2015 Rainbow Awards Finalist; 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society and Lambda Awards nominee. 


When Carly Rosen is jilted on the eve of her wedding, she embarks on a startling journey of self-discovery. This gender-bending risqué retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in sizzling West Hollywood, echoes the ancient story of the lovers in the Underworld. Carly, a portrait artist with huge imagination, uses her art to charm her way into the life and inner circle of the alluring Anna Garibaldi, whose seductive and secretive underworld is nothing she had expected. She is doomed and she is blessed, and she doesn't know which she prefers.


The Art of Peeling an Orange, set in sizzling, contemporary West Hollywood, is an erotic, risqué take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The story’s powerful structure, colorful characters, and magical themes echo the ancient Greek myth of the lovers in the Underworld.


An Alternative Ending is now available on Amazon Kindle.

Winner of a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in dramatic/general fiction 2016; 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and first runner up in lesbian contemporary fiction; 2016 Lambda nominee. This sweeping novel follows childhood sweethearts Shelli and Rona as they come of age and face impossible choices. Passion and heartbreak leap off the page in this lyrical exploration of love, friendship, and family in Israel.One of my reviewers wrote, "Usually I avoid stories about the middle east because of all the constant, never-ending political drama. I walk away (from this book) with a genuine open mind." As a writer, this is my greatest achievement. The Middle East flows feverishly in my veins. I've been asked repeatedly about my growing up in that hot and explosive place called Israel. "A Small Country about to Vanish" is a love letter to my country and my attempt to answer some questions from a distance of worlds away, years away. My home is now Los Angeles. My homeland is always Israel. I still maintain close ties with family and friends who live and struggle there. The characters and the events are my mind's creation, but this novel is my truth.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Finalist; 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society and Lambda Awards nominee. "Definitely not your mama's cookbook..."a reader. When Carly Rosen is jilted on the eve of her wedding, she embarks on a startling journey of self-discovery. Carly, a portrait artist with huge imagination, uses her art to charm her way into the life and inner circle of the alluring Anna Garibaldi, whose seductive and secretive underworld is nothing she had expected. She is doomed and she is blessed, and she doesn't know which she prefers. This gender-bending risqué retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in sizzling West Hollywood, echoes the ancient story of the lovers in the Underworld.


From the Author
THE ART OF PEELING AN ORANGE doesn't fit into a genre. Its working title was DIVINE DARKNESS for its elements of mystery, suspense, even horror. But that name would have been misleading, because THE ART OF PEELING AN ORANGE defies one genre while embracing them all. This story wanted to be like life, about our personal fears and horrors, but also about jealousy, tragedy and laughter, about friendship, erotica and gothic romance. It wanted to be about art, beauty and courage. Above all it wanted to be about love, lesbian and straight and, as one of my reviewers complained, about massive amounts of expensive alcohol... 
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