A sixteen-year-old girl, Olivia, who feels guilty about her younger brother’s death. Her mother, Evelyn, a glamorous woman. A sojourn on St. Croix, a beautiful tropical island. Travis, the charismatic owner of the Pink Fancy Hotel. And a mysterious Czechoslovakian widow, Sofiya. Two love affairs. Secrets. Two rapes. Nazis. Ravensbrück concentration camp. Conflict, jealousy, kindness, tenderness. A rescue and a resurrection. All woven together in a haunting work of literary fiction set in 1966.
Olivia accompanies her mother, Evelyn, an artist, to St. Croix. Their relationship is fraught with discord, heightened because Olivia is a self-conscious, lonely teenager. In addition to the contemporary friction, their turmoil has subterranean roots. In 1958, Olivia’s younger brother, Simon, while fishing with Olivia, fell into a river and died, a tragedy she relives in flashbacks as she suffers from guilt over his death and ostracism by her parents, especially by her mother, who blames her for the accident. In Christiansted, Olivia begins seeing a blond-haired boy who resembles her brother, though the boy disappears before she can meet him. She becomes obsessed with this elusive figure, thinking he is a ghost or Simon himself. As Olivia struggles with her demons, her married mother becomes involved with the hotel’s owner, Travis, and on the second day, Olivia encounters a fifty-year-old Czechoslovakian widow, Sofiya. The two forge a bond as they recognize their mutual grief and solitariness. Through a series of dramatic conversations, long-buried secrets are revealed.
“A major work…All of the primary characters deserve their own novels”—Helga Schier, former executive editor at Random House
Heliotrope Books. Pub Date: July 2022 / 6 x 9 inches / (prices and pages to come). Available in paperback and eBook. Cover design by Laury A. Egan. Cover photograph by Jill Dedinsky.
Leslie Chase, a young and impoverished composer, receives a grant and use of an ocean-side Maine house from her patron so she may complete her first opera. As she struggles with loneliness and winter snowstorms, Leslie meets a handsome but troubled man, Matti, and becomes enmeshed with him and his enigmatic relationship with her benefactor. When three opera singers visit, one of them, Sasha, flirts with Leslie, evoking Leslie’s sexual ambivalence and traumatic memories of an affair between her mother and another woman that inspired her opera’s subject: the relationships of Vita Sackville-West with Violet Keppel Trefusis and Virginia Woolf. As the emotional and physical spaces between the characters compress, mysteries are forced to the surface.
Literary Wanderlust, LLC. Pub Date: January 1, 2022 / 6 x 9 inches / 208 pages. $14.99 paperback, ISBN: 978-1-942856-98-6, and $4.99 eBook, ISBN: 1942856989. Cover design by Laury A. Egan. Illustration courtesy of Shutterstock.
Ever dream of finding the perfect lover? When Alexandra Wyatt meets Marnie Hardwick, she is thrilled that her solitary, unhappy existence has ended. After several blissful months, the two women buy a house set deep in a dense pine forest. However, the landscape soon dissolves from idyllic to disturbing as Alex begins to suspect that the relationship is an illusory trap. Fueled by jealousy, anger, and curiosity, Alex rushes into a bizarre intersection of past and present that holds treacherous consequences.
A psychological suspense, Doublecrossed, explores betrayal, revenge, and the ambiguous nature of sexual relationships as it triangulates between homosexuality, heterosexuality, and desires that usually remain hidden. The novel also deals with the complex role of “victim” and how a victim finds courage to survive.
Desert Palm Press. Pub Date: February 1, 2022 / 6 x 9 inches. Available in paperback and eBook. Prices and page count to come. Cover design by Laury A. Egan. Cover photograph by Angela Previte.
In 1964, four teenagers meet during a sailing class. Jessie is fourteen, an intelligent and solitary girl, who dreams of becoming a writer. When she sees nineteen-year-old Lindsay, the instructor, standing on a dock, sunlight illuminating her blond hair and blue eyes, Jessie falls in love but is too afraid of her feelings and what they mean. In an attempt to reassure herself she is “normal,” Jessie becomes involved with two boys in the class: Kenny, also fourteen, a darkly handsome and flirtatious guy, and Calvin, a year younger, who will be in their freshman class because he’s academically brilliant. On the first day of sailing, Cal is smitten with Jessie, though he is hindered by shyness. As the romantic relationships take unexpected twists, Jessie, Lindsay, Calvin, and Kenny relate their individual stories, their hopes, fears, and longings, all the while being buffeted by intense pressures. Set in coastal New Jersey, the plot roams from its beautiful rivers to lush scenes in St. Thomas and Vietnam’s jungles during the war.
NineStar Press. Pub Date: November 30, 2021 / 5 x 8 inches. Paperback: 322 pages, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-64890-352-6. EBook: 212 pages, $6.99 eBook: ISBN 978-1-64890-351-9. Cover photograph by Laury A. Egan. Cover design by Laury A. Egan and Jaycee DeLorenzo.
A fresh twist on a triangular relationship. A novel about compassion, generosity, love, selfishness, grief, bravery, sacrifice. A romance, an elegy, a reckoning. Literary fiction with light touches of magical realism. Psychotherapist Elizabeth (Bess) Lynch makes a sojourn to Cape Cod to deal with her impending demise from pancreatic cancer. While swimming in the ocean, she encounters an incandescently handsome man, Stephen, who is mourning the recent loss of his husband to leukemia. She invites him to dinner, and together they find solace in a tender affair. Then, Bess’ son Nathan arrives at the cottage and explodes Bess’ serenity.
