Fiction Novel: True Nature
By Katie Matthews
The masks we wear may give us tunnel vision to the world, and make us blind to the reality within us
Vanessa Hall has masked her true self for far too long. Living in Denver with what appears to be the perfect marriage and life, the mask she has worn is abruptly ripped off in a violent incident that upends her life. As the key witness to crimes in which her late husband was involved, Vanessa is not only injured, but whisked away by the FBI to a safe location while the investigation plays out. Facing reality for the first time in years, she learns that sometimes nowhere is safe until the truth is revealed.
Special Agent Alexander Eriksson, FBI, has been assigned to the investigation involving Vanessa's husband from the beginning. Alex has an uncanny gift for reading body language, tone of voice, and people's overall actions to ascertain the truth. A workaholic whose life is his job, Alex keeps others at a distance, but getting to know Vanessa may challenge the way he believes he wants to live.
As they navigate uncharted territory, Alex and Vanessa find themselves caught in a whirlwind of passionate desire despite the unusual circumstances. Their undeniable spark and resulting trysts are a welcome distraction from the reality unfolding around them. They both struggle as their masks disintegrate and they begin to confront the dark world in which they find themselves. For reasons neither understands, the criminals will not stop till they find her.
Fiction Novel: Cut and Bound
By Katie Matthews
After his soul is cut from his physical body, his world is bound by the limitations of existing in others.
Cole Suter, rich, successful and proud womanizer, finds himself in a comatose state after an accident he barely remembers. Only able to hear what is happening around him, he is terrified the day he hears his heart rate flatline. Experiencing what he believes is death, Cole awakes to find himself locked inside another's body, only able to see, hear, and most puzzling—feel their emotions.
What follows is a journey over which Cole has no control. He moves from person to person, viewing their lives and attempting to decipher their emotions. For how does one know what an emotion is, without the thought tied to it? Along the way he is alternately disgusted and awed by what he witnesses. Those he visits unknowingly show him all the different ways there are to live, the struggles they face, and the myriad of emotions associated with being human.