GENRE: Young Adult Fiction—74K Words
They say you can never go home again, but for sixteen-year old Megan Blakely this expression takes on an entirely new and personal meaning. After witnessing a traumatic betrayal of trust by her father against her mother, Meg finds herself trapped in the small Midwestern town of her mother’s youth in the unwelcoming home of an estranged grandmother. Though desperate to escape isolation and return to her own life, Meg finds herself torn between family loyalty and her own needs, wants, and desires.
DISORDERED recaps the most pivotal summer in a young girl’s life. The revelation of devastating secrets, including the reality of a family history of mental illness, will challenge everything she thought she understood about herself and the world around her. This powerful and, at times, disturbing tale of love, loss, and loyalty explores the true meaning of HOME.
"...a captivating read, I was able to visualize as if it were a movie that I did not expect to end..."
- Trina Wash, Reader
"What can I say about this lovely book. First, I love it! There were so many wonderful vignettes when it came to Meg and her family—a wonderful cast of characters...."
- Rachel Ortiz, Author
"While reading this novel, I totally lost touch with reality. It was as though I had become one with Meg! ...This is an amazing novel! ...you won't be disappointed!!!!"
- Amazon Reader
Olivia: Rise of the Anointed – Book II
GENRE: Science Fiction—Work in Progress
For decades the children of the planet Marieux were told tales of the birth of a savior that would come along and set them free — and the arrival of the Concealer, Olivia Kalaath, proved this prophecy to be true. Still a child herself, she is suddenly charged with the great responsibility of freeing a planet from the clutches of the heartless organization that has controlled it for years.
Picking up 3-months from where Rebirth of the Anointed leaves off, Olivia Kalaath and her crew of misfits find themselves on the run from their arch nemesis, Razi Las. With only her instincts to guide her, she must protect those closest to her while bringing down a treacherous regime and restoring power to where it rightfully belongs — to the people.
Olivia: Rebirth of the Anointed – Book I
GENRE: Science Fiction—88K Words
For decades the children of the planet Marieux were told tales of the birth of a savior that would free their world from the clutches of the heartless organization that controlled it for years. Military rule, unjust laws, and recruitment of women for the purpose of serving the needs of their oppressor, exemplified the society into which they were born. But with each passing year, as civilization was further plunged into the depths of despair, it became even less conceivable that the prophecy of the Anointed Daughter of the Marinites was true.
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Kalaath, has heard this story since childhood and rejected it for just as long, despite at times being accused of being this prophecy come reality. After all, she has the golden skin tone and the extraordinary instincts synonymous with the mythical figure. Either way, being different has its price. In order to keep herself and her mother below the Shadow Realm Allegiance's radar, she practices the age-old art of concealing, a survival technique she learned as a child. But when her best friend goes missing, Olivia must decide what she believes in once and for all.
- Anjel, Urban Fiction Author
The Skinny Girl's Guide: to Channeling the Fat Girl Inside
GENRE: Youth Fiction—62K Words
Ali McKenna is tired of being petite and living in the shadows cast by her taller, curvier, and more interesting sisters, Millie the Exotic and D’asia the Genius. Both, by virtue of their existence, serve to make Ali’s life more trouble than it’s worth. Now that Ali is graduating from the 8th grade, she is excited for the opportunity to make a name for herself in high school. All she needs to accomplish this is an invite to her nemesis Demitry Haggardy’s end of summer kickback and a little uninterrupted time with heartthrob Gage Campbell, and she’s certain the rest will fall in place.
But Ali couldn’t have been more wrong! An ill-timed parent-teacher conference leading to D’asia’s promotion to Advanced Placement courses at Wilma Rudolph High is only the beginning of her troubles. Suddenly younger sister,“Dull D’asia,” who made Ali’s life as the only petite member of their robust family slightly bearable, has started her period, had a growth spurt, and begun developing at a seemingly accelerated rate. Now the freshman year that Ali dreamed about is quickly fading into non-existence. She must find a way to stand apart from her siblings and keep Demitry Haggardy off her back while getting Gage Campbell to finally take notice. Desperate, she devises a plan to gain weight – and in all the right places. Unfortunately for Ali, her body has a little trouble determining what those places are!
GENRE: Meta-Fiction—85K Words
Dr. Nicollet Madison Fairway is a fictional psychotherapist straight out the mind of authoress Miki Starr Martin. Problem is - she doesn’t realize it. In a loft located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Dr. Fairway has created a very lucrative business counseling fictitious characters through a celebrated system that has been dubbed, The Fairway Method and has been greatly successful in her treatment of many very notable fictitious characters. From Eric Jerome Dickey’s Arizona, to the late Alex Haley’s Ruthana, with many other’s in between.
