Revised Edition Family Ties: Thicker than Blood
Life in rural Georgia proves anything but easy for Willie LeBeaux, as childhood obstacles continue to present emotional and psychological barriers he simply can’t escape. The effort to start anew drives him to the city that never sleeps, where he hopes to get lost amidst the faceless inhabitants of post-911 New York.
The ebb and flow of living life in the gray areas between a legitimate chosen career and one that inadvertently chooses him is further complicated by Willie’s untimely encounter with NYPD Officer Ernestina Lady. She has sworn to uphold the very law his lifestyle contradicts while struggling with the concept of a life with him.
As if Willie’s attempts to find a balance between his surrogate parents in New York City and the crime family patriarch, who serves as a father figure, aren’t enough, he also has to contend with the ill effects of a tumultuous relationship with his biological father. Another element that pushes the limits of moral boundaries comes in the form of his “closer than comfortable” Cousin Tammy from Georgia, who reasons it’s permissible to kiss and tell.
A path of deceit, secrecy, and scandal spins an intricate web of lies that ultimately puts Willie in opposition
to everything in his life that holds value…even himself.
Family Ties II: Blood Covenant
Willie returns to Georgia in search of a safe haven following the death of Oz, his mentor. but being home proves even more troublesome; driving him back to New York. Returning to the city will either lead him to uncover much needed answers or raise more questions about his involvement in organized crime. He develops a plan to educate Marcus, Oz’s nephew, in the operation of the “Family Business” without his stepmother’s knowledge. The quest to track down Oz’s killers is jeopardized by Willie’s romantic involvement with Officer E. Lady which could disrupt his plans for revenge. Can the reluctant successor train Marcus to take over the family’s criminal enterprise without tipping off his stepmother? What are the consequences if she finds out? Willie continues a treacherous game of cloak and dagger that could end with him, or someone close, dead.