Publication Date: December 2013
Second novel in the AMERICAN NOMAD series. Jewel and his family board the 1950's luxury liner Lurline for the continuation of their journey to Territorial Hawaii and island living; first at Hickam Air Force Base on the banks of Pearl Harbor, then into the suburb of Pearl City before moving to the lush sugar cane fields of Aiea Heights. Jewel learns to surf Waianae and Barber's Point, roams the bustling streets of Waikiki and struggles when his beloved brother moves to a boarding school on another island.
Publication Date: August 2013
A photojournalist on assignment for a major publication takes a picture of a stately Victorian home and captures the image of an attractive, turn-of-the-century young minister who begins to haunt every picture she takes anywhere in the world. Caitlin Meyers is drawn deeper into her nightmare and compelled, for her sanity, to unravel the mystery of why the apparition of the holy man is obsessed with following her. Her journey reveals a centuries-old murder mystery and the evil souls that will not rest until more lives are lost or the ghosts are finally put to rest.
Publication Date: July 2014
Brooklyn Bishop is on a mission. She's a successful businesswoman living an idyllic life with a beautiful Polynesian in a plantation home nestled against the rainforest of Maui's north coast. But she's compelled to find four men who committed a horrible crime. Her journey will be dangerous, even life-threatening. Further complicating Brooklyn's life is an ambitious writer who is determined to find her and unravel the mystery behind her obsession. LUNA is a story filled with the raw beauty, sights and sounds of exotic Island locations. This novel is as sexually provocative as FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and has a female protagonist as dynamic as THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. A must read!
WARNING: Explicit sexual content. Intended for mature, adult readers.
Publication Date: January 2013
The late 1950s defined America for a post-war generation. Tract housing was devouring farmland, and rock and roll music was dividing the generations. Disneyland, transistor radios, automobiles and televisions were molding a new American culture, and highways like Route 66 were transforming the country into a nomadic society.
Jewel’s family was moving too, from one military duty station in the Azores to another on the shores of Waikiki, but they had to traverse the American continent to get there. Loaded into the family’s new Chevy Nomad station wagon, they began their three-week journey across an undulating tapestry of quirky relatives, motor hotels, blossoming gas stations, chrome-plated diners, national parks, and the turbulent emotions swirling around their own family.
Writing in his Big Chief tablet, seven-year old Jewel documented their coast-to-coast trip, not realizing that he would change faster than the landscape rushing past his window. Along the way, he’d discover a father with god-like strength and authority, who spared no rods and captained the Nomad like a disciplined soldier, and a porcelain mother who threatened to shatter at the slightest bump in the road. Older brother Charlie was a compass to be admired and revered, but never followed. Deep in the soil of his family, Jewel found his roots and learned to appreciate cousins in ways he’d never imagined. He'd also forge his own rules about life and love and family values at a time when it mattered most.
Now, introspective about the journey, Jewel reflects on the outcome of the events and people who were part of the AMERICAN NOMAD. Where did the road ultimately lead everyone? Did they survive into the future with him, or did fires of their own making consume them, and has time given Jewel greater understanding about the events of that single month in the summer of 1957? AMERICAN NOMAD has delightful humor, haunting images of sadness and powerful expressions of love.
Publication Date: July 2017
It began with three women, bound by a goal to find and destroy four men. Beautiful Momi was the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands who kept the Maui plantation home a sanctuary for the enigmatic and deadly, Brooklyn Bishop, who they called ‘Luna’, the leader. Five years ago, their mission accomplished, and to protect her friends, Luna leapt from a cliff into an angry ocean. Better that she died, she’d decided, so that the people she loved did not suffer for her sins. But sins never die. They rise from the ashes like a north shore swell, climbing to dizzying heights to thunder down onto the innocent. The elusive Madame B., a computer genius, is compelled to step from the shadows to deal with the unexpected consequences of Luna’s carnage. The journey begins when the enchanting Momi offers up a traditional Island prayer to the heavens, a ‘Song for the Soul’ in honor of her beloved, only to start a chain of interrelated events that lead to the highest pinnacle of political power, murder and mystery. A cell phone buzzes on an isolated beach in Australia, a familiar voice answers and the person is pulled out of hiding. Old friends and enemies come together once more to solve a senseless murder, and bring evil to its knees in a raw and violent way.
SONGS FOR THE SOUL will take the reader on a journey from the shores of Hawaii to the halls of the nation’s Capital. Political intrigue and a quest for revenge converge in a final, explosive confrontation.
SONGS FOR THE SOUL is the second novel in the Brooklyn Bishop series.
Projected Publication Date: Stay tuned
Third novel in the AMERICAN NOMAD series. This is the story of Jewel's beloved brother and his transformative years at Lahainaluna boarding school on the island of Maui. The story is told through the eyes of Abe Kelekolio. Abe lives alone in a cottage on the beach. His only visitor is Kai, his neighbor's granddaughter. The child brings Abe a letter from the Mainland. A stranger named Jewel want to meet with him and ask questions about the HAOLE. It's the subject Abe never wants to revisit. At one time the HAOLE was nothing, less than nothing, and then he was everything. Abe meets with Jewel and the story of his life and relationship with the HAOLE unravels. MY HAOLE BROTHER is inspired by the true story of the first four-year HAOLE boarder graduate of Maui's famed LAHAINALUNA High School. Racial unrest and a war in Southeast Asia are tearing the country apart, and the assassinations of King and Kennedy cause many to question the moral fabric of a nation. In this disruptive time of the 1960's, a white boy checks into a dormitory at a boarding school where racial prejudice and violence directed at HAOLES has existed for a hundred and thirty-five years. Against incredible odds, the HAOLE survived, found his family and rose above his physical scars. Abe recounts the remarkable story of the HAOLE'S history-making life.
Publication Date: April 2013
It all begins when Max Rosen comes home to Cottonwood. Years ago he couldn’t escape the provincial world of his hometown fast enough, but time and fame as an award-winning novelist have taught him that he may have left his one true inspiration behind, and her name is Erika Morgan. Cottonwood was where Erika’s life began and where she was certain it would end. In time, convinced that Max would never return, she put aside her love for him and married into a prominent local family with old money.
With his career stalled and haunted by 'what ifs', Max is pulled by emotional gravity back to the one person who inspired his love of writing. Does Cottonwood really hold keys to unlocking his sadness, or is he just living out a fantasy from one of his fictional romances? Given a second chance to follow your heart, can you make the right choice, or are you bound to accept what fate has provided for your life?
Textbook Publication Date: 2011 (Edition 2)
Major additions to the first edition. Still an easy to read, comprehensive textbook for both majors and non-majors. Focus expands on the basics of the discipline, offering a solid understanding of the history, theory, and application of the art of theatre. A major theme of how the different aspects of theatre arts are applicable to anyone's life, regardless of educational and professional aspirations continues in this second edition. Expanded glossary and index enhances this updated edition to the original textbook.
Theatre Arts covers the following in a logical approach:
Textbook Publication Date: 2009 (Edition 1)
An easy to read, comprehensive textbook for both majors and non-majors. It offers a basic, solid understanding of the history, theory, and application of the art of theatre. Many of the different aspects of theatre arts are applicable to anyone's life, regardless of educational and professional aspirations.
Theatre Arts covers the following in a logical approach: