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It’s finally happening – my novel, RETURN TO SENDER will be published by Booktrope Books this fall 2014. YEAH!
Brief synopsis –
33-year-old THEO RILEY is a handsome Catholic Priest with a broken heart and a bullet in his leg who sucks at his job. He was a good soldier; got out of the Korean War, wounded, but alive, and carries enough ghosts to choke a graveyard. He drinks too much, and now, after his mother’s death, returns home to his sleepy coastal town, Manzanita Oregon. Haunted by a past betrayal, driven by a slightly impaired moral compass, pessimist religious attitude and resourceful problem solving tactics, Theo lands in trouble more than once.
Enter GENGHIS HANSEL, a religious fanatic, self-appointed executioner for God who – after Theo denies him absolution in a prison confession, telling him to rot in hell – takes a solid disliking to Father Theo for reasons both personal and nefarious. Hansel, who has an appetite for corn fritters, poetry, and small children, escapes prison on a twisted mission, with Theo – the gatekeeper to his salvation – his village, and the child of Theo’s ex-lover as his target.
Enter, ANDREA BOUVRE – who sent all Theo’s letters back marked, Return to Sender – she’s the one problem Theo never solved. He seeks one answer; why did she betray him while he was captive in a POW camp?
Hansel takes his perverse revenge out on Theo’s sister, IMOGENE and Andrea who has also returned home to Manzanita. With those he loves under threat, Theo sobers up and dons the gear of a soldier again as he tracks Hansel’s grim plan to the end where Theo must decide his destiny; Priest or soldier? Justice or what’s just? Death or life? Ultimately his white collar is bloodied as he discovers those fateful answers.
In 2008 one of the chapters (in short story form) from Return To Sender received Honorable Mention (top 50 out of 19,000) in Writer’s Digest Mainstream Literary contest. Return to Sender is a literary thriller – one reader claims it is a hybrid of Fried Green Tomatoes, Snow Falling on Cedars and Cape Fear. It’s lofty praise, I know, but worth sharing.
As I complete the website, run promotions and sooooo much more, I’ll drive you nuts with all the details of getting published and marketing. Now the real work begins. I keep hearing (In the back of my brain) my grandma’s voice saying, “Careful what you wish, for fear it may come true. Then what?”
‘Then what?’ is what time it is now….:)
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