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First published as a poet on the wall of her elementary school in 1988, #1 Bestselling Author S.E. Chandler has spent decades dashing poems in private. After major life changes brought her to Western North Carolina, she cut her cable and wrote her first novel, THE LIE THAT BINDS to celebrate finishing her MBA. As part of her oxymoronic lifestyle, she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University of Asheville.

Canny, well, she goes by her last name because Rose never fit her anyway, is getting by week to week–and sometimes, table to table–after dropping out of art school. So what if she’s talented. Life isn’t supposed to work out for the daughter of an addict and get-rich-quick (get-broke-quicker) schemer.

Still Canny believes in humanity and helps out an overwhelmed mom of three, Ella, struggling to enjoy a meal out with a useless husband, Callahan. Ella offers Canny a nanny job, but she has reservations–and no idea what a nanny does. Of course, she falls in love with the Three Amigos, and can’t believe her luck with Ella’s generous offer. She soon finds herself falling for Ella too. Useless Husband’s philandering pushes them together…but then drives them apart.

Will her lost chances and found family go the distance or end in agony ever after? 

Tropes: age-gap, divorce/infidelity; nanny romance; toaster oven, primary character with intellectual disabilities

Billy is curious when her neighbor’s daughter moves back home after a divorce. A couple of gruff IDGAF encounters with Andi, Billy thinks she understands why she’s suddenly single. Except she can’t stop checking out Andi’s sculpted legs.

After a brunch disaster with crying in public, and a light-hearted game night with friends, Billy starts wondering what’s next on Andi’s agenda…and if it might be her.

Tropes: Return to hometown, second-chance at love, hurt/comfort, toaster-oven/first-time

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Rise & Converge

LGBTQ Romantic Suspense Thriller Series

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In 2550, Ehra is desperate to emulate the ruling Omeo elitists to take advantage of their privileges even as they do everything to extinguish her kind.

The Lie That Binds

#1 Bestseller
Rise & Converge Series Book 1

A first-crush kiss chased by a punch in the mouth

Ehra Havel is pretending to live like the elitist Omeo class that is trying to exploit and extinguish unmatched people just like her. Adopted from the streets of futuristic Chicago by an Omeo couple, she’s raised to follow the rules and emulate their marathon-length marriages by her counselor father.

Rules are made to be broken.

“Unmarried” to steamy and stormy, nonconformist Mamara, Ehra’s rollicking ride begins with her partner’s derelict brother missing from prison. Can they find him and undo his misdeeds before getting caught by cops and unraveling their rocky relationship?

Released in eBook & paperback, April, 1 2022

Enter the Uppergound

Rise & Converge Series Book 2

Love is a four-letter word

Edgy romantic suspense thriller, Enter the Upperground continues where The Lie That Binds leaves off. Ehra stumbles on a secret society of unmatched people passing as Omeo, even as her second-class status stymies her every turn.

With her constant questions, “Uppergrounder” Hami challenges everything Ehra knows about the world and herself. Mamara’s increasing volatility and an unexpected death thrusts Ehra into uncertainty. She is further devastated by Hami’s dangerous declaration of love. 

When Ehra receives a message from her father that could upend Omeo society, she faces her own bridges of Madison County between the highlife with Hami and domestic playacting with Mamara. With everything on the line, what future will she choose for herself and her adopted daughter?

Released in eBook & Paperback Earth Day, April 22, 2022

Rise & Converge

Rise & Converge Series Book 3

The luck stops here

A double-wide dose of action and misadventure, Rise & Converge follows Ehra’s transition into Jett as she starts a new life in the nation’s capital, Cleveland. Her subversive policy proposal gets all the wrong attention as it threatens to upend unmatched inequities. And pressures of public life brought on by friendly fire strain her fragile new relationship to the breaking point.

Plus, one wrong slip of the tongue could undo everything and thrust her back into a life of groveling or worse.

Will she be able to hold her house together while she changes the world without revealing her identity?

Released in eBook & Paperback May,

Friday the 13th, 2022

Paperbacks now available in The Asheville Shop & Malaprop’s Bookstore downtown