“…a story for anyone contemplating the meaning of death, life, and everything in between: fear, regret, desire, hope, acceptance. A novel written with deep compassion and beautiful storytelling.”—Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade
“This captivating novel reflects the realities of life’s challenges and normalizes the conversation about end of life, illustrating a way to find peace with our own impermanence.”—J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, author of Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying
Heliotrope Books / Pub Date: April 29, 2021 / 6 x 9 inches, 208 pages. ISBN: 978-1-942762-72-0 (paper), 978-1-942762-73-7 (eBook). $16.00 Paperback, $8.99 eBook. Available from Amazon, bookstores, or signed copies from the author. Cover design by Laury A. Egan (photograph: Angela Previte)
The black figure entered the viewfinder just as Dana Fox squeezed the shutter. The figure hadn’t been there a second before. He wasn’t there a second after. While leading a photography workshop on picturesque Mykonos, instructor Dana Fox is entranced by the brilliant light of the Greek island as well as by the dark beauty, Cybele Karabélias, a local policewoman. But her idyllic sojourn takes an ominous turn when a series of gruesome murders rock the town. Heedless of the possible dangers surrounding her, Dana continues to document the isle in sunlit photographs, unaware of the killer edging closer, hungry for closure and the evidence she unknowingly possesses.
Interlude Press / Pub Date: March 3, 2020 / 6 x 9 inches, 250 pages. ISBN: 978-1-945053-95-5 (paper), ISBN: 978-1-945053-96-2 (eBook). $17.95 Paperback, $6.99 eBook. Available from: Interlude Press Amazon and Signed copies from the author Cover photograph by Laury A. Egan
The deck has always been stacked against you. Then an attractive woman promises love, respect, employment, and a home. Wouldn’t you be hooked? Jango Jacks is. Jango is a fifty-three-year-old Korean War vet, itinerant worker, and sweet-natured fellow who left kith and kin in Kentucky decades ago. On a hot August day in 1984, he lands in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsyl-
Sunbury Press / Pub Date: December 6, 2019 / 6 x 9 inches, 192 pages. ISBN: 978-1-946501-08-0 (paper).
$16.95 Paperback, $4.99 eBook. Available from: Sunbury Press Amazon
“A campy, hilarious, fast-paced indulgence that’s addictively entertaining. Dynamic, colorful characters add flair to a story full of snappy dialogue and rapid-fire action.” —Kirkus Reviews
Tiny Fox Press / Pub Date: September 25, 2018 / 6 x 9 inches, 228 pages. ISBN: 978-1-946501-08-0 (paper). $14.95 Paperback, $5.95 eBook. Available from: Tiny Fox Press and Signed copies from the author Cover design and photograph by Laury A. Egan
“In this brilliantly written novel, a girl who lives with her con-artist grandfather, after her parents have gone wandering, hopes to lead a more honest life but must scheme to get by...Charlie looks much older than her 14 years when she dresses up and puts on makeup, enough to fool a social worker who comes to call. Charlie and Grandpa run a moonshine business and the Glory Alleluia Chapel to make ends meet, and Grandpa has started a small pyramid scheme that helps Charlie stay afloat after he dies. Between that and insurance fraud, he’s buried money all over his large wooded property. Hoping to avoid an orphanage, Charlie hides Grandpa’s body and stashes the cash. A 30-ish cowboy type, Blake, turns up after an affair with Charlie’s absent mother; he clearly knows about the buried money and uses that knowledge as leverage. As much a grifter as Grandpa ever was, he builds up the family religion business by passing off Charlie as a miracle worker. Can Charlie escape him too and pursue her own dreams of becoming a writer? Egan tells the story in Charlie’s first-person countrified style, but with True Grit–style lofty grammar and sentence structure, in keeping with Charlie’s abundant talent. It’s this highly literary, easily accessible writing that lifts this story to the very top of the heap. Simply delicious fun from start to finish.”—© Kirkus Reviews, Vicky Smith (starred review)
Humanist Press / Pub Date: September 30, 2013 / 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 214 pages. ISBN: 978-0-931779-36-7 (paper) ISBN: 978-0-931779-37-4 (eBook) $13.95 Paperback. $7.99 eBook. Available from: Humanist Press Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Nook Google Play and Signed copies from the author. Cover design and photograph by Laury A. Egan
The 23 stories in the collection deal with the metaphorical concept of fog as a state produced by grief, mental illness, love, anger, dementia, pain, prejudice, or dreams and how the human being refracts reality through these diffused prisms. Protagonists struggle with psychological and physical distortions that lead them down problematic paths, whether due to jealousy or desire in the case of lovers or hypothermia experienced by a fallen mountain climber. In the story, “Fog,” set in Ireland, the narrator encounters the real thing.
Humanist Press / Pub Date (revised edition) September 30, 2013 / 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 258 pages. ISBN: 978-0-931779-43-5 (paper). ISBN: 978-0-931779-44-2 (eBook). $13.95 Paperback, $7.99 eBook. Available from:
While spending autumn in Venice, a young American artist, Jenny Kidd, hopes to create a portfolio of paintings to launch her career and establish her independence from her tyrannical father. At the Guggenheim Collection, she encounters a colorful British woman, Randi, who impetuously invites her to a masked ball at the Palazzo Barbon. There, she meets the seductive Caterina Barbon and her brother, Sebastiano, who entice Jenny into a world of glittering façades that cloak sexual perversion, art forgery, and murder. As Jenny struggles between her attraction to Caterina and her growing awareness that she is trapped within the beautiful walls of the palazzo, she discovers an inner strength and spirit worthy of her infamous pirate ancestor.
Vagabondage Press / Pub Date: November 2012 / 5.25 x 8 inches, 214 pages. $14.95 Trade Paperback. ISBN: 9780615687612. $14.95 Paperback, $4.99 eBook. Available from:
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