A literary suspense designed like a musical crescendo, with a lyrical beginning that propels into a dramatic ending. Leslie Chase, a young and impoverished composer, receives a grant and use of a beautiful ocean-side Maine house from her patron so she may complete her first opera. As she struggles with loneliness and bleak winter snowstorms, Leslie meets a handsome but troubled man, Matti, and becomes enmeshed with him and his enigmatic relationship with her benefactor, Winston. When three opera singers visit, one of them, Sasha, begins to flirt with Leslie, evoking Leslie’s sexual ambivalence and traumatic memories of an affair between her mother and another woman that inspired the choice of 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. In addition to the quickening plot, the novel illuminates the doubts, fears, and exhilaration inherent in the creative process; the social disconnection many artists feel; and the difficulty of balancing the pursuit of art versus love.
Literary Wanderlust, LLC / Pub Date: 2021-2 / 5.5 x 8.5 inches, pages to come. $00.00 Paperback, $0.00 eBook. Available from: Literary Wanderlust: [link to come], Amazon: [link to come]. Signed copies from the author Cover design by Laury A. Egan (photograph courtesy of Shutterstock)
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 Andersen, 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. He has lost his job, parted from his girlfriend, and expects to take care of his mother, though he has been neglectful up to now. Encountering Stephen, Nathan becomes jealous and demands that Bess cease all physical relations. Arguments ensue, and Bess perceives how little she knows her son or Stephen Andersen.
Heliotrope Books / Pub Date: April 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: [link to come]. Signed copies from the author Cover design by Laury A. Egan (photograph courtesy of 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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