A Lethal Legacy (2003) Ed Townsend yearns for acceptance by helping those around him. Allowing his cousin’s daughter, Kristina, to seduce him does not help him in his quest. However, Kristina is beyond saving as she plots to get her fair share of the Townsend family legacy. A Lethal Legacy, a psychological thriller, takes the reader on a journey through Ed’s discovery of why his family cannot find acceptance. Each of the characters suffers the consequences of living for others’ expectations. Gary Townsend struggles to admit his sexual preferences because he knows his father will never accept his son’s homosexuality. Kristina steals and even murders because she has never felt loved. And Ed Townsend believes he can save everyone in order to find acceptance from his family. It takes divorce, disease, and death for the protagonist to finally realize that acceptance only comes from within, once he is willing to face his true feelings.
Tortoise Stew (2006) Kelly Sands, a reporter in north Florida, finds a bomb on her desk the night she has covered a controversial annexation hearing in the small town of Calloway. Developers hope to build a movie studio and landing strip within the city limits. Dead armadillos and gopher tortoise carcasses are left as calling cards to those opposing the development as the commission meetings erupt into all-out warfare. With the murder of one commissioner in Calloway and the suicide of that commissioner’s wife, Kelly begins an investigation that threatens to topple the carefully laid plans of the developers and politicians. When a young girl is killed by a semi from Monster Mart, the environmentalists become even more vocal against the planned airstrip. Amidst it all, Kelly and her colleagues fight to maintain journalistic integrity while attempting to bring justice to the crazy world of Florida politics.