Madison Morina, college professor, meets Sal at the college’s pep rally. They hit it off, but Madison still has her doubts regarding their relationship.
Shari Stafford, a clairvoyant, hairdresser, finds love when she hires a carpenter to do renovations on her house. She has a special gift of reading minds.
Private Investigator Cassie Scott has an on and off relationship with Dennis. When family secrets are revealed, her life is changed forever.
Bad boy Angelo Esposito sweeps Fay Odina off her feet. He has a dead wife and an ex-wife, along with a secret past and an agenda. Angelo finds his perfect mark in Fay, who owns the family Vintage Clothing Shop.
Despite her friends’ warnings that she is in imminent danger, she runs off and marries Angelo. It’s up to the girls to juggle their own relationships and dig deeper into Angelo’s past.
Four friends, four lives intertwined together.
Angelo pulled his truck over a few blocks away, but changed his mind, driving off his route to Great Kills Beach. This was the perfect place. Plenty of women walked around in bikinis, with bodies he would love to devour. He was always lucky down here. Women loved men in uniform. They got excited every time he unzipped his pants and his stiff dick shot out. Those were the days he had run around commando. Now that he had Fay, he had to wear old-fashioned white briefs so she didn’t get suspicious.
On his dashboard, under his delivery gun, lay the mail he took off Fay’s counter. Flicking through envelopes, he pulled out her bank statement along with a credit card bill. A wicked smile appeared on his face as he opened the bank statement.
He gasped in shock as he looked at the total on the bottom of the sheet—two hundred and twenty-seven thousand dollars and fifty-two cents. Boy did he hit the jackpot. This broad not only had money, but also adored him. On further examination of the bank statement, it read as a business account meaning there had to be a personal bank statement lurking around.
He knew what he had to do. He’d have to snoop around and see where she kept her business and personal files, a feat that shouldn’t be hard to do. He had no doubt in his mind that Fay had fallen in love with him. Why wouldn’t she? His charm had always swept women off their feet, except for his ex-wife. She never trusted him enough to leave him everything. But in the end, it worked out in his favor.
As soon as he told Fay he was a widower, that his wife Julie died in a car accident, she was sympathetic and attentive to all his needs. She cooked for him every night, bought him clothes, knickknacks and volunteered to clean his house. Oh yes, he had found the perfect suitor for all his needs.
No matter how tired she was after a long day at the shop, she would still sexually take care of him. A weekly dinner satisfied her need of appreciation. The little display made her happy as he slowly wangled his way into her life.
The only thing that could possibly stand in his way was her daughter Heather. He saw the way she questioned her mother every time he was over. Heather always found a reason to call Fay into the other room or had a last minute errand that needed to be done. She would be the one person who could ruin what he was trying to achieve with Fay.
Get a grip on yourself, Angelo old boy. You can’t lose control like you did with your dearly departed. There had to be a way to win Heather’s trust. He would have to think of ways to woo a sixteen year old. He needed her on his side. Maybe, he would buy her the new cell phone she’d been whining about. Damn, she whines just like her mother.
Standing up, he walked to the back of the truck. He had seen a cell phone carrier box back there earlier. He maneuvered all the boxes around until he located it. Of course it wound up in the bottom of the pile.
He opened the box and inside was two boxes. Clinching his hand, he bellowed, “Score.” This was a dream come true. Not one cell phone, but two! It was the perfect gift for the biggest whiner.
“Let’s see,” he said picking up his signature pad. He would make it a point to pass by the house, make sure they weren’t home, and then forge their signature on a first attempt sheet giving permission for the package to be left. The little inconvenience was the perfect way to steal merchandise without getting caught. “What a total financial genius you are man!”
It was a shame Julie gave him a hard time about their finances. He couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t put his name on the bank book and checking account. Why did she need total control of the money?
When Julie’s parents passed away, they left her their one and a half million dollar house and close to two million dollars in a bank account in her name. Why was Julie so cheap with her money that she made him get a second job to pay for her extravagant lifestyle? What a bitch she was! She got exactly what she deserved. In the end, that was no gain for him. Instead, the hag wound up costing him money.
He couldn’t believe he pulled it off. All it took was a drug addict and five thousand dollars for the job to be done. When the police came to his house telling him his wife was killed in a fatal car accident, he put on the charade of his life. Boy, he’d been so convincing.
After an extensive investigation, the case was closed. A few weeks later, he contacted her attorney for the reading of the will. He made certain he wasn’t in a rush and played the grieving widower to the hilt. What he didn’t know was that he was going to be in for the shock of his life.
Upon the reading of the will, he had everything mapped out. He planned on selling the three bedroom ranch house her parent’s had given them as a wedding present and investing in a penthouse apartment in Manhattan. Then, he would put in his two week notice and live off Julie’s money.
Wrong. According to her will, upon her death, all medical bills incurred by her disabled nephew and her sister were to be paid one hundred percent. She left him twenty thousand dollars. The deed to their house was in her sister’s name.
By the time he walked out of the attorney’s office, his tears weren’t for the loss of his wife, but for his own stupidity for not researching the contents of the will. That’s why this time, he would play his cards right. He’d wine and dine Fay and, if necessary, marry her. As long as she took care of everything financially, there would be no reason for any untimely disasters.
With Fay, he didn’t have anything to worry about. Women like her kissed the ground he walked on. She was so insecure that she would do anything not to lose him. Oh yes, he definitely made the right decision when he asked her out on a date a week after he was reassigned to her route.
Karen is an author, poet and former journalist. “Life as a writer is fun, adventurous and can also be quite rewarding”. Her years of being a freelance journalist at The Staten Island Register were some of her best. The afternoon, she received her newspaper and saw her article on the front page…well let’s just say that the whole neighborhood herd her yelling in the middle of the street.
I’ve been writing since I’m fourteen years old. I started my career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for the high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of The Dolls, I knew I found my niche. I wanted to write women’s fiction. I wrote my first book during the summer before I started college.
My daily walks down at the boardwalk is what gets my muse going. It clears my mind and helps me find realistic plot ideas and characters boosting up my muse. I love writing about local places that people can relate too. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories.
Finding love and happiness is what keeps you alive inside, having it is what life’s all about. It’s strange but some days love comes easy, others you have to work hard at it. I’d rather have it come easy, but it’s on those hard days that I built characters.
The world is at our fingertips. Dream, imagine and love.
Karen is a single mom living in Staten Island with her two children, Michael and Nicole, along with three cats. Secret Cravings Publishing published her debut novel Roses in April 2012 and The Boardwalk in June 2012. Mystical Wonders – Circle of Friends is the first book of a four book series.
Roses April 2012 by Secret Cravings Publishing
The Boardwalk June 2012 by Secret Cravings Publishing
Mystical Wonders – Circle of Friends April 2013 by SCP
Mystical Wonders – Second Chances May 2013 by SCP