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Everyday Adventures

What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

Every Lover is a Soldier: A Story of Vietnam

In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from fraternizing due to the difference in their ranks, they develop their relationship in secret, supporting each other through the violence and pain of their respective duties. 

They marry in secret—on R&R in Hawaii—and return to Vietnam to serve one more tour each, all the while maintaining the utmost discretion about their illegal marriage. 

Sam works long shifts at the evac hospital, doing what she can to put broken and burned men back together again.  She is haunted by the death of her brother—she sees him in the men she treats—and is terrified that one day Jake will end up on a stretcher laid out before her in triage.

Sam discovers she is pregnant, and despite the death and danger around them, Sam and Jake decide Sam will stay at Chu Lai for the first two months of her pregnancy. Jake’s tour will end six months later, in time for the birth of the baby. But seven weeks into her pregnancy, as Sam is planning to tell her superiors, the Viet Cong and NVA launch the Tet Offensive. Sam is wounded on the first night of Tet and is sent home. 

Two weeks later, Jake’s chopper goes down. No bodies are found, only blood trails. 

Is he alive? Has he been captured? Sam is left to wonder, and to wait. When her son is born--a son who has the same coal-black hair as Jake--she wonders what she will tell him about his father’s fate. And what will she believe for herself? 
 

The IT Girl

What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks like in the workplace - aka do NOT ask her to plan that potluck because she’s the only chick there - Kay also finds humor, inspiration, and friendship along the way. Follow along each week to read stories from her life in the world of Information Technology - and all of the oddities and wonders that a career in tech can bring.

The Crimson Stone

Penelope is an ex-lawyer and a divorced mom. Her teenage daughter, Hannah, who inherited the family gift of premonition dreams, starts having recurring dreams. When a very old friend, Benjamin, shows up asking for her help, Penelope is sure that the things are connected. Reluctantly, she accepts. Her life will get turned upside down, and all the choices she has made will be questioned. Is Benjamin really innocent? Is she doing the right thing in involving her daughter in this? How will this event affect all her relationships?

A Bump In The Road And Other Stories - A Flash Fiction Collection

And then something happened...

What is an inciting incident?

It's the moment in a story when a person's life is changed forever. That first meeting, the first time you hear bad news, the first time you realize the truth. 

A BUMP IN THE ROAD AND OTHER STORIES documents different inciting incidents, short small stories about how it all started. 

Ghost

Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was assigned. When living in this hellhole some call a town, a man finds him and asks Ghost for his services. Accepted. First target, a girl. Heiress to the White family. Easy. A simple hit. This girl, that when he puts the gun to her head, intrigues him more than she should. He hesitates. What to do? Follow orders? Or take the first step down a road that could destroy him?

*If you do not wish to wait for the full story, "Ghost" is available for sale at your favorite eBook retailer

Librarian Detective

Think Librarians are too timid to try and take down a killer? Think again. Seeking truth and justice is what we do.

The night Skylar sees a young woman being drugged and dragged out of a bar in her Nob Hill neighborhood, she's seriously alarmed. And when she makes the choice to follow them, her life is changed forever.

When horrible things happen, why do we look the other way? Even admitting crime takes place in our community is taboo.

The police either won't or can't pursue the case, and it goes cold. Skylar sees a different way. The serial killer is using dating and driving apps to target women in San Francisco. She makes the decision to put her library research and digital librarian hacker skills to good use.

Skylar Saffron, Librarian Detective is born.

Tania Of Acona: The Chronicles Of Arith

Tania Hanaldi is a young assassin on her first assignment when she meets a Knight Of Creation intent on preventing her from finishing her mission. As the continent of Acona is torn apart by civil war, Tania knows that her role may decide the fate of the rebel army... or her own death. There is no turning back as she is swept up in a conflict that threatens to engulf the entire world. Will she survive long enough to avenge her past?

Keeping His Secrets

Super wealthy Cameron Webb wants to forget his family’s past, their luxurious home and garden, and the decades old suggestion of treasonous activity. When obligated to return to Granite Keep, his family’s property, Cam plans to do what he must and retreat to the life he’s made for himself until he encounters the estate’s new historian. Marie Link’s goal is to uncover the secrets contained in Granite Keep. Marie, like a modern day Nancy Drew, digs through dusty files, asks too many questions, and explores in forbidden locations. Her research both irritates and intrigues Cam, but he’s too attracted to the red-headed historian to stop her actions or stop himself from falling for her. Marie tries to keep her eyes on her mission, but Cam’s mere presence can make the past irrelevant when her future could be with the dark, handsome man who wants her to keep his secrets.

