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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. It's also available as a standalone published by Digital Fiction.

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.

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.

Thu, Apr. 27th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 26th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 23:52: Fly, be free, little story! & 6 of your brothers and sisters too, since I neglected subbing during the Mad Push to Finish the Damnnovel.

Tue, Apr. 25th, 2017, 03:09 am

I've been doing this a bit lately, what with the END at the bottom of the sequel to Pack Dynamics, and now one at the bottom of a (hopefully) humorous secondary-world fantasy short starring a pair of hapless friends and a two-headed dragon, with not a werewolf in sight. I know, I know, try not to die of shock. We'll code-name it "dragon treasure."

A deadline approaches, and I hope to get this banged into shape in time to send it to UFO6. This was a fun one to write, once I finally settled in to actually do it. We'll see how it sounds in the cold light of morning, but at this point I'm pretty pleased with it, especially since it came in at a little under 4600 words, well under the word-count limit, so I can stretch it if I have to.

All I can say is, it feels good to be producing fiction again.

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Sun, Apr. 16th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 13:56: At the West Jordan Barnes&Noble watching Dustin Steinacker sign @RealWotF anthos. Come join us!

Fri, Apr. 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 15:23: ... I just typed "END" at the bottom of my novelthing.
  • Thu, 22:38: And that's a thousand on my day of #amwriting. Doing the Ice Monster Prologue right now, after typing an END at the bottom earlier today.

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 12th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 21:14: Hello, Ben's Past, how are you motivating him and his reactions to this Bad Guy today? Must go find Comfy Chair and dig deeper. #amwriting
  • Tue, 22:46: And that's my thousand of #amwriting. Wonder how far I can blow past that today...
  • Wed, 01:21: Two thousand words on my day of #amwriting. 77K total. Honestly, we're just mopping up here. Nearly done with the first draft.
  • Wed, 11:55: Halfway to my #amwriting wordcount goal for the day. Taking a break for chores.

Tue, Apr. 11th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 14:29: There's today's goal! Now to start grinding away at tomorrow's. No, Ben, you may not eat the terrorist dude. ...yet.
  • Mon, 19:13: And that's 1600 words on my day so far. Can I make it 2600? WE SHALL SEE. #amwriting
  • Mon, 21:09: BEN. NO. WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT. #amwriting. ...it is entirely possible that he said it too soon and I may have to move that line.
  • Tue, 02:27: Started my day of #amwriting at 72,400 words b/c I got 200 more after my last tweet last night. Ending it at 75,000. 2600 for the day. Hoo.
  • Tue, 02:39: Honestly, I could keep going and probably do this all night. It's galloping to a conclusion. But it is late and I am tired, so... tomorrow!

Mon, Apr. 10th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 18:47: 7K words of #amwriting on the week DONE, plus 200 more so far. Now the ladies are saddling up to ride to the boys' rescue. Total: 72,200.
  • Mon, 09:54: OMG. The Thor: Ragnarok trailer just dropped. https://t.co/IZDPgmurgt HE'S A FRIEND FROM WORK. Can't. Stop. Laughing.

Sun, Apr. 9th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Apr. 8th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 19:55: That's my 1K of #amwriting for *drumroll plz* 70K words in the novelthing. Ben is in fine form even tho he's naked & covered in wolfsbane.
  • Sat, 00:01: And I end today with a TWO thousand word day, actually, as I blew right past my #amwriting goal and hit tomorrow's too.
  • Sat, 00:04: ...Ben. Do not call the big bad alpha #werewolf, who is nearly twice your size, an "idiot." Even if he is one.
  • Sat, 00:35: Dear @facebook: Where are my email notifs? They've been missing for a solid day now.

Fri, Apr. 7th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 14:35: In case you were wondering, yes, I got my thousand words last night after consulting with Hubby on the gun in this scene.
  • Thu, 21:08: Ladies and gentlemen, this will be the #gunporn section of the novel. #amwriting
  • Thu, 22:13: And there's my thousand of #amwriting, for a total of 69K so far in the novelthing. Cooking along...

