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Welcome to my web site. Glad you could make it.

I write fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror, as well as the occasional essay and poem.

I write both short and long fiction. It’s all available on Amazon or from other stores.

What’s New?

Maker, Teacher, Monster CoverMy most recent novel is The Maker, the Teacher, and the Monster, the sequel to The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom. It came out in July from Book View Cafe.

Five years have passed. The worlds above and below have recovered and changed.

The fairies from the Clockwork Kingdom return every year, asking for Dale’s help in vain. This year, Cornelius, the head of the fairies, brings dread news: Kostya has returned.

The Maker has taught herself what she could about magic, but no teacher has ever arrived. Finally, a herald manages to break through the spells surrounding the town to warn Nora that something, perhaps a monster, has been keeping them at bay. And it is stalking her for her power, and her life.

Can Nora get away before the monster enthralls her? What price will Dale pay to keep his sister free? And who is the monster?

What’s Coming?

Poisoned PearlsMy next novel is called Poisoned Pearls. It’s an urban fantasy mystery, set in Minneapolis.

Working at a sex & toy shop like Chinaman Joe’s Good Luck Parlor keeps Cassie in smokes and off the streets. It isn’t glamorous. But it’s a life.

Then again, Cassie is just normal, not one of the blessed. No paranormal abilities, no telepathy, no pre-cognition. Normal.

But when someone kills Cassie’s best friend in the alley behind the store, the police start looking at her. Hard. Particularly when the Post-Cog on the case swears she’s involved, somehow.

Then someone strangles a prostitute right there in the store.

Cassie knows the cops are wrong about everything. She didn’t do it, and the deaths aren’t about drugs.

But to prove them wrong Cassie has to stop gods she didn’t know were real and prevent Ragnarok.

Her life will never be the same.

Other Books You May Enjoy

Whoa! You write a lot of books. You have 10 11 novels? Which should I read first?

I hear the (above) question a lot. My general response is, “What do you like to read?”

Paper Mage

Paper Mage Cover LargeMy most famous novel is a historic fantasy, set in Tang Dynasty China, called Paper Mage. It’s also available at other stores, as a trade paperback, and as an audio book.

Xiao Yen is a paper mage: She folds paper into an animal or a thing, then does magic, so the paper becomes what she’s folded. However, she’s a woman trying to fill a man’s roll during the Tang dynasty, in China, and the only people willing to hire her are foreigners.

Things go from bad to worse for Xiao Yen on her first assignment: She loses her lucky amulet, there are robbers on the trail, as well as treachery among her traveling companions. Before long, Xiao Yen must battle a warlord, attack a rat dragon, and destroy a Taoist immortal.

But even bigger battles await Xiao Yen up ahead…

The Shredded Veil Mysteries

The Shredded Veil Mysteries CoverIf you prefer mysteries, try my collection The Shredded Veil Mysteries where the main character is a detective, but also a ghost. (Other sources available here.) And this collection is also available as a trade paperback.

December 21st, 2012 hadn’t been the end of the world, but the Great Unraveling.

The veils between the Seen and Unseen worlds had shredded.

The living had suddenly learned they weren’t alone.

Andy had seen it all, done it all, as a detective working Vice when he’d be alive. Now, as a ghost, he works as a private investigator.

Come explore the mysteries of Heaven and Hell, of cameras with souls, and thieves with hearts.

The Popcorn Thief

Popcorn Thief FinalMaybe you’d like something that’s less fantasy, more magic realism? Try my novel The Popcorn Thief, a contemporary novel set in rural Kentucky.

Ghosts get stuck sometimes.

Franklin helps them move from this world to the next. Sometimes that means giving a ghost a ride so they can confront their killer. Other times, it means listening to the wind in his fields and the trucks blowing down the interstate and hearing the songs a ghost needs to sing.

Generally, Franklin happily does whatever a ghost needs. It’s his duty.

Then Gloria shows up. She wants Franklin to steal the crop of his rival, Karl—they compete every year at the Kentucky State Fair for the blue ribbon prize for who grows the best popping corn.

Franklin’s no thief. His mama taught him better.

But something else is out there, hiding in the fields. Something much worse than a ghost.

A creature that’s not interested in stealing crops, but in taking people’s lives and powers.

A thing that Franklin and his family must stop.

Siren’s Call

Siren's Call Or maybe you’d prefer a spicy urban fantasy, set in New Orleans.

Kai never met Mama. But based on her own abilities, and those who call her kin, she knows Mama wasn’t human.

Kai finds things. In post-Katrina New Orleans, everyone’s lost something, though most can’t afford to pay.

Kai’s latest client, a siren, hires Kai to find her sister. Sirens need both men and water, and can call them.

The kidnapped sister is being held on dry ground…

…while another storm brews off the coast of New Orleans.

When the Moon Over Kualina Mountain Comes

When the Moon Over Kualina Mountain Comes CoverI’ve also written a dark, epic fantasy novel, set in a world of my own making with a South Pacific feel.

Centuries ago, fate forced the witches to move from the mainland to the Southern Islands. The peace-loving people there accepted and welcomed them.

Now, centuries later, the gods begin to make their will known again.

Ephanie, a young northern witch, waits impatiently. The certainty of youth fills her, assures her that she will do important things in her life. Then her destiny finds her, but it isn’t what she thought it would be.

Jahaka also waits, but for a sign. As head priestess of the northern witches, she despises the changes she sees in the witches, the corruption of their magic. How can she lead her people back to purity?

Mahina lives in the jungle, unclear which dreams come from her and which belong to her sisters. Until the goddess gives her a sign and the southern witches come back into their power.

Each of them must follow her own destiny to the bitter end, despite the cost.

All the while, war surfs toward them, carried on western winds.

I’ve written other contemporary fantasy novels (The Raven and the Dancing Tiger, The Guardian Hound, The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom, and The Maker, the Teacher, and the Monster.)

I’ve also written other historic fantasy novels (The Caves of Buda and The Jaguar and the Wolf.)

My other works are all available on Knotted Road Press.

In addition to all the writing, I travel. I’ve lived outside the US for 3 1/2 years (the big journey) and have spent time in Chile, Hungary, Mexico, Iceland, New Orleans, and New Zealand doing research for my writing. I have more big trips planned soon.

I hope you enjoy wandering around here.

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