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Available from WordFire Press, my first novel!

After seven horrific months as a POW, Army Ranger-turned-PI Ben Lockwood just wants a safe, boring life. With his boss on vacation, he takes what looks like an easy case of pharmaceutical espionage he can work from his desk.

Now he's caught in a three-way collision course between a ruthless werewolf on the hunt for a cure for his dying vampire wife, a mad scientist whose multinational company doesn't even research supernatural medicine--and himself. Ben's nanotech-injected blood holds the key to the vampire's recovery, and the werewolf doesn't much care if he lives or dies in the harvesting.

My first original short story, Illegal Beagles, is available right here on this LJ as a freebie. Read, enjoy, feedback is adored. There is a completely optional "donate" button at the bottom if you feel like tossing a couple of bucks my way. ;)

Summary: Russell Fisk, the captain of the tramp freighter Inquisitive Tamandua, hates transporting live cargo, but a creditor has him over a barrel. So now he has to get a pack of hunting Beagles to the client, while dodging Feds and dealing with an alien passenger who's more than slightly odd. And, oh, hey, one of the dogs is in labor.

I've had... *counts* Uh. Umpty-foo number of short stories published in various venues. My Amazon Author Page is here.

I also wrote a pair of villain origin stories--the Demon-Prince and the Vampire--for Lord of the Dead, a tabletop hex-and-counter horror game from Pocket Options.

Cry Havoc was published in "Writers of the Future V32." More information, as well as links to buy it from all the usual suspects, is here.

Summary: What happens when the conscience of a werewolf pack loses the pack... and his moral compass?

Serendi-bunny was published in the "Singular Irregularity" anthology edited by Kimber Grey. It's a short set in the Pack Dynamics 'verse.

Summary: Alex Jarrett may be a mad scientist, but he's a mad scientist on a mission to cure cancer. When he buys a pair of robot bunnies from the internet to help him accelerate his research, he gets more than he bargained for when they turn out to be assassin-bots sent from the future. With the help of his werewolf hacker friend Ben Lockwood, he has to figure out how to circumvent their programming before the cutest killers ever created put an end to not just his career, but his life.

Meerkat Manners was published in Jouth #2 by Blaster Books. The Amazon link has disappeared, but Smashwords has it.

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mob of meerkats to transport them to a new colony. Between their infighting and the new Fed-mandated AI, Russ and his crew will be lucky if they can stay sane, let alone out of jail.

Bear Essentials was published by World Weaver Press in the "Far Orbit" anthology. Julie Czerneda says: "Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement! Welcome to FAR ORBIT, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition. Strap in and enjoy!" It's also available as a standalone on Amazon, published by Digital Science Fiction, or as part of the Infinity Cluster 6 anthology put out by the same outfit.

Summary: The intrepid crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired to transport a "grizzly bear" to a monastery. But neither the bear nor the monastery are what they seem, and their routine (ha) job is complicated by a reporter who's all too eager for a scoop to bolster her flagging career.

Daddy's Little Girl was published in the "Putrefying Stories" anthology by Stupefying Stories. It's also available as a standalone from Digital Horror on Amazon, and in an anthology titled "Largely Deceased" through them as well.

Summary: A father will do anything to save his teenage daughter in a zombie apocalypse...

Guardians of Public Safety was published in the "1st and Starlight" anthology, available on Amazon, put together by a bunch of Writers of the Future Finalists.

Summary: Keniesha Washington lives in a rough neighborhood filled with gangs, pimps, and drug dealers. But the supernatural cure for what ails it may be worse than the disease...

That Which is Hidden was published in the "Chronology" anthology by Curiosity Quills. This was my prizewinning story for the Salty Dog writing contest at Salt City Steam.

Summary: Gideon Bassett needs to solve the triple mystery of his sweetheart’s murder, a train robbery, and a bank heist. Problem is, he’s been outed as a werewolf and is a fugitive himself...

Habeas Felis was serialized by Stupefying Stories Showcase in three parts:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Summary: Daniella and her friends Gris and Mac must leave a talking cat in a dragon's cave for its annual tribute without being eaten by the grumpy dragon or murdered by goblins and mountain trolls. And they have to do it before a rival team beats them to the punch.

The Road to Hell was published by Domain SF. It's a free read, but it requires registration.

