Disaster stalks thirty-two year old Caroline Kelly from the first pages of Treachery in July. The story opens with Ron Kelly, suspicious of internal sabotage in his research facility, hurrying to secret a copy of his project in a downtown bank safe deposit vault. Before he can return home, he is struck and killed by a hit and run driver. Years later, his widow, Caroline Kelly, wakes from a recurring nightmare where her father rescued her from a fire as a toddler before he disappears from her life. She wonders why all the men in her life leave her, one way or another.
Caroline inherits Ron’s 51% of BioMed, a cutting edge scientific research center in mid Michigan. She also attempts to finish her husband’s weight loss project that has the potential to earn millions of dollars. Unfortunately, he had kept the details so secret, she will have to recreate his work if she can’t find his final papers. Ron’s death is the first of a string of unexplained accidents that plague Caroline. Before the story ends, she narrowly misses injury in a second hit and run accident, her house is ransacked and an intruder attacks her at work. Her research inexplicably disappears on a trip to Chicago in search of grant money, a reporter who exchanged costumes with her at the annual fundraiser is pushed over a railing, and Caroline almost dies in a house fire.
The people in her life all harbor secrets and some have apparent reasons to harm her. Mixed into the story are a romantic interest, a psychic friend, a nosy but caring elderly neighbor, a klutzy but loyal housekeeper, an uncomfortable friendship with a college classmate, a loving but unreliable brother, and the recurring appearance of a hauntingly familiar older man.
Complications arise as Caroline finally joins forces with the people in her life to uncover the secret Ron was so protective of, one that somebody else wants enough to turn to murder.
Presto Springs: A Magic Connection He chose to wait it out. His camera man was not so patient. Anxious to capture the image of this one gunman in futile pursuit of his enemy, Tom Greene crept forward, knees bent, camera hugged closely to his chest. This video would definitely win an award for his reporting team. Two steps, then he stopped. He stood up slowly, moving his head from side to side, scanning the bombed out skeletons of buildings across the road. He searched for a safe place. A hiding hole. There was nothing large enough to cover him. Just desolation as far as he could see.
Thus begins the story of Brent Wilson and Stacey Richmond, two lonely individuals suffering from past traumas, whose lives intersect in Presto Springs, a town known for magic endings. Brent Wilson, an investigative reporter for ISN and an established television personality, built a national reputation with his aggressive reporting of tragedies in the latest international hot spots. He is called home suddenly when his five year old daughter becomes deathly ill, in need of a kidney transplant to save her life. Recently widowed and unable to sleep at night due to a recurring nightmare of his cameraman’s death in Beirut, Brent spends his time at his daughter Kaitlyn’s hospital bed, for the first time in his life wishing he was not alone in his vigil.
Meanwhile, Stacey Richmond, a young professor at the University of New Hampshire, covers the hurt from the earlier death of her baby with a regimented life and an icy exterior. A controlling mother with a secret of her own had pushed her into becoming a college professor, teaching bored college freshmen instead of becoming a photo journalist as she planned. After an eye-opening conversation with Jeanne Mann, a long time friend and college roommate, she gives into her unsettled feelings and makes a decision. She resigns her teaching position to spend the summer at Jeanne’s Lake Michigan cottage before striking out on a more satisfying career.
Another major character appears, Dr. Miles Winchester, whose radio broadcasts provide background to the action in both Durham and Presto Springs.
On her way west, Stacey takes an impulsive, but life-altering detour to Presto Springs, Jeanne’s hometown. After her tiny sports car crashes during a sudden summer thunderstorm, she lies unconscious at the bottom of a ravine, where Brent rescues her just moments before her car explodes. It is not long before she falls completely for Brent and develops an immediate connection with Kaitlyn, slowly becoming an important part of their lives.
Meanwhile, Miles Winchester, hoarding a secret of his own, travels from Boston to Presto Springs, after he hears a broadcast attempting to locate the family of an amnesia victim he believes he recognizes. He masquerades as Michael Reynolds, brother to the woman known as Stephanie, in an undercover attempt to assess the liability Stacey could present to his new national reputation as a guardian of the nation’s morality.
Brent inherits the town newspaper from his uncle under the condition that he agrees to live in Presto Springs and run the paper for one year. As the year ends, the people of Presto Springs try to convince Brent to make his home in their town by presenting him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in return for the grants he has raised. As an added enticement, the college president offers him a job as an adjunct professor in the journalism department. Overhearing a conversation, Stacey discovers Brent has received a job offer from CNN, one which would take him back on the dangerous international circuit and away from her.
The mysteries continue as Stacy and Brent face more conflict and make extraordinary efforts to uncover family secrets and support each other in the magical town of Presto Springs.
Presto Springs: A Magic Flame
A Magic Flame is a follow up to our first in the Presto Springs series, A Magic Connection. This time, the focus turns to temporary town resident and country music star Krystal. While on top of the charts, she performs at the LA Staples Center and is stalked by an unbalanced fan. To her disbelief, she and her manager are injured in a disfiguring chemical attack. Forced into hiding by the FBI, she flees to Presto Springs, a magical town where few knew she had spent so much time.
While trying to live unobtrusively in the cottage left to her by her adopted grandmother, she turns to writing music instead of performing. Soon after her secret arrival, she accidentally meets handsome Jason Lawrence and his young niece Claire, recently blinded in an accident that killed her parents. The attraction to Jason is immediate, but a wary Krystal starts to wonder if she should pursue this flaming romance or protect herself and those she cares about.
Her indecision escalates when she realizes danger has followed her to the peaceful town she where she thought she would be safe. How is she to know who is a true friend and who is a possible threat to her? A former love, his jealous wife, her manager, a college friend, even townspeople all become suspects as she faces both personal and professional crises.