Books by Veda Dalsette  


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The Sandpuppy

Inspired by the 1965 film The Sandpiper starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Dr. Roy Bettencourt, who prides himself on being a very moral man, is a professor of Morality Poetry at Seaside City College. His marriage to Diana isn't perfect but is stable, even though they suffer with his deep, dark bedroom secret.

When Roy is summoned to Mayor Chilblain's office, he's given an ultimatum—either convince the sexy new artist in town to sell her beach house so a pet real estate development project can move forward or lose his cushy job at the college. Now Roy not only has to protect his job but also his morality and marriage, while risking exposure of his deep, dark, bedroom secret in a courtroom climax.

Step back to 1965 in The Sandpuppy, to the days of hootenannies, surfer gangs, and free love, back when a lucrative cat resort carried more weight than human decency.

Femur on the Beach

Inspired by the 1955 film Female on the Beach starring Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler

Ivy Borax, escaping her high-living past, moves to a quiet beach house to walk on the beach, paint, and maybe even write a novel. She marks this new beginning with a ceremonial Catholic confession.

But her new life comes with its own complications. People turn up uninvited at her new home, a young, handsome beachcomber claims her beach, and her shady old flame resurfaces. Amid all this, human leg bones appear at her door and the scourge of devil worship clouds her life like a Donora smog. Who is damning her new start in life and why?

Return to 1955 in Femur on the Beach, back when living in sin was more damning than being ugly as sin.

Suddenly, This Summer

Inspired by the 1959 film Suddenly, Last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift

During teen Birdie Cassady's summer vacation, she focuses on writing a top-drawer essay for her first semester at Miss Dalrymple's School for Ladies. A strange man on the beach awakens her to an amazing discovery, but when she tries to share it, others claim she's mad.

Why won't they believe her? And what terrifying steps will they take to control her?

Revisit 1959 in Suddenly, This Summer, when only the best families bred their respectable daughters to display the utmost poise when snagging a most suitable husband.


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The Old Cheap Room

Inspired by the 1962 film The L-Shaped Room starring Leslie Caron and Tom Bell

When Jane Krump moves into the old, cheap room at the Tobacco Road rooming house, she's alone and in need of a husband fast, but the vivacious Cedric comes to her aid. While he's advocating this Plain Jane snag the powerful Animal Control Commissioner, she's interested in anyone younger. And employed. And not a sex pervert.

Inspired by the lady power she's discovered in a pivotal novel, she takes action, resulting in shocking consequences—including the threat of death.

Check in to 1962 in The Old Cheap Room to learn why good girls once had to be good.

All About Boyd

Inspired by the 1950 film All About Eve starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter

Nel Havermayer is a successful lady robot designer, who has a well-ordered life, with love interest Perry and best friend Tooty. All is well, until the day a young man claiming to be her son appears at her door, and his very existence threatens her success.

Luckily, Tooty helps her ride the outrageous events that follow, as they try to put a lid on the damage wrought by Boy Doe. Through it all, she learns what being a woman means—with the right person.

Fasten your seatbelts, because All About Boyd, set in 1950, is a very bumpy tale.

Far Far Out!

Inspired by the 1966 film Way Way Out! starring Jerry Lewis and Connie Stevens

When astrogeologist Harvey Klinkschlopper took a lonely job on the Moon's outpost, he thought he'd fled anyone who could distract him from his rocks—but he had rocks in his head to think that.

Enter sexy scientist Dr. Whiting, who has more on her mind than lunar gravel. Add to that two robots with attitude and two very unwelcome visitors, and you have a recipe for sabotage and mayhem.

Blast off to 1966 in Far Far Out!, back to a retro future, when smoking and drinking in space was compulsory and all space furniture was inflatable plastique.


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Copweb

Inspired by the 1955 film Copweb starring Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall

Esteemed psychiatrist Dr. Brent Havidol has, by all appearances, an enviable life as the head of mental clinic specializing in a self-policing environment for privileged young adults. But appearances can be deceiving, as his disintegrating marriage and attraction to a new lady psychologist complicate matters. However, the complications arising from the introduction of live theater produced and performed by the patients are what put his reputation and career on the line.

New patient Kip, who has a crush on the play's girl director, comes to her rescue by providing a stage curtain solution, but an opening night calamity leads to compounding misfortunes. Misplaced affections and bad assumptions flame a VD scare and muddy relationships across both staff and patients. Events snowball to test and rock the foundation of the clinic's therapeutic model.

Set in 1955, Copweb shines a light on professionals who get so wrapped up in their own lives they forget about the mental problems their unstable patients have.

Beyond the Florist

Inspired by the 1949 film Beyond the Forest starring Bette Davis and Joseph Cotten

Beautiful Rhoda Malone is a bored, restless housewife who wants to escape Dependaboro, a small flower town with a stench that's wilting her. However, her husband Fred, the local psychoist, has no desire to leave the townspeople whose mental health relies on him.

When wealthy, handsome Trent Boscum breezes into town on his seaplane with plans to build a new flower factory there, Rhoda decides he'll be her ticket out of the petunia-picking, snapdragon-scented, bee-bitten burg. She wastes no time bedding him and makes plans to anoint him husband number two.

Now, she has to figure out, short of murder, how to get rid of husband number one. But like a Dependaboro rose bush, things get thorny and seedy, with kidnapping, violence, and movie fandom all playing a role.

Set in 1949, Beyond the Florist harkens back to those days when being labeled a communist was worse than child molester. Just like today.

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