Golden Years ?
Computer fraud, violence, car chases, highjacking, clandestine operations, fake identity and subterfuge are the stuff of a good action novel. When the protagonist is a one eyed, sixty-year-old, former exotic dancer with a band of nursing home malcontents, it contains the ingredients for a hilarious read.
Henneritta is sixty-one and looks eighty, but inside that wrinkled body is a teenager trying to get out. With the help of her five senior male malcontents, they plan an elaborate escape from Shady Acres nursing home. The plan involves a stockmarket scam, and it goes well until Henneritta is suspected of knifing her biker friend in the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. Her buddies help her breakout of the local hospital, and a millionaire yachtsman is a strange accomplice. It gets more complicated when the child she gave up for adoption thirty-five years ago decides she wants to find her real mom.
The FBI wants her, the DEA wants her, the police in Florida want her, and the daughter she left for adoption thirty-five years ago, wants her. Sixty-year-old Henneritta doesn’t care; she is going to have one last fling before she dies and takes along her band of nursing home malcontents.
Henneritta is the brains of the gang and Eric is the muscle. Buck is the con man and Sal is the instigator. Flaps is the pilot while Bernie provides the sanity check. Together they breakout of their nursing home, board a drug carrying yacht, evade the FBI and police from Key West, Florida to Washington, DC. And that is just the good news.
Mary Rosen has the moral code of a girl scout, a mind bordering on genius, and a body from heaven. Her life should be a fairytale, but the author is more Bram Stoker than Hans Christian Andersen.
Excerpt from Cinnamon Rose-- Mary heard the thump of heavy caliber bullets striking the truck. The side window glass blew in and a flash of white pain engulfed her. She reached for the door handle, but her hand wouldn’t move. Someone screamed in pain and it grew dark--.
In the dead of winter, with her infant son wrapped in a blanket, Mary makes her way from California to New York, and on to a new life.
Cinnamon Rose is the story of a woman’s unfailing courage.
Historical Fiction/The Fitzgerald Chronicles/92,000 words.
The Fitzgerald Chronicles is a mixture of adventure and discovery. In 1914, William W. Fitzgerald leaves his Florida home to become an aviator under the tutelage of the famous aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss. This journey takes William throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
William learns to fly in fragile machines and eventually joins the famous Lafayette Escadrille. He experiences the opulent wealth and life styles of the Morgans and the Vanderbilts. He also discovers the squalor of New York's cold-water flats, the excitement of Broadway, and the grandeur of the great hotels. In San Diego, he visits the Panama-California Exposition as it is being built. William flies over the site of the first Texas oil gusher. He experiences the horror of war and the pain of a broken heart.
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