Bound in Thought

There is only one rule everyone follows. Without choice or knowledge. One rule that everyone accepts to live and love by. You have a soulmate. Simple yet life-altering. You are connected in thought, with the ability to look inside each other's mind at any time. But you will only gain this ability at 21 years old, and only if you choose to activate the bond. Should you choose not to then you will live your life knowing that your soulmate is out there but you will never find them. What would you choose? Follow several people as they learn to live with the consequences of their choice.

TL;DR

TL;DR (or "Too long, didn't read") is a mostly autobiographical work with more than a hint of exaggeration, extrapolation and pure fantasy thrown in.

From railways to romance, horses for courses, mountains to molehills and the odd hiccup along the way, join our protagonist as he finally works out that being a man of few words is better than a man of many words.

TL;DR: read this book.

Taking Comfort

Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

The Flexibilizer

A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind of the main character. - Bart Besamusca (linguist)

 

Remembering First Love - The Rivera Sisters Series -Book One

Only ten months apart and often mistaken for twins, Amelia and Carina Rivera are well known in the tight-knit Cuban American community of Hialeah, Florida as the Rivera sisters.

Although Amelia and Carina are almost identical in looks, their personalities couldn't be any further apart. 
Religious, hard-working Amelia has always been obedient to her mother, while strong-willed Carina seems to be a magnet for trouble, especially with men.

"Remembering First Love"(Book One of The Rivera Sisters Series) is the story of Carina Rivera's struggle to become the kind of woman she wishes she could be. 

Carina has been through the trauma of being molested as a child by a neighbor man.
 Now in her early twenties, she battles with feelings of low self-worth, finding it difficult to overcome the guilt and shame that have weighed her down her whole life. She's made bad choices, especially in her teens, but now she's ready to turn her back on her past and mend her tainted reputation within the community. But Carina's hopes of going forward into a new and better way of life are quickly shattered when she's thrust into the heavy responsibility of being her family's sole breadwinner.

When Carina meets Aaron Mendoza, her handsome, womanizing supervisor at the garment factory, she forgets the vow she's made to herself and to God to change her ways. There’s something dark and forbidden in Aaron's eyes calling to a part of Carina’s soul that doesn't want to say no.

Can Carina find an escape from Aaron's allure or will her relationship with him prevent her from 
becoming the woman she longs to be?

The Takeover

Men have found a way to get what they have always wanted; a way to take back control from the women who fought to gain what they deserve. 

Alliances are formed, rebellions rise, families are torn apart. 

In this sci-fi, thriller, sexes are divided leaving a country without a government. Cities are under siege as people flee from tyranny and bloodshed. 

This book will be sure to leave you choosing a side, or wanting to watch it all burn. 

Trust Me

 

A small, sleepy town in Texas awakes to find a local high school girl has commited suicide.

Three weeks later, her friends still have trouble understanding. How could she have taken her own life? Her best friend, Kathy, comes to a startling revelation which causes a chain of events to unfold that no one could have expected.

Soon kids from all walks of life within the town become entangled in a confusion of mental illness, sexuality--and murder?

.... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....

This began as a series of short stories that are all interconnected but may be read standalone, but as the story developed it became apparent that they were more like chapters in the book. 

Up until chapter 6 all stories are standalone, but from then on all are connected.

Vlad the Conqueror

*** Runner-Up 2017 Best Historical Fiction Series!

Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

However, treachery abounds, from the wealthy merchants of his own kingdom to greedy former allies, and even Vlad's own family cannot be trusted.  Against overwhelming odds his small army begins to push back the invaders, only to have personal tragedy lead Vlad into a downward spiral that results in his damnation and begins his dark journey as the historic Count Dracula.

There are currently 37 chapters in this series to date.

Cover design by Melody Simmons.

 

Female Anonymous

Humorous short stories depicting female characters.

