Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves? Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose. Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past? Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials-destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.
When Peter Arnold, a teen-age musical prodigy, collapses on the biggest night of his career, he receives crippling news and the prognosis is grim. While in a coma, Peter experiences dream-like flashbacks revealing his journey to piano stardom, and the people who have impacted his life, including Peter’s strange connection to a mystery woman who has haunted his dreams since his childhood. Peter’s life changes forever when the mystery woman steps forward with a secret that could open the door to everything he has been searching for, but first he has to overcome his fear and learn to trust her.
Two Lives… separated by millennia but nevertheless linked irrevocably. In their respective times, Raven and Mark embark on travels they can no longer avoid, crisscrossing the same ancient lands, although thousands of years apart.
Pregnant and seeking the Neanderthal man whose arm she’d healed, Raven faces her fear of being alone on the steppes. She begins crossing that grassy land-but a woman like Raven isn’t fated to be by herself for long.
In the future, Mark Hyatt takes his own journey when his uncle dies in the Levant. His travels place him firmly in the footsteps of his Neanderthal and Early Modern Human ancestors, as he struggles against the fate a wayward cousin has imposed. He’s a pawn in a cruel game, but when he encounters a woman being held prisoner in a cave, he seeks a way to save them both.
Peoples come and go, one group replacing another over time, and echoes from ancient events have always affected the future, but Mark and Raven discover that in certain environments echoes are able to bounce back and forth, blurring their origins.
To all appearances, Seth Tatton is a middle-of-the-pack attorney just keeping his head above water. But he has a side job, killing people for shadowy cabal of politicians, billionaires and military leaders. With each assignment, he learns more about their plot and their aims, and he grows more intrigued.
Even in his secret life, things are not what they seem, because there’s something inside of Seth. And it has big plans for him, plans that it and others like it have nursed for centuries. But when Seth is assigned to watch a troubled young woman, all of those plans fall into question.
WINDFALL was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.
“Colin Dodds is an American author of note – and one whose novels continue to reveal that he is likely to become one of our premiere writers. WINDFALL, while a mesmerizingly fascinating and addictive story, steps beyond the usual campfire-cum-barbershop tales spread around town or discussed in literary circles… (I) encourage those whose hunger for the new in writing will be stimulated to become submerged in this very contemporary landfall of a book. Colin Dodds has arrived.”
-Grady Harp, Literary Aficionado
“WINDFALL is not your typical political thriller. Dodds deftly weaves in a solid paranormal thread that explores ambition, myth and morality in an indifferent America without resorting to pulpit thumping or cardboard villains.”
-The New Podler Review of Books
Jim Monaghan really didn’t want to go back to Worcester, when sudden unemployment and his father’s surgery forced his hand. Drifting into a dubious ICU romance while he tends to his father, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau, who has problems of his own. Joe’s in a feud with a local gang, and his plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse. Nonetheless, Jim follows his friend into Worcester nights defined by drugs and violence. As the danger escalates, he makes a painful choice to try to save Joe. A book about the threshold of childhood and adulthood, about straddling the expectations of a fading industrial home and the attenuated promise of an information economy, about reconciling the love for a friend with self preservation, Another Broken Wizard is, above all, a portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts.
“… exceptionally vivid characters, a story which sneaks up on you at first, then gathers pace, and the book has tight writing which keeps you turning the pages right until the profoundly moving denouement. Simply put, Another Broken Wizard is brilliant. Read this book!”
-David Gaughran, author – A Storm Hits Valparaiso
“Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks… He runs through the streets of and takes the reader with him… capturing all of the said and unsaid… so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day.”
-Worcester Pulse Magazine
It’s a hell of an assignment: Five months on a New Mexico desert compound to cover what could be the next Jonestown. For one reporter, it could be a career-maker. But when a cult member close to him drowns herself, he flees, setting unimaginable events into motion.
From the author of the widely acclaimed novels Another Broken Wizard and What Smiled at Him comes The Last Bad Job-a book the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.”
Praise for The Last Bad Job
“No one has done the Apocalypse better! From the opening scene to the final shocking line, this book is full of gruesome twists, profound insights, and absolutely brilliant writing. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the past ten years.”
-Boston Literary Magazine
“The Last Bad Job is a fantastical trip… I absolutely loved it in a weird crazy way… the characters are what really pulled me into this book… a very realistic post-alcoholic breakdown journalist who is also very introspective and likable all at once… The writing is flawless and the irony of the story is just absolutely fabulous… Colin Dodds has picked up a new fan – I’m definitely going to go back and pick up his prior books and stay on the lookout for more!”
-Kathy LaMee, Tracyriva.com
The unheard from the West African Ebola crisis…
Tamba, later known as George, unveils his jaw-dropping story of surviving Ebola, which is an experience of virtual rebirth. It is astounding to know how he maintains his stamina to continue his journey along the rugged pathway of life as an Ebola survivor for the sake of the two sons left with him after the tragic death of his wife, Aminatta, and the daughter of Kumba, his first love.
This semifiction stretches the full length through the West African Ebola Crisis, revealing the unheard to its readers while challenging the belief that Ebola is new to West Africa.
Ultimately, Tamba wins his battle of life, and he says, “I want my story to be heard by the entire world. Life is a battle, which one has to fight even when in the jaws of defeat, and one can’t be selfish to give it up as it is for those whom we love and care for.”
After devastating family events, Scott Trundel clings to the last remnant of his former family life: an unrelenting passion for baseball. With no real athletic skills, Scott eventually embarks on a career as a baseball reporter at the turn of the millennium, when newspapers are quickly becoming relics and the information age threatens to make journalists extinct. Scott must rise above the rest to survive in the dying medium he loves. When Scott meets Cameron Dobson, he feels an inexplicable draw to the player most others now see as unremarkable. Cam was born with velocity in his arm and notoriety in his lineage. His skill is his one way out of his rural Pennsylvania hometown, where his last name is as dreaded as his fastball. To fully realize his talent, Cam must overcome a lifetime of unfulfilled expectation. Scott and Cam meet in the world of independent league baseball. Both looking for a shot at something bigger, they can only hope someone is taking notice of them and the new baseball team in blue collar Vineland, New Jersey.
An intense story of substance abuse and the devastation it causes to loved ones. Inspired by actual events.
POETRY: Falling into love, making mistakes, broken hearts, believing in love all over again; these are the emotions Lynda writes about. Black and white photography mixed with prose, edgy writing, and raw poetry fill the pages of Love Rehab.