Suburban Fairy Tale [first draft]
A Modern Day Fairy Tale Told by an Optimist, Full of Blood and Glitter, Signifying Something, Book One: The Unchangeling
(79,000 words) [halfway through third draft]
In rural tri-cities USA, a clan of zero-growth vampires are all in an uproar over the influx of fairies that sweep into town to collect one of their own after she is unintentionally 'bitten.'
Thirty year old Rachael Normalle is a changeling who refuses to return home. Brought here as baby by the Fey to be raised as a human, she was left here too long.
Rachael’s new condition begins to have unexpected consequences on those she interacts with:
• A young slacker and his deep reverence for pizza, who becomes the side-kick to a local college student when she’s granted unspecified fairy powers and tries to use them for good.
• A nice-guy lawyer with a crush on Rachael, caught between both worlds with her when he sires her after being freshly and mistakenly bitten himself.
• A freelance reporter in mid-life crisis who scorns the idea of fairies in town, but is all too willing to believe she has become one of the creatures of the night.
• And her loyal but hapless husband, trying to reclaim his wife and bring her back home to their two young children and the street-of-dreams suburban life she’s worked so hard to force on them.
A MODERN DAY FAIRY TALE TOLD BY AN OPTIMIST, FULL OF BLOOD AND GLITTER, SIGNIFYING SOMETHING is urban fantasy meets The Princess Bride—the story of all the delightful disasters that happen when Blood meets Glitter.
Blood and Glitter, Book Two [first draft]
Blood and Glitter, Book Three [TBD]
Sleepwaking (63,000 words)
The Fairy Tale Abductees [second draft]
is urban fantasy meets the Brothers Grimm’s Household Tales, in a playful and grounded romantic comedy/adventure. Two thirtysomethings, dissatisfied with their lives, are mysteriously brought together to play out urbanized versions of classic fairy tales. Can they rise to their greater potential to become the heroes? And, more importantly, can they allow the gifts of fantasy and imagination into their grown-up lives to help them pursue their dreams and make better connections with their loved ones? It advanced twice in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award, where the excerpt received glowing reviews.
Night of the Victorian Dead, Book One: Welcome to Romero Park (85,000 words)
Night of the Victorian Dead, Book Two: Out of Dark Places [first draft]
Night of the Victorian Dead, Book Three [rough draft]
Feyhaim [first draft]
A lively Victorian 'Fantasy of Manners' blended with moody gothic novel. It's Sense and Sensibility meets Gormenghast and the movie Penelope, in which two sisters of very different temperaments – from a financially fallen family dependent on the wealthy residents of Feyhaim – contend with unrequited love, and determine to break the old world faerie curse set to bring down the estate.
What the Fairies Left Behind - novella - for sale!
Abigail Watson is a thirtysomething woman stuck in a long-term rut, who comes home from a bad day at work to a surprise – a creature of fairy telling her she is a changeling (left here as a baby by the Fey to grow up human), and they’ve come to take her back home.
When Drake Met Thalise - published in the 2014 NWA Anthology
Middle-aged gem mongers, the Wyvernses, are receiving a visit from the King’s storyfinder, the Herald Bard, for the true story of a daring adventure in Thalise’s youth that could put her and her husband in grave danger with the Crown.
Lit fic: a look at our sometimes ironic love-hate relationship with fantasy, creativity and imagination from childhood to senior.
EarthCorp’s newest global correspondent, Christana Mozark, and her partner, Kilvert Oregon, begin their first In Mind daily broadcast with a weekly segment on the dangers of fantasy, creativity and imagination.
Mind Games - published in the 2013 NIWA Anthology
Loner and consummate video game player, Angie, is just about to wash out of college. As a last chance to make easy money before she does, she signs up for a psyche department sleep study. They're using video game scenarios in directed dreaming as a new form of therapy. But it quickly becomes more than yet another game system for her to beat.
Defense Mechanisms - novella - published and for sale!
The Pulse hits on Janey’s thirtieth birthday, leaving the practical young woman stuck helping her impetuous brother protect his favorite hang-out, the Imaginarium, from a gang of determined urban looters. At the same, Ozanne has just returned to a home she's shunned for years when it's attacked by the Unseelie, and doesn't understand why her brother keeps looking to her to defend them.
Lit fic.: a 750 word literary fiction prose piece on the wonder of exploring 'a strange new world,' that of going snorkeling for the first time.
Suspended Animation - published in the 2016 NIWA Anthology
What if you were the unwanted 'cruise director' on an interstellar voyage and the only one woken up from stasis by the ship's AI to stop unknown aline intruders from stealing the ship, while having to play dead in your suspension chamber?
Oddball: A Tall Tale of Skyrocketing Heights - published in Writerpunk's Poe Goes Punk anthology
A rollicking Space 1799 Steampunk adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, The Angel of the Odd: A Tall Tale of Skyrocketing Heights.
A different kind of ghost story: the new American mistress of Chimera House invites the deceased family's loved ones to a seance, offering them a last chance to finally say goodbye to the eldest son and daughter who died mysteriously during the War.
Of Folly and Fallibility
A gothic Space 1899 Steampunk adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, set in New Bath City on Venus Colony, where our heroine discovers dark secrets on Space Station Northanger that may be signs of an alien invasion.
In the small backwater kingdom of Zawel, the unwitting trio of Fumbletoons, a sweetly mischievous gnome, Tlingle, a young elf wielding magic he can't always control, and Thalise, a leap-before-you-look street-wise half-elf – help nine year old Jacob secure the inherited legacy of his deceased father in time for a prophecy regarding his tenth birthday.
Meeting of the Minds
[in process] A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, set in the Northwest among an extended family of sisters in their twenty and thirties, trying to negotiate dreams and reality in setting up their lives and love in this time of conflicting rationality and romantic notions.