Two novellas about BWU students, from the start of Christmas break at the end of Year One, through summer term.
Kristen, a Tabor Heights native, transfers to BWU when her semester abroad is canceled. Settling into a new school is rough enough without doing it in the middle of the school year. To avoid her interfering sister and brother-
MOUSE KAT TRAP
Kat is still adjusting to her parents’ reunion and marriage, along with the shock and joy of learning her favorite teacher is her father. School policies and politics dictate that she can’t be Morgan’s assistant any longer. Along with the demands of summer term and training her replacement, her boyfriend is being a jerk. As she navigates an experimental summer theater program, a nasty blog seems determined to destroy the theater program with gossip. Discovering the identity of the enemy is the first step in stopping him, but finding the truth could put Kat in danger, and forces her to face some truths about herself in the process.
COOKING UP TROUBLE
Audrey lives for cooking and Homespun Theater. The ensemble is her family, her safe place, after essentially being rejected by her only relatives. It's a dream come true when she is asked to help develop a dinner theater at Homespun.
Steve likes Tabor, so different from Hollywood. He originally came to town to investigate Max, his newly discovered half-
People from Audrey's past, friend and foe, return to complicate her life. In the process, they threaten her growing friendship with Steve. When things don't add up and stories conflict, Steve fears Audrey is a user and schemer, just like all the problems and people he thought he left behind in Hollywood. He doesn't want to believe it.
The problem lies in trusting someone who won't trust him enough to share her secret pain.
THE WRATH OF BUBBLES
Rose enjoys her new life in Tabor with her brother's family, and her slowly warming relationship with Andrew, publisher of the Tabor Picayune. The only blight is the next door neighbor of Homespun Theater, Mrs. Pluch.
Andrew has his own troubles with the increasingly annoying Myrna, part-
Rose and Andrew joins forces to investigate, and are delighted with how well they work together. Love is in the air as the wedding of Andrew's daughter approaches -
Stacy grew up with Dinah and Drake, like a member of the family -
Or so they thought. When Dinah returns home for a delayed wedding reception, after marrying her military sweetheart between deployments, Tabor Heights' high society seems to finally be winning the battle to put Stacy "in her place." Stacy buys a wedding present for Dinah, despite the lack of invitation to her wedding reception. Despite the childhood promises to be each other's maid of honor, now seemingly broken.
Drake comes home for Dinah's reception in time to find Stacy's present on the doorstep, triggering a cascade of memories. As he investigates why she isn't in the wedding party, he unravels a web of lies and nasty tricks, and decides to intervene.
A night that should be full of heartbreak turns into a Cinderella tale, with Drake whisking Stacy off to the party. Their childhood friendship changes that night, and the teasing, caring, long-
Hope and Seth's high school argument sent her into Ricky's arms and the worst decisions of her life. Nine years later, she is free of her forced marriage, but not the stigma. When Ricky finally gets in enough trouble he has to flee town to escape punishment, Hope and her children are left destitute and the subject of gossip. Seth, now a police officer, returns to her life, constantly kicking himself for staying away so long.
Hope finds shelter with her foster-
Meg, Andrea, Ray, Bergen and Casey -
Meg: help Mexican orphans.
Andrea: publish newspaper articles.
Ray: get Michael's attention.
Bergen: work with wolves at the zoo.
Casey: survive as head camp lifeguard.
Those who don't reach their goals pay for a pizza party at the end of the summer.
Sunburn, bubblegum in hair, adorable mischief-
Natalie was the little girl across the street who adored Tommy and planned to marry him when they grew up. In the wake of Tommy's broken back, the disintegration of his family, and his father's total change in character, Natalie's disillusioned father took their family and left town.
Now grown, Natalie is a traveling reporter for the magazine, America's Voice, with a special focus on Americans with Disability access challenges. Her past ambushes her when Tommy's father contacts her father, to make amends. Can he be trusted? Is his repentance real?
Then Natalie is assigned to cover the Mission's handicap awareness campaign -
Just when is the right time, in the middle of the handicap awareness campaign, writing her story for the magazine, and dealing with threats from some petty criminals blackmailing one of Tommy's friends?
Vic escaped a life in the Mob thanks to Agent McCoy, who also contributed to his spiritual rebirth. So when ten-
Two weeks of instant family life has them chafing at the dark secrets in their individual pasts, which they both believe are blocking them from taking their friendship deeper and warmer. Minor irritations, like someone sabotaging their gym and husband-
Then Joey's talent for calculating the odds gains the attention of the wrong people. Protecting her exposes Vic's secrets to the wrong people -