Only Dead Leaves Fall

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Vincent Donovan

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“But seasons change and it’s time for dead leaves to fall. That’s what autumn is all about—getting rid of what’s outlived their time.”… Three intertwined lives are forced to confront their past for different reasons …one for revenge …another for greed… and the last to discover the truth.



Short Summary

Darlene Connolly is living on the edge four years after a massive solar storm causes worldwide havoc. Desperate to support her ailing mother and also exact a long-planned retribution, she sets out to swindle Todd Dolan who abandoned her in high school after she became pregnant with Cotton.


New York and New Hamposhire

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Darlene Connolly

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Sexy,Crazy,Desperate,Skillful,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Todd Dolan

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Charming,Complex,Greedy,Blunt,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Cotton

Age: 25


Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Sexy,Outspoken,Honorable,Adventurous

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Vincent Donovan, a two-time quarterfinalist in the highly competitive “Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest,” graduated with a B.A in English from Merrimack College and an M.B.A from Rivier University. For over twenty-seven years, Vin worked in various leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry. His debut novel Chasing Mayflies was a 2017 finalist for the Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award for General Fiction. He is also the author of "A Difficult Crossing." He resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts with his wife Robin. They have two grown daughters and two adorable grandsons.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2022

Hard Copy Available