I'm new to fiction writing, so my portfolio is still small. For now I have a short story in one anthology released August 31, 2020. My first novel, The Darkening, is in progress and planned for release Fall of 2021.
The Thief and the Sorcerer's Jewel
My first published fiction (if you don't count stuff in the high school literary journal from the '80s).
You can find it on Amazon in eBook or Print here.
. . . His only warning was a faint scratching of stone on stone. He rolled in a somersault and won another second of life by the speed of his reflexes. The beast’s hind leg grazed the left side of his head. The weight of impact smashed him to the floor. He looked up, head aflame, to see the stone-leopard crouching for a second deadly spring. A paralyzing cold rose from Arshaka’s bowels to his aching head. Life drained from his limbs and his knees nearly buckled. . . .
This will be my debut novel. It will be a standalone story (I promise, no cliffhanger ending) but also the start of a series (some storylines will have open-ended resolutions). Planned release Fall 2021.
Eldad is hell-bent on avenging his family but a rising darkness in Haral stands in his way.
He’d still been in bed about noon — gloriously alone — when the king’s man had come for him. Didn’t they understand how hard it was to sleep? Grief tormented him at night, like a stab in the heart. It seemed the brief respite of sleep always waited until just before the morning sun peeked through his apartment window.
Now he was standing, angry and tired, before the lordly Urum Sin. His kingly appearance was enhanced by the crimson mantle fringed with gold and a flat-topped hat, also of gold. But Eldad knew the real Urum Sin, the one who always wore the heavy sandals of a soldier with his royal finery.
“Take some ale,” the king said. “You look like you need it.”