Tragic shorts–sometimes short on romance.
As a novelist, I intend to write historical romantic suspense. As a short story writer, I intend to write tales containing at least one of the following elements: history, suspense, the supernatural, or romance. Some stories are heavier on certain elements than others. You’ll only have to read to find out.
“I’d Rather Lose My Head” will be published in the first issue of Magazine of History & Fiction.
Premise: In this historical re-imagining, Anne Boleyn’s heart aches for what she’s destined to never possess–true love. Her fancy has been captured by the amorous attentions of a courtier named Henry Percy, but a jealous King Henry VIII thwarts their romance through the scheming Cardinal Wolsey. Anne’s fury abounds, unable to recover the love she’s lost, as the tyrannical King ignites his courtship with her, but she won’t give into him so easily. She’d rather lose her head than come to him so willingly.
“On the Water’s Edge” will be published on November 9 by Fiction on the Web.
Premise: Frederick Wilde was born knowing he had a father to escape. He found solace in running, running from his father’s blows, running from the woman who loved him. But Frederick couldn’t feel love in return. Not when he believed his father’s abuses, that he murdered his mother in childbirth.
It wasn’t until Frederick stumbled upon a lake, buried deep in a forest, that he discovered love–on the water’s edge. He found a reflection, but it wasn’t his own. It was of a woman named Helena. He wasted away as he waited for the chance to touch his ladylove, until one day she appeared to him with a heart of vengeance.
“When the Clock Stops” will be published in November 2018 by Ariel Chart.
Premise: It starts with a tick–or when the clock ticks no more. Someone’s dead, a loved one close to you. But who can it be? You stare at the hands, no longer pivoting, frozen on the minute a soul left a body. But who’s soul? Who’s body? Only time–and Death–will unravel the answer, but if only you could count the seconds.
“Our Dance” was published in the August 2018 issue of Scarlet Leaf Review.
Premise: Lady Emmeline is a grief-stricken woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She knew passion once, long ago. Now, she suffers from the repercussions of her choices. When her childhood friend, Agatha, writes to her, her husband gives his consent for her to visit the home she hasn’t seen in years. There, she helps Agatha through the grief of her deceased brother, who happens to be her former lover. But he might not be as far away as Emmeline thinks, and he has a message for her to hear.
“Rose Without A Thorn” was published in the first issue of Bold + Italic.
Premise: King Henry VIII adored her. He called her his “rose without a thorn,” but she betrayed him in the most vile way imaginable. She gave into a passionate affair with one of his courtiers right under his nose. Until a damning letter is discovered. This is the historical reimagining of the beginning of Catherine Howard’s downfall as the fifth wife of England’s most tyrannical king.
“Rose of the Sea” was published in the April 2018 issue of TWJ Magazine.
Premise: Set in a rural village in Victorian England, Kitty waits for her beloved, a poet and a dreamer, to return from London. He promised to return to her once he found success, but instead, she receives a letter about how distance has not made his love grow fonder. Kitty is crushed by his rejection, but an apparition, a woman in white, might guide her to the love and belonging she seeks…