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Oily pavement.

Thick tempera paint.

A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.

A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.

And Andy Hollis steps in it.

As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.

He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.

Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.

But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?

And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.

Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.

An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.

Click the book cover to the right to purchase your copy of An Intention of Flowers for the Kindle or in paperback!


Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers will soon be available in an audiobook!

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Reviews for Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers are coming in and they sound great!


I Heart Reading calls Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers "a compelling read about the journey of growing up and finding your true self" and "an intriguing, unique book that is both mysterious and compelling to read."


MaryM (on Amazon) says "There is a lot to like in this book. Interesting characters, lots of humor, enough mystery to keep you interested, and engaging situations. It is a story about growing up and growing into your passions, about what it means to be human, about the value of art and the costs it can exact."


Sherry Fundin of Fundinmental says of Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers: "This is one of those books that took me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but I was happy to have traveled." She continues, "Ken La Salle writes with attitude, sarcasm, wit. and humor. His books always surprise me and that is a very good thing."

Thank you for your interest in the Work of Art series!