Rhea’s Upcoming (or Finished) Projects

Intermarry        DONE
A novel

By Rhea Harmsen

When Jack Wolinsky created the Southside Redevelopment Project he wasn’t expecting to almost die from a savage racial beating.

He expected to use his architectural skills to fix up the inner city, to create housing, employ people, and give them a profit-share in his startup. All this on a few credit cards left over from his corporate days and a notion that one crazy white dude could do something about race relations. He didn’t expect to meet Fiona Reed, and have her throw a monkey wrench into his plans. Though she’d tell you it was her drive and ambition that gave his dream wings; her Terminator attitude that won the grants, the health insurance, did magic on a shoestring, while he was busy designing urban gardens and fishing homeless winos out of the garbage. Together, they grew the company, took tattered misfits and built a community, and made some inadvertent enemies. They rode a wave of euphoria doing what young people crave: daily meaning in their work. But he couldn’t see her, wouldn’t let himself see her. While all she had eyes for was him.

Yet, when love finally came knocking, it was Fiona who turned tail and ran. When violence, race-memory and mistrust reared their ugly heads, and her overprotective daddy and Jack started the gut wrenching, mind bending, heart transforming conversation on race, where was little Miss Perfect then?

Never mind that race is the most challenging issue sabotaging the American dream. Forget our need for fairy tales. Deny that black and white are like two saplings grown entwined, that can no longer be divided. All Jack’s idealism came crashing down on his head when Fiona saved his life by leaving him; shattered, soul depleted and alone. For Jack, that was the beginning of crazy.

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God Created Women                    DONE
A novel

By Rhea Harmsen

Elena has all the sweetness and femininity that her money and social position make irresistible. So she’s the jewel every Puerto Rican boy covets to crown his dreams. But her life revolves around a carefully concealed lie and all her goodness cannot save her. She learns early on that only bad girls can keep the devil at bay.

Joel is the heartthrob a girl dreams of meeting on the dance floor and taking home to Mami. He’s got everything going for him and all of it paid for with his own sweat. But he’s also got an ominous past he cannot escape. And he’s not sure if machismo is an outdated concept or the only way to keep his family safe. First there was Maria. Then there was Elena. In between them a string of other victims. Joel saw it all. And he echoed the question, “Have women been born to suffer?”

Both Joel and Elena are fleeing the intoxication of true love, both are feeling the bite of hand-me-down shame. Both are keeping secrets to conceal their rage. Where is the end to darkness? Where will the dawn come from? If love is not enough, and desire can’t take you there, then only the truth can end the generations of pain.

 

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Moral Courage                  DONE
A novel

By Rhea Harmsen

East meets West in this story of two quintessential twenty first century women. The American: Debbie Armbruster, a Special Ops captain of a platoon of buff, cocky, fire eating Rangers infiltrating Afghanistan in the dead of night. She’s razor sharp, confident and stoic. The mission: Long Range Recon operations in a war intended to bring down the Taliban by air power alone. The Afghan: Fataneh, a village girl living in the dark ages but determined to win her freedom and her country’s liberation.They are thrown together in a time of great danger and crisis.

Complicate matters by introducing Shawn McNeil, second in command—a scrumptious, oh baby please save me, modern chauvinist. A former football hero, now a tough, disciplined lieutenant whose heart’s in trouble.

Immersed in horrible atrocities, friendly fire and collateral damage, they must forge a bond that tests their leadership, reveals their moral courage, and allows them to make it out alive.

Grandeur
A novel of Haiti

By Rhea Harmsen

Annie goes to Haiti. Haiti has an earthquake. Jean-Louis rescues Annie from the rubble of the Hotel Montana and takes her home to his family.

Annie now discovers things about Jean-Louis. He’s not just the most gorgeous chocolate man on the planet. He’s an Olympic athlete whose brilliant mind rivals that of Haiti’s founding father from whom he descends. And he carries the weight of his country on his shoulders.

Against the backdrop of unspeakable devastation, thousands of crush injuries, rivers of orphans and questionable foreign aid, a flower begins to bloom in Annie’s heart. Amid the grandeur of Haiti’s history and the resilience of her amazing people Annie embarks on a quest to rebuild a family’s future and win a fiercely noble man.

Isaiah’s Longing                            DONE
CD of spoken word poetry

By Rhea Harmsen with original music by Lee Robinson

The Boundaries
A short story

By Rhea Harmsen

Desperate Moves
A short story

By Rhea Harmsen

Children of the Half-light
Selected Poems

By Rhea Harmsen

The Biracial Child’s Credo
CD of spoken word poetry

By Rhea Harmsen

Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM         Novel

By Rhea Harmsen

Debt – The Movie
Screenplay

By Rhea Harmsen

The Eradication of Extreme Wealth
(Meditations for those who don’t want to be part of the problem)

By Rhea Harmsen

Reflections of a Mad Gardener
Essays and poems

By Rhea Harmsen

John Ross and Pamela (Spinoff of Dallas 2012  on Fanfiction)                                       

Season 1         DONE

Season 2         DONE

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10365562/3/Dallas-2012-Spinoff-John-Ross-and-Pamela

 

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