Summary: Oceanic algae farms have dumped extra oxygen into our atmosphere, with catastrophic results. Insects are now prehistoric size and we use baseball bats to swat mosquitoes. But the cure might be worse than the disease, as a grief-stricken woman learns to her detriment. And the planet's.

Servile Spirits to Invent was published in "The Death God's Chosen" by Deepwood Publishing. It is also available as a standalone from Digital Horror.

Summary: A village decimated by plague uses corpses to till the fields so they don't starve. However, the entities animating the bodies have their own agenda.

War of the Were-Mice was published by Unlikely Story for their April Fool's issue. Be thou warned: This was written on purpose to be terrible. The challenge was to "write the worst piece of fiction you can stand to see under your byline." So... I did. It's a flash piece, so you won't lose too many brain cells by reading it. They also interviewed me.

Summary: The house vermin battle for supremacy.

Of Were-Critters, Widow Women, and Water Rights was published in the "Ways of Magic" anthology by Deepwood Publishing.

Summary: Mike Vaughn, a werewolf who works security for a rail line in Reconstruction Texas, is embroiled in a feud between a family of brothers and his ex-sweetheart. Throw in a professor with a water-sucking contraption, a preacher with a dark past, and a hunter, and Mike is having a truly rotten day.

Different in Blood was published in Plasma Frequency. You can read it for free here.

Summary: Ben Lockwood, werewolf private investigator, finds himself embroiled in the weirdest cheating spouse case ever. What the hell is a squonk? He's about to find out.

Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit was published in Stupefying Stories. You can also listen to the audio version at Far Fetched Fables.

Summary: Faerie shows are cooperative enterprises between humans and faeries. When a faerie is kidnapped, it's a race against time -- and against faerie rights activists, the larger Fae, and an unscrupulous fellow competitor -- to find her before something terrible happens.

The Cow and the Beanstalk was published in Azure Valley, an imprint of TM Publishing (now sadly defunct). It was reprinted in 2nd and Starlight. And you can listen to it on Far Fetched Fables.

Summary: We all know the story of Jack the Giant Killer. How he traded a cow for some magic beans, killed a giant, avenged his father, and lived happily ever after. Now, everyone assumes the bean man was out to cheat Jack -- but, you know, the beans really were magic. He delivered on his promise and then disappeared, never to be seen again. So, what was so special about a cow, that a fellow would be willing to trade beans like that for her?

Sensory Overload was published in Plasma Frequency. You can read it online here, or you can listen to the audio version at StarShipSofa.

Summary: A security guard with electronic sensory enhancements accompanies a group of art students down to the home planet of a new alien species. While there, he sees things he shouldn't--but he's not sure if he's really seeing them, or if the enhancements have finally made him crack.

Affairs of Dragons was published in Renard's Menagerie, which is sadly defunct. It's also available through Anthology Builder, which is where the link to the story will take you. And it was reprinted in the "Far Orbit: Apogee" anthology by World Weaver Press. You can read the beginning of it here. It's the sequel to "Illegal Beagles."

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mother dragon to move her eggs from one planet to another. She's in the middle of an ugly divorce and an uglier clan war. The eggs aren't supposed to hatch...

Bitter Honey was published in AfterburnSF but can no longer be read online. It's available through Anthology Builder here, and it also appears in the "Roll the Bones" anthology. The link in the title will take you to a short preview.

Summary: Desperate faeries raid a beehive for the honey they need to make it through a deadly winter. But at what cost to both faeries and bees?

Fortunes of Soldiers was published by Cosmos magazine, with a fabulous illustration by Emrah Elmasli. You can also buy it through Anthology Builder (link takes you to a preview of it), and it's in the You're Not Alone anthology edited by Damien Broderick.

Summary: Two week's pay for one night's work, babysitting a spoiled asteroid heiress? Mercenary Jake O'Dell thinks all his jobs should be this easy. Until, of course, everything goes disastrously wrong.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf was published by Darwin's Evolutions, with a fabulous illustration by Karl Nordman. It's also available as a high-quality .pdf download. You can get it through Anthology Builder as well. You can read the beginning of it here, and purchase it here. It was also reprinted by Digital Fiction.

Summary: Mark Newman loves being a werewolf. But when his wife finds out she's pregnant, she attempts to cure him against his will, in his sleep. Naturally, it goes horribly wrong--and it goes even wronger when she gets a well-meaning priest involved, poor fellow.