Now, Dr. Fairway has decided to take on a new adventure in her practice by serving a group of characters all from a single mind. In this case, it is her very own creator, Miki Starr. Unfortunately this is a much greater undertaking than the good doctor could have ever suspected. Between the troubles with her own relatives, a family filled with arrogant, self-serving doctors, her bickering clients, and her quest for true love - Dr. Fairway is doing all that she can to hold on to her sanity while trying to help her clients find a piece of their own.
"This is meta-fiction to the umpth degree..."
- Shonell Bacon, Author/Editor
GENRE: Literary/Erotic Fiction—112K Words
Zella Dora’s progression in life has been on hiatus for the better part of the past six years. Since losing her mother tragically and unexpectedly to a rare disease, she has inherited the duty of caring for her grieving father who vehemently refuses to accept that his wife is forever gone. Add to that the burden of being ever-present for a suicidal friend who, in a quest for love, is destined to pull everyone close to her down with her. Not to mention Zella’s own dependence on her closest friend Darwin who, unbeknownst to her, is suffering from the quiet despair of unrequited love.
Instances of unintentional eavesdropping on her neighbor’s lovemaking oddly becomes the catalyst for Zella’s desire to break free and follow her own path once again. But when Zella becomes intimately involved with her married neighbor, her world quickly spins out of control begging the question of whether she’ll ever be able to live for herself again.
"This book was well-written, poetic and the author's ability to channel the character left me in awe. A definitie page-turner!"
- Anjel, Author of Cross My Heart
The Miki Starr Storybook: How to Write a Love Story
GENRE: Fiction—70K Words
The Miki Starr Storybook: How to Write a Love Story is a collection of short stories exploring three distinctly different genre's of love stories.
GENRE: Fiction—98K Words
On the surface it appears that Nate has everything. However, unbeknownst to those closest to him, Nate is in turmoil as his true closeted sexual identity threatens to surface and destroy the façade that he has worked so hard to build and maintain. With the encouragement and support of his only friend, Mike has worked hard to achieve a level of success that previously seemed unattainable. But old habits die hard and a terribly troubled past that he's been unable or unwilling to let go of threatens to destroy everything he has worked so hard to accomplish.
Without Nate's support Sierra would be lost. Despite her very strong belief and faith in God, she cannot manage to turn the tainted memories of her damaged childhood over to Him. Only Nate knows her secret, a secret that could ultimately ruin her marriage. United by pain, loss, fear, and more importantly hope, these three friends are forced to confront the issues of their youth in a most devastatingly unimaginable way.
"...a story of love, betrayal, the ups and downs of married life, secrets that can kill, she has done this well...The continuity and flow of this story will leave you wanting more."
- Lacha' Mitchell, Woman to Woman Literary Sistas
GENRE: Fiction/Romance—61K Words
Two best friends torn apart by their love for one man. Adé could never imagine any man would dare choose her best friend Gracie over her. Not only did the beautiful Kenny DiLaura do just that, to Adé'sdismay, he also fathered her child. But youth and the pressures of life worked against the young couple creating an opening that Adé could not resist finding a way to slip into.
Is it possible for one man to love more than one woman at the same time? A friendship destroyed. Two women emotionally scarred by the cycle of rebounding they have subjected themselves to. Faced with an extraordinarily difficult choice, Kenny decides on a life with Gracie and his child - but not before one final night of carnal passion with Adé. He could never have imagined how a selfish choice based on lust would alter the lives of everyone close to him.
"...I recommend Broken Promises to all readers who enjoy contemporary fiction with romantic twists."
- Angelia Menchan, APOOO BookClub
Well Runs Dry
GENRE: Fiction—48K Words
James Thomas Jackson is a player by definition. After the downfall of his first true relationship, he spends the next ten years playing the field. But when he's proposed to by Anesia Hawkins, he decides he's ready to give up his high speed lifestyle. At least that's what he thinks up until their wedding day when the Reverend asks if he will be committed to Anesia "'til death do you part?" Anesia Hawkins is young, beautiful, wealthy - and a born again virgin. When JT walks out on her on their wedding day naturally she's devastated.
Unable to live in the same city with JT if she cannot be with him, she packs and creates a new life in New York. But with all the women involved in JT's life and all the advances Anesia is making in hers, they cannot stop wondering, "what if?" When Anesia's mother falls ill, a good relationship goes sour, a possible baby on the way and a little bit of spiritual cleansing is put into effect, the two may finally have their chance.
"Funny! ...There is a sweet and cuddly moral to the story that many men and women can learn from ..."
- Cecelia Sutton, Cityflight Magazine