THE SAN CLEMENTE BAIT SHOP & TELEPHONY

Something wondrous happens each day in the telephony where Jenna Archer is the de facto curator. Regular visitors receive calls from their pasts with hopes of regaining their futures.

Despite these brushes with the mystical, Jenna’s life is shrinking.

Her brother Brian went missing seventeen years ago, and her mother’s vigil is more prison than sanctuary.

A telephone rings for Jenna. She speaks to the last person to see her brother.

She must find the man in the present to discover what he knows about Brian’s disappearance or risk being shackled to her past forever.

SEEING THINGS

Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son’s home in Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie’s imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.

THE QUEEN OF SLEEPY EYE

En route to college in the summer of 1975, sensible seventeen-year-old Amy gets stuck in smalltown Colorado when the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe driven by her insufferable tiara-toting mom, Francie—former Queen of the Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Corn Festival—surrenders to a mortally wounded transmission.

It doesn’t take long to realize that thirty-three-year-old Francie is out of money and in no hurry to let go of her daughter, so the two unpack indefinitely. Amy finds work at a funeral home, a place where her unlikely Christian faith can work itself out among the town’s young and old, geeks and jocks, hippies and clergy alike.

Trying not to judge her mom’s serial boyfriend escapades, Amy ends up in a tragic love triangle herself which gives both mother and daughter the chance to do some real growing up. But in a surprise twist, their road to healing still has many miles to go in 2008 as they travel back to Sleepy Eye in that old ’58 coupe.

GOODNESS & MERCY

Lucy presses through the death of her parents and whisks her siblings, Goody and Mercy, off toward a better future, but the past is determined to tug her back to where promises can't be kept.

And her present is muddled by a sister who lives out her name, an aunt who seems determined to unseat her happiness, and a heart that betrays her.

LIKE A WATERED GARDEN

"I received a box of flowers from my dead husband."

Life has stalled for Colorado garden designer Mibby Garrett after losing her husband in a bicycle accident six months ago. Mibby devotes herself to avoiding "whammies o' grief," the painful and sudden reminders of her former life. But for her son, she's willing to face anything. With the support of the indomitable Louise, friend and neighbor, and her faithful gardening clients, Mibby even considers romance with a too-good-to-be-true widower. Then comes the biggest whammy of all, a stranger with a claim to her husband's heart. Will Mibby retreat or sound the charge on life?

ALWAYS GREEN

When the growing gets tough...

Mibby Garrett could really use three things:

A book that will tell her how to gt through to her teenage son; enough money to pay for the new water heater; and a long, gentle rainstorm to nourish her clients' gardens, end the summer drought, and save her garden-design business.

A week's supply of Sweet Suzy Strawberry Cream balls would be nice, too. Romance, maybe--but only if the man is at least as reliable as her black Lab and prepared to be an awesome role model for her son.

Most of all, she would just like a few days with no surprise. She sure hasn't asked for what happens instead.

IN EVERY FLOWER

Sometimes you get a second chance...

Remarriage isn't the happily-ever-after Mibby McManus hoped for. Between conflicting work schedules, a rebellious teenage son, a mother-in-law who can't get enough of the Food Channel, and a cat-in-law bent on destruction, Mibby and her new husband, Larry, never seem to find enough time for each other.

Then there's the part Mibby really didn't expect: the constant intrusion of memories.

Just when she thinks she's gotten back on track, a phone call from California unsettles everything. It's time for Mibby to face her past or risk losing her future.

A week's supply of Sweet Suzy Strawberry Cream balls would be nice, too. Romance, maybe--but only if the man is at least as reliable as her black Lab and prepared to be an awesome role model for her son.

Most of all, she would just like a few days with no surprise. She sure hasn't asked for what happens instead.