Vietnam Vet, John Carrows has recurring nightmares induced by PTSD. He lives off the grid in self-imposed exile. Battling daily with violent war memories, John is forced out of hiding when pot-smoking teens fail at robbing him with a gun. An abandoned, abused puppy dumped outside John's cabin, is the catalyst to jumpstart healing decades of deep psychological and emotional wounds.
The town's kids latch on to John, who at first, has issues with his role as their mentor. To give the teens a self of purpose, John starts a program to rehabilitate problem teenagers. The Stray Dogs rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be comfort dogs. The teens become licensed handlers. Visiting wounded soldiers at the VA Hospital with the dogs gives the kids a much-needed shift in perspective.
This is a heartwarming story with some intense themes. Yet, in the end, you will feel inspired.
“Ancient Chinese wisdom
secretly passed through handwritten fortunes
guides the lives of two men from different cultures.”
Good Fortune is the tale of two men unknown to one another, connected by a shared source of enlightenment. Each overcomes adversity to achieve inner awareness through personal journeys of change.
Michael Hamilton, former successful San Francisco advertising executive, has his world shattered when he gets laid off from work. To pull himself together, he must overcome emotional obstacles and accept a broader, unconventional vision of reality. A secret mentor guides him through his troubles with handwritten fortunes.
Wu, the respected manager of the family-owned Good Fortune Chinese restaurant, enjoys financial security. Once a loving husband and father, he is at odds with his aging father, Chow Lee Tong, the restaurant's bookkeeper. Gradually, Wu neglects his wife and sons due to his non-stop attention to business.
Wu and Michael each face challenges that, like the mirrored images of the Yin-Yang symbol, are identical yet reversed. Good Fortune awaits them, but first they must discover happiness is less tied to outward goals than inner awareness. Tongs' gentle wisdom shows them the way.
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.