Long-Distance Love

The format for this short series is postcard length excerpts mailed between Andrew, a business assistant to a wealthy friend, and Jenna, a linguistic anthropologist. As the two of them travel the world separately, they meet via a postcard happenstance. They then find that they enjoy each other's company and become long-distance penpals, getting to know each other over many years. 

Obsession of Mine: Undercover Romance Series Book 2

There’s been a murder in Jaeger Cove, Connecticut with plenty of suspects to choose from.  Can you guess who did it?

Kate Hollingsworth-Collins who despises the victim for tearing her relationship with Nathan apart.

Aiden Walker (Kate's Brother) who can't stand the way Kate becomes a different person around Leo and wants his sister to reconcile with Nathan. The victim is the only person standing in their way.

Edward Hollingsworth (Kate's Grandfather) who wants his granddaughter to be happy. She’s the only family he has left and is obviously in love with Nathan. 

Nathan Reed who desperately wants his true love, Kate, back. She’ll never forgive him as long as the victim is complicating their relationship.

Meredith Carlisle (Nathan's Mother) who admits she would do anything to ensure her son reconciles with Kate.  She's a Hollingsworth heir and money like that is hard to come by. 

Leo Kensington (Kate’s on again/off again fiancé) who doesn't want a secret to come out that only the victim knows about. He would lose Kate forever.

Richard Kensington (Leo's Grandfather) who's was being blackmailed by the victim, and you don't mess with a Kensington.

Howard Kensington (Leo’s Uncle/Edward’s Son) who would do anything to protect his family.

WARNING: This series contains Adult Language and Sexual Content.

Genevieve Grace: Killer Attraction Series Book 1

Genny Montgomery has an almost perfect senior year of high school. The brainy girl who no boy has ever looked at twice ends up with the hot and handsome quarterback of the football team when Hank Moretti moves back to Carolina Bay and searches for the girl he called GG, his special name for Genevieve Grace in elementary school.  

College life isn't quite as romantic as high school. Hank is so consumed with taking his football team to the championship and going professional that he has little time for Genny.  A debonair college professer, Dr. Max Lewis, starts giving her the attention she craves.  Will he be able to fulfill her sexual fantasies that have been poured out into three steamy novels?  

A murder mystery writer who lives next door, Bradley Kingston, gives Genny an advanced copy of his book.  One of the men in her life uses his plot line and throws her life into potentially deadly turmoil.  Who will survive the chain of events that unfold? 

WARNING:  This series contains Adult Language and Sexual Content.

The sequel in the Killer Attraction Series, The Seaside Slayer, is also available.  

Cold Lungs

Rowan and Levi are two nineteen-year old’s living separate lives. They’ve grown up in New York City and at a young age experience the onset of depression that leads them through the rest of their lives. Rowan grows up, clinging onto other children, growing an obsession with other people, to where he always wanted to touch them and be around them. As time went on, it became worse and he ended up getting in trouble and was left feeling like he did not belong and only had an increased sexual urge for other people. Meanwhile, Levi grew up with a relatively happy childhood, but following the death of his mom he spiraled down into a deep depression, unable to face the reality that he lost the person he loved the most. Because his sister was like his mother, he found himself falling for his own sister because she was like her. Eventually, he developed a persona where he tried to be anybody but himself around whoever he could fit in with so he would not have to face the depression that plagued his mind. The two end up meeting in a mental health facility, which causes them to become closer in the worst possible setting. 

Aspirations & Inspirations

Inspiration comes to me in many forms. I tend to be drawn to the darker side of fiction, whether I'm looking at movies, story ideas, or books. These poems have been inspired by life, by film and anything in between. I can't always explain where they come from. I just write them.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

 View Series


In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from...View Series



What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks...View Series


Penelope is an ex-lawyer and a divorced mom. Her teenage daughter, Hannah, who inherited the family gift of premonition dreams, starts having recurring dreams. When a very old friend, Benjamin, shows up asking for her help, Penelope is sure that the things are connected. Reluctantly, she accepts. Her life will get turned upside down, and all the choices she has made will be questioned. Is Benjamin really...View Series


And then something happened...

What is an inciting incident?

It's the moment in a story when a person's life is changed forever. That first meeting, the first time you hear bad news, the first time you realize the truth. 

