Naked Ladies - Seasons of the Heart includes ten stories, shared at a women's retreat by members of the same family. From their darkest moment to their most embarrassing story, these women bare it all. The Ten Stories: 1. St. Paddy's Day Leprechaun -Cheryl's world is crumbling around her. Should she let her car, and herself, just wash away to end the misery? 2. The New Year's Eve Curse -Shann has had bad luck with boyfriends lately, and her breakups all seem to have one thing in common, the breakups happen on New Year's Eve. This year, will she be alone once more come New Year's Day? 3. Unlikely Deliverance -Rebecca harbors a terrible secret - her father is serving time in prison. When a student, Jace, discovers - and reveals - her secret, she finds that his father's wrath rivals that of her own physically abusive father. Rebecca wonders: Will I ever feel safe again? 4. The Liar -Kendra has a horrible secret - her father is terrorizing her family. Distraught, she strikes out at a popular high school teacher. After all her deceit, can she admit her mistakes and find an ally who will help her save the lives of both she and her younger brother? 5. The Headless Horseman - For Leah, the opportunity for her son, 16-year-old Ryan, to play the Headless Horseman in his high school play is bittersweet. She's unable to trust the mysterious drama teacher, Ech Hayes. Should Leah give in -both to her growing attraction to the man and her son's insistence that Mr. Hayes is trustworthy? 6. Years Without Sleep -Marjorie struggles to get to sleep - and then stay asleep. When her marriage with Dan begins to suffer, she takes advice from friends, but the problem only gets worse. Will Margie find an answer to her sleep woes in time to save her career, her friendships and her marriage? 7. Beauty Queen Baby - When Krista enters her three-year-old daughter, Lacey, in a baby beauty pageant, she doesn't expect her to win. Then Lacey is crowned queen, and a whole new world opens up for Krista. Will she carry the beauty pageantry too far, and harm Lacey? 8. Honeymoon from Hell - Jennifer fell hard for Matt, and in only a few months the pair were married and on their way to a honeymoon week in Acapulco. Life-threatening accidents make her wonder: will I survive my honeymoon? 9. Bidding for a Boyfriend -Karon relocates to a new town with her parents, determined t to fit in or make friends. Can Karon change her outlook and make friends after all? The Sadie Hawkins week auction is her chance to find out. 10. Collecting can be Fatal! -Anna is passionate about antiques, and spends her weekends going from garage sale to estate sale looking for her favorite collectables. One Saturday, Anna finds herself alone, trapped in a burning barn full of collectables. Will she survive to hunt ather day?
ML Coley is a lifelong writer, currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and north central New Mexico. Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, she has been writing since the second grade. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, with a bachelors degree in Zoology/Communications and masters in Education/Curriculum Development, she has worked as a naturalist, a park planner, a journalist, a public relations professional, an education/outreach director, a non-formal educator, an adjunct professor and a communications officer. Meanwhile, she has developed her passion for fiction writing. Coley has published many stories and won awards at various writing conferences over the past decade. Naked Ladies: Seasons of the Heart is her first story collection.