Crime and Punishment, Love and Forgiveness, Damnation and Salvation are interwoven though this mobius strip of a story, rich with characters to care about, love, loathe and fear. The cast is very real and believable, even when they're not.
Please remember that this is just a Story :-)
And, that in it, no-one is safe...
In Unbound, Book One: Earth:
Lily Godwin has her hands (and head) full. Preoccupied with raising her sister's son William, she fails to perceive not only his increasing longing for her but her own unhealthy harbingers of disaster: mood swings, migraines and blackouts. Visited by heated dreams and idle thoughts, she is becoming more keenly aware of her own desires, which she curiously hadn't given any thought to prior. Things seem to be awakening in her, and elsewhere...
Not only is this Lily's story, but also a coming-of-age story involving Will, and his relationship with his junkie parents, out of prison and ready to take him back from Lily's guardianship. A large colorful supporting cast fills in the canvas to allow for a kaleidoscope-like story that'll keep you off-balance until the end.
In Part One, "Migration", we meet Lily and Will while on vacation near Pismo Beach, and encounter with them a mysterious monkish hitchhiker on Hwy 1 while attempting to get home to San Francisco. Oddly enough, he's going where they are. And he throws a mean Tarot...
In Part Two, "Bound", the rest of the cast is met, the tables set, circumstances set up; tables turned. The consequences of failures rain like fists on a sinner's face.
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT:
The novel spans four volumes; this one is followed by Air, Water, and Fire, with an attendant increase in suspense, despair, camaraderie, mystery, tragedy, and transcendence. Yet through it all, Invisibly, Love runs through it, and I hope that somehow you will feel it despite the rough patches, of which there are a few. Be strong; have faith; it'll be worth it; we hope.
With elements from metaphysics and the occult mixing it up with various traditional and apocryphal religious concepts, the Reader will likely soon find themselves on an unexpected Journey that will take them where they least expect but probably should, depending on their perspective, their belief, their philosophy, their expectation. This is a story unlike any that you have read. "No Expectations" is a good rule of thumb going in.
"It's a love story like no other," one First Reader remarked. But it's not a romance. The horror, when it happens, is pitched, but it isn't a horror story. Dense with suspense, it takes its breaks, breaking it. Detective Mulligan wrestles with an unbelievable murder case, yet it isn't exactly a mystery. Nonetheless, it's thick with just these things. Mysteries abound in Unbound.
Can you believe it?
We're happy to let you decide what it is, and that's as it should be. In the end, it's all up to You, anyway :-)