Featuring three novellas and three shorter works, Lighting the Dark Side covers a wide range of fiction genres including, action, thriller, mystery/detective, suspense, and even romance. Join regular people who find themselves caught up in extraordinary situations. Some are simply down on their luck; while others struggle for survival. Each is locked into circumstances rendered more complex by their own weaknesses. Only when the shortcomings are recognized can they overcome these limitations and succeed. This collection of Six Modern Tales is designed to exercise your emotions, capture your imagination, and challenge you to think in new directions.
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Bent Not Broken. Dwayne Johnson knows he is different. He lives in a world that can always be depended on to remind him of his strangeness. Despite his social awkwardness, Dwayne meets a beautiful woman at a bus stop and soon his entire life transforms. Unfortunately his obsessions work against him, keeping the couple apart pushing Dwayne to the point of alcoholism and insanity.
In the Gray. Michael Connor is estranged from his entire family and for good reason. His father is wife beating racist, his brother a corrupt politician, and his mother is all too willing look the other way. Unfortunately his loving Mum won’t stop calling…insisting that he become more like his sibling and settle down and take a wife.
Blessing or Curse? When Brad Stewart won eleven million dollars in the lottery he would never have guessed a group of extortionists would kidnap his son for ransom. His decision to follow the kidnapper’s demands and not involve the police is a choice that will threaten his marriage and his life with the violence of vigilantism.
May 18, 2010. Trevor Woodward just wants to go home after a long day at work. He is tired of all the talk about the approaching comet that may or may not strike the earth. However, he can’t shake the feeling that he has lived through the events of the historic day before. Or is it many times?
Prominent Couple Slain. Detective Jack Staal of the Hanson Police Major Crime Section has recently transferred from the Vancouver Police departments MCS. Burnt out, tired and weary of Homicide, he’s looking forward to the lower profile cases of a small town. That wish is dashed when a former Mayor candidate and his wife are found murdered.
Surviving the Fall. Since childhood, James Goodal has had a soft spot for stray creatures offering as many as possible a good home. Now James is separated from his wife, lonely and alone. Then one afternoon, a few days before Christmas, he meets a young street girl named Ashley. Days after taking her in, his simple life is turned into a nightmare of violence and death as Ashley’s past catches up to her at Goodal’s home.
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