Some ideas I am developing:
A Surprising Light. A big-city prostitute becomes ill while on a trip to the beach with her john. He dumps her on a rural byway where she is picked up by a local farmer. He is single, in his late thirties, and has a bad leg from the first Gulf war. The farmer and his salty old father nurse the prostitute back to health, but her reaction to farm life is not salutary. Nevertheless, she is afraid of her pimp and decides to hide out on the farm until danger from him passes. She learns the farm is in financial trouble and over time, in a time of darkness on the farm, she becomes a surprising light.
Gungu Seed is the story of an American scientist who has gone to Africa for a research project on a tropical disease. He stumbles upon a folk-medicine that easily converts normal human cells into stem cells, which can be manipulated to cure a multitude of diseases. The North Koreans hear of the medicine and hire a French mercenary to get it. Out in the remote parts of the Congo basin, the scientist enlists the aid of an attractive, female Peace Corps worker to escape the mercenaries. Treachery abounds as the scientist tries to get back to the safety of the American embassy in Kinshasa.