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The second book in The Greektown Series is here! Available in Paperback and Kindle.

The Princess of Greektown princess

 

alice1-400x600We meet Alice Bradshaw when she is at a crossroad. She’s just beaten cancer and is suddenly unsure of what her next move should be. Looking back on where she’s been and what the future may hold, she knows she needs to make a big change in her life. Then her car dies on the highway after an argument with her daughter. Dave, a stranger on a motorcycle, pulls along side her and saves the day. He offers Alice a chance at adventure. She jumps on it, much to the dismay of her children. The adventure starts a chain of events that will have Alice and her children, as well as Dave questioning every aspect of their lives. There will be a few casualties along the way, a lot of anger, life changes and a few shocking surprises. Alice’s Summertime Adventure is the story of an average American family as they struggle with dilemmas we all have, and making choices that aren’t for everyone.

An Amazon reader says, “I have to warn you, Alice’s adventures are not all happy. As the story unfolds, there is sadness, tragedy, grief, and anger, but there is also hope. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Alice, and coming to understand her story. In the end, I think she’s going to be okay, and that’s the way it should be.”

An ARC reader says,”This book screams beach read. There is so much going on you just can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next and once again the author covers a few taboo topics that I am sure will turn a few heads but you know it’s real life that happens around us every day or even in our own lives. This book has the feel of a Judy Blume read. You can’t help laughing out loud at times or crying at other moments.”

The Kindle Edition of Alice’s Summertime Adventure is available on Amazon.

To read an excerpt, go here.


thesavant500x“Dark and creepy, quintessentially Suzanne Jenkins,” “Jawdropping ending,” Advanced copy reviewers said they certainly didn’t expect the surprise!

In the French Quarter of New Orleans, the birth of a baby to a mentally ill woman  marks the beginning of life for The Savant of Chelsea. An abusive childhood segues to the operating rooms of the largest medical center in New York as a gifted but unbalanced brain surgeon waits for just the right time to redeem her past. In the end, she takes matters into her own hands. The reader will decide what happens after the climax.

Contains explicit sexual themes.

Available in Kindle Edition on Amazon, you may read an excerpt here.


Nestled below the skyline of Detroit you’ll find Greektown, a few short blocks of colorful bliss, warm people and Greek food. In spite of growing up immersed in the The Greeks of Beaubien Street Front Cover(1)safety of her family and their rich culture, Jill Zannos doesn’t fit in. A Detroit homicide detective, she manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the traditions started by her grandparents, while the other navigates
the most devastated neighborhoods in the city she can’t help but love. She is a no nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, an odd boyfriend who refuses to grow up, and an uncanny intuition, inherited from her mystic grandmother that acts as her secret weapon to crime solving success. Her story winds around tales of her family and their secret laden history, while she investigates the most despicable murder of her career.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a modern tale of a family grounded in old world, sometimes archaic, tradition as they seek acceptance in American society. They could be any nationality, but they are Greek.The Greeks of Beaubien Street is available now in Kindle format.  To read an excerpt, go here.

The Princess of Greektown is due summer 2013. To read an excerpt, go here.


atlasofwomenWomen are the heart of the home. (Unless it’s a home with a man as the heart!) This volume is about women. The stories are a melding of truth from my own experiences and fiction created from both observation and fantasy.

Mademoiselle, a novella, started out as young adult genre. But as I wrote, Philipa grew up into a young woman who found her way after a short detour, choosing the more difficult path.

The Golden Boy ended up exactly as I imagined it would. A family deals with a loved one’s mental illness with love and support, but when there is no longer any hope for normalcy; prayer and grace allow them to step aside.

Tribute to a Dead Friend is my tribute to every woman who’s lost a close friend but continues to be inspired and comforted by her spirit.

A Night Encounter, currently published on Amazon, is a short story about regrets and self-forgiveness. A daughter’s disrespect borne of sibling rivalry comes back to haunt her in a most unusual and gentle way. As in every work, there are elements of truth in the story, but it is pure fiction. I spent time in my garden last summer, convinced my late mother was there with me. It was a very therapeutic and comforting experience.

Vapors, selected to appear in Willow Review 2013, is a fantasy in which a wife discovers a way to make her presence known after her husband reveals a painful secret. Atlas Of Women is available on Amazon.


Family Dynamics sunsetHeartbreak and devastation move toward triumph in the fifth and final installation of the Pam of Babylon Series. Pam is at last able to overcome the pain of Jack’s rejection, and her own role in perpetuating his deviance, when she meets Dan and falls in love. Her children move on with their lives in ways Pam would have never believed possible. Sandra fulfills her dreams with Tom, and a gift from Marie helps to complete their life together. Ashton and Ted build a beautiful life, and new discoveries make it richer than they thought possible, but with a twist. But don’t be deceived; what you see is not what you may get.

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I gave short story writing a try.  A Night Encounter is a very short story about regrets and self-forgiveness. A daughter’s disrespect borne of sibling rivalry comes back to haunt her in a most unusual and gentle way.  You can buy it for 99 cents here.

 

 

 


Dream Lover is the third book in the Pam of Babylon Series.  We meet new lovers of Jack’s.  Slowly the parade of women and one man who loved Jack make their way to the Long Island village of Babylon for an audience with his widow.  No longer in denial, and stronger than she thought possible, Pam Smith is able to confront the horror of her marriage in its totality as she draws a new picture of the man she was married to.  The new, more horrific discoveries she makes empowers her and she is able to maintain her strength and the grace and compassion she’s known for. Truly a formidable woman, Pam conquers her worst demons in Dream Lover.

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In the second book in the Pam of Babylon Series, Don’t You Forget About Me,  the power, the passion, and the unhappiness that romance can bring is brought into focus. Whom do we love and why? And what happens when our trust in that person is shattered? When charming, seemingly devoted Jack Smith dies, his wife and his two girlfriends are astonished to learn that they were not the only love of his life and that, in fact, Jack was a rogue who was carrying on secret existences with other women. Shattered by grief and stunned by Jack’s betrayals, these three women (Pam Smith, Marie Fabian, and Sandra Benson) find themselves suddenly thrown together.

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“How well do you know your husband?” For Pam Smith, the answer to that question is about to come shockingly into focus. Every week she spends her days on Long Island, preparing for her husband Jack’s weekend return. Jack spends his week in the city, usually returning on Fridays. It is an idyllic life, a modern Norman Rockwell painting of success, comfort, and the love of family and friends that is built on the foundation of the American Dream. But on this particular Saturday, a day no different than any other, Pam receives news that will shatter her world forever.

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