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Project Evie 

Her name is Evelyn Morgan—because that’s the name the U.S. Marshals gave her. If she’d known he already had a wife there wouldn’t even be a story to tell. It doesn’t matter that she used to live in Maryland, or that she doesn’t condone cheating on your spouse, or that she loved him. Now everything falls on either side of The Night—the fateful moment when her fiancé was shot by a the man she thought was their waiter, right after their wine but before the caprese salad. In therapy, she refers to it as The Night, instead of when-Drew's-shot-by-a-member-of-Maccalli-Crime-Famiy-and-she's-thrown-into-Witness-Protection. It’s easier that way, less lemon juice on the wound, so to speak.

They say she can go by Evie for short. They say she’ll get used to the Windy City. They say she’ll adjust, find a new job, new friends—a fresh start. But there's just one problem. It's difficult to step into her new identity when she's got one foot stuck in her old life. Feeling the need to shed every ounce of a woman who could be so easily duped, she forces herself out of her comfort zone and works to create a vibrant and passionate persona for Evie. Just when Evie lands a great job at a law firm and meets enigmatic Jack Larson, she uncovers the identity of Drew's wife and discovers a link in her current life to the Maccalli's. She turns to her therapist for help but suspects he's also treating Drew's wife and may have ulterior motives.


Caught between the past and a future she’s never envisioned, Evie must decide how entangled she dares become with her ex-finance’s layers of deceit. Letting go of a past she never knew she had might just kill her.

 

Contemporary Thriller - First Book of the REMality Series 

 

 

No one wants to wake up with blood dripping from their hands, but in San Francisco innocent people are committing murder in their sleep. The killer is in REMality—a parallel existence accessed through dreams. Ryker Mills is one of the few people who know REMality exists. Its governing body—the 13s—will stop at nothing to keep their world and manipulative agenda to influence Reality a secret. But Ryker has a conscience. 

To save innocent people in Reality from prison or worse, he risks exposing REMality. His plan backfires. Six days, three hours, and nineteen minutes he fights to stay awake, but everyone has to sleep sometime. He succumbs, and the 13s seize and convict him of treason without giving credence to his pleas. He finds himself trapped in REMality while his body remains in a coma in San Francisco. However, one of the 13s, Lauren Rossi, responds to his claims. She can get Ryker his life back, but only if he helps further her agenda. Together they form a covert and tenuous alliance to stop the murders and take down the 13s. But Ryker isn’t sure if the plan will also destroy REMality, which would yank everyone visiting from Reality in their dreams into a coma.

Now Ryker must decide if he’s willing to take the lives of a few to spare the lives of many, or let REMality remain the monstrosity it’s become. Meanwhile in San Francisco, Detective Carter Taggart and Agent Maya Dawson are putting pieces together they shouldn’t understand which may derail Ryker and Lauren’s plans. Four perspectives. Two realities. Impossible choices.

REMality (n.)-

Derived from the infusion of the REM sleep cycle with with world reality.

 

A parallel existence accessible to select people 

during their dreams.

 

pronounced 

re-MAL-eh-tee 

 

 

 REMality