It has been almost a year in the writing process, but my second novel, “Mended Wings”, is nearing completion. My amazing editor, Stephanie Ernst, has completed her initial edit. Peggy Nehmen, from N-K Creative, has recently completed the cover design. The novel should be available on Amazon by the end of 2016. The story centers on one of the minor characters in “Painted Wings”. Readers will enjoy meeting some new characters as well. Here is a brief snapshot.
Flicker is a survivor. That’s what they call someone who is nearly killed by a drunk driver and lives to tell the tale. The doctors said that she would not live. She lived. Then they said that she would never walk or talk again. Flicker did those things and more. But living as the survivor of a traumatic brain injury sucks big time: the memory lapses, the feeling that your brain operates in slow motion, the sudden outbursts of anger, and the habit of getting into sketchy situations with the wrong type of guys. But the worst part is being able to remember what life was like before the accident, and what the future held in store. For Flicker, those dreams are gone. They did not include living in a group home and working as a housekeeper.
Late one evening, during a date-gone-wrong, Flicker is rescued by Jesse, a middle-aged cook from a local diner. A friendship develops and Flicker soon discovers that there is more to this short-order cook than meets the eye. Jesse helps her begin to think about what she wants out of life. Flicker sets some ambitious goals, including getting her diploma and attending the university.
As Flicker is beginning to see the beginning results of her hard work, a former high school classmate asks her out. He turns out to be the worst kind of influence and takes advantage of her desire for romance and companionship. He leads Flicker down a dark path that culminates in exploitation and a blackmail scheme. Which of these two men will have the greatest influence on Flicker’s life?
Mended Wings is a story about triumphing over adversity. It’s a story about making choices and the dignity of taking risks. It’s a story about the value of good friends, and about celebrating our differences.
Join Flicker as she experiences the ups and downs that are part of her journey toward a more independent life. You will laugh, cry, cringe, and cheer as you share her adventures. Along the way, you will meet some endearing friends. Their lives are enriched by supporting Flicker as she spreads her wings and takes flight. Yours will be too!