Detective Sergeant Thomas McGinty fumes when a con artist whose trademark is sending white orchids to lonely women returns to San Francisco. McGinty is determined to catch him – this time. His partner, Sgt. Miguel Ramirez, takes the chase less personally.
Harry Reams is back in the city by the bay in the guise of a British gentleman, again ready to relieve widows and divorcees of their extra cash with flowers and flattery. Three women answer his newspaper ad – two are looking for love while the third has a more nefarious scheme in mind.
As the detectives pursue their quarry, Harry wines and dines his three potential victims. Little does he know that one is a con woman herself, setting her sights on him. Will Detectives McGinty and Ramirez stop The White Orchid before he successfully parts another victim from her money? Or will the con man be conned himself?
Breaking up is never easy, is it? So when Aaron and Dana decide over tea and cookies to start a business to help people end romantic relationships, they see only opportunity.
What could go wrong? Oh . . . .
Josie Lanahan ends a tour of duty as an Army cop in Afghanistan. She moves to Los Angeles determined to become a screenwriter. She refuses the offer of a powerful Hollywood agent to play nanny to his troubled daughter who is ending alcohol and drug rehab. Josie changes her mind when he offers to persuade a successful screenwriter to mentor her. But she faces daily conflict with her spoiled new roommate, is targeted by the mob for breaking up a drug deal, and must face her own personal demon—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
On a planet ruled by male witches, two teenagers, Analee and her brother Daarf, find their lives turned topsy-turvy when a spaceship arrives from Earth. It is the “awkward ark,” a supply ship visiting worlds abandoned a century before when a meteor strike threatened humanity.
On board are two colonial agents, Eulanda and Thon, who have been given only 88 days to assess whether the failing colony on Deli can be guided to self-sufficiency or left to die out. Analee bonds quickly with Eulanda, the earth team’s female leader, seeing the chance for a new life in a sexist, repressive society. Her brother, a Warlock in training, is torn by conflicting loyalties.
The visitors from space reopen a long-disused science center and struggle to revive the failing colony with education and technology. But the Warlocks see a threat to their control and use fear and violence to prevent change. Mathew, an ambitious Warlock, poisons the High Priest and takes control of the brotherhood of witches. He is determined to gain revenge for his humiliation by Eulanda, who strips him of his whip in public when he tries to strike her.
Meanwhile, a calendar in the science center records the dwindling days before the “awkward ark” returns. Can the colony on Deli be saved?