I have published a number of fiction, non-fiction, and short fiction books. Use the information to purchase them and learn more.
My fiction writing educates people, sparks their passions, and inspires them to work towards a more just and humane world. I write about characters who struggle to free themselves from their limitations, especially the ones they impose on themselves. Even if they fail to get what they want, they triumph by gaining dignity and self-respect. When you read my books, you will get stories that will educate, entertain, and inspire you and leave you thinking for a long time.
To deal with her present, she must face her past.
In 1985, a young Laura Rodriguez goes to Silicon Valley to start a career as a computer programmer. She finds a job at a quirky startup run by a family with secrets.
In 2016, a now middle-aged Laura faces growing professional and family crises and the most divisive presidential election in recent history. She fears losing her job in the wake of a merger and distrusts her new millennial boss. Her daughter has cancer, her son quit a lucrative programming job and moved back home, and her marriage is crumbling – especially when an old flame reenters her life.
Laura must seek solutions from a past she wants to forget. She may find them in the computer that changed her life, the Amiga.
Visit my Amiga page to learn more and get direct links to popular booksellers.
The Remainders (Coming September 2)
Dylan Glass, an 18-year-old high school dropout, has been kicked out of his mother and stepdad’s palatial house. Now homeless, he sleeps in his SUV behind an abandoned movie theater in an aging San Fernando Valley suburb. Although he has a job at a dollar store and support from the people he meets, he finds himself challenged by old temptations and a new woman, the alluring and enigmatic Pearl.
Miles away in Orange County, his estranged father, Dr. Oliver Glass, struggles with demons of his own. A private practice and a beautiful girlfriend with children of her own can’t make up for a past of tragedy and abuse. Memories of long-ago terrors constantly haunt Oliver.
Oliver seeks to reconnect with his son. Dylan seeks love and acceptance. Can they overcome their painful pasts? Or will they surrender to their self-destructive urges? Find out in the new adult novel that has been called “an intensely moving story” and a “powerful page turner,” The Remainders. Visit my The Remainders page to learn more.
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Six-year-old Carla Guzmán finds herself orphaned by her country’s violent revolution. With the help of a teenage rebel and a communist general, she struggles to survive the dangers of the Cold War. But she and her countrymen find themselves making a tough choice that can change history!
Thrill to a Cold War adventure in paperback, Kindle, Nook, or iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Click any of the links below to buy your copy:
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Lucy Merriweather is trapped in a merger gone wrong. She must contend with a staff who doesn’t trust her, a coworker she is falling in love with, an untrustworthy boss, and Bartleby — the enigmatic employee with a dangerous secret. Pick up this Amazon five-star reviewed novel in paperback or ePub. Click one of the links below to go directly to the ordering page:
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Mastering Table Topics
Best-seller! Mastering Table Topics gives you the tools you need to become a better impromptu speaker. It includes tips to help you understand questions, organize your thoughts, and give a quick and effective answer. Practice using 750 thought-provoking questions on a variety of subjects. This second edition includes 250 new questions; updated questions in several topics; tips on eye contact, vocal variety, and body language; and an updated list of resources. Satisfied readers have given Mastering Table Topics five-star reviews on Amazon. Whether you are a Toastmaster or just want to perfect your speaking skills, Mastering Table Topics is the book for you.
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My Short Fiction
Everyone Loves JELL-O
Two estranged brothers find that facing their past is the hardest part of making a JELL-O mold in this short story. Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free.
Mr. Haley’s Bliss
A man finds bliss by savoring an intimate memory in this Lulu Short Story Contest entry.