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.
“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…