My author page on Amazon is here. My author page at Anthology Builder is here. You can read more of my fiction right here on this LJ. I have a "DVD extra" from my first novel that introduces a couple of characters to each other under less-than-optimal circumstances, and you can read that here. This is one of my very favorite scenes. I post occasional snippets of my stories, and those can be accessed via my snippets tag.

Most of this LJ is me whining about writing, with some Real Life and Fannish Squee and a scosh of Politics thrown in on occasion. I have more information on my User Info page, or you can peruse my tags and see if anything in there looks interesting. You can also follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. I don't always follow back on Twitter, especially if I don't know you, but I do friend back on FB.

So. Come in, kick back, have fun. If you feel like commenting, please do.

Thu, Dec. 8th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Dec. 7th, 2016, 09:25 pm
Note to, oh, everyone: Just because I write werewolf fiction doesn't mean I'm into furry porn.

I will not name names here, but I will put forth the story as a cautionary tale.

I freely admit that I am mercenary, and I will write damned near anything if you throw enough money at my head. So when someone approaches me with an opportunity to "write for a movie or TV show," sure, I'm intrigued, but wary. When you say "Don't ask me about the money because I'm the least qualified person to handle it," I am less intrigued and more wary. When you tell me that you want ten professional writers for main plot, character, and worldbuilding stuff, plus an unknown number of amateur writers giving input (that can be vetoed by the "pro" writers), it starts sounding like a mess. Especially when you have yet to explain the actual premise of it to me but are acting like I'm wholly on board and signed up when I've said no such thing.

And then, when I put the title of the project together with the art you show me, and the penny drops for me that this thing is probably something not in my wheelhouse--that it is, in fact, an x-rated outer-space harem manga with one human-looking dude and seven human/alien hybrid women and a "feminist balance" (whatever the hell that means--I'm going with "lots of voyeuristic lesbian sex," here, but I could be wrong)? And I mention that I don't write women too often and that I have a problem with third-wave feminism? And your reaction is to block me from your personal facebook and the project's facebook too?

Well, dude. I think I just dodged a bullet.

I mean, this is clearly one of those "I have this great idea, you should write it (along with nine other people and these artists too!) and we'll split the proceeds!" things. This guy has no earthly idea what he's really getting into, or trying to get other people into. The mind boggles at what kind of contract he'll come up with. Successful shared worlds do not work like this, or, at least, do not work like my tiny peek behind the curtain seemed to imply.

I would love to know why this guy thought I'd be perfect for writing his furry space orgy porn for him, or why he thought such a project would appeal to me, the conservative Christian who is (probably) old enough to be his mother. But he blocked me in a snit, so I guess it shall remain a mystery.

Mon, Dec. 5th, 2016, 09:24 pm
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  • Mon, 20:17: Ten thousand words in, and my protag will finally get to punch someone in the face. Yay, I guess. #amwriting

Sat, Dec. 3rd, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 21:22: And that's a thousand words on my day for two days in a row. They're not coming EASY, but they're coming, and that's what counts. #amwriting

Thu, Dec. 1st, 2016, 08:31 pm
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  • Thu, 19:39: YAY. There's a thousand words on my day. Feels good, man.

Sun, Nov. 20th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 09:56: ..oh, for-- Re-reading my Angry Bitter Angel novella. The battle at the end... isn't. *headdesks and fixes*

Wed, Nov. 16th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Nov. 12th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 17:43: A special shout-out to our military veterans, especially the ones in my life. Thank you all very much for your service. You are appreciated.

Fri, Nov. 11th, 2016, 12:25 pm
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Wed, Nov. 9th, 2016, 09:52 pm
Unpacking my thoughts about the election.

Disclaimer: Everyone here knows I'm conservative, right? I'm pretty sure this is not a secret.

Well. I'm not happy about this election. Obviously. I haven't been happy since Trump won the GOP nomination. That being said, while I don't trust him to do what he said he'd do, I certainly did trust Hillary to do exactly what she said she'd do, to wit: open borders, dismantling the 2nd Amendment, and shitting all over the rest of the Constitution via her Supreme Court picks.

So I'm a lot less unhappy than I would have been if Hillary had been elected. Mainly because of the Supreme Court (so long as he does what he said he'd do, which is a laughably open question, especially since I'm not sure he's even read the Constitution, which he might want to at least scan before he takes the Oath of Office), but also because it will be nice to have someone in high office who actually respects at least one of our laws--the border.

