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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.

Wild Irish Rose was published by Neo-opsis in Issue 28.

Summary: After a werewolf encounter during a traumatic full-moon jog, our protagonist stumbles home bleeding--and finds that his beloved dog is terrified of him.

Alpha Romeo was published by Camden Park Press in the "Mirages and Speculations" anthology. It takes place in the Pack Dynamics universe, after the second novel.

Summary: Ben Lockwood, werewolf private eye, finds himself embroiled in a case where lady wolves are going missing from a supernatural glam club. This entails him putting on makeup and dying his hair blue and purple. He's thrilled, naturally. He's even more thrilled that his actor wife Janni is dealing with a horndog screenwriter on the set.

The Monster Without was published by StoryHack in their inaugural issue. It takes place in the Pack Dynamics universe (chronologically after the second novel).

Summary: Ben Lockwood, a werewolf private eye with serious save-the-damsel issues, is on the hunt for the killer of a teenage girl. When a woman hires him to protect her from her abusive boyfriend, the cases collide in a way that may cost him his sanity--if not his life.

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. It's also available as a standalone published byDigital Fiction, and in the Literal Illusions anthology published by the same outfit.

Summary: What happens when the alpha, who's supposed to be 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. Also available at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

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!" Available as ebooks and dead trees. 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. It's also available as a standalone short, and in the "Casual Conjurings" anthology as well.

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. You can also pick it up in Creepy Campfire Quarterly #5.

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, and in their "Aluring Dread" anthology.

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 was reprinted in the "Far Orbit: Apogee" anthology by World Weaver Press, available in both dead-tree and ebook versions. 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 at AfterburnSF but can no longer be read online. It was reprinted in the "Roll the Bones" anthology.

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, but can no longer be read online. It was reprinted 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. It was also reprinted as a standalone by Digital Fiction, and is available in the "Ignis Fatuus" anthology.

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. 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.

Fri, Oct. 16th, 2020, 12:00 am
Sorted list of published stories.

Since I have a lot of short stories published now, and it's an eclectic bunch, I thought it might behoove me to get them in some sort of order so that you can find what you're looking for a bit more easily. Most of the links will go to Amazon; if you use another platform, you can reference the more disorganized (but also more comprehensive and descriptive) Sticky Post.

Science Fiction/Space Opera:
Fortunes of Soldiers.
The Road to Hell.
Sensory Overload.
Subcategory: The Inquisitive Tamandua stories--yes, I named my spaceship the Curious Anteater, shut up.
Illegal Beagles.
Affairs of Dragons.
Bear Essentials.
Meerkat Manners.

Werewolf Stories: (Not including the Pack Dynamics 'verse.)
Cry Havoc.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.
Wild Irish Rose.
Subcategory: Weird West
That Which is Hidden.
Of Were-Critters, Widow Women, and Water Rights.

Pack Dynamics: (Novel and shorts.)
Pack Dynamics.
Different in Blood.
The Monster Without.
Alpha Romeo.

Daddy's Little Girl.
Servile Spirits to Invent.
The Road to Hell.
Sensory Overload.
War of the Were-Mice.

Contemporary Fantasy:
Guardians of Public Safety.
War of the Were-Mice.
Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit.

Secondary-World Fantasy:
The Cow and the Beanstalk.
Habeas Felis.
Bitter Honey.

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Sun, Sep. 17th, 2017, 11:07 am
Bear River Bird Refuge Pix!

As promised, the photos from our trip to the Bear River Refuge the other day. I swear I am going to get better about this. 35 pictures under the cut...Collapse )

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Wed, Sep. 13th, 2017, 01:24 pm
Question for the class!

Situation: A friend's wife's car is divebombed by a deer. She didn't hit the deer, the deer literally jumped off an embankment and landed on the car while she was driving down the road. She's fine. The car is not. Nor is the deer. Your friend posts a picture of the car, with a smashed windshield with a hole in it right over the steering wheel.

Do you:

A. Express your hope that the spouse is all right.

B. Make a joke about venison for dinner.

C. Tell a story about when you/someone you know hit a deer or other large animal.

D. Say "Stupid driver."

If you answered A, B, or C, congratulations! You are a normal person. Go to the head of the class.

If you answered D, and then doubled down and made a further moronic comment about "taking more than yourself into consideration" and "it wasn't the deer's fault either" (remember, the deer literally jumped onto the car) when your friend opened a can of righteous whoop-ass on your sorry self? Delete your comment, slink away in shame, and make your Facebook private for the next little while--and hope to God that no one got screenshots of your idiocy. Because you have gone full potato and there's really no recovery from that but hiding.

And yes, someone did get screenshots. Because we know to do that by now.

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Mon, Sep. 11th, 2017, 03:44 pm
Sandy Fishing Pond #birding pix!

Productive morning at the Sandy Fishing pond. Cooper's hawk, cedar waxwings, belted kingfisher, swallows, and goldfinches, among others! Follow the bouncing LJ cut for 27 photos...Collapse )

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Sun, Sep. 10th, 2017, 09:17 pm
Let's have a "post the first line(s) of your unfinished stories" meme!

