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Spotlight Read Reviews and Excerpts from Spotlight

On January 6, 1972, ten-year-old Devin O'Keefe takes part in a peaceful demonstration march through the Catholic ghetto of Bogside, Northern Ireland—never suspecting that the demonstration is doomed to become Bloody Sunday, and that he will watch the British Army kill his brother along with twelve other defenseless marchers. Wounded in the arm himself, Devin vows revenge on his British oppressors—and steps into a cycle of violence that will leave him with a shattered family and an empty heart.

Eighteen years later, Devin has become an earnest rock-n-roller who uses his songs to relate the horrors he's seen to an international audience of millions. His American tour photographer, Fonda Blayne, is falling in love with him—but she has no idea that his brooding silences may be rooted in a very real danger. Devin hopes that he's left the violence of his homeland in the past—but some very powerful and deadly forces are hoping to take advantage of his life in the spotlight...

Contemporary Women's Fiction by Carole Bellacera; originally published by Forge Books

May 14, 2011
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Belgrave House 2000
Fictionwise March 2008

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August 2001
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-812-56158-6
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July 2000
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-312-87451-3
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Border Crossings Read Reviews and Excerpts from Border Crossings

Kathy O'Faolain is an American woman who seems to have it all—a loving husband, a satisfying job helping troubled teens, and an adorable young son. She lives happily with her Irish husband, Pearse, in Dublin—but her life is forever changed when Pearse's brother is murdered by Protestant terrorists in Northern Ireland. When Pearse feels obligated to return home to the north and take over his brother's role as a Republica activist, Kathy's life is turned upside down. Struggling to understand the hate that plagues this troubled land, she watches the violence creep closer and closer to the people she loves—and soon she must make a heartbreaking choice between her husband and her son's future.

Border Crossings is the story of an American woman, Kathy O'Faolain, happily married to Pearse, an Irish professor at Trinity College. Life in Dublin is good for the O'Faolain family until Pearse receives word that Protestant extremists have murdered his brother, a Sinn Fein councilor in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Kathy's ordered life falls apart when relatives convince Pearse to return to his family home in Enniskillen and take over his brother's work in the Republican cause. Kathy, with her young son, Sean, must adapt to life in a violent society, and by doing so, finds her personality changing in ways that are both positive and negative.


Border Crossings
May 14, 2011
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March 2000
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-812-57573-6
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March 1999
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-312-86858-1
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon Read Reviews and Excerpts from East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Leigh Fallon, wife of a Congressman, has everything but what she craves most--love from a man who sees her as more than an attractive ornament. Erik Haukeland, a charismatic Norwegian thirteen years her junior, can read her artist's soul. But Leigh remains true to her twenty-year marriage-until she discovers her husband's affair. Turning to Erik for solace, she destroys her marriage, estranges her children--and ultimately discovers hidden strength and courage.

Contemporary Women's Fiction by Carole Bellacera; originally published by Tor


Can you ever justify cheating on your husband?

This is the question that Leigh Fallon is faced with when she learns that her marriage to Congressman Bob Fallon is not as honest as she's always assumed. It feels like Bob has been all but ignoring her, except to criticize, and Leigh finds herself helplessly drawn to Erik, the twenty-something Norwegian exchange student who's staying in their home. When she finds proof that Bob has been spending his free time in the arms of his beautiful, young Capitol Hill secretary, Leigh decides that "enough is enough" and allows herself to begin a relationship with Erik.

Little does she know that her affair with the young Norwegian will change her life forever, setting in motion a series of events that bring tragedy, anguish, and ultimately a discovery of hidden strength and courage.


EAST OF THE SUN, WESTS OF THE MOON                                            
May 14, 2011
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July 2002
Tor Books
ISBN 978-0-765-34029-0
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September 2001
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-765-30079-9
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Understudy Read Reviews and Excerpts from Understudy


Robin Mulcahey has always dreamed of being a big-time actress. As a college student, she took endless drama classes and finally snagged the lead of Maggie in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, six years later, she’s one of the country’s hottest soap-opera stars. She’s just won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of South Riding’s bad girl, and now when it seemed life couldn’t get any more perfect, she’s wed Declan Blair, an up-and-coming Irish film actor.

So what’s the problem?

Robin Mulcahey is dead. She was killed in a devastating car wreck in 1996 while riding with her best friend, Amy Shiley. Amy, battered beyond recognition in the accident, was mistaken for Robin and has played the role of Robin Mulcahey ever since. But Amy’s never been able to forget the love she shared with Paul Mulcahey—Robin’s older brother.

If you had the chance to become someone else, would you take it?

May 14, 2011
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eISBN: B0052OUMC0
November 2005
Echelon Press Publishing
ISBN 978-1-590-80464-3
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June 2003
Forge Books
ISBN 978-0-765-30655-5
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Chocolate on a Stick Read Reviews and Excerpts from Chocolate on a Stick

An elderly Appalachian couple, who've fallen in love in Memphis, take to the road in a red Corvette because their wacky children decide to send them to separate retirement homes. Soon the police are in hot pursuit as they try to reach their goal of California so Velma can get her first glimpse of the ocean.



Chocolate on a Stick
May 14, 2011
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August 2005
Baycrest Books
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Tango's Edge Read Reviews and Excerpts fromTango's Edge

The Winter Olympics - Salt Lake City, Utah

“Will you help me to defect?”

It’s the desperate question from Russian ice dancer, Mikhail Kozlof to his American counterpart, Kerry Niles, which ignites a treacherous cross-country trip, political intrigue―and an attraction that neither can deny.



Tango's Edge
May 14, 2011
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Lily of the Springs Read Reviews and Excerpts from Lily of the Springs



In 1952 Kentucky, 18-year-old Lily Foster, the daughter of strict Southern Baptist parents, becomes pregnant by the town “bad boy”— and just like that, she finds herself married to a man who doesn’t want to be a husband. Jake has no intention of letting the inconvenience of marriage stop him from what he believes is his due. In actuality, Lily is the one who is trapped. She loves Jake — always has, since they were children playing in the woods on adjoining properties — and she’s convinced she can eventually make him love her. All it will take is desire and patience. Once the baby arrives, they will be the perfect little family.

From Lily’s home on Opal Springs Ridge to a four-year stint at an army base in New Boston, Texas, and finally, to life on their own in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Lily struggles to maintain a rocky marriage with a moody, immature husband while raising two daughters.

Set during the “American Dream” period of the ‘50s and into the turbulent ‘60’s, LILY OF THE SPRINGS is a story of a woman’s indomitable spirit and her fight for independence and identity in an “Ozzie & Harriet” society.


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