The Forgetting Flower
“Superb characters and alluring prose make for a truly exceptional read.” –Kirkus Reviews
Renia Baranczka is living the life she always hoped for in Paris. She manages a chic plant shop though her rarest plant is locked away and not for sale. Its flowers emit a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory. She can’t just destroy it, she promised her mentally unstable sister she wouldn’t. But one day, when Renia’s favorite client turns up dead, she realizes the plant may be more dangerous than she thought and without her client’s business, the shop can no longer stay afloat. So when a shady character from her past appears with a nefarious proposal, Renia does what she’d pledged she’d never do: sell the flowers for cash. As Renia navigates the underworld of blackmarket mobsters, she must fend off unwanted advances, physical abuse, and intimidating threats until finally, she must fight not only to save the plant, but her sister, and ultimately, herself.
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Song of the Tree Hollow
Vero Leclaire has moved back home to care for her sick cat Sophie while her mom is in rehab. But after Sophie dies from a heart attack and is revived by a vet, she leads Vero to a tree hollow where a strange humming emanates. Unsure whether the tree is haunted or she’s imagining things, Vero goes on a quest to solve the puzzle, finding an exotic fern, a Native medallion, and an old cassette tape, which together unravel the truth about her dark family history. In the end, Vero must battle not only her penchant for living in the past but save her mom before she dies at the hands of the person who knows what’s buried beneath the tree.
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Harvesting the Sky
(Semi-finalist, Del Sol First Novel Prize Competition, 2016)
American Andre Damazy is an experienced botanist. He can grow any plant so when he gets the opportunity to propagate a rare medicinal apple, he jumps on the chance. The issue’s personal for him since his mother had a stroke and he knows if he can bring this apple to the public, thousands of ill people will be healed. But a stranger constantly thwarts Andre’s work: stalking him, spraying his trees, intimidating him through effigies and notes. While Andre doesn’t understand why anyone would do this, he suspects it’s related to a previous project during his teenage years when an old woman died. Now, he has to push on, despite the stranger’s beliefs, so he can not only bring this curative apple to the world, but redeem himself for his past mistakes.