Perhaps revisiting them will inspire you to finish one or more. I have ... oh, God. So many. Keep in mind that I do not title my stories until they're done, usually. So. In no particular order, and ignoring the ones that are actually .wpd docs, because Dear Father in Heaven, how old are those things...

"…and that's when Megan made me learn first aid for a sucking chest wound," Alex Jarrett said, waving his glass of single-malt scotch without spilling a drop on his tux.
--from Wolfed!Alex. Yeah, I'm over 8000 words into that one and have no idea where to go with it that doesn't break the Pack Dynamics universe.

Critter-mation Man. Animator-nator. Plushie Pusher.
--from my Christmas Superhero story. Inspired by "useless superpowers." This guy can animate figurines and plush animals.

Sometimes, I thought with exasperation, it just didn't pay to get out of bed. Not that I actually slept, but it was the principle of the thing.
--from my "cruel and unusual reward" story. You get two sentences because it's funnier that way. Not that the story, as outlined, is in any way funny. There's a reason I haven't gone back to it. Shit gets dark in here, yo.

The snowflakes wafting into the loading zone dumpster didn't melt on the abnormally pale skin of our murder victim, sprawled on his back atop the detritus of a high-end downtown hotel. His bare chest was hairless, and a deep, rib-exposing burn marred the spot above his heart, the black scorch radiating outward like a sunburst and fading to angry red at the edges. Sharon Jackson, my partner, stated the obvious. "He's got pointy ears, Duffy," she said.
--from my Fantasy Novelist Cop story. I really want to finish this one.

"I can stop anytime I want. But why would I?"
--from the thing I started for the Fearful Symmetries antho and never finished. It's about a demon who feeds on addiction. His latest mark is an adrenaline junkie.

I knew the competition for the position of head sorcerer wasn't going to go well for my rival when he accidentally set the drapes in the throne room on fire--scattering retainers and courtiers, both orcish and human.
--from my Swords and Sorcery with Werewolves story. It was supposed to be a little dark, and then it went funny, and I have no idea what to do with it. 2200 words into that one.

"The antique dealer said that the guy who drew the map was crazy," I said to my two crewmembers as our shrimp trawler steered out into the foggy Gulf evening at the start of a three-week trip. "That they literally locked him up because he wouldn't stop talking about monsters."
--from my Shrimp Trawler story. I was going to write this one for Unlikely Story's Cartography issue and never finished it. Stalled at 3500 words.

Hitmen rarely die of old age, and I was no exception. The universe, however, has senses of both humor and irony, and it wasn't the job that killed me. It was a selfless act of attempted heroism.
--from Hitman in Hell. It was supposed to top out at 18000 words, and then it said "SURPRISE I'M A NOVEL." Not quite 13000 words in. It's next on the list after I finish novelizing Angry Bitter Angel.

I poked my head around the corner and fired my Ruger nine-mil at the [cop] hiding behind the shelving unit.
--from my Inner Workings story. Yeah, I have no idea. Notice that "cop" is in brackets.

Martok, Destroyer of Worlds, sniffed suspiciously at the mixture of hay and timothy pellets in the dish, which the adult male human had just deposited in the cage he shared with his friend Fozzle. "Ack! What the hell is this crap?" he asked.
--from my second Guinea Pig Sorcerer story. I really should finish this.

"Ain't you a purty one?" the ghostly girl-voice whispered in my ear. I jerked awake from an unending nightmare with the bare taste of death on my lips.
--from Cowboy Sleeping Beauty. Because why not.

I slapped the notice down on the mayor's desk. "Is it true you're looking for a virgin for a unicorn hunt?" I asked.
--from my Unicorn Hunter story. Yes, our narrator is male. Of course he is.

I thought my life couldn't get any weirder--until a crossbow bolt transfixed my chest in broad daylight in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
--this one is code-named "weird life." Yeah, no idea where I was going with it.

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#Birding pix from the 2200 Migrant Trap and Bountiful Lake the other day.

The kingfishers were the highlight of the trip. I've gone all year without seeing one and then saw three in one day. It was awesome. Image heavy, so under the cut they go.

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Fri, Sep. 1st, 2017, 02:27 pm
THE END. I haven't been able to write that for awhile...

Of course, the thing doesn't have a title yet, and it came out almost 800 words longer than the guidelines called for. However, nearly 6000 words since Tuesday night is nothing to sneeze at, and I am well pleased by my output.

I shall see if I'm actually well pleased by the story itself when I poke through it later. I feel like I may have rushed some stuff because I'm basically worldbuilding two entire werewolf mythos from scratch here, and a 5000-word limit is super confining when you're trying to do that and also tell a story with characters you're supposed to care about. So I don't know if I pulled it off, and I'm too close to it right now for an objective reading. Mostly it's just a vast sense of relief that, yes, I'm still capable of writing a real short story.

So. YAY.

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