A BUMP IN THE ROAD AND OTHER STORIES documents different inciting incidents, short small stories about...View Series



Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was...View Series



Think Librarians are too timid to try and take down a killer? Think again. Seeking truth and justice is what we do.

The night Skylar sees a young woman being drugged and dragged out of a bar in her Nob Hill neighborhood, she's seriously alarmed. And when she makes the choice to follow them, her life is changed forever.

When horrible things happen, why do we look the other way? Even...View Series



Tania Hanaldi is a young assassin on her first assignment when she meets a Knight Of Creation intent on preventing her from finishing her mission. As the continent of Acona is torn apart by civil war, Tania knows that her role may decide the fate of the rebel army... or her own death. There is no turning back as she is swept up in a conflict that threatens to engulf the entire world. Will she survive long...View Series


Super wealthy Cameron Webb wants to forget his family’s past, their luxurious home and garden, and the decades old suggestion of treasonous activity. When obligated to return to Granite Keep, his family’s property, Cam plans to do what he must and retreat to the life he’s made for himself until he encounters the estate’s new historian. Marie Link’s goal is to uncover the secrets...View Series


There is only one rule everyone follows. Without choice or knowledge. One rule that everyone accepts to live and love by. You have a soulmate. Simple yet life-altering. You are connected in thought, with the ability to look inside each other's mind at any time. But you will only gain this ability at 21 years old, and only if you choose to activate the bond. Should you choose not to then you will live...View Series


TL;DR (or "Too long, didn't read") is a mostly autobiographical work with more than a hint of exaggeration, extrapolation and pure fantasy thrown in.

From railways to romance, horses for courses, mountains to molehills and the odd hiccup along the way, join our protagonist as he finally works out that being a man of few words is better than a man of many words.

TL;DR:...View Series



Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

 View Series


A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind...View Series


Only ten months apart and often mistaken for twins, Amelia and Carina Rivera are well known in the tight-knit Cuban American community of Hialeah, Florida as the Rivera sisters.

Although Amelia and Carina are almost identical in looks, their personalities couldn't be any further apart. 
Religious, hard-working Amelia has always been obedient to her mother, while...View Series



Men have found a way to get what they have always wanted; a way to take back control from the women who fought to gain what they deserve. 

Alliances are formed, rebellions rise, families are torn apart. 

In this sci-fi, thriller, sexes are divided leaving a country without a government. Cities are under siege as people flee from tyranny and bloodshed. 

This...View Series



 

A small, sleepy town in Texas awakes to find a local high school girl has commited suicide.

Three weeks later, her friends still have trouble understanding. How could she have taken her own life? Her best friend, Kathy, comes to a startling revelation which causes a chain of events to unfold that no one could have expected.

Soon kids from all walks of life within the...View Series



*** Runner-Up 2017 Best Historical Fiction Series!

Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

However, treachery abounds, from the wealthy...View Series



Humorous short stories depicting female characters.

 View Series


The format for this short series is postcard length excerpts mailed between Andrew, a business assistant to a wealthy friend, and Jenna, a linguistic anthropologist. As the two of them travel the world separately, they meet via a postcard happenstance. They then find that they enjoy each other's company and become long-distance penpals, getting to know each other over many years. 

 View Series


There’s been a murder in Jaeger Cove, Connecticut with plenty of suspects to choose from.  Can you guess who did it?

Kate Hollingsworth-Collins who despises the victim for tearing her relationship with Nathan apart.

Aiden Walker (Kate's Brother) who can't stand the way Kate becomes a...View Series


Genny Montgomery has an almost perfect senior year of high school. The brainy girl who no boy has ever looked at twice ends up with the hot and handsome quarterback of the football team when Hank Moretti moves back to Carolina Bay and searches for the girl he called GG, his special name for Genevieve Grace in elementary school.  

College life isn't quite...View Series



Rowan and Levi are two nineteen-year old’s living separate lives. They’ve grown up in New York City and at a young age experience the onset of depression that leads them through the rest of their lives. Rowan grows up, clinging onto other children, growing an obsession with other people, to where he always wanted to touch them and be around them. As time went on, it became worse and...View Series


Inspiration comes to me in many forms. I tend to be drawn to the darker side of fiction, whether I'm looking at movies, story ideas, or books. These poems have been inspired by life, by film and anything in between. I can't always explain where they come from. I just write them.

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.