Isolated Objects (72k words, literary fiction) begins as twenty-six year old archaeologist Wendell abandons her best friend and lover Tristan in search of freedom, open skies, and the answer to a question she should have abandoned years before. (the question is who's buried in Grant's Tomb, right?)
Her road trip ends in Texas, where she tangles with a sultry-voiced,(sultry is used almost exclusively to describe women--are we back to lesbian love bunnies?) married art dealer, skids into relationship angst, and becomes obsessed with armadillos. Tristan, obsessed with Carl Gustav Jung, alchemy, and convincing Wendell to marry him. follows her to Texas, lures her to the hoodoos of New Mexico, loses her to a Special Ops soldier, and does the unspeakable: calls her father.
Scott works for the government. His secret trips and one-night stands have carried him in and out of Wendell's life since her mother died. Broken-hearted, nursing an old grudge against his sister-in-law, and edging toward a mid-life crisis, Scott is ripe for change. When Tristan calls to say Wendell took off with a man on a motorcycle, Scott flies to New Mexico to set things right.
Wendell's disappearance triggers a string of synchronicities that reveal how love, grief, and the mysteries of connection not only provide the answer to her question, but transform dark secrets into love and light.
this is a string of events with no over arching plot to hold them together. And anytime I see "transform dark secrets into love and light" I kill a Tribble (and LAUGH!!) so let that be on your conscience the next time you want to write that.
No stakes, no antagonist, questionable lesbian love interests... I think this means you should start over.