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I have one complete novel out and several stories in the works. This site talks about my stories and also about fiction writing in general.

Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend

Serial Fiction on Kindle Vella. Read the first 3-20 episodes free. Discuss them here.

Read the first episodes free on Kindle Vella.

Thirteen-year-old Princess Flavia has endured a lot recently. Polio crippled her legs and killed her mother, her father is sunk in grief, and her servants veer between negligence and cruelty. She takes refuge in her books and never complains. But she draws the line at being murdered. She enlists fourteen-year-old Frank Barron, fresh from the California side of the gateway and the world’s most aggravating boy, to conceal her when the coup attempt begins. Things get interesting after that…

This is a Ruritanian romance, or, if you prefer, a romantic fantasy thriller with teen characters but aimed at adult readers.

As of this writing, four episodes are available. A new one is posted every Sunday.

One Survivor

Available now in paperback and on Kindle.

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When was the last time you enjoyed a science fiction book where teenagers put an alien ship back together? One Survivor is the kind of old-school SF adventure you love, with competent, strong-willed characters, believable technology, fast-paced action, humor, mystery, murder, betrayal, and a touch of the supernatural, all set against the backdrop of the ruined Terran Empire.

One Survivor will remind you of Heinlein’s early work, but with a depth of background more like Jack Vance. It pits fifteen-year-old Beverly di Mendoza against her parents’ murderers, on a backward planet whose inhabitants owe her nothing. With the help of two other teenagers and their battered spaceship, Beverly survives the initial onslaughts and soon moves to the offensive.

One Survivor is my first novel. It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon.

 

Dad Swore Every Word Was True: Plamondon Adventures with Everything from Circus Acts to Moon Landings

Starting soon on Kindle Vella.

Family anecdotes as told by my father, grandfather, and other upholders of absolute truth when it didn’t get in the way of a good story.

Wolf in the Manger

Starting eventually on Kindle Vella.

The other novel is Wolf in the Manger, set in 1957. Seven-year-old Louisa Maréchal is one of six children attacked by the same werewolf on the same night. She becomes a werewolf, along with three of her fellow victims. Abandoned by her family, she’s taken in by an old man who has also adopted two vampire children.

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Episode 14 of Silver Buckshot: Reverse Psychology

In Reverse Psychology, Episode 14 of Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend, Flavia awakens to discover that, as expected, she remembers nothing about her midnight meeting with Frank. She can see the future but forgets by morning. She deals with this by writing down the crucial information.

Seeing the future is no bed of roses, apparently. The meeting seems to have taken a lot out of Frank, so she doesn’t have the heart to ask for the complete rundown.

Sample line: As he finished buttoning up my dress, he murmured, “Everything will be all right, Flavia. We’re the perfect team; nothing can change that. When you see into the future, we always love each other.”

This melted my heart, but I refused to let myself cry. Daddy would be here in a few minutes. I put my nose in the air and said, “You’ll do for eternity, Frank Barron, and not a moment longer!”

Don’t miss the oracular revelations of Episode 14 of Silver Buckshot, Reverse Psychology!

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 13 of Silver Buckshot: Bedtime Story

In Lucky Episode 13 of Silver Buckshot, Bedtime Story, Flavia and Frank need to get some rest before their mysterious midnight rendezvous. Frank offers to tell her a bedtime story. Perhaps unwisely, she agrees. He tells her a fairy tale about little Princess Flavia.

Sample line: “When Flavia was four years old, she taught herself to rob banks and stampede cattle. The people beseeched the king and queen to control her, but they were helpless in the face of her transcendental naughtiness.”

Don’t miss Frank’s amazing plot twist in  Episode 13 of Silver Buckshot, Bedtime Story!

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 12 of Silver Buckshot: Dinner for Three

Whoops! Wrong dinner for three.

