November 2017

As November comes to a close, I am left reflecting on what a busy end of 2017 this has been! For my fellow WriMos out there, I hope that you are celebrating your victories today. It doesn’t matter if you reached your 50k, you should still be proud of trying.

I only made it about halfway, but am still proud of how far I got. I mean I work full time, am in grad school part time, and have a family and other priorities (ugg..like cleaning my house). Plus, even though I didn’t reach my 50k, I have done it before so know that I can. On top of that, I had a great start to my next book, Blue. I want to make this longer than my other works, and am working hard to develop a good quality novel. To date I have either written short stories or a novella. I’m ready to tackle the novel.

And with November’s end comes the release of Secrets & Shadows! This collection of short stories contains two new editions of “Uncle Jerry” and “His Game.” And it is my opinion that spooky stories make for great Christmas gifts! Please add Secrets & Shadows to your wish list, or go to Amazon.com to purchase it for a loved one who loves suspenseful stories.

This collection contains some great new stories I know that you will enjoy. “Eve” is a tale told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. It will leave you guessing. In “1:11,” Ryan Keller learns that not everything is as it seems in his house. The winter tale of “Snow Queen” is my nod to the Lockport-born author, Joyce Carol Oates. Because of the US political climate, “The Day the Soldiers Came” is an interesting tale of economic upheaval and possibly an alternate reality. “Unraveled” is a story inspired by true events told by one of my mother’s teachers. And “The Twisted Plane” is a .5 prequel to my unreleased, unfinished series, Lowertown. This story takes place in Rockport, my fictional spinoff of Lockport, NY. In this story, David Robinson learns that the monsters that he sees on tv can appear in real life.

If you’ve read my works and enjoy them, please share it with a friend! I also want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my stories. I really appreciate it. I also want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

Secrets & Shadows

Release News

Secrets & Shadows

I have exciting news! My short story collection, Secrets and Shadows, estimated release date is Black Friday, November 24th, 2017. This spooky collection of stories features newly edited versions of the formerly released short stories, “Uncle Jerry” and “His Game.” This collection has six never before released stories as well. Each story starts with a brief introduction on what inspired me to write it.

Meet Ryan Keller in “1:11,” a man who does not believe in ghosts or hauntings, but finds unexplained things are starting to happen to him. In “Eve,” a vengeful ex-girlfriend spins a suspenseful story filled with jealousy and lies. The United States’ economy crashes in “The Day the Soldiers Came,” leading to mobsters trying to muscle money out of citizens who decided to fight to protect their rights. “Snow Queen” is a strange, artsy tale inspired by Joyce Carol Oates.  Reality is questioned by James Glover in “Unraveled,” a story where a prank is taken too far. And in .5 of the Lowertown series (the prequel to a currently unreleased series), something strange is happening along the Erie Canal. “The Twisted Plane” features David Robinson (of the unreleased book two of the Lowertown series), a boy who learns that creatures of your nightmares are not only found on television.

I am really excited for this collection, and I hope you all enjoy reading it.

Steamy Cogs

With October fast approaching, the official release of the SteamPunk romance, Steamy Cogs, is right around the corner! The release date is this Sunday, October 1st. My newest short story, “Sing of Song of Freedom,” is included in this compilation of four romantic shorts, written in the SteamPunk style.

Meet Zee, a naive young woman struggling to get back her lost memories. As images slowly start coming back to her, Zee realizes that she may have brought unintended trouble to her new friends, Alice and Dylan. A passion as hot as the desert sun is ignited inside Zee for Dylan, but she slowly realizes that another man is searching for her. Will everything unravel before Zee is able to piece together her memories in time?

This was my first SteamPunk adventure, and I enjoyed writing in this style. I just loved how the scenery is in the past, yet in the future all at the same time. It was quite different from anything I have written before, yet the themes running underneath it are ones that I revisit from time to time. All in all, it’s similar to a dystopian piece, but has its own unique feel to it. This story was just wonderful, and I would love to write another SteamPunk story one day.

So please check out the stories in the new collection by Eighth Ripple Press. All four authors have their own take on the theme, which leaves each story mesmerizing in its own way. I hope you enjoy reading our stories as well as we loved writing them! 🙂