A psychological suspense novel about two teenage boys. The twist? They’re both named Jack and both inhabit the same body. “…mostly I was relieved to put distance between Jack and myself, although this wasn’t possible because I am Jack, too. And sort of not Jack. I am I, or rather, I am me. Of course, I answer to the name Jack when I’m present, but otherwise, he insists he is Jack and I’m an idiot, loser, and wimp. It’s very confusing to be so intimately attached to someone like him. Someone who despises me; someone who is really frightening and wants me to disappear.”
Enigma Books/Spectrum Books. Pub Date: April 6, 2024 / 6 x 9 inches. Paperback: $14.99 and $4.99 eBook. Cover design by Laury A. Egan. Illustration: 123RF.
Combining magical realism and fluctuating time periods, these two linked novellas plunge into the slippery world of an aging writer’s mind as she delves into memories and re-experiences a series of complicated relationships. The primary character is Sidonie Ross, first at age 64 and several younger ages, and in the second work, at ages 70 and 11. The swirling structure in both deals with how a child’s wounds about shame, guilt, disappointment, betrayal, and rejection re-surface in adulthood.
“…so much to admire in [these] brilliantly interlinked novellas: their elegance and wit, the sophistication of the narrative style, the assured and prolonged focus on scene, with all its pure and revealing gestures and withholdings, and the weaving in of larger thematic questions about the interpenetration of literature and life, questions which are themselves mirrored beautifully by the fluidity of gender and sexuality, youth and age.”—M. Allen Cunningham, author of Perpetua’s Kin
Spectrum Books. Pub Date: December 16, 2023 / 6 x 9 inches. Paperback: $14.99 and $4.99 eBook. Cover design and photograph by Laury A. Egan; painting of the author by Agnes Ricks Egan.
A portrait of a compassionate, introspective therapist who finds herself in a dangerous struggle with an unknown stalker. The novel is a simmering literary suspense, one in which tension accumulates as the reader gains insights during sessions with clients—one of whom may be the psychologist’s shadow—and through the stalker’s journal entries, which serve as a discordant counterpoint to the main narration.
“[Laury A. Egan] masterminds the depths of the human condition and delivers willies and chills in a highly sophisticated, wise, and ultimately poignant psychodrama.”—Karla Linn Merrifield, author of Psyche’s Scroll
Enigma Books/Spectrum Books. Pub Date: November 18, 2023 / 6 x 9 inches. Paperback: $14.99 and $4.99 eBook. Cover design and photograph by Laury A. Egan.
1964: A dark summer night on a still black lake. A lantern is lit at the end of a dock. A blond girl in white appears and begins to dance, her body illuminated like the fireflies surrounding her. A second girl emerges from a house and is beckoned forward. The two meet, swim, and then kiss, beginning an ethereal romance and a young woman’s journey into adulthood.
"Laury Egan's magical foray into young love begins in 1964, with two young girls, one conventional, the other as shimmering and ephemeral as a firefly, and morphs into a story that spawns decades and reveals how love is truly the most redemptive force in the world. With grace, Egan details love as it unfolds over the years. This is a story about yearning, about passion, about growing up in a world where the idea of a young love sparked on one summer night can become all-consuming. Egan draws us in and holds us, page after page, as we fall headlong into love ourselves--with her characters, her sense of place, and a story that's truly universal.”—Rick R. Reed, author of Silence of the Missing
“Egan’s novel is a compelling read that draws the reader to it, like a firefly in the night. Will Robin and the Firefly ever meet again? Will it all turn out to be illusion, a trick of the light?”—Richard May, author of Because of Roses
“The Firefly is Robin’s story about her search for her elusive lover, who she nicknames The Firefly. It is a wonderfully written coming-of-age novel that kept me turning the pages as Robin never wavers from her quest. Egan is very skilled in bringing the reader into the moment with Robin. We accompany her on her journey, we are in the room with her, and we despair and rejoice with her!”—Edith Zeitlberger, author of Fractures and Hinges
Spectrum Books. Pub Date: August 12, 2023 / 6 x 9 inches. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-1-915905-15-4. Paperback: $14.99 and $4.99 eBook. Cover design by Laury A. Egan. Illustration: iStock Photos.
A sixteen-year-old, solitary girl, Olivia, feels guilty about her younger brother’s death. Her mother, Evelyn, a glamorous woman and artist, silently blames her for the accident. They sojourn on the tropical island of St. Croix. Evelyn begins an affair with the charismatic hotel owner, and Olivia meets a mysterious Czechoslovakian widow, Sofiya, with whom she forges a bond when they recognize their mutual grief. After after a series of dramatic conversations, long-buried secrets are revealed. Two love affairs. 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.
“An engaging and well-written story of a young woman discovering the mysteries of human relationships, love, and adulthood. Set on a beautiful Caribbean island and peppered with references to characters, places, and events there, I felt like I was a confidant to the emotions and experiences of a friend.”—Lisa Cantrell, administrator, “St. Croix Memories”
“The novel is a heart-wrenching treatise of teen angst and relationships damaged by trauma, set in the beautiful and well-remembered Virgin Islands. It gently portrays how chance-met friends can help us to deal with adversity.”—J.A. Lordi (writing as Tinker Marne), author of Sunken Treachery
Heliotrope Books. Pub Date: September 15, 2022 / 6 x 9 inches. $17.00 paperback and $8.99 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.
“A psychological thriller that drops you in the middle of an intense relationship which turns disturbing…As the blissful honeymoon phase fades, the protagonist's concerns grow for whether she knows her lover at all. Laury Egan's descriptions will place you in the thick of Alex's world, wondering what will happen next. Be prepared for this story to burrow in your mind and set up shop. It will linger long after you finish reading.”—Jazzy Mitchell, author of Leveling Up
“… filled with twists, turns and roller-coaster drops, making the reading experience nothing short of captivating. When the narrative quickly picks up speed and goes from simple to complex, readers can’t look away. They have no choice but to turn pages late into the night.”—Women Using Words
Desert Palm Press. Pub Date: April 2, 2022 / 6 x 9 inches.230 pages. Paperback ($18.50) ISBN: 978-`95421-3227 and eBook ($7.50) ISBN: 978-195421-3234 (10% discount eBooks from publisher, code: 10DPP). 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).
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“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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