P.C. Zick writes contemporary fiction and romances. She describes herself as a “storyteller” no matter the genre.
Having lived in Florida for more than thirty years, she finds the people and the environment of the Sunshine State to be a rich base for her storytelling. Florida’s quirky and abundant wildlife—both human and animal—supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.
All of her novels contain strong female heroines who live by their convictions and love with passion. Her heroes find themselves unable to resist the allure of intelligence wrapped in beautiful packages.
Zick’s latest novel is totally different than Live from the Road. I loved that one, but her latest is more serious, more “today’s headlines” and more drama that shares a contemporary love story like no other I’ve read… It is a novel that covers three generations and shows the dark side of things learned through and from our ancestors. An important book in several ways. –Glenda Bixler, Book Reader’s Heaven
When environmental writer Caroline Carlisle sets off to report on endangered sea turtles during the BP oil spill in 2010, the last thing she expects is to do is uncover family secrets. The long-kept secrets threaten to destroy her family, unless she can heal the hurts from a lifetime of lies.
To make matters worse, Caroline’s love for her late sister’s husband, Simon, creates an uproar in a southern family already set on a collision course with its past.
Trails in the Sand is set on Florida’s panhandle and the east coast near St. Augustine. Florida’s Panhandle beaches, including St. George Island, off the coast near Apalachicola in the Gulf of Mexico, are home to hundreds of sea turtle nests each summer. When the oil spill threatens to come ashore on Florida’s Panhandle beaches, conservationists and wildlife managers join together in an historic effort to save the sea turtle eggs by moving them across the state to Cape Canaveral. As the oil from BP’s oil spill continues to spew forth into the Gulf of Mexico, urgency to save Florida wildlife mounts. It’s in this atmosphere that Caroline discovers the truth about her family as she writes stories about the rescue of the eggs.
Caroline struggles to repair the rift between herself and Jodi, Simon’s daughter. Jodi is not only Caroline’s niece, but after her marriage to Simon, Jodi is now her stepdaughter. Jodi is resentful that her aunt married her father so soon after her mother’s death and neither Caroline nor Simon can break through the barrier she’s created to insulate herself from further hurt. When all three are brought together one night on a beach near Cape Canaveral for the release of the baby sea turtles, the tensions of the past collide as the hatchlings make their march to the sea. Whether any of them survive remains a mystery, but at least both the hatchlings and Caroline and her family have been given a new chance for at life.
The book is full of sea turtle facts and real-life news reports and press releases about the very real and frightening Deepwater Water spill. The book also chronicles the dangers in coal mining and ties it together with the oil spill to show that good energy conservation begins with following safe procedures and standards.
Through it all, the ancient loggerhead sea turtle serves as a reminder that life moves forward despite the best efforts to destroy it.
Native Lands is a gripping and entertaining thriller with depth, wonderful characters and well-planted parallels between the two engaging narratives. There is a beautiful and warm feel to Native Lands and an excellent and uplifting moral that won’t lecture or patronize. A truly great read. Christoph Fischer, Author
Murder, Sex, and Deceptions Threaten the Existence of a Tribe of Native Americans and Their Beloved Everglades
When their environment is torn apart by a conglomerate of international interests, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up and form their own oddly matched conglomerate, and with the assistance of nature, attempt to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure. Cultural boundaries established centuries ago are erased as love and nature seek the balance lost in the battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier.
Tortoise Stew can be shelved with your Carl Hiassen books, because both authors hate the development and corruption that is making all of Florida look like Miami, and because both are great reads. -Peter Guinta, The St. Augustine Record
Often compared to the novels of Carl Hiassen, Tortoise Stew exposes the quest to destory the landscape of rural Florida. Small town politics take center stage in this novel about the development of Florida at any cost. Kelly Sands is a reporter covering some of the more controversial and contentious issues in the fictional north Florida town of Calloway. Dead armadillos and gopher tortoise carcasses are left as calling cards to those opposing the development as commission meetings erupt into all-out warfare. With the murder of one commissioner and the suicide of his wife, Kelly begins an investigation that threatens to topple the carefully laid plans of the developers and politicians to bring a movie studio and landing strip within the city limits of the small town. When a young girl is killed by a semi-truck from Monster Mart, the environmentalists become even more vocal against the developers’ plans. Chaos reigns as both sides raise voices and fists in one cacophonous uproar until saner heads bring justice to all.