In Episode 12 of Silver Buckshot, Dinner for Three, Flavia and Frank encounter Miss Emma Carlson, an elderly cousin of Flavia’s. She may become their greatest challenge yet: a chaperone!

Sample line: At dinner, Frank mentions that, even when he was small, his big sister Louisa would take him on adventures, explaining: “We’d sneak into vampires’ houses during the daytime and play tricks on them, like leaving notes hinting we were Jehovah’s Witnesses and promising to return after dark.”

Don’t miss the ghastly threat of propriety in  Episode 12 of Silver Buckshot, Dinner for Three.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 11 of Silver Buckshot: Gym Clothes

In Episode 11 of Silver Buckshot, Gym Clothes, Frank is restless and heads to the palace gym for a workout. He takes Flavia along, and they blunder into their first serious disagreement.

Don’t miss the perspiration-drenched Episode 11 of Silver Buckshot, Gym Clothes.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 10 of Silver Buckshot: Pistole Italiane

In Episode 10 of Silver Buckshot, Pistole Italiane, Flavia, still shaken from the attempt on her life, returns to her rooms in the company of a new set of guards, her boyfriend Frank, and Frank’s older sister Louisa, who thinks a mere princess isn’t good enough for her baby brother.

That sounds restful, right? Stripping and cleaning the Italian pistols plundered from the dead assassins fits right in with the rest of the action.

Don’t miss the armed neutrality of Episode 10 of Silver Buckshot, Pistole Italiane.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 9 of Silver Buckshot: Fifty-Dollar Bill

In Episode 9 of Silver Buckshot, Fifty-Dollar Bill, another attempt is made on Princess Flavia’s life when she and Frank are in the library. She survives because … but that would be telling. But I’ll note that her would-be assassins carried silenced pistols, which for library murders is only proper.

And, wait, doesn’t Flavia see the future? How could she let herself get caught like this? Is her talent unreliable?

Don’t miss the hair-raising action in Episode 9 of Silver Buckshot, Fifty-Dollar Bill.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into Episode 1 on Kindle Vella.

Episode 8 of Silver Buckshot: Louisa Delphine Marianne Maréchal

In Episode 8: Louisa Delphine Marianne Maréchal, Frank’s older sister blows in like a whirlwind. Louisa and Flavia get on like a house afire: smoke, flames, screaming…

Well, not the screaming. Not out loud, anyway, because Frank and Louisa are close and Flavia feels outnumbered enough already. And did I mention that Louisa is a werewolf?

Don’t miss the fur-flying action in Episode 8: Louisa Delphine Marianne Maréchal.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Episode 7 of “Silver Buckshot”: Houdini Bathtub

The all-clear sounds before lunch, so Flavia and Frank are no longer confined to her suite.

You’d think that bathing and changing for a luncheon, even a royal luncheon, would be no great trick, but Flavia’s polio-weakened legs and her immensely deep claw-footed bathtub present a challenge.

Under normal circumstances, her maid would have assisted her, but Miss Parmalee turned out to be a traitor and is now dead. For obvious reasons, Flavia doesn’t want Frank as her bath attendant, so she attempts the necessary acrobatics alone.

Find out how that turns out, and the revelations that follow, in Episode 7: Houdini Bathtub.

See my main story post for Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Episode 6 of “Silver Buckshot”: Ticklish Situation

The king leaves after breakfast, warning Frank and Flavia to remain in her rooms until he gives the all-clear. Wait, does that mean the danger isn’t over yet? Find out in Episode 6: Ticklish Situation.

See my main post on Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

Episode 5 of “Silver Buckshot:” Room Service

In Silver Buckshot, Episode 5: Room Service, Flavia awakens to find three new letters she doesn’t remember writing: one to Frank, one to the king, and one to herself. It’s been hours since anyone tried to kill or kidnap them, so this episode is going to be uneventful, right? Don’t bet on it.

See my main post on Silver Buckshot or jump right into the story on Kindle Vella.

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