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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.

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.
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.

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.

Wed, Jul. 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 15:28: Next hundred pages of damnnovel printed out in prep for #amediting WITH BEER @ Iggy's Sports Grill in Jordan Landing tonight at 6. JOIN ME.
  • Wed, 00:11: Last 60 pages of damnnovel printed out for #amediting. Still need to figure out where this dinner scene is going to go...
  • Wed, 01:30: And that's THE END. At least, of this #amediting pass. Now I have to incorporate the edits into the doc & see what my betas have said.

Tue, Jul. 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 12:01: Maybe when a group of antho authors says "Wow, that cover is a bad idea," it's not them being "salty," it's your cover being a bad idea.
  • Mon, 17:35: Bought "The Lawdog Files" today, devoured in one sitting. Fun, funny, & poignant police stories, highly recommended. https://t.co/QMuhJsioSG

Sun, Jul. 16th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 21:33: I daresay my days of being befuddled by their creativity are certainly coming to a middle --Hubby, in reference to "The Company of Wolves."

Tue, Jul. 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Fri, Jun. 30th, 2017, 08:07 pm
*facepalm* I am such an idiot. VERY IMPORTANT STORY SALE I LEFT OUT:

"Huffman Strikes Back," co-written with the handsome and hard-working Bryan Thomas Schmidt, will be appearing in The Monster Hunter Files, from Baen Books, available for pre-order right now.

Yes. I got paid to write authorized, canon fanfic in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe. I'm going to be in an anthology with Jim Butcher and a bunch of other people I adore. I'm going to be published by Baen.

How awesome is that, y'all?

Fri, Jun. 30th, 2017, 05:38 pm
I have been remiss in updating STORY SALES news!

I've had a flurry of them this month. Lots of Pack Dynamics shorts coming out in the near future, even! It's taken those stories a long time to move, but moving they are.

Pack Dynamics stories:
"A Particular Skill Set" (Chambliss's origin story) will be forthcoming at the end of this year/beginning of next from The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It'll be a free read across platforms.

"Brave Day Sunk in Hideous Night" (known in these parts as "time-traveling Ben) was accepted by StoryHack yesterday, and I signed the contract today. This will be my second Ben story published by StoryHack.

"Bad Actors" (Janni's story) is forthcoming from 3rd & Starlight, another in the anthology series put out by a group of Writers of the Future Finalists.

"Alpha Romeo" (Glam Ben) was accepted by "Mirages and Speculations." I don't have a timeline for this one yet.

Everything Else:
"Wild Irish Rose" (about a guy who's bitten by a werewolf on his evening jog and comes home to find that his dog is now terrified of him) will be out from Neo-Opsis... soon? I'm not sure how often they publish, and I don't have a contract for this one yet even though they accepted it back in February.

"Horns of a Paradox" (about a time-traveling wizard and his weasel familiar who can only go forward in time, ending up in modern-day Tennessee on a unicorn hunt) should be coming out sometime from Stupefying Stories. Still waiting on edits for that one.

"Give Up the Ghost" (wherein my tramp freighter crew is hired to take a graveyard to the edge of the system and space it) was accepted by Jouth yesterday. (Link goes to Jouth #2, wherein another one of my stories is published.)

"Tentacle Monsters in My Toilet and a Mad Scientist in My Kitchen" (eldritch abominations in the sewer system of a retirement community) should also be coming out from Stupefying sometime this year. Also waiting on edits.

"Habeas Felis" (Cat-hoarding Dragon) will be reprinted in Hic Sunt Dracones, published by Digital Fiction.

"Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit" and "Of Were-Critters, Widow Women, and Water Rights" will be coming out on audio (eventually) from Far Fetched Fables.

"Meerkat Manners" will be reprinted by Digital Science Fiction as a standalone and then bundled into a ten-story anthology. Should be soon-ish.

"Pussyfoot" (Catfeet story) is forthcoming from Grinning Skull Press in their annual "Cranial Leakage" anthology.

... huh. That's kind of a lot.

Fri, Jun. 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 15:00: I have now dealt with the over 300 comments on this story and added nearly 1000 words to it. Now to print it and make sure it's still good.
  • Thu, 16:38: Read-through-aloud achievement unlocked. Tiny changes, and then I'm calling it Done. \o/
  • Thu, 18:24: Hello, super obvious and much better title for this story. How YOU doin' today?

Thu, Jun. 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 23:40: Hey, Germany, plz pass a law protecting women from paternalistic jerks who think we can't make our own life choices after seeing a dumb ad.

Tue, Jun. 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 20:34: I need to decide if this story takes place before the 2nd novel or after. I'm leaning toward "before"--it makes them both more interesting.

Sun, Jun. 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Jun. 15th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 01:13: Dear bluray makers: It sure would be spiffy if I could watch this TV show I bought on my computer.without your copy protection blocking me.

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 11:39: Ah, Submission Tetris. I have not missed you at all. But at least I know (mostly) what's going where in the near future, now. Go, me.

Sat, Jun. 10th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 07:33: I have written a ridiculous piece of flash fiction starring a guinea pig. Who is a sorcerer. Or at least thinks he is.

Thu, Jun. 8th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Jun. 5th, 2017, 10:40 am
My @fyrecon schedule! Come out this Thur-Sat for a creative symposium.

FyreCon will be held June 8-10 at:
Weber State University – Davis Campus
2750 University Park Boulevard
Layton, UT 84041

12:30 -- Monsters That are Not Villains panel - Julie Frost (M), Larry Correia, Toni Weisskopf, and Wendy Knight.
3:30 -- Plot Bunnies: Picking an Idea (solo presentation). Similar to "Plot a story in an hour," we'll come up with a bunch of cool ideas and then figure out how to actually choose one to write.

9:30 -- 3-to-1 editing session
12:30 -- Fanfiction as a Learning Tool (with Patrick Tracy). Yes, you can learn about writing original fiction by dipping your toe into fanfic first.
1:30 -- Escaping Fanfic Hell (with Patrick Tracy). How to take what you've learned about writing fanfic and apply it to original fiction.
3:30 -- Author Spotlight. Come by and talk writing and werewolves with me!
5:30 -- The Short Story Submission Machine (with John Olsen). We'll talk about why you should even write short fiction in the first place, and then tell you how to figure out where to send it.

10:30 -- Why Writing and Art Contests are Important - David Farland, Dustin Steinacker, Jay Barnson, Jenna Eatough, and Julie Frost (M)
2:30 -- Genre Crossing: How Not to Break Your World - Ali Cross, Alyson Peterson, Gama Ray Martinez, Jaleta Clegg, and Julie Frost (M)
4:30 -- 3-to-1 editing session

I believe I'm also doing either a reading or a signing or some unholy combination of the two as well, but I'm not sure when. ETA: 3:30 on Friday.

Come join us! It's going to be awesome!

Sun, Jun. 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Wed, May. 31st, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 22:01: How in the world does a creature that fits in the palm of my hand make SO MUCH NOISE? Loud #guineapig is loud.

Tue, May. 30th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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