Thu, Apr. 6th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 5th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 03:33: Oh, God, finally. There's my thousand words of #amwriting. More like pulling impacted wisdom teeth than riding the wave today, but... done.

Tue, Apr. 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 13:48: Blech, I have to go adult now. Which involves tire repair, banking, grocery shopping, & a trip to the liquor store for strawberry whiskey.
  • Mon, 19:57: That's a thousand words of #amwriting on a day filled with errands. Maybe I'll go for 2K! Ben is now being a mouthy little shit. Good times.
  • Mon, 21:17: And that's my in-progress synopsis caught up. Note to self: Keep up with that better.
  • Mon, 21:42: Of course, now I've come to a dead stop. Again. If I've written myself into another corner, I shall be VERY PUT OUT.

Mon, Apr. 3rd, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 12:33: 600 words so far in #amwriting, and SCENE. Now for more prewriting so I have at least a vague idea of what happens next.
  • Sun, 13:15: Crapdoodles. I think my plot may be broken... *bangs head on keyboard*
  • Sun, 17:16: Dear Angry Dude in the Hideously Enormous Compensating-for-Something Pickup Truck: https://t.co/1xGeD1d6pl
  • Sun, 18:36: First thousand words of today's #amwriting in the can, and 100 done in the next thousand. Getting there by slow hundreds.
  • Sun, 21:35: There's 2000 words of #amwriting on my day, for a total of 65K in the novelthing. Ben is now quite effectively paralyzed. *evil laughter*

Sun, Apr. 2nd, 2017, 05:16 pm
Dear Angry Dude in the Hideously Enormous Compensating-for-Something Pickup Truck:

The rest of us are not psychic. The rest of us are parking normally. If you wish to park in such a way that you do not have to back out of the space when you leave, then perhaps it behooves you to find a pair of spaces you can pull all the way through at the end of the lot (which was not super full today) and hike the few extra yards, rather trying to maneuver your gigantic belching-black-smoke POS backward into a space.

The guy who parked in the space beside the one you wanted (or maybe it was the space you actually wanted to back into; I was unclear) did nothing wrong. I'm sure he had no friggin' idea what you were doing, since you stopped and I'm pretty sure he pulled into the space before your backup lights came on, being right behind you. Getting angry at him for not reading your damn mind was stupid as hell, especially since your complicated maneuver would have taken a fair amount of time and blocked access to three pretty good spaces rather than just the one you would have eventually ended up in (badly, if your parking job in the space you did end up in was any indication) while the other patrons waited for you to get your land yacht berthed--not to mention anyone waiting to pull out whom you were blocking.

Save your anger and indignation for yourself and understand that, even as humongous as your truck is, it does not have its own gravity well, the world does not revolve around it or you, and you should start parking like a considerate human being rather than an entitled ass.


Those of us who witnessed your unwarranted anger and shook our heads

Sun, Apr. 2nd, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 19:21: Went to @AntelopeSP today. Saw bison, a pronghorn, chukars, and burrowing #owls. Pix to come!
  • Sat, 22:41: *repeats to self* That sentence is awful, but I'll fix it in post. Really. Yes, pronouns are the bane of my existence, but. Fix it in post.
  • Sun, 00:01: There's my thousand of #amwriting. Not the 1500 I wanted, but hopefully I can make it up tomorrow. 63K words total. Trucking along...

Sat, Apr. 1st, 2017, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 12:49: HA, I have FB Messenger back in Pidgin, after digging around & finding the files I needed, and working on Win10 "permissions." What a pain.
  • Fri, 21:25: Settling in for my next thousand words of #amwriting. Ben smelling Janni's blood? NOT GOOD FOR HIS STATE OF MIND, y'all. Word wars, anyone?
  • Fri, 23:38: And that's my thousand worlds of #amwriting. Plot is roaring to an end, though there's some stuff I'll have to fix in post. Good times.
  • Sat, 10:10: Know what makes for wholly unrestful sleep? Hot flashes with projectile sweating interspersed with vivid dreams of people waking me up.

Fri, Mar. 31st, 2017, 12:00 pm
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