In the boomtown of Eden Springs, someone is spilling the blood of children. Desperate, the sheriff calls in ex-Union scout Aaron Byrne to stop the killers. For the lawman for hire, it’s just another job–until he meets Jonah Mann, the town’s Oxford-trained astronomer-cum-schoolteacher.
Aaron never stays in one place for long, but a few stolen glances from the eccentric professor begin to test his resolve to move along once the job is done. Now a telescope, a whorehouse bathtub, and a cup of Chinese tea could change Aaron’s own stars forever.
Part of the 2011 Advent Calendar Daily Delivery – I’ll Be Home for Christmas at Dreamspinner Press – $1.49 or $64.99 for the complete set of stories
In 1940 Quebec, Christmas Eve is a dreary affair for John. His lover, Robert, a bomber pilot, is stationed in Europe. John tries not to think about the war but is afraid to even read Robert’s last letter too often for fear the words will fade like a cheap painting left in the sun. But even the darkest of times must end, and sometimes, for Christmas, miracles can come shining through.
Gathered Here This Night
Simon in going to become an undead, blood sucking, creature of the night. He knows this and he is mostly ready. But before this happens wants to propose to Anne, his girlfriend of the last six years who just so happens to be a vampire. He wants her to say yes but that also means he must face her coven. It’s like explaining his intentions to the in-laws only it’s that much worse.
Former Navy medic Sebastian Thompson has classic good looks and a true blue heart. But that doesn’t mean he has the confidence to make a move on the gorgeous young blond who just breezed in to the Blue Dragon Bar. Fate will play its hand, anyway. Finding the same young blond beaten to the edge of death, terrified of a hospital, Sebastian has to choose – walk away, or try to save a life.
This one chance encounter will lead Sebastian into a web of danger. Who is the enemy and who is a friend? Who will he trust when everyone has a reason to lie? How far will he go, and what will it cost, to do the right thing?
Works in Progress
Empty Nests – 101,022 words
Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has wealth, influence, looks, the world’s greatest PA, and the keys to the company jet. He is Silicon Valley’s most eligible bachelor. His love life is also a joke. With a refusal to take his hands off the company reigns he redefines workaholic. He has also lost all social skills not necessary for anything other than making multibillion dollar deals. His business partners are sure he’s headed for a stroke, heart attack or breakdown.
At the other end of the technology ladder is James Maron, University Technical Support. When he was fourteen he got caught kissing Benjamin Steven. He decided to prove he wasn’t gay, despite all evidence to the contrary, by sleeping with the first girl he could. Nine months and a lawsuit later he was a teenage parent statistic. Now at the ripe age of 32 he is about to send his son to college leaving him with a crummy, empty apartment, a lousy job, and a social circle composed entirely of Mexican housewives.
When Gabe’s laptop freezes at a guest lecture there is a chance encounter and opportunity for happiness. Assuming Gabe can put down his cellphone for 30 seconds and James can redefine himself as something other than a parent.