I am pleased to announce my newest novel, Jess, Surviving Normal as both a paperback and Kindle ebook. Although in the Young Adult genre, it is also intended for adults.
Moving from a tranquil small-town high school to a large inner-city one immediately puts a crimp in Jess Jemison’s style as well as his side. With his start delayed, it costs the sophomore a chance at the basketball team, and the notoriety that precedes him makes the acclimation process even more difficult. It’s not until he is befriended by two classmates that matters take a turn for the better—or do they? Gangs, family, sports and racial issues keep Jess and his new friends in a scramble as they deal with the day-to-day events of adolescence.
Jess, Dan-el and Jen, each in their own way, are smart and capable young people. Jess is reticent, shy and predictably naïve in his new setting, Dan-el is the portrait of a charismatic leader, and Jen is a steadying influence who knows what she wants and how to get it. Each is involved in sports: Jess in baseball, Dan-el in boxing, and Jen in basketball. If there is a common denominator in all that is diverse, it’s due to the strength of family.
Dead Man in a Lincoln is, of course, a mystery—a whodunnit. The story wraps around the Gregg family, each of whom plays a part in creating the mystery as well as solving it. Complications make the story a whydunnit when an organization seeking universal knowledge discovers some unsettling facts concerning the human condition.
Look for the historical recount of the Midwest and Vietnam War that make the characters what they are and influence what they do. There’s also a clear message that speaks to coexisting as a species, and another that expounds on the meaning of life that’s intended to be thought-provoking. It’s also a triple-decker love story and a reflection of my altruism.