Parched Release Date Set 4/4/16

I am  very excited to announce that the release date for Parched has been set! The pre-sale will begin on Amazon on 4/4/16 (this coming Monday) and the official publication and release will be 4/14/16.  You can also preview Parched Part II – The Lake Erie Badlands at the end of the book.

The synopsis is below:

The sun has become a ‘red giant’ and the world is hot and parched. In California, James and Lexie Deforio have three goals: to find food and water, to survive another day, and to protect their two children. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, the family is forced to embark on a cross-country journey in search of safety and water.

Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. When James is critically wounded trying to help another family, Lexie and her children set out on a harrowing journey to save him. Finding temporary safety in the abandoned Ohio salt mines deep under Lake Erie, they appear to have found a new home. But, like everything on their journey, not all is as it seems.

Because the family crosses the entire United States – several American cities are featured in the novel: Livermore, CA; Carson City, NV; Lovelock, NV; Pine Bluff, WY; Salt Lake City, UT; Omaha, NE; Joliet, IL; Lorain, OH; and Cleveland, OH.

Parched also has a very important global message about climate change. While this example is extreme – it illustrates the power of nature and our inability to stop it. I was inspired to write Parched while living in Livermore, CA during the extreme drought. I began to imagine what life would be like in a world with very limited water. Because my degree is also in environmental science – I also have a broad understanding of these issues.

I am very excited for you all to read the book and hope you enjoy it. Please don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon! That’s how new authors spread the word about their book. Trust me – it really helps. If you have any questions – never hesitate to email me at

I am always open for interviews, discussions, events, and school events and I never charge a penny 🙂

Be well.



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