So half a century into my life, I decided to try something completely different. After finishing a handful of scripts for short films and a few forays into the 48 Hour Film Project, I and my friend and co-writer Lorena Peter are now writing full-length screenplays. We just finished our second—a Christmas romantic comedy, "Only Fifteen Shopping Days Left"—and have dived into our third, which we're this close to finishing. Cross fingers that this keeps going well. Or, you know, goes anywhere at all. You can find out more about us, our other film projects, and the trials and tribulations (and rewards) of collaborating with a partner at bevarlypeter.com.
Searching for the meaning of life is one thing. Finding it in an Arkansas trailer park is another thing entirely.
Hannah, Max, and Krystal are thrown together during the robbery of a Boston coffee shop where a likeable barista is gunned down. Struck by how easily they might have been the ones to die, and facing their own personal unhappiness, they set out to answer that age-old question, "What's the meaning of life?"
A “sign” in some spilled latte foam points them toward Tibet. Unfortunately, the only Tibet they can afford is Tibet, Arkansas, nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks. An impetuous journey filled with misfits and misadventures leads them to people like Jungle Jamal and lands them in places like the Butternut, Kentucky Alien Abduction Site. Yet somewhere along the way, they find themselves, well, finding themselves.
Because it's the journey, not the destination. Even if neither what you expected.
In the heart and heat of the Bluegrass, a storm is brewing. And it's going to be a big one.
There was a time when Kentucky’s Three Crowns Farm was the zenith of Thoroughbred racing. Though its star has dimmed, three generations of Breckenridge women are determined to spark its renaissance. But each is driven by her own passion, her own longing, and her own thirst for power.
For Matriarch Ruby, the only thing more important than recapturing the farm's glory with a second Triple Crown winner is protecting the family's secrets. Her daughter Jess, as strong-willed as the Thoroughbred she's determined to train, is caught between doing what's right and doing what's necessary. While sixteen-year-old Rowan, precocious and rebellious, refuses to do things "the Breckenridge way."
And everything rests on a million-dollar horse that could make-or break-them all.
It’s Christmastime at Lauderdale’s Department Store, where the ghost of a matchmaking Santa sets his sights on a hapless store elf and a workaholic store manager, who need to open their hearts to love and laughter...and the magic of Christmas.
Sophie Gift is working as a department store Santa’s elf, and manager Mitchell Lauderdale is working his way up to head the family retail empire. Romance is the farthest thing from their thoughts, but Nicholas Frost, the ghost of a former store Santa, is sure they’re perfect for each other. And he should know. He has a record for successful matchmaking that goes back seventy-five years. There’s always a Christmas wedding for two people who met at the store. This year, there could be two, since Sophie’s friend, Annie, another of Santa’s elves, draws the eye of the mysterious Sean Martin. What better gift for Christmas than a happily-ever-after? Unless maybe it's two of them...
One intrusive roommate plus one unsavory suitor plus one new guy in town equals more than one agoraphobic war widow can handle.
In the second-story window of an Old Louisville Victorian, Claire sits at her computer all day every day, transcribing medical diagnoses to pay the bills and losing herself in a rich fantasy life to keep a distressing reality at bay.
But when a young man wanders into the courtyard below one afternoon—and then another afternoon and another afternoon and another afternoon—her reality and fantasy begin to merge in a way that's most unsettling.
But not entirely unpleasant...