Tragedy strikes when Captain Terese Beuren’s ship The Manatee is shot down near the defunct mining planet of Terran B in the asteroid belt. Shocked by immediate loss and cruelty, Terese finds herself unexpectedly invaluable to the people enslaved on the planet.
Jacob has been there since the beginning and hasn’t given up, even after nine years below ground. Lilly has lost everything, except her determination to escape. Once they realize what Terese is, they bring her into their confidence. She might be their only way off planet, if she survives what their captors have in mind.
Sara and Michael follow each other through an ordinary landscape, hunting demons that only she can find and he…consume. Facing a series of struggles, they both seek to reconcile their supernatural calling with their regular lives.
It’s 1892 and successful solicitor and confirmed bachelor, Robert Ames, receives a final letter from his estranged brother. Jonathan begs him to leave his comfortable London home and emigrate to the town of Augustine, Grenada and the care of a young woman, Miss Julianne Hughes. Before he can request details, his brother dies and his only choice is to answer the call. Questions about her sanity, her position in society and his role in it all arise. The locally esteemed asylum manager, Dr. Cornelius Stenon, is doing everything he can to return Julianne to the asylum under his control. Despite mounting tension, Robert must discover whether Julianne’s actions are those of a mad woman or just a woman tired of societal constraints who has been pushed beyond the limits of any human mind. Against the backdrop of the Caribbean, he has to decide for himself what he believes and how it will change both their lives.
Within the walls of The Red Rose, the city’s youth is lured by music, art and love. Nila struggles with PTSD and is recovering from an abduction everyone seems to doubt. Serene, a lost artist, finds encouragement in a stranger’s smile and escape from a different kind of expression. These stories explore the power of love and art in the search for truth.
This speculative fiction trilogy with romantic elements, starts with An Expensive Retreat, featuring Nadine, a medic, in the only city on Mars. When the death of Earth’s president leads to a lockdown of the red planet, Nadine is forced into a leadership role. Sven, the mine owner’s son, is accidentally left behind but what he discovers on the planet will change him forever. Uncomfortable Truths is a fast-paced suspense that takes us off the desert planet and deep into the political intrigue of a future Earth. Two years after restoring contact with Earth, Nadine is tightly involved in the continuing struggles of Mars but what she discovered in the hospital still haunts her. That and the continued silence of the one man she loves take her to Earth. In A Family Affair, we go back to Mars with Nadine and Sven, freshly reunited and trying to find their way in the new city. Those who stalked their steps on Earth can’t let them walk away this easily and won’t let planetary boundaries stop them. Stranded in the desert she loves, Nadine must come to terms with her own past and what she wants for the future, her family and community.
Soon to be a debut author, Emily Dorais leaves her comfortable life in Toronto, travelling to London to meet her publisher. This is a chance at a new kind of life. She meets her contact at Whallen Publishing and the attraction is instant. He’s got everything she’s ever wanted in a man…except for his wife.
Ennis McAllister has what seems to be an ideal life with a good job in publishing and the perfect wife. He’s in a loveless marriage but many people are. He can’t imagine anything better. Then his latest signed author walks into his office and everything changes.
Freshly reunited, Nadine and Sven go back to Statlear. Trying to find their way in the new city, they’re both working towards justice for those injured or killed during The Abandonment. But despite Louise and Venshultz’s admissions, there are others who stalked their steps on Earth and can’t let them walk away that easily. They might not even let planetary boundaries stop them. Luckily, Captain Lang is there to support their search, despite what everyone else thinks of him.
Kidnapped by those who want a different looking Mars, Nadine finds herself stranded in the desert she loves, forced to come to terms with her own past and what she wants for the future, her family and community. Faced with betrayal and loss in her tightknit community, she discovers that some things are clearer in the barren spaces of Mars.
On Earth, Lorne Michaels has been arrested and Sven, accompanied by Hans, has to go back. It looks like Earth might finally expect the family to take some responsibility. Michstad seems willing, under certain conditions, but they’re never completely honest.
Can Sven and Nadine navigate the ties of tragedy, history and family in this culmination to their story?
Book Three of the Pure Red Sand series
Uncomfortable Truths takes us off the desert planet and deep into the political intrigue of a future Earth.
Two years after restoring contact with Earth, Nadine is tightly involved in the continuing struggles of Mars. The bodies she’d discovered in the hospital still haunt her dreams and waking hours. A search for resolution and the continued silence from the one man she loves take her to Earth.
Sven is still being watched after finally being released from forced therapy. He can’t reach anyone on Mars and is doing everything he can to earn his way back to the desert planet. As all of his messages go unanswered he desperately hopes they haven’t forgotten him. Then Nadine is there on Earth and things begin to make a horrible kind of sense.
Together, they move forward in their search for the guilty parties. Powerful people are as desperate for secrecy as they are to find answers. As one person after another confesses, Nadine and Sven begin to wonder if they’ll ever find the truth.
Book Two of the Pure Red Sand series
Nadine has a good life for herself on Mars. She has a job as a medic, doing what she wants and was promised for. Then Earth abandons its colony on Mars without any notice, at least to the common population. Sven, the mine owner’s son, has reluctantly given up a difficult career path to join the family business. He’s travelled to Mars on his first inspection trip and it promises to be a tedious visit. Then he’s forgotten in the frantic departure from the planet. For the first time, he has a chance to build his own future.
Nadine and Sven are among the thousands abandoned on Mars. While trying to help the abandoned colonists, Nadine makes a grisly discovery in the hospital that will haunt her for years to come. As they endeavour to escape imminent starvation they encounter unexpected alliances and budding romances.
An Expensive Retreat is the first book in the Pure Red Sand series and begins Nadine and Sven’s story.