It’s the summer of 2000. Brand-new high school graduate Michael Turner is betting his future on the dot-com boom by investing in his invention, the “Jiggly Mouse,” which he’s convinced will land him on the cover of Wired magazine and finance a life of partying and sleeping in. But the dot-com bubble bursts and Jiggly Mouse is no more.
Dejected, Michael turns to the want ads and sees the next best thing: “Make $2,000/wk. No experience necessary.” Never mind that his future boss, a tough-talking ex-convict named Johnny, interviews him in a rundown motel. Michael gets the job selling vacuum cleaners Then he, Johnny, and a wisecracking salesman named Frank hit the road.
Michael’s boyish charm and handsome face win him quick entry into the homes of clients who will not be allowed to say no. But soon, Michael begins to realize that his business partners are selling a commodity way more lucrative than vacuum cleaners: cocaine. Little by little, Michael feels his dream of financial independence slipping away among the snowcapped peaks of Western Montana. All he has to do to regain his footing is embrace the wheeling-and-dealing sales model that the company endorses. And Michael is so very good at it—but is it worth the price?
Vacuums on Credit, Drugs for Cash is a complete 100,000-word novel.
Doug is just getting the hang of his first year of High School when something out of the ordinary starts to happen to him. At first it is just a few weird things, like an unquenchable thirst and having to pee every fifteen minutes. But when he starts to lose weight and turns pale, he can no longer hide from the truth. His teachers start to notice and he ends up in the hospital.
Doctor Horvath treats Doug and gives him his diagnosis–Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Doug starts out on his journey of finger pricks, needles and low blood sugars, all while navigating the ins and outs of teenage life. Can he ever be at peace with the one thing that he wishes he could change about himself?
The Sugar Siphon is a novel about the things we wish we could change about ourselves but can’t, and eventually must learn to embrace.