Maplewood, Vermont is a picturesque town filled with unique shops, unique homes, and a quaint familiarity all centered around a lake with an unusual history.
Legends, old as well as Urban, float around like the mist that hovers above the lake at break of dawn.
But they’re just stories, right?
Hayden Moore’s life was destroyed when his husband, Malcolm, was murdered. Giving up his job as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Hayden moved to the little burg of Maplewood to recover.
A new life.
A fresh start.
However, something underneath the water is stirring. Something rotten. A deadly secret wakes underneath the black waters of Lake Veronica so disturbing it haunts the nightmares of the local residents.
It’s coming closer…
Length: 117,000 words
RELEASE DATE: 03.01.18
Cover Designer: Roe Horvat
He knocked hard on the door, hoping at least, not to have made a wasted trip out here. His agreement with Hayden was to work quickly to finish the bedrooms for his guests who would be coming in this evening. He promised to throw in a little extra for Tommy’s trouble, money that Tommy really didn’t need, but he really wanted a chance to work on this old house. He had plenty of money, but he wasn’t rich by any stretch of the imagination, however, he lived modestly and put money away in the event something happened that kept him from working. Besides, that buzzing in his head had plagued him most of the evening prior, a buzzing accompanied by the face of the man who owned this house.
He had given that some thought, after failed attempts to quash it down. His inability to do so made him especially grouchy. He paced the floors of his house last night, looking at the telephone. It hadn’t been late, and he was thinking of offering to make dinner for the both of them.
No one came to answer the door. So, he raised his hand and pounded on the glass pane harder this time. His car was here. Finally, he heard stumbling around. Heard Hayden bang into something and curse. Tommy snickered. The door flung open and there stood a disheveled and unshaven Hayden. His eyes were wide, and his hair stood up on end.
“S-s-sorry. Come on in,”he stammered, blinking back the light.
Tommy grinned a bit. The buzzing in his head turned into a full-out hum; he was happy to see Hayden.
Hayden was surprised he had slept through his alarm, and he was a bit horrified at the thought of the way he looked. He stood back and let Tommy walk in. The large man entered the house and immediately headed for the kitchen. Hayden followed.
“I’m sorry. I had a rough night. Can I make you some coffee?”He was stunned again by the sheer size of the man before him and found his eyes wandering down to his butt. He had a great pair of buns in the jeans that he wore. He got an even better view as Tommy leaned down to set his bag on the floor next to the countertop. He turned to answer Hayden’s questions, and Hayden’s eyes snapped up to meet his.
“I woke you up. How about you sit down there at the table and I make it?”Tommy suggested. He grabbed the coffee pot and walked over to the sink, filling it up with water.
Hayden obediently sat down at the table. His thoughts were sleep filled and he still felt a bit disoriented. He looked out into the gray morning and sighed, feeling like the weather fit his mood perfectly. He turned his head when he heard water pouring into the coffeemaker. He watched Tommy empty the old coffee grounds into the trash can on the wall and walk back over to the counter where he heaped large spoonfuls—six by Hayden’s count—into the coffeemaker and then clicked it closed and turned the pot on. Hayden smiled a little; it was a long time since someone had made him coffee.
Tommy looked up from what he was doing. “What?”
“Oh, nothing. I was just…daydreaming,”Hayden said, a little embarrassed from having been caught staring.
I thought the synopsis sounded intriguing and I hadn’t read anything like it before so I thought I would give it a try. Wow! I’m so glad I did. While the book is long and full of a ton of extraneous detail with so many characters I almost needed a chart, every character and detail help to mold the story. After just a few chapters I was hooked.
The author gives you enough detail and backstory so that you know the characters, you can recognize them and relate to them. The story was creative and unlike anything I have read before.
F.E.Feeley Jr is a poet and the author of six published works – four full-length novels, two short stories featured in anthologies, and a poetry book.
Married to the love of his life, John, he came to the writing world about four years ago where he fell in love, again, with the written word.
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