The Cephalopod Maid is released!

My short story The Cephalopod Maid is now available!

The Cephalopod MaidDescription: Born half human and half alien, K’mana watches humanity from deep in her underwater home while her father slumbers. Time passes, and K’mana grows bored with being no more than a distant observer. Emerging from her isolated aquatic life, K’mana transforms herself to be able to explore. She once lived in fear of her human blood, but after spending a day on land, K’mana discovers humanity’s greatest attribute.

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So again, this is one of those stories that, like Penumbradoesn’t fit neatly into a category. It’s somewhat of a fantasy romance with a basis of science fiction, but if I ever follow up and do the novels that would come after, it would push fully into the scifi genre. I can’t ever do things the easy way, can I?

Also, it contains the first sex scene I’ve ever written, so it’s worth picking up just for that! The scene is rather PG in writing (I don’t go in for “throbbing members” et al), but still quite steamy, in my opinion.

If you read it, let me know what you think! And if you review short stories and want a reviewer copy, drop me a line for that, too.

Penumbra is now available!

Penumbra is available for download at Amazon and Smashwords!

Description: Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.

Forced from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.

This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.

Warning: I’ve been told by several beta readers that they had intended to read Penumbra over several sittings but ended up getting so sucked into the story that they read it all at once.

I would have had this out last week, but it took me forever to get the HTML formatting on Smashwords correct.  Turns out that you have to hit enter BEFORE hitting page break!  So now I know.

Now begins the fun of submitting this to reviewers, getting set up on Goodreads, and updating all my social media sites.  Woo-ha!

By the way, if you are a book reviewer and would like a free copy of Penumbra, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to send you one.