Lawyer Jerry Wheeler has a beautiful wife, a stake in his high earning Chicago law firm, and a short future. For a man who should have the world at his fingertips, Jerry Wheeler is contemplating suicide. As Jerry spirals downward he meets Hazel, a young woman who proposes to Jerry that she can help him end his life if he promises to stay alive for one more month. Hazel moves into Jerry’s apartment and helps him deal with his lingering childhood memories, the impossible relationship he has with his father, and the guilt he feels toward failing his wife. Hazel and Jerry form a tight bond, and Hazel wants to believe that she has brought hope to Jerry’s life, but Jerry is still spiraling downward into drugs and contemplating how to take his life.
Born in Chicago, in 1971, to a carpenter and housewife, Anita Renaghan loved writing at a young age. Growing up in a suburb with her five siblings was a loud and adventurous time, and Anita was often found at the library reading her new favorite, or writing a poem or short story. Her high school English teacher presented the challenge of writing a novel, and that opened a door that would never close. Anita has written many novels in the past twenty years.
After high school, Anita joined the United States Air Force and worked as a cargo aircraft mechanic. Years later, she would use some of that knowledge to write “The Gage”. While in the service, Anita received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Western Oklahoma State College, and an Associates Degree in Aircraft Technology from the Community College of the Air Force, both completed in 1992. Following her years in the Air Force, Anita earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Northern Illinois University in 1995. Anita’s day job since then has been in the Audio Visual industry.Anita writes books and songs, and in 2001, she moved to Nashville for a year to pursue songwriting. Anita now lives west of Chicago with her husband and her young daughter. In the dark hours of the night, while her family sleeps, Anita can be found perched in front of her laptop writing her next adventure.