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NOVELS, NOVELLAS, ANTHOLOGIES

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"Come," said the cat.
He knew what it meant, this speaking with animals, and it shamed him.
"They summon you," the cat said. "It is time."
"No," he said.
Yet, it wasn't so simple. And he went.
His only guides were this cold-eyed forest cat and a feckless dog. And where they led him, he didn't want to go.
Even so, he went.
It was time.

 

Caliban Island--a Silicon Valley genius buys it, then immediately blacks it out, raising intelligence agency eyebrows. Willie Deane infiltrates the Caribbean island, undercover. He finds white-sand beaches, palms...and murder. Why are workers in the island's research facility, the Sugar Cube, one by one, thrown out of a Black Hawk helicopter, or fed to the island's feral Bengal tiger? And why is the next target Willie Deane?

 

 

THIS IS A BAD PLACE TO BE….


After a moment, I realized I was caged, staring out through iron bars. Defion stood outside the cage, insect faced, no expression. Philip Prester stood beside him, but with his back to us, looking out over the plain.
Windblown orange dust sandpapered my face. I felt a buzz inside my head, and knew the dust did that, as if it was electrically charged. After a few moments, I didn’t notice it.
“Where’s this?” I said, mainly to hear my own voice, something familiar.
Defion surprised me. He spoke.
“Sinnabar,” he said.

A tyrannosaurus rex hunt, in the Cretaceous, begins Part One of this quick-read e-story, but Part Two leaps to our own time--an abandoned Manhattan subway station, where the homeless find shelter. Up from even deeper down come green-eyed strangers, seeking Marten, a genius pickpocket, but he's a "cannon," he "dips" solo, and he means to keep it that way.

In this quick-read e-story, an Ice-Age western, witches riding dire wolves herd saber-toothed tigers to a mining town. They ask for help with a dying girl, for "decency." They almost get it.

A mystery novella, available as an e-book--

In a quiet Vermont town, who strangled the Italian college student, who looks dressed for a fashion shoot?

Cooper North meant to retire, but now hunting down the strangler falls to her, at the risk of being strangled herself.

 

Night.
Rain.
Through Cooper North’s window—a shot.
She’s just retired as a Vermont prosecutor. She’d planned to watch birds, read. But now she’s back investigating. And this time it’s personal.
Who wants her dead?

 

 

An alien visitor gets chummy with a golden retriever.
At the OK Corral, old-west spellslingers fire off incantations.
Ancients from the Cretaceous emerge from Manhattan’s subways.
A scientist riles a Florida swamp shaman, and never sees the magic coming.
Hunting a renegade, intercosmic rangers take the form of professional wrestlers.
And then….

Is fact really stranger than fiction? Not in these fifteen stories.

 

Pleistocene witches, riding dire wolves, seek help for a snake-bitten girl at a village where they're feared and hated.

A visiting alien gets sloppy drunk on Diet Pepsi.

Uninvited, a bear moves in with a lonely man and helps him tap his life's "Refresh" button.

Ghost hunters, investigating apparitions in a cranky playwright's home, find it's a case of haunting by backstory.

And other tales about what--probably--could never be.

 

 This comic novella, available as an e-book, asks this question: if your dog is a genius, shouldn't you do what he says?