Three full-length novels filled with love, intrigue, murder, and mayhem in wild and wacky Florida
Tortoise Stew, Trails in the Sand, Native Lands follow the outrageous happenings in the Sunshine State when it comes to developing and destroying precious natural resources. Love and romance mingle with bits of environmental truths in these three contemporary novels.
“Behind the Altar” by P.C. Zick is a romance with excellently drawn characters and marvellous chemistry between them. – Amazon Reviewer
Behind the Altar is the first book in the Behind the Love Triology
Leah Bryant’s life satisfies all her needs. Her engagement to Jacob Davis, minister of the Sunshine Church, gives her the security she requires after living on the streets during her teenage years. She runs a food kitchen out of the church for homeless vets who are living on the banks of Deer River.
All is perfect until the day her future mother-in-law Geraldine tells her the church is shutting down the kitchen, and Dean “Jacob’s brother” rides his Harley into her heart. Leah’s world begins to crumble as she falls into Dean’s muscular and tattooed arms and discovers the passion she’s never known.
I love reading books in a series. We get to visit old beloved characters and see what happens with characters we met earlier. This can fail for authors, if they depart too far from the tone/mood/issues of the earlier work. But it can be a huge success if the reader gets more of the same people and places… with a twist. That’s the case with Behind the Bar. – Amazon Reviewer
Susie and Reggie return to the Behind the Love Trilogy as the main characters in this romance. Susie and Reggie have been together since high school. When they watch good friends Dean and Leah find happiness, they both know something in their relationship must change. Susie believes that means marriage; she didn’t expect it to be Reggie deciding they needed a break from one another.
While on break, a handsome publisher comes back to Victory to sweep Susie off her feet, while the voluptuous Sally Jean works her charms on Reggie. Meanwhile, the Victory Tavern owned by Reggie grows into a star attraction for the town. Dean and Leah help, and Susie’s sister Lisa returns home and provides Susie some much needed answers to the questions about their father. Reggie nearly loses everything in a bet that jeopardizes the Tavern. Secrets revealed bring more questions. When Reggie realizes Susie is the woman he loves, Susie must decide if she can ever trust him again.
Before either of them can move forward to a life together, they must realize their past does not define them.
“What a quirky, nonsensical, gorgeous, joyful, sad bit of inspiration! And if you can’t understand that, then you’re in the best position to read this fun novel!” – Glenda A. Bixler, Amazon VINE Voice
Drive Route 66 with four women seeking adventure on the road.
Live from the Road takes the reader on an often humorous, yet harrowing, journey as Meg Newton and Sally Sutton seek a change in the mundane routine of their lives. Joined by their daughters, they set off on a journey of salvation enhanced by the glories of the Mother Road.
Along the way, they are joined by a Chicago bluesman, a Pakistani liquor storeowner from
Illinois, a Marine from Missouri, a gun-toting momma from Oklahoma, and a motel clerk from New Mexico.
Death, divorce, and deception help to reveal the inner journey taking place under the blazing desert sun as a Route 66 motel owner reads the Bhagavad-Gita and an eagle provides the sign they’ve all been seeking.
Enlightenment comes tiptoeing in at dawn in a Tucumcari laundromat, while singing karaoke at a bar in Gallup, New Mexico, and during dinner at the Roadkill Cafe in Seligman, Arizona.
The trip isn’t always easy as laughter turns to tears and back again. However, the four women’s lives will never be the same after the road leads them to their hearts – the true destination for these road warriors.
A fascinating study of human expectations, failings, and redemption. An intriguing read. – M.D. Abrams, author of Murder on the Prairie
A fascinating study of human expectations, failings, and redemption
A Lethal Legacy takes the reader on a journey through Ed Townsend’s twisted family legacy. He complicates the familial connection even more when he falls prey to the siren of his much younger cousin Kristina, who is beyond saving as she plots to get her fair share of the Townsend family legacy. Ed’s best friend and cousin, Gary, struggles as he marries women he doesn’t love all because he knows his father will never accept his homosexuality. It takes divorce, disease, and murder for Ed to realize that acceptance only comes from within once he is ready to face the truth.