Ancient Chinese wisdom
secretly passed through handwritten fortunes
guides the lives of two strangers from different cultures.
The year is 1994 and California is in a recession. Michael Hamilton, formerly successful San Francisco advertising executive, has his world shattered when he gets laid off from work. To pull himself together and reinvent himself in middle age, he must overcome emotional obstacles and accept a broader, unconventional vision of reality. A secret mentor guides Michael through his troubles with handwritten fortunes.
Wu, the respected manager of the family-owned Good Fortune Chinese restaurant enjoys financial success. Once a loving husband and father, Wu is at odds with his aging father, Chow Lee Tong, the restaurant's bookkeeper and secret mentor who writes Michael's fortunes. Gradually, Wu neglects his wife and sons due to his non-stop attention to business. When he discovers what his father is doing, they argue bitterly.
The challenges Wu and Michael each face are like mirrored images of the Yin-Yang symbol—identical yet reversed. Good Fortune awaits them, but first they must discover happiness is less tied to outward goals than to inner awareness. Tong's gentle wisdom shows them the way.
You will love Tong's character and his life lessons in this charming, multicultural book.
VANILLA GRASS, a heartwarming tale of redemption.
Vietnam Veteran, John Carrows suffers from battle-induced PTSD. For decades he lives off the grid in self-imposed exile. His tortured life of nightmares and depression keeps him isolated, presumed dead.
By chance, some pot-smoking delinquent teens discover John is not only still living, but rich. They make a plan and attempt to rob him at gunpoint. John confiscates two loaded guns and takes them to the police station. His years of hiding and solitary lifestyle abruptly end, bringing him fresh problems.
One afternoon, the sound of whimpering wakes John from another nightmare. Outside, he finds an abused golden retriever puppy, a wounded soul like him. The bond they form is the catalyst to aid in healing John's deep psychological wounds. The shared trust and unconditional love with his dog lead John back to a life of meaning and service.
Dog lovers, parents, and veterans will want to read this inspirational book.
The sequel to GOOD FORTUNE
Growing conflicts between Sue Chow and her cruel mother-in-law, Ying, erupt just as Sue's marriage is heading toward divorce. When Ying gets injured and selfishly demands that Sue nurse her, their explosive situation becomes a scandal in San Francisco's Chinatown. Sue struggles between honoring ancient Chinese traditions, and asserting herself as a modern-day woman.
Unaware a business rival is devising an evil plot for revenge to ruin his reputation and business, San Francisco newlywed, Michael Hamilton, and his new bride, Jennie are honeymooning in Kauai. When he returns home, Michael faces bigger challenges than before.
Once again, Chinese culture and customs are in this book. A new spiritual character in Kauai brings in Hawaiian culture, too.
As in GOOD FORTUNE, the characters' lives interweave into a lovely story of love, sadness, joy, purpose, the hereafter, and life on earth. All the same beloved characters appear in this story as well as some new ones. Learn how Michael Hamilton completes his journey.
For fans of crime novels, melodrama and noir, WHITE DUNES features unsavory characters pitted against a resolute female detective.
Murder and violence are rife in the desert city of White Dunes, California, where gangsters run a seedy underworld of sex trafficking and vice. Detectives secretly record a conversation between a crooked judge and a hit man hired to murder two thugs. Police arrest both men, but the victims' bodies are missing, and the killer won’t confess. The case stalls when the judge dies in jail from a fatal “accident.”
When Serenity Bower arrives in White Dunes with her daughter and abusive partner, Bill, Serenity’s hope for a better life gets dashed when Bill becomes embroiled with the town’s gangsters. Days later, headlines announce the disappearance of a married couple.
As Detective Viola Hendricks investigates and pieces together clues about each incident, coincidence and fate uncover a bombshell. People’s lives on both coasts get changed in ways they could never have predicted.