James Montgomery fails in business but succeeds in love with a woman from the other side of the tracks in racially divided Tulsa. An unorthodox proposal offers a financial solution at a great personal cost. Will he accept it? 1896, New York City/Tulsa: James Montgomery II, a 35-year-old Manhattan playboy, discovers that his family’s fortune has been reduced to almost nothing when his parents pass away. He attempts to rebuild his finances with a risky oil prospecting venture, which takes him to Tulsa. James falls in love while in Oklahoma, but hides his relationship—Tulsa isn’t ready for a mixed-race couple.
Soon, there is a child on the way and his business deal falls apart. James is out of options financially and struggling to find a way personally. He receives an unorthodox proposal that offers a financial solution at a great personal cost. Should he accept it and go back to living the life to which he’d become accustomed in New York, or stay and find a way forward with his new family? Pick up a copy to find out. TICKET TO TULSA is a short-story prequel (word count 9600), which sets the stage for events that will transpire eighteen years later In the associated novel, LIVING IN THE MIDDLE.