Sifting the Sands
Strong women resonate in Sifting the Sands, an adult literary fiction built around the lives of the residents in the Laguna Sands. The first 9 chapters introduce you to the characters; the rest of the story weaves their lives together. About love, drama, retribution, and personal choices for self improvement. Great dialogue and incisive descriptions. Adult situations.
Chapter 1 updated 9-18-2013 More
In the condo community of the Laguna Sands in Southern California, there are a few surprises for the residents. This is a story about relationships and adaption, personal compromise and overcoming the emotional damage that life deals us. Some of that damage is self inflicted,
Laureen did not know the day she was injured in a surfing accident she would begin a new life built around her ability to adapt to new relationships. As her adventure evolves she meets other residents in the condo community; each one having their own complex growth challenges to handle. Struck down by the life changing injury she must find another way to get on with life. She is the bookend the story is built within.
Tommy the roofer stutters. Young, athletic, and sensitive he finds a way to deflect the worst in people. Sometimes that is not enough to protect those you love. His antagonist, Beef, only seems to have gone away. And then one day...
The elderly ladies Irene, Maddie, and Dee form a friendship of convenience to protect their beloved pets, but must deal with the tension of their own competition. They are not all easy to get along with. Which of them survives the tempest of their lives best may surprise you.
Patrick the detective, and Jack the retired Marine are still adapting to the effect of the wars they have fought, making domestic life a mess for them unless they can exorcise their demons. And they really don't have so good an outlook on how to treat women or a son. Or is it just everybody?
Olivia cooks for love and control while her husband Juan of thirty years, eats, just eats. When will Juan make the right choice? Or does he really have one?
By the middle of this story you see their lives come to a crossroad, forcing each of them to make choices that inadvertently affects the others. From there the story escalates into a dangerous final encounter. The ending is, well, painful.