I was born feet-first and left-handed and as my mom used to say, I’ve done things backwards ever since.
Orange, Texas is my hometown, although I moved away right after high school and have never lived there again. After setting my Third Eye mystery series in Orange, I fell in love with the area all over again.
The first half of my life I didn’t ask questions, I simply accepted the answers I received from others. Today, answers are unimportant. It’s the questions that thrill me, make me keep exploring. And that exploration leads to more questions. For me, life is not in the answers, but in the questions.
Learn more about Sylvia here.
Bea Meade, mother of an infant son, finds her life shattered when her philandering husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. To make ends meet, Bea takes a job at a shipyard as a riveter. Meanwhile, she searches for the love missing in her life.
Life is good for everyone in Orange–except Bea, who has to fight her own battles against a no-good husband, the prejudice facing women in the workplace, and the mysteries of her own past.
Bea’s journey to discover who she really is, a vibrant woman of her times, serves up an entertaining story of the World War II homefront you’ll remember long after the final pages.
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Crickhollow Books (September 1, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, GEORGETOWN, OR ANY OTHER BRICK AND MORTAR, OR ONLINE BOOKSTORE.
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (December 8, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, ANY INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE AND ONLINE BOOKSTORE.
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (March 11, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, OTHER INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES OR ONLINE BOOKSTORES.
Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets
Rookie PI Sidra Smart thinks she knows where she’s headed. She’s divorced her preacher-husband, she’s inherited a private detective business, and she’s solved her first case. But then she moves into a ghost active house and discovers that the past holds the key not only to her future, but to the lives of innocent people trapped in an unholy web of deception that spans decades. This mystery/suspense novel is set in a small Texas town where everyone knows everything about the other-or at least think they do-until the sins of the past catch up with the secrets of the present. Where yesterday’s lighthouses, yellow fever, and Civil War skirmishes play a significant role in uncovering the sins of today. When Sid’s second case requires she clear the name of a dead man, she finds herself confounded by clues that lead nowhere. She battles her own prejudice, a burned-out office, the disappearance of a local preacher’s wife, and a midnight trip through a murky swamp before clues begin to fall in place. Then, with assistance from a seemingly unknown and perhaps ghostly force, Sid learns something about herself-when the cause is right she never retreats. The interaction between Sid and her client, a tobacco-spitting, chair-rocking old codger more interested in the shine on his shoes than the dust on his furniture, once again brings small-town America to life.
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (October 18, 2007)
AVAILABLE AT ONLINE AND INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES EVERYWHERE.
Sidra Smart, rookie private eye, struggles to survive her own internal conflicts as she plunges into a surreal world of passion and murder. This mystery/suspense novel transports the reader to the exotic land where Texas and Louisiana meet in the middle of alligator-infested swamps, a land once inhabited by cannibalistic Indians, Jim Bowie, and Jean Lafitte, and where, today, Cajuns and cowboys are king and setting itself becomes character. Fifty-year-old Sidra Smart is not your ordinary rookie private eye. A recently divorced preacher’s wife, she knows zip about running the private detective business she’s just inherited from her brother. A lifetime spent up on a pedestal, inside a fishbowl before her husband’s congregation has left Sid ill prepared to face the dark world of criminal investigation. But face it she does when her first client bursts in with vague flashbacks of a grisly thirty-year-old murder committed by the woman’s father. Soon, Sid plunges into a surreal world of danger and intrigue where passion burns as hot as the memories of child abuse, arson and murder. The interaction between Sid, meddlesome Aunt Annie, and Cajun-speaking, rot-gut drinking mentor, George Léger, forms the core of this character-driven novel.
(Publisher L & L Dreamspell)
AVAILABLE AT BRICK AND MORTOR BOOKSTORES, USUAL ONLINE STORES SUCH AS AMAZON.COM, OR WEBSITE:www.sylviadickeysmith.com
The Story That Must Be Told:
True Tales of Transformation
“The Story That Must Be Told” is a collection of short stories dealing with a wide variety of issues. There are numerous stories on the power of forgiveness, taking personal responsibility, dealing with addictions, learning to love one self and understanding our parents. There are also chapters on listening to another culture, and overcoming disability. Depending on your circumstance, you are bound to find one of these 22 stories to apply too your particular life-change event.”(Lori Plach, for Reader Views)
(Publisher Loving Healing Press)
AVAILABLE AT LOVING HEALING PRESS.COM, USUAL ONLINE STORES SUCH AS AMAZON.COM, OR ORDERED THROUGH ANY BOOKSTORE. SYLVIA HAS COPIES FOR SALE. www.sylviadickeysmith.com