Adult Fiction


A ballerina risks career, friendship, and life for a chance at dangerous love.

Taylor, a disciplined soloist with a major ballet company, is benched for most of the summer with an Achilles injury. Miserable and stir-crazy, Taylor accepts an invitation from her reckless best friend, Beks, for the perfect solution: a vacation in Ireland. With benefits. Beks has been dming with a couple of four-alarm Irish guys for months. Jimmy and Niall are the perfect combination of good looks and mystery, and when they offer to take the ladies sightseeing in search of the vengeful sea serpents of Irish legend, Beks and Taylor are all in.

Their enchantment evaporates when a freak storm capsizes their boat, stranding them on a debaucherous party island. It could be a tiny paradise, but Taylor, haunted by a relationship she can't quite let go of, struggles with her feelings for Jimmy. When Beks goes missing, and Taylor discovers a possible murder, finding her friend becomes the only priority. Instead, she discovers Jimmy and Niall are part of a much more sinister legend. One that she and Beks are becoming a part of, as well as more missing women who will never return home. Unless Taylor can risk a career-ending injury, steal a non-seaworthy boat, and venture into the perilous North Atlantic to find a way back to the mainland, she’ll be trapped on the uncharted island forever.

A DARKER NEED is suspense with a speculative hint that puts a modern twist on an ancient Irish legend.

“O lost and by the wind grieved, ghost come back again.”   --  Thomas Wolfe
1995: When Mary, a cynical American, and her recently-widowed mother, take a vacation to their ancestral home in Ireland, Mary ventures into the countryside to explore a mysterious rippling field. On the verge of losing her own loved one, Mary is shocked when she encounters disembodied voices in the haunted landscape. It is those voices that propel the story back to the greatest calamity in Irish history, the infamous famine of the 1840s, and a linked sequence of relatives via a fractured narrative . . .

150 years earlier, Moira and her family huddle in a churchyard amid corpses awaiting burial. Without shelter, Moira prays she and her starving family can survive. She longs to get a letter to her Aunt Ciara, who could surely help since she’s a cook on a grand estate . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Ciara four months earlier, when the estate goes bankrupt, leaving her out on the road, destitute and desperate. With nowhere else to turn, Ciara tries to contact her Uncle Donal, an old fisherman . . . Jumping months earlier, Donal experiences a life-changing encounter at sea prompting him to reach his daughter with a message as soon as possible. But half a year earlier, his daughter, Siobhan, is frost-bitten and trapped by a snow drift. As she frantically tries to escape, her only thought is to reach her own beloved child left in the care of her cousin. That cousin is neighbor to Moira and her family whom we revisit on the eve of the famine before tragedy strikes.

Returning to the present, we find that Mary, aided by the voices from the famine, is able to withstand her own tragic loss, and gain a deep personal understanding of how her soul is intertwined with those from the past. 

Advance praise for Voices on the Wind:

"Voices on the Wind is an entirely engrossing, lyrical, original, and moving novel. Set in the Irish famine, the characters are so real you can almost reach back through time and touch them. They move in their own world, yet so close to the reader we can feel their breath. The thirteen chapters, each of which centers on different but somehow related characters, tell the story backwards over a few years, beginning and ending with the same girl. The terror of the famine crosses constantly into the mystical; creatures of myth (selkies, leprechauns) float in and out of the characters' lives as naturally as neighbors, sometimes bringing good, sometimes harm, sometimes nothing more than a neighbor might bring. 
Eroticism, myth, the Catholic faith, beloved animals, and the stricken land all blend with the enormous kindliness, humor and endurance of the people.  In the end it is a redemptive book, and in that the author has created a kind of miracle.”

-- Stephanie Cowell, author of
Nicholas Cooke:  Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest 
The Physician of London 
The Players:  A novel of the young Shakespeare
Marrying Mozart 
Claude & Camille