Masks of Morality


MASKS OF MORALITY  is a work of contemporary realistic fiction.  Its setting is factual, and the characters, although invented by me, react in realistic ways to real-life situations.  Each character is faced with having to make a thorny moral decision and is in for a culture shock. They find they need to question certain corners within the social fabric of the American political, legal and business system, in order to do what’s right for humanity.

The storyline begs the questions: Is modern America a dystopian society? Have we normalized violence as a way of life?

The book is written in the voice of a mother who couldn't be happier with her life: a successful career history in Silicon Valley, beautiful house in the San Francisco Bay Hills, a loving marriage and above all a precious child.

Her only concern is for the next generation in a nation hell-bent on having higher military spending than any other nation in the world. Could it be the only extremist regime change our leaders should focus on, is our own?

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American politics is a crazy beast, performing in a three-ring circus that never goes out of style.

It's been over fifteen years since Caryssa left her fast-track Silicon Valley career; twelve and thirteen since the tragic loss of Anna's daughters, and a year since the murder of her art gallery security guard. But all efforts to let go of hidden political powers wreaking havoc on precious memories of their tender past comes back to haunt them---leading directly into the path of the money monster lurking in the shadows.

What dark force is driving the monster behind the masks? In book one, a trail of subtle clues was found within bloody symbolic messages on a dead dove left outside Anna's art gallery. Clues uncovering a secret society visible for all to see yet ingeniously disguised by ruling elites.

. . . And another dead dove was just found.



Connecting The Dots between Corporatism and Global War

Mainstream political news headlines are twisted and have been for a long time. This is true of most print newspapers, TV news, and radio with respect to foreign policy.

The Spanish-American War was our first media war fueled by the deceptive news.  In 1890, American newspapers such as Hearst's New York Journal and Pulitzer's New York World fanned the flames of interest in the war by fabricating atrocities abroad to justify military intervention in a number of Spanish colonies worldwide.

Like modern news, fiction was presented as fact.

Our culture of irrelevant revenge and wearing masks of humanitarian deeds abroad started long ago. It is hurting foremost our own nation, coalescing into social chaos and violence within.

The golden age of yellow journalism (fabricated news based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration) in the 1890's was the start of enabling the truth to be sacrificed, a victim to profit.

The art of sensationalized headlines continues, with techno-crazed futuristic robotic fever pushing us into a sci-fi reality. The Corporate Media is peppered with pro-war slants imposing political viewpoints on purpose, and the pressure comes from criminal elite powers that be.

In 2003, leading cable station MSNBC took the much-admired Phil Donahue off the air because of his moral opposition to the calls of war in Iraq. Why?

Mainly due to the fear of sounding "unpatriotic" and losing their jobs. Shame on corporate media for taking the extremist political stance, keeping the naive recruits believing in the cliches and ideologies peddled by too many well-intentioned teachers, film-makers, and eloquent politicians.

Former Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin wrote in 2006:

"Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from journalist being afraid to do what journalist were put on this green earth to do...Tell the truth."

MASKS OF MORALITY is not a war-story, or even as political as such story would be. Its a story of human compassion, a cry to the world to look past the debauched masks of corporate media and to reach into the soul for answers of how to best treat each other---how to be kind to humankind.

As it turns out, our political reality is stranger than fiction.



A baffling dead dove found behind an art gallery in  Sausalito, with a symbolic message in blood about shadow government obstructing world peace...




                      Another one found outside a prison in book number two!                              What do Picasso and this symbolism have in common?



Although branded as a political twister, the main message of my masks theme is of moral conscience, human compassion, family love and doing good for the social good.

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 on a humanitarian journey taking odd little contract gigs to help make the community and 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?

Never quite finding her way back to her high-powered high tech career—she does find the soul-crushing link of her beloved Silicon Valley and Boston 128 tech-belt she worked within, to perpetual global wars for profit.

Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caryssa befriends a group of upper-middle-class parents as eclectic as the diverse cafes, shops, and beauty surrounding them. Together, they ride the emotional arc of parenting within these tumultuous times.

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 false 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 through careers and volunteer work on all that matters most---especially the future of their children.


Masks of Morality



Please read it with an open mind, heart and soul.  If you love those sci-fi’s about a dystopian future, try jet-setting my words 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-five-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 boring technical material published in tech rags, she aspired to become a novelist with her debut Masks of Morality. The novel has received 5-Star ratings across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Inkitt and other sites.

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.


Masks of Morality has received several positive reviews from my writer's group, friends, the general public and above all, my multitalented editor, Chansonette Buck.  Chansonette is a two-time Pushcart-prize nominee of heart touching chapbooks and memoir.  

In Chansonette’s own words, “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”.

"Hip San Francisco Bay 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.

"Absolutely stunning read! Timely and relevant. I learned so much from a novel. Can you believe it, a novel!"
-David Wakeen, author of  9/11 AND THE WORLD TODAY

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

“What a thrilling, meaningful, suspenseful, and relevant story! It has all the right ingredients. We feel joy, then panic, then fright. We experience a rainbow of emotions. There is suspense in buckets.”

     - Wesley Thomas, bestselling author, founder & owner of Thomas Author Services

“What I love most are the flowing words. It reads like a smooth ride."

                 -XJS, Inkitt author of The Bog: King of the Swamp

Masks of Morality is a captivating read, well-polished with rich unique characters that draw you into their own personal struggles. The tying together of the three distinct 'heroines' of this story is done brilliantly, and questions of parenting in a world bent on corporate greed are at the least incredibly thought provoking.”

      - Rebecca Weller, Inkitt author of highly reviewed Hleo

“A woman fired up to change the world, why? Because she is a mother."

      - - Eve Gwartney, Inkitt author of Tales of Old South Arica 1927


“A very well written book with messages to the world. The message of parenting, sacrifice, love for children, humanity, politics, environmental issues and career to name a few. Claryssa is every working mother in the modern world who is torn between her career and her family.”

   - AryaTara, Inkitt author of A Half Orphan

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