Stories & Short Fiction
"Honor Among Thieves," Cosmic Menagerie (Black Ink Fiction)
A (mostly) straight-arrow charterboat captain and her rag-tag band of associates as they charter a risky galactic outing to view the elusive astro-maritime creatures known as nebula sharks. But the risk is rarely worth the reward, as Captain Emerson quickly finds out.
"Consequences," Truth or Dare (Black Ink Fiction)
"Prophet," Odd Playthings: Tales of Toys and Terror (Black Ink Fiction)
"The Prophecy of the Seven Dynasties," Valor (Dragon Soul Press)
A woman must return a cursed book to its rightful owner in order to stop the evil sorcerer that killed her husband.
"A Curse of Red," Timeless 2 (Dragon Soul Press) [repub.]
A dark fairytale about a couple seeking to break a curse--if Red Riding Hood met the Bisclavret fairytale.
"Flight 457 to Portland," It Was All a Dream: Bad Horror Tropes Done Right, (Hungry Shadows Press) [forthcoming]
"Home Is Where Your Hearts Are," Monsters A-Z: Aliens (Raven and Drake Publishing) [repub.]
"Leviathan," Dark Secrets (Madhouse Books Publishing) [forthcoming]
"Burnt Heart, Bound Feet," Silver Webb's All Hallows Eve (The Santa Barbara Literary Journal) [repub.]
"Kudzu," Chlorophobia: An Eco-Horror Anthology (Ghost Orchid Press)
A broken-down truck leads to trouble in the deep South.
"No Room for Valor," JukePop Serials
"Dancing in the Dark," Unveiled Secrets (Fantasia Divinity Magazine)
"The Kissing Machine," Science Fiction Romance Quarterly (now The Galaxy Express), 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 Egregia Cum Laude Advendure: A Sherlock Holmes Beginnings Story," Candlesticks and Daggers (Ed. Kelly Ann Jacobson)
(At Createspace or Amazon)
As a university student in 1901, Sherlock's called to solve a murder that happened on campus. The only catch: it's already been solved.
"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
"Swimming the Seams" and "The Lament" [repub.], Tailfins & Sealskins: An Anthology of Water Lore (Three Drops Press)
From "Honor Among Thieves":
"They'd found it. Maisee's monitoring was nearly never wrong and the source was obviously reliable, but even Emerson had been a little doubtful they'd actually arrive at the right place at the right time.
The nebula shark glided over the bio bubble. Its body was a swirling, shifting mass of gasses that flowed over itself in magenta-, lilac-, and blue-colored clouds. The mouth, always open, always searching, showed the black gap of space between its jaws. The tail moved in long strokes that left behind small streaks of ionized dust particulate.
And it was huge..."
This story appeared in Cosmic Menagerie
(Black Ink Fiction)
"U is for...," E is for Evil (World Weaver Press)
"Q is for...," F is for Fairy (Poise and Pen Publishing)
"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.
"Home is Where Your Hearts Are," Alien Dimensions Magazine, Issue #12
"A Good Barter," Creatures (Tell-Tale Press)
"Finders Keepers," A Celebration of Storytelling (Dark Owl Publishing)
A tale of a strange carnival and the strange inhabitants a girl finds inside.
"The Lament," Fantastic Frontiers, Issue #1
"The Collection," Beorh Quarterly, Winter 2013 C.E. Issue
"Mexican Spiny Pocket Mouse," Cross Review & Reading Series
"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."
"Reboot Your Novel with the Short-Story Remedy," Writer Unboxed blog
"It's Not Me, It's the Story," Writer Unboxed blog
"My Tween Daughter Is Growing Up So Fast," Your Teen for Parents magazine
"Mom Life: Parenting Tweens Can Be a Struggle," Your Teen for Parents magazine
"Managing Your Tween’s Big Emotions in Troubled Times," Your Teen for Parents magazine
"Random Acts of Kindness in an Unkind World," Your Teen for Parents magazine