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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 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. Fourteen-year-old Frank Barron conceals her when the shooting starts. This is no accident: a letter told him what to do. It’s signed, “Love, Flavia.” She has no memory of it. And she can’t tell the future! Can she?

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, twenty of the thirty-nine episodes in the first season are available available. Read them here. A new one is posted every Sunday.

One Survivor

Available now in paperback and on Kindle.

Order on Amazon.

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 21 of Silver Buckshot: Holmes and Watson

In Episode 21 of Silver Buckshot, Frank has convinced himself that someone knows about Flavia’s powers—that’s why they’re trying to kill her. But how is this possible? To the library, Watson! The palace library is neglected in other ways, but it has a fine magic section.

What did they find? Let me quote from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes:

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” asked Inspector Gregson.

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time,” said Holmes.

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident.”

Episode 21, Holmes and Watson, tells you what happens, omitting no detail, however small. Egad! The game is afoot!

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

Episode 20 of Silver Buckshot: Free Blood

When your kingdom includes vampires as rickety pillars of the community, and any blood shortage forces them onto the rampage, what do you do? Driving a stake through their hearts, though effective, is considered a bit of a faux pas, so … how about a blood drive?

Episode 20, Free Blood, tells the sanguinary tale of the emergency blood drive and the revelation that comes afterward.

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

Episode 19 of Silver Buckshot: Too Young

Any thirteen-year-old girl who suddenly acquires a fourteen-year-old boyfriend is sure to be self-conscious, even if she’s a princess. Doubly so if most of their meals are taken in front of at least fifty guests in the palace banquet hall.

But it’s June of 1972, and the gods have plenty more in store. They have ordained that fourteen-year-old Donny Osmond, a teen heartthrob whose voice hasn’t even broken yet, will break into Casey Kasem’s American Top Forty #36 during lunch with a new hit: “Too Young.” It’s just not fair!

And that’s not all. After everyone has practically keeled over from the effort of not laughing at Frank and Flavia, little Michael Jackson, with an even higher-pitched soprano than Donny Osmond’s, breaks into the Top Forty at #33 with “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”

Don’t miss this week’s mortifying episode, Too Young!

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

Episode 18 of Silver Buckshot: Damsel in Distress

In Episode 18 of Silver Buckshot, Damsel in Distress, Frank gets a letter from his vampire pal Charlotte that no blood is available in town at any price, so does he have any to spare?

And it looks like Miss Carlson is in serious danger of being appointed the king’s official hostess and Flavia’s official chaperone. Yikes!

Find out more in this week’s pain-in-the-neck episode, Damsel in Distress!

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

Episode 17 of Silver Buckshot: Creatures of the Night

In Episode 17 of Silver Buckshot, Creatures of the Night, Flavia gets up at 2:00 AM for the scheduled meeting with Frank’s vampire pals, Maria and Charlotte. Both girls are far too pretty and Frank cares about them far too much. Oh, and they’re too thirsty for comfort, too. Of course they are.

People who become vampires as children never grow up, so Maria and Charlotte have been thirteen years old for seventy years, while Flavia has only been thirteen for a few months. It’s not fair!

Find out more in this week’s sanguinary episode, Creatures of the Night!

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

Episode 16 of Silver Buckshot: Life Imitates Art

It’s movie night in the palace in Episode 16 of Silver Buckshot, Life Imitates Art. Tonight’s movie is The Godfather, which is being shown for the first time in the kingdom, though it’s been a smash hit for months on the California side of the gateway.

Movie night is open to the public in spite of the assassination attempts yesterday and the day before that. Is murder on the menu?

This episode is an offer you can’t refuse!

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

Episode 15 of Silver Buckshot: School Daze

In School Daze, Episode 15 of Silver Buckshot: Magic, Mystery, and a Most Aggravating Boyfriend, Flavia has her first lesson with the elderly Dr. Wright, whose title isn’t “Royal Wizard” only because he refuses to accept a title.

At lunch, Frank learns that his two vampire pals, Charlotte and Maria, want to see him after tonight’s movie, but didn’t say why. Flavia says nothing, but holding movie night as usual after assassination attempts the previous two days seemed like plenty without throwing vampire girls into the mix as an encore!

Don’t miss this week’s highly educational episode, School Daze!

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

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.

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