Recently widowed Victor is struggling to keep his young daughter alive amid an invasion of mutated, wolf-like creatures known as the howlers. But the struggle to survive is the least of Victor's problems. A coward by nature, he is forced to become a leader as others join their group searching for a safe haven. Can Victor hold himself and the band of drifters together, fighting both his own self-doubt and the dangers on the road? Because the howlers aren't the only monsters out there.
No Room for Valor is currently seeking agent representation.
Stories & Short Fiction
"The Lament," Fantastic Frontiers, Issue #1
"The Collection," Beorh Quarterly, Winter 2013 C.E. Issue
"The Kissing Machine," Science Fiction Romance Quarterly, Issue #2
A steampunk romance where a young tinker loses herself in her world of tools, only to find that the human heart is more complex a machine than she gave it credit for.
"Thief," Literary Juice, Aug. 2013
"The Death of Santa Clause," Strange Christmas (Whortleberry Press)
"Bay the Wendigo," 100 Worlds: Lightning-Quick SF & Fantasy Tales (Dreamscape Press)
A drabble (100-word story) about a wendigo trapped in a concentration camp.
"Katrina Jones," Lamplit Underground, July 28, 2015
"Burnt Heart, Bound Feet" The Astounding Outpost
"The Courier," kINKED (Pen and Kink Press)
A man’s body is used to deliver a very different kind of message to a domineering masochist.
"Nixed," Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Issue #62
"The Lament," Tailfins & Sealskins: An Anthology of Water Lore (Three Drops Press) [repub.]
"U is for...," E is for Evil (World Weaver Press)
"Q is for...," F is for Fairy (World Weaver Press)
"Toulouse and the Hotel Marque," Dark Tidings: Tales to Read by the Fire
A tale about one man's encounter with a spooky hotel and its spookier butler.
When I deconstructed my actual writing process, I realized that whenever I got frustrated with my novel, I habitually fell back to my comfort zone: the short story. This always left me feeling like I’d failed my novel, like I wasn’t meant to be an author because I didn’t have the necessary commitment.
In actuality, I learned I simply wasn’t recognizing when I needed to take a break. To mitigate, I became intentional with my pauses by planning for time off to work on a new short story. That’s not giving up on my novel WIP, just recognizing how my writing flow works; however much I want to be that author that knocks out a manuscript in four months, I need breaks from my novel and I need them with embarrassing frequency (even when it’s going well).
I discovered that intentionally visiting Short Story-Ville began to further my novel efforts, rather than hindering them, and if you think about it, it makes sense...
This article appeared on Writer Unboxed on January 27, 2018.
"Home is Where Your Hearts Are," Alien Dimensions Magazine, Issue #12
"A Good Barter," Creatures (Tell-Tale Press)
"The True Defense/Admission of Bill B.," True Truth Series, Vol. #1
A two-way poem, when read from top-to-bottom, you have "The True Defense of Bill B.," but when read in reverse you have "The Admission of Bill B."
"Mexican Spiny Pocket Mouse," Cross Review & Reading Series
"Reboot Your Novel with the Short-Story Remedy," Writer Unboxed