Since the morning stage actress Charley Dupree woke up smelling like sex, with a sore body and no memory of how she got that way, she hasn’t trusted anyone, least of all herself. She took refuge from her self-destructive past on her family’s mid-Missouri Christmas tree farm, which she now runs with the help of her childhood friend Julian, who has Down syndrome, and his cousin Mark, a former baseball star who may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
When the bank threatens to foreclose, Charley doesn’t see a way out—until she lands a gig as the public stand-in for the press-shy fiancée of a modern-day royal who is studying at a nearby university.
Her new job could earn her the money to save her sanctuary, but returning to the spotlight resurrects old temptations. Charley must learn to reconcile the woman she once was with the woman she has become, or she could lose not only the farm, but everything that makes it worth keeping.
Growing up in Napa Valley, Nicole Summerhill knew about “wine widows.” She just never expected to be one.
No longer available:
- The Beggars’ Queen, e-novel published May 2007 by The Wild Rose Press
Published Short Fiction:
- “The Prison at the Edge of Forever,” on Mindflights (no longer available)
- “Epitaph,” in The Storyteller Magazine, June 2013
- “Hatchet Job,” on Page & Spine, Nov. 22, 2013
- “The Third Day,” Apeiron Review, Issue 5, p. 12 (previously top ten finalist in the Fall 2011 Glass Woman Prize)
- “Wedding Day,” The Story Shack, Mar. 7, 2014
- “Alligator Tale,” Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Issue #9 (Jan. 17, 2014), p. 33 (no longer available)
- “Rescue,” final round of WOW’s Fall 2013 flash fiction contest
- “As Mercy Upon The Tongue,” Page & Spine, Dec. 2, 2016
- “Unraveled,” Spark IX, Sept. 2019