A year after the death of her husband and twin teenagers, Atlanta-area musician Miriam Tedesco has lost faith in humanity and in herself. When she stumbles across a smart phone app written by her daughter—an app that uses social media to direct a cross-country road trip—she recognizes a chance to break out of her emotional paralysis. Armed with her husband’s guitar, her daughter’s cello, and her son’s unfinished piano sonata, she embarks on a musical pilgrimage to honor the family she feels she never loved well enough in life.
But when she picks up a young, pregnant hitchhiker whose social media savvy causes the road trip to go viral, Miriam’s private memorial becomes anything but. Suddenly, she’s juggling everything from a wannabe reality TV diva to homegrown paparazzi—and more alarmingly, contact from an ex-lover she’s been both obsessed with and trying to avoid for twenty years.
Tornadoes, street performances, impromptu UFO watch parties…ready or not, Miriam’s world is coming back to life. But as she struggles to keep her focus on the reason she set out on this journey in the first place, she has to confront the possibility that the best way to honor her lost family might be to come clean about the one thing she never wanted them to know.
(“Love Song” is currently in the query process.)
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.
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