Tragic shorts–sometimes short on romance.
As a novelist, I intend to write dark historical romance. 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.
“Do You Hear the Coffin Bell?” will be republished in TreeHouse Arts on September 14th, 2019.
“When the Clock Stops” will be republished in the Academy of the Heart and Mind on December 1st, 2019.
Published Stories (Alphabetical):
“Do You Hear the Coffin Bell?” was published in January 2019 in The Blotter Magazine.
Premise: Mary Smith thought she found a love match in George Blackbourne–until he passed away from a fatal illness. She grieved for her dead lover, but not for the reasons anyone thought. She loved him, yes, until she found a secret that shattered his near perfect image–a mistress and his child.
Now Mary keeps a secret of her own as she goes through the motions, mourning for a man who splintered her heart into pieces. Until the coffin bell rings, and the dead returns to life, revealing an even darker truth.
“I’d Rather Lose My Head” was published in the first issue of Magazine of History & Fiction in December 2018.
Premise: In this historical reimagining, 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.
“Lady of the Rain” was published in April 2019 on Literary Yard.
Premise: This story follows Patience, a spinster with an interest in Roman antiquities. She desires to have her voice heard as an intellect, but trapped in the society of Victorian England, no one will listen to her theories. One theory is the identity of an unknown goddess. No man will give her credence, least of all her father, who plans to marry her off. It isn’t until Patience’s archaeologist uncle returns from Italy with an artistic masterpiece, a gift for her father, strange happenings begin to take place. Shadows in the halls, voices from unseen places. But when Patience meets the source of these oddities, she discovers an inner strength she never realized she possessed—hope, hope to become the woman she always envisioned.
“On the Water’s Edge” was published on November 9, 2018 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.
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 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…
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.
“Secrets in the Poison” was the feature story in Issue 181 of Squawk Back in December 2018.
He never made it to the altar.
Poison. Who murdered him?
His adoring fiancé?
His longtime friend with a secret love?
Or his sister, his Eurydice to his Orpheus?
The murderer might not be known, but one thing is certain. Their secrets are in the poison.
“When the Clock Stops” was 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.