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New Susan X Meagher books available for purchase

Feb 25, 2016

Brisk Press is pleased to announce two new books by Susan X Meagher now available for purchase.

SUMMER OF LOVE - 384 pages - $16.00 for the print book and $8.00 for the eBook

Change, seismic and universal, infused the country. From San Francisco to Washington, every disenfranchised or marginalized group had simultaneously reached the boiling point. The Viet Nam war was escalating at a remarkable pace, and the protests against it were splitting families apart. But the people who’d worked hard to climb up the economic ladder of success weren’t on board to throw everything into the air and see where it landed.

Mary Frances Fitzpatrick was perfectly content to keep things the way they’d always been. She’d grabbed onto the tiniest shred of the American Dream, and wasn’t about to let go. The crumbs the establishment threw her way seemed like they might, one day, be able to sustain her. All she had to do was work twice as hard as a man and keep her opinions to herself.

Courtney Ashcroft on the other hand, came from a long line of socially and economically entitled people, yet she wanted to upset the apple cart in the worst way. No matter the group, if they’d been shut out, Courtney was on their side. Social justice, feminism, and pacifism were her main causes, but she quickly adds gay rights to her list when she and Mary Frances meet.

Despite their political and social views, the women strike up a friendship. Courtney’s sympathetic, encouraging, and genuinely concerned with Mary Frances’s plight. She’s so interested in gay rights, it almost seems personal. But that has to be wishful thinking on Mary Frances’s part. Or does it? In Chicago, during that steamy, unpredictable summer of love, improbable dreams can, and do come true.

TRUST - Book 20 - 280 Pages - $14.00 for the print book and $7.00 for the eBook

Home again. At last.

Their month in Australia had been wondrous in every way. But four weeks away from home has both Ryan and Jamie missing their family. It’s going to be sweet to get back into their regular routine. Now that Jennie’s in the mix, things will change a little, but the O’Flaherty-Evans-Smith team is eager to welcome her into the clan. But things rarely go exactly as planned when Jennie is involved. Catherine’s determination to provide a safe, secure home for the girl is strong. It remains to be seen if it’s strong enough to reach the wounded parts of Jennie’s psyche.

Ryan’s ready to get back to work as an unpaid laborer, and Jamie’s just as eager to return to her life of leisure. Two people could hardly have more diverse definitions of “taking time off.” Given that Ryan’s always got a few irons in the fire, it’s no surprise she’s ready to take aggressive action to flush away the vestiges of the carjacking. Whether she can do that by force of will is another question that awaits an answer.

Now that Mia and Jordan are back in Berkeley, they have to get their own routine going. Mia’s certain she can find a lucrative career with her American Studies degree in her clutches, but Jordan’s resigned to low wages and a bad schedule while she finishes up her degree. While they’re both very thankful to be back home, closeness simply gives Mia and Anna Lisa more opportunities to drive each other crazy—something they’re both masters at.

The O’Flaherty Cousins construction project is rolling along at a good clip. But the boyos have put in a tremendous amount of work, giving up every weekend to complete the task. Now it’s decision time again. Will the rewards make up for the sacrifices?

Every relationship has its challenges. But most of them can be overcome by love and commitment and, most of all, Trust.