Two women. Two worlds. Two problems...and two attitudes. Addison Kane does not want for much. With a touch equaling that of Midas and a confidence overstepping the borders of arrogance, Addison’s ability is vast, yet her focus is narrow. Her vision tunneled by haunting memories of her youth, she is blinded to the peripheral. She doesn’t care that life is passing her by. She doesn’t notice as friends fall to the wayside, and the finery that comes from wealth holds no importance for Addison is single-minded. Her goal is the ultimate of paybacks. She needs to succeed like no other before her and prove someone wrong. Joanna Sheppard lives a simple life because she can afford no other. At the age of seventeen, her father falls ill, and for the next eleven years, Joanna’s sole focus is providing for the only parent she has ever known. For the man she loves with all her heart, she gives up her dreams and doesn’t look back. She goes about her days with no complaints, working three jobs so she can pay off her father’s creditors, but there is no light at the end of Joanna’s tunnel...or so she thinks. When an edict from the grave threatens all Addison holds dear, two women from two different worlds are brought together, and a deal is struck. In exchange for uttering a few words, both get what they need...but not what they bargained for. There is a thin line, as they say, but when it is crossed, can love survive when more family secrets are revealed?
When vacationing Chicago detectives Nick and Norm witness a tragic accident involving a famous entertainer, the local police chief asks for their help. The duo's investigation uncovers crime and corruption in paradise as they come face-to-face with a ruthless killer...As homegrown eccentrics, drag queens, and dwarves rush to their aid in this heart- pounding thriller!
Set in a Midwestern city in 1958, Midland Club is a knotted tale of corruption, lies, and murder. An old black waiter in the town's exclusive men's club has died suddenly and the sheriff immediately declares it a suicide. But one man is certain it was murder. But revealing the truth will put his own life in danger. Will he do it?
An excerpt from Midland Club:
"What could I prove? I asked myself as I looked into a pile of trash next to my bed. And from that trash, glistening like some mysterious jewel, I spotted the invitation to Garland's birthday party. Was I too late? Had it already passed? I grabbed the invitation and reread it. I was not too late. The party was Saturday. Three days away. It was my only chance to see Garland Sousley face to face. Should I go? It would mean facing a hundred Uncle Buds: a room full of midwestern men of my father's generation who knew me, who knew my life story, men who had judged me not like Uncle Bud but like W. T. Sousley. These men hated me. Could I walk into their midst to question the oldest and most respected of them as to his associations with an old queer Negro?"
There are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam, and the neighborhood has been content to keep those secrets hidden.
It's the summer of 1945 and seven-year-old Nora Lee Sutter hasn't spoken in days. A spirit has asked her to deliver a terrifying message. The warning is ignored and the tragic events that follow push the quiet girl further into isolation. The only one who can get through to her is her friend, Joanne 'Jo' Waterman. Jo's large boisterous family provides Nora with a much needed safe haven from her own dismal world.
As Nora and Jo navigate their teenage years into young adulthood, their friendship becomes a beguiling seduction. However, no amount of distraction will stop the restless spirits from circling in on Nora. They've been blotted out and forgotten and they will not move on until they've been heard . . .
Jendi Reiter's debut novel offers a backstage look at the glamour and tragedy of 1990s New York City through the eyes of Julian Selkirk, an aspiring fashion photographer. Coming of age during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Julian worships beauty and romance, however fleeting, as substitutes for the religion that rejected him. His spiritual crisis is one that too many gay youth still face today. This genre-bending novel couples the ambitious political analysis of literary fiction with the pleasures of an unconventional love story. Vivid social realism, enriched by unforgettable characters, eroticism, and wit, make Two Natures a satisfying read of the highest sort.