I am fairly certain that Trump's nomination and subsequent win was Middle America lifting a giant middle finger to the political Elites who think they Know Better. It was a protest vote of massive proportions. Whether said Elites will actually listen... well. I have my doubts. Because why should they start being actually sensible?

Please remember that we just elected a President. Not a King, and not a Dictator. In order for Trump to get most anything he wants, he will have to run it past a Congress wherein Establishment Republicans hate his guts and won't give him a pass just because he has an R after his name. Also, the press might actually start doing its damn job as watchdogs. Won't that be refreshing.

He is not going to round everyone up (not even everyone who's here illegally, because that's physically impossible) and send them off to concentration camps. At worst, illegal aliens will have to go back where they came from and actually jump through the hoops that their legal-immigrant brethren did. The horror. No, it's not nice, but, you know, neither is breaking the law. Don't do the crime, and all that.

The Syrian refugee situation is sad, but I fail to see how it's our problem. I would have more sympathy if we were bringing in Syrian Christians, because they're the ones whose lives are really on the line in places like that, and they have nowhere to go in the Islamic Middle East that's actually safe for them, but that's not what's happening here.

Our vetting system sucks, and Europe is most certainly not benefiting by the flood of refugees crossing their borders. Just ask Swedish and Danish women how that's working out for them. Hint: not well. And it amazes me how Hillary somehow gets a pass on her misogyny (after staying married to a serial rapist/sexual predator and then attempting to destroy the lives of her husband's many accusers), while Trump is, I guess, Satan Incarnate for saying "Hey, maybe these folks who belong to a religion that sees women as far less than equal and likes to throw gay people off buildings should be more closely examined before we let them in." But no, that's "racist," even though Islam is not a "race" and never has been.

I'm cautiously optimistic, at this point. Ask me in a year how I feel what I think about this.

Wed, Nov. 9th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 13:03: Faring forth to vote. My stomach hurts.
  • Tue, 14:49: That's the first time I've ever felt actually sick to my stomach when voting. What an interesting sensation. One I hope never to feel again.
  • Tue, 14:57: You know how you fly the American flag upside down as a distress signal? Yeah, I'm wearing my "I Voted" sticker upside down.
  • Wed, 00:48: Well. So that just happened.
  • Wed, 10:32: I agree with this so hard. Larry Correia knocks it out of the park YET AGAIN. https://t.co/SZlMFrCFNs
  • Wed, 11:16: Everything should be turned upside down every once in awhile. It lets in air and light.

Tue, Nov. 8th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Nov. 7th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Sun, Nov. 6th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Nov. 5th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Nov. 3rd, 2016, 04:28 pm
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Thu, Oct. 27th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 12:11: *laughs evilly and twirls mustachios* #amoutlining If Ben were the type of guy to kill me in my sleep, he would totally kill me in my sleep.
  • Wed, 12:34: How many people think it would be vastly entertaining if @realDonaldTrump hired Milo Yiannopoulos to be his Press Secretary? #freenero
  • Wed, 23:33: And that's my earrings made. Almost ready for @MileHiCon. Still need to pack. Would like to do something about the Pile o'Doom.

Wed, Oct. 26th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Oct. 24th, 2016, 11:09 am
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Wed, Oct. 19th, 2016, 07:38 pm
Pictures! from @Wolves_at_CWWC.

Man, I <3 my camera. This one is, by far, my favorite:

And you can see the rest under the cut... here.Collapse )

Tue, Oct. 18th, 2016, 03:00 pm
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  • Tue, 12:32: Scribbled a paragraph about how my tech works (sort of) so I can keep that in mind as I #amoutlining. 4400 words in this outline so far...

Mon, Oct. 17th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 23:48: Note to self: You know those times when you allow yourself to get your hopes up for a story sub? STOP DOING THAT. It only ends in tears.

Sat, Oct. 15th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 22:53: Had a wonderful time @Wolves_at_CWWC--got some amazing pictures, which I will post when I've got them decently sized for online viewing. <3

Wed, Oct. 12th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 01:03: Added 300+ words to my novel outline & gave my villain more complexity and a literal Pet The Dog scene. Also figured out my protag's Truth.

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