An awkward but handsome fifteen-year-old, Donnie Darning has a
brilliant mind but a dysfunctional family. His father is overbearing,
and his mother drowns her problems in alcohol. Fortunately, his dismal
world doesn’t compare to the vast universe he finds inside books, but
he is tired of living life vicariously through reading stories.
Josie Rosado changes all that. Beautiful and exotic, the
seventeen-year-old daughter of a Romani immigrant has just moved in
with her family next door to Donnie. Josie is charismatic and worldly,
a wonderful mystery to be solved, and Donnie is immediately captivated
by her spiritedness.
Josie shows Donnie how exciting the world can be, whether they’re
flying kites in the park or having moonlit
tête-à-têtes on the roof. They soon become
inseparable, living in their own bubble of existence.
But one day, they come home to find a Lincoln Continental parked in
Josie’s driveway. Donnie discovers that Josie has a secret, but can she
trust him enough to reveal it? Donnie must protect Josie, even if it
destroys his family’s good name—and his life.
up in Graford, Texas, and later attended the
University of Texas at Austin. For the last seven years, I have been
coaching high school track and cross
country and teaching English and journalism in Keene, Texas. Next year
I will be heading to Cairo, Egypt, to teach English and journalism.
JOSIE UNLIMITED is my first novel.