Parrish Blue

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Sallie never expected to discover a world she’d forgotten how to imagine.

Maxfield’s is the place to see and be seen.

Sallie Anaro always dreamed of living immersed in beauty, and she’s now one of the elite team making this fabulous restaurant a retreat for Earth’s powerful and fortunate.

When a scruffy off-worlder stumbles in, gazing at the artistic décor like a tourist, Sallie has no idea he’s about to shatter her worldview. Inspired by kindness, she resolves to give him the perfect Maxfield’s experience. As she guides him through the menu, course by delectable course, his love of art helps her rediscover what those dreams once meant to her.

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About The Author

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray writes stories and poems, makes robots and photographs, and works towards a more climate-safe energy paradigm. She grew up in a peripatetic military family, experiencing First Contact with strange beings and new worlds as a regular part of life. When she discovered science fiction magazines hidden in her grandmother's attic, Vanessa finally felt she had arrived home.

Vanessa earned an engineering Ph.D., launching a thirty-year career in energy systems analysis while writing in her spare time. Often the only woman on a project, she never lost touch with the outsider's viewpoint, using her insights to bridge such divides. A few years ago, Vanessa reshuffled priorities, keeping involved in the energy field, but shifting into high gear on story-telling. Not surprisingly, people coping with their differences is a recurring element in her work.

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