In RADIO UNDERGROUND a family is torn apart by the deadly Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Eszter Turjan is a mother – and a fanatical underground journalist – living in Budapest at the height of the Cold War. After years of suffering under the communist regime, she’d sacrifice anything, and anyone, to see the government fall.
When Eszter manipulates news broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, she ignites the vicious revolution. During the bloody up rising, Eszter commits a calamitous murder. She is captured and dragged away screaming to a secret underground prison. Her husband Ivan, a staunch government loyalist, watches Eszter’s arrest from their home. Betrayed and terrified, Ivan cuts all ties with her. Even more affected is their teenage daughter Dora, who cowers in her bedroom as the secret police arrest Eszter. Haunted and hurt, Dora vows to work against everything Eszter believed in. But, it’s not that simple.
After nine years, Dora is unwittingly drawn back into Eszter’s circle when she falls in love with a Radio Free Europe fan. She discovers her mother has descended into madness after years of torture and imprisonment. Worse, Eszter is headed toward trial–and most likely a firing squad. To help her, Dora would have to defy a vindictive and lethal regime. On the brink of losing Eszter again, Dora must decide if she should risk her life for the mother who discarded or–or leave it to fate.ORDER NOW
Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul
MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?ORDER NOW
Winner, 2017 Book Excellence Award in Chick Lit
Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She’s got her freedom, but what she wants is love. Luna knows she doesn’t need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna’s head who just won’t shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate.
Luna speed and on-line dates her way into several short-lived, surreal relationships. There’s Ari, the humorless Israeli who refuses to assimilate – to America, and to humanity. There’s Alex, the young and handsome ex-crackhead who informs Luna he doesn’t want to be monogamous—while they’re in bed. There’s Memphis, the wild-eyed sadomasochist. There’s Red, angry and crippled, who becomes the catalyst for Luna to join Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip.
He’s emotionally unavailable and has the Madonna-Whore Complex, but how can Luna (aka “whore”) let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his body even more? Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman’s funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.ORDER NOW