, who had no idea that her new career would involve pornography, Mafia, and murder.
In 1973, Carla, an interior decorator, found work with Roy, a wealthy movie theater. owner. He hired her to refurbish his theaters, and then their partnership led to marriage. Her work was admired by the boss of a major porno mafia, and then his wife hired Carla to refurbish their Hollywood mansion. There, she befriended other lonely women with husbands in that mafia.
When Roy joined them, he got caught up in murder, pornography, and then parental child abuse. He took Carla into that underworld with himself. However, while trying to escape Roy’s deception, Carla found love with another man… a cop who set his sights on her husband.
She later had a nervous breakdown and had to struggle for her sanity when Roy turned against her in another uproar. A secret admirer loved her from a distance, but his hands were tied. Could he stop Roy’s rampages? Perhaps a judge could put him in jail.
Or did Roy just dig her grave?
There is a lot of sadness in Jeff.
Jeff and Hazel are in love. Life should be so simple, but an incident in Jeff’s past haunts him to the point that he becomes a recluse. As his band prepares to release its first album after the tragedy, Hazel watches as Jeff’s passions turn into obsessions. When Jeff’s sorrow gets the best of him and alienates Hazel from her friends, the couple has to finally face the truth of what happened three years earlier…
Will Jeff’s grief tear their love apart?
TWO HEARTS IN A GRAVE is an evocative read for those who like their love stories with a twist.
Jason Donovan has a secret.
The Clere’s Restaurant’s drama has been unfolding in front of his eyes. If he can see it, so can the restaurant’s other guests. But there’s something the servers aren’t telling him, and he will get to the bottom of it.