Our Books – 2017 Releases

Salt of Patriots

Choke

Your life is a lie.
The past you remember isn’t yours.
There is no one to trust.

Kerry Stine’s plan to rebuild her life goes into freefall when a patient vanishes from San Francisco General Hospital on her watch, thrusting her down a rabbit hole that leads to a past from which she can no longer escape. Fired, frantic, and running from the police, she trusts no one and every step pushes her further away from logic and reality.

Three thousand miles away, scientist Adrian Calhoun has developed a cigarette that cures lung cancer, and he’s hell bent on distributing his miracle cure before the pharmaceutical mafia gets to him first. Kidnapped by his pursuers, he is held prisoner in exchange for the chemical formula to his invention. His redeemer holds the key to not only his life, but Kerry’s as well. And when the threads finally intertwine, Kerry discovers that what she and Adrian Calhoun have in common will return to her pieces of her past that she never knew she’d lost.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Salt of Patriots

Escape From Bliss

“We spent our childhoods together. He broke my heart when he married another girl, eight years after I took his hand. We never lost our love, but we lost touch. We traveled together, we lived and our souls died together, a thousand times. The fire always burned.”

Elizabeth has loved Danny since she first laid eyes on him. But she has never had the opportunity to truly love him except in stolen, illicit moments, all too few in their separate lives. Now he is old and dying and in a retirement home and hating it.

Elizabeth is going to break him free.

In this passionate story of a lifelong love, adultery and dreams of what should have been, Jacob Lucas Luciano captures emotions that do not fade with age.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Salt of Patriots

Just Like Fred Astaire

All Johnny Manno wants to do is dance and drive his car. But his son Michael worries because Johnny keeps wrecking the car and those young women he hangs with could be taking advantage of the old man. But getting the keys away from Johnny or telling him who he should hang with is another matter.

Johnny knows his son means well, but ol’ Johnny can take care of himself. He’s only had a few fender benders and they weren’t even his fault. And Michael should stop telling him who to be friends with ‒ those young girls weren’t taking advantage of him or involving him in selling drugs. Michael just needs to worry about his own family.

But Michael is in the middle of the generation sandwich ‒ worried about his family, his kids and their problems in school, his struggling business, and his dad, who likely will wipe out entire families with his car, if he doesn’t go to jail first from hanging around that Cindi and Maria or burn down his apartment.

Still, Johnny keeps dancing with the ladies, teaching everyone something along the way, even if he is not always in perfect step.

Published June 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Salt of Patriots

Salt of Patriots

In a rural Ohio uranium processing plant during the optimistic, buttoned-up 1950s, employees pledge to keep their work secret – even from their own families – as Cold War fervor wanes in the face of what they’re doing and at what cost. But these guys are no whistleblowers. Happy being the highest-paid chemical operators in the state, they dream of a better life for their children, along with their friends and co-workers, and proceed with optimism and fear, full of yearning emblematic of families in the 1950s and the rising middle class. These “Cold Warriors” work dependable jobs in the face of atomic risk, emboldened by pride leavened with fear.

This story of family, of expectations and disappointments, pledges and pain, love and dreams and desire, remembers a place, an industry, and most of all an innocent trust in superiors, and in the world, which no longer exists.

Published February 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

Poisoned Tears

Poisoned Tears

Retired Dallas private investigator Alan Knox dislikes New Orleans so much he won’t even drink Abita, the local beer. It all goes back to the day his knee and his promising pro football career were wrecked in a Superdome game with the Saints. But when his estranged son calls and asks for help finding a missing fianceé, the guilt-ridden Texan heads for the Big Easy where he soon finds himself in trouble up to the tops of his snakeskin boots.

What starts off as a missing person case turns into a hunt for a serial killer who uses exotic poisonous animals to dispatch his victims. Painfully aware he can’t go it alone, Knox joins forces with an over-the-hill journalist and an unfriendly police detective as he navigates the dark streets and seedy bars in search of his prey.

Published January 2017
Available at Amazon and Smashwords.
2.99 USD

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