BLACK AS SNOW
Sebastian Black is a god amongst men: he's devastatingly handsome and charismatic—and telepathic. So when his scheming mother, prophetess Kitty Black, announces that her son is the "next species of man," the world begins taking notice. Together, Kitty and Sebastian forge a spiritual movement that celebrates "divine evolution" while warning of a mass extinction. But just as their fame and wealth are building, a tragedy befalls one of Sebastian's disciples, and threats from Christian militants become too real to ignore.
Sebastian flees Los Angeles—and his mother—in search of peace and freedom. One by one he encounters "common" people who astonish him with their uncomplicated stories of love and compassion: an aging lesbian couple; a Mexican handyman; a shy, anorexic woman; a recovering meth addict; a gay teenager; and an unthinking college jock. Surprisingly, each has a profound effect upon this arrogant young "messiah."
As Sebastian drifts further away from Kitty, she becomes more determined to preserve their celebrity status and glittering lifestyle. She sets out to reel Sebastian back to her—even if it means conspiring with his enemies, in particular a dashing young Spaniard who darkly mirrors Sebastian's supernatural talents and good looks. But not even the telepathic Sebastian can foresee what happens next.
From the sleek penthouses of Century City to the savage coastline of Big Sur, Black as Snow twists the beloved fairy tale of Snow White into a suspense-filled story of intrigue, spirituality, and greed…and the unstoppable power of everyday love.
An exclusive resort is rising on a pristine Brazilian island: lavish suites, world class casinos, imaginative theme architecture. But most important is its elaborate security—it's going to be the safest locale this side of the Pentagon.
Because of Katharine Tyler's investment there, her nephew Jeremy journeys with his lover Carlo Martinez and former US Marine Arthur Blauefee to assess the resort's progress. But for the young man and his companions, their visit proves to be anything but leisurely or safe—because when all seems well, the trio is swept into the clutches of a charming trickster, sensual temptation, kidnapping, murder, a mandate from the US State Department, and an unexpected double-cross, with Aunt Katharine playing puppet master before getting tangled in her own strings.
Although Double Bound features the central characters from the award winning novel Strings Attached, this is now Arthur's story: his abuse-filled youth, his precarious years as a gay US Marine, then his treacherous journey to Brazil—where he is challenged to heroism, while agonizing between love and duty and his crippling personal demons.
Double Bound—when turning away from the truth only winds tighter the restraints of greed, of unspoken longing, and of lives unfulfilled.
Seventeen year-old Jeremy Tyler is the puppet of Tiffany, his alcoholic mother. But when she is forced into rehab, Jeremy moves from the slums to the cliff-top estate of Katharine Tyler and Bill Mortson. Stunned by the wealth surrounding him, Jeremy thinks he's landed in paradise until the couple begins dictating his every move, and a late-night phone call identifies someone close as Jeremy's certain foe, and his father's murderer.
So Jeremy tries to fit in with the elite of Ballena Beach High. He joins the swim team and dates exotic Reed Banks—the girl he hopes will obliterate his attraction to boys. But Coby Carson, a calculating swim champ who mimics the all American boy, has other plans for the besieged Jeremy, as does rebellious ranching scion Carlo Martinez. Pulled in so many directions, Jeremy seeks guidance from acid-tongued teen socialite Ellie O'Neal, and Arthur Blauefee, a mysteriously gifted man with an unforgettable tragedy in his own past - as well as a stunning, clandestine identity.
But as Jeremy grows more comfortable with the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his dissatisfaction, as well as the danger of immeasurable harm.
Based on one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, Strings Attached tells the story of one hopeless boy's struggle to become a 'real man'.