Masks of Morality


Masks of Morality is a work of contemporary realistic fiction. It’s cautionary, a warning.  It begs the questions, “What if modern America is a dystopian society? If this goes on, could those apocalyptic future novels and movies have come true today?"


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Contemporary realistic fiction connecting the line between corporatism and global war.

Multinational corporatism causing perpetual wars.

Humanity treading on a slippery slope.

And how might a bloody dove found behind an art gallery in Sausalito symbolize secret society obstructing world peace?


Perception Becomes Reality

I contend that the "political twister" is our political/economic system itself. American news headlines are twisted and have been for a long time.  The Spanish-American War was our first media war, started on Hearst's fake news. Even back then, an American newspaper fanned the flames of interest in the war by fabricating atrocities abroad to justify military intervention.

The circus show continues today, complimented by our very own former Reality TV star as president--- with techno-crazed futuristic robotic fever fueling us into a sci-fi reality.

We live in an age where information is plentiful, but we are starved of truth. Much of the news on TV, in the papers, the internet, radio and other media do not reflect the world as it is, but rather, turns our outlook into a deceptive illusion. It uses the politics of fear, with unconscious bias.

Unless we break free of the hive mentality, we face being part of a tech-connected community with cognitive dissonance toward truth or reality.

Our political reality is stranger than fiction. 



The story behind the book

Branded as a political twister, the main message of MASKS OF MORALITY is of moral conscience, human compassion, family love and doing well for the greater good. Choosing LOVE over HATE in every choice we make.

Even if doing so means going against what our corrupt political and legal system might expect.

This is precisely what happens to a few characters in my story . . . 

Caryssa Flynn had the computer network world hard-wired into her brain, obsessed by the lure of power and money. She was a hard driven high-tech marketing professional. Until, at age forty-two, she gave birth to her only child. Suddenly, nothing was about her anymore.

The next decade sends her into a humanitarian journey taking many community volunteer jobs, as well as contract gigs to help make the world a better place. Although never becoming anti-corporate, she is conflicted by corporate abusive human practices. What type of legacy are we leaving for our kids?

While never quite finding her way back to her high-powered high tech career—she does recognize the heartbreaking link of Silicon Valley and Boston 128 tech-belt she loved working within, to perpetual global wars for profit. And the dots connect directly to the increased violence and drug epidemic within. 

Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caryssa befriends a group of upper middle-class parents as eclectic as the mix of boutiques and cafes surrounding them. Each ride the emotional arc of parenting within these tumultuous times with her.

Echoed throughout the way is a startling and disturbing awareness of a culture---ours--- mindlessly threatening to squander all that is dear to our hearts. Behind the cultural culprits lurk the politicians, business, and religious leaders wearing deceiving character masks of morality.

This culture shock leads the parents to examine the ache of late America. It transforms each of their lives motivating them to make a positive impact on all that matters most---especially the future of their children and grandchildren.

What is this monster lurking behind the masks? Stay tuned for the sequel, MONSTER behind the MASKS, coming soon!

People wear masks, everyday.  Not real masks, but social masks to "fit in" to some form of social "norms".  It is debilitating to cover up our true selves with a persona that is considered social convention.  Take that masks off----be yourself!
Politicians, business and religious leaders wear masks of false "morality".  They falsify a persona of caring for the people, when overall many only care about personal gain. Typically, financial gain into their pockets while others suffer.
It is enlightening to realize when to take off that social mask and let our true selves shine through, and to be able to see through the veneer of our leaders shady veils.  We don't need to change ourselves, but to merely  lift off our masks while putting on our soul, our hearts, our mindful love. For self, for all of humanity.



Please read MASKS OF MORALITY with an open mind, heart, and soul. If you like those dystopian tomorrow type plots, try jet-setting my story back to the future, and strap yourselves in for the ride.

I promise you won't be bored.


T.L. Mumley

T.L. Mumley (born Teresa Lynn Sullivan) is a former senior marketing analyst in Silicon Valley, a mother, wife and happy homebody. She holds an AS in Fashion Merchandising from Lasell, a BS in Marketing from MCLA and studied towards an MBA from Northeastern University. She has a twenty-year history in high-tech marketing and sales. An optimist at heart, she went on a personal crusade of community service and marketing for the greater good, often in her PJs from home office.

To spice up a decade of writing technical material in top tier tech magazines, she aspired to become a novelist with her debut novel, Masks of Morality. She has also published a dozen articles online surrounding social justice, which seemed to mysteriously disappear within the cyber hole she writes about.

Fueled by dark chocolate and good red wine, she can be found skiing and hiking mountains, walking, reading or doing a downward facing dog while gardening.

Although she will always be a Bostonian at heart, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.


My debut novel, Masks of Morality has already received several positive reviews from circles within my writer's groups, friends and above all, my multi-talented editor, Chansonette Buck.  Chansonette is a two-time Pushcart nominee with several chapbooks and a memoir. 

In Chansonette’s own words upon reading my manuscript “Your novel is a page-turner! I’m finding it hard to put down.  You have what it takes to tell a story in a compelling way”.

"The most amazing and unforeseen twists and turns, making it an enthralling read. It keeps you gripped to the edge of your seat."
                                                                - Susan Kelly, Ghostwriter

"MASKS OF MORALITY  positively influenced by attitude. Good guiding messages for We the People."
                                       -Bruce Alan Jensen, author of Killer on the Train

"Hip San Francisco Bay Area meets the bleak political reality that defines our life."
- Alon Shalev, author of ten novels including AT THE WALLS OF GALBRIETH, 2013 winner of Eric Hoffer award. 

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