STAND ALONE NOVELS

Faith Linsey is happily consumed with the day to day business of taking care of her siblings and being the obedient daughter of a well-liked pastor and his wife. Her view of the world is naïve and simple, and, at the age of ten, is only as large as her own hometown.

 

Unable to sleep one hot, humid night, Faith is surprised to hear her father on the front porch. Curious, she decides to follow him. While hidden behind a large tree, Faith witnesses something that pulls the innocence of her childhood out from underneath her. Once she steps outside the small world of her family’s home and church, she begins to question everything, including the belief that her father is an upstanding and respectable man.

 

Faith’s story begins in Jackson, Mississippi in 1946, soon after the end of World War II, and moves straight into the heat of the Civil Rights Movement. A string of events take place, both in her personal life and in the world at large, that force Faith to decide what it is she truly believes in, what things are important enough to fight for, and what things are best left behind.

A Collection of Short Stories, Personal Essays & Poetry

“Engaging, poignant, the stories cup your heart in their metaphorical hands and don’t let go. Suspenseful, creative, it’s everything one wants to be and feel in an afternoon.”
A.K. Lawrence

Whether it’s a boarding school with a mysterious disappearance, a long car ride on a sunny afternoon, or Southern Lit told with a sly wink and a smile, each story and poem is a journey of self-discovery and reading purely for the joy.

Editor, wife, mother, homeschool teacher and author, J.C. Wing has spent her life traveling, learning, teaching, experiencing, and doing what authors do best—writing stories and poetry from her unique perspective.

A Novella

When Annalee James was five years old, her parents were killed in a car accident during a terrible blizzard. Helena and Desi, her aunt and uncle, became her guardians and moved their newly made family to the small coastal town in Connecticut for a fresh start. Her aunt and uncle provided a loving, happy home, and her life was a good one.

After graduation, Annalee moved back to Chicago to study at Northwestern University. There she met Cade Mitchell, a handsome if not sullen and surly upperclassman who was in charge of freshman orientation. The two of them didn’t hit it off, but as the weeks passed, Annalee began to see some of the gold glimmering beneath Cade’s tough boy façade. 

While out running errands during Thanksgiving break, Helena loans her a dark, wool coat. The cologne that lingers in the thick collar brings back memories of a father she hasn’t seen in thirteen years.

Buried in a deep pocket, Annalee finds a key that opens a safety deposit box at the local bank. One with both of her parents’ names on it.

Annalee begins to suspect that things in life are not coincidental. Perhaps the universe is more powerful than she once believed, and things eventually unfold as they are meant to. Helena and Desi always taught her to trust in herself. 

Can she do that now? Can she trust in those she loves? Can she turn what she’s learned about her past into something that will give her a bright and happy future?

A Novella

Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its highly ranked universities, professional sports teams, esteemed venues for classical music … and murder.

When Janie, one of Wickham Ballet Company’s principal dancers is found dead, dangling from the backstage rafters with a long, decorative scarf wrapped tightly around her neck, her death is ruled a suicide. The company is devastated and still reeling from the loss of four other dancers—including Janie’s roommate—who died in a hit and run accident just a month before.  

Shelby, a Corps de Ballet dancer, isn’t convinced Janie’s death was a suicide. When two more dancers die, this time from food poisoning, Shelby becomes even more certain that her friend didn’t take her own life.

With the help of her sister and Janie’s understudy, Shelby starts digging up details about the staff and dancers in the company. She’s close to coming up with a suspect, but not before another dancer is brutally murdered.

Eight ladies dead.

The killer has grown impatient with Shelby’s interference. If she’s not careful, she may be the ninth lady to die.