Well, it all started with a pushy opera singer, my paternal grandmother. Of course for me, her favorite grandchild, there was a piano/music lesson while I sat on her lap in front of her Steinway, every day. sometimes twice a day.
From the moment I turned four, she pushed me onto the stage to perform, starting at the Grange Hall and progressing to more sophisticated venues until by the time I reached ten, I played a concerto with SYU orchestra.
Sixteen years zoomed by. Korea, the US Air Force, then the boring bio stuff i.e. University of the Pacific, classes at the Juilliard, eighteen years teaching in Canada, conducting piano master classes at Universities, move to La Jolla, got bored with teaching, became a successful abstract artist, endured four strokes, no more painting, no more piano playing, and guess what I'm doing now? To find out, go to http://www.busmind.com
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A gay Mafia book keeper is summoned by government officials to testify against the mob, and becomes the target of a Mob hit. Galena, a fourteen-year-old falls madly in love with him. She is raped by Steve Bragg and uses her pregnancy to blackmail Max into marrying her. Her son, Erik, a musical genius grows up gay and gets seriously wounded in the Korean war.
We'll All Fall Down
Max Anders, AKA Klaus Altman, mob bookkeeper, is subpoenaed by the government to testify against Adamo Gattuccio, Philadelphia Mafia Boss. Gattuccio, fearing Max’s testimony will send him to prison, initiates a hit on Max. To protect him, the Bureau sequesters him into witness protection in upstate New York where he meets fourteen-year-old Galena Baldwin who falls insanely in love with him.
Murder in Contoga Falls
A saga of bitter rivalry between mother, Galena, and gay bastard son Erik, born of rape, for the favor of her heartthrob, Max Anders. When fourteen-year-old Gaylena Baldwin, ventures into an alley behind a 1920s speakeasy to meet with heartthrob Max Anders, who fails to show up, she is deceived and raped by Steve Bragg. She gives birth nine months later and hides the fact of the rape from Max
Family drama. A teenage mother, Gaylena Baldwin, and the tortured relationship between her and her child conceived in rape. Murder, mystery, romance, gay coming of age and eroticism and police brutality fill the pages. The story starts in 1928 when Philadelphia mob boss, Adamo Gattuccio learns Max Anders, his book keeper has been embezzling funds from him .