Perfect Little Worlds

By Clifford Mae Henderson

Children / Families
Friends & Community
California
Reunion Romance

Lucy can’t hold the secret any longer. Twenty-six years ago, her sister did the unthinkable. 

Portland, Oregon, 1989: Lucy Mustin, living somewhat happily, pumping out wedding cakes for starry-eyed heterosexuals while she, a lesbian, can’t legally marry, is called upon to travel to Santa Cruz to help her autistic sister, Alice, care for their Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. She knew the call was coming sooner or later. She’d just hoped it would be later. Mother issues. The possibility that resolution might be lost to dementia is a heartbreak she doesn’t feel like feeling. 

Santa Cruz, California, one week later: a trip to the family bakery ups the ante tenfold when the Loma Prieta/World Series Earthquake, racking up a whopping 7.1 on the Richter scale, traps the sisters below ground. There, Alice reminds Lucy of a promise made to their mother many years ago, a promise she plans to keep.

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Rest Home Runaways

By Clifford Mae Henderson

Blue Collar
People of Color
California
Food
Children / Families
Reunion Romance
Second Chance at Love
Baby boomer Morgan Ronzio's troubled marriage is the least of her worries when she gets the call that her addled, eighty-six-year-old, half-blind dad, Mac, has stolen a car and escaped the rest home.

Before she can alert her uber-capable wife, Treat, a trio of lady octogenarians appropriates the rest home van to rescue Mac, embarking on an adventure that makes national news. But Morgan knows something they don't: Mac is taking orders from her mom's ghost, trying to make good on a promise he made years ago. Worried sick, Morgan sets out on the 126-mile drive from Fresno to Santa Cruz, praying she finds Mac before he hurts himselfor worse. The chase is on, but the mission becomes one of more than miles; Morgan must also undertake a journey of the heart.
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Maye's Request

By Clifford Mae Henderson

Medical Romance
Reunion Romance
California
Close Quarters
Children / Families

Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she'll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother's lover—who also happens to be her Dad's twin sister. The animosity between the twins is a valley of landmines. When her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean tries. But the more Bean finds out about her parents' complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows.

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Spanking New

By Clifford Mae Henderson

Other Worlds
Children / Families
Friends & Community
Coming Out
California
Non-Binary Gender

Getting born is trickier than Spanky ever imagined.

Yearning for life, Spanky chooses Nina, a flighty actress just out of college, and Rick, a sax player who changes tires to get by, to be his parents. Only Nina seems to be hung up on her gay guy friend Pablo, and Nina's best girlfriend Dink is hung up on her! Will Nina and Rick get it together in time to conceive Spanky before he evaporates? And if this hurdle gets crossed, will they choose to keep him?

There's not much Spanky can do but watch from above while his fate plays out—and if that's not scary enough, an unexpected twist of fate makes Spanky have to completely reevaluate his expectations. He's a girl!

A poignant, hilarious, unforgettable look at life, love, gender, and the essence of what makes us who we are.

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The Middle of Somewhere

By Clifford Mae Henderson

California
Small Town Romances
Food
Secret Baby
Friends & Community
Close Quarters
Second Chance at Love

Eadie T. Pratt sets out on a road trip in search of a new life and ends up in the middle of somewhere she never expected.

Start with one independent, urban lesbian who cashes out her life in San Francisco for a secondhand travel trailer and sets off to the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in search of a new life. Add to this a broken-down '66 T-bird, a bunch of small-town Texas Baptists, a ton of fried food, and a church scandal. Pepper with a hot love interest and a dash of greed, and what you get is Eadie T. Pratt's road trip gone awry.

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