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WIP Wednesdays: Prologue to Pandora’s Box the Novel

WIP Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday (even if it’s already 10:30pm), and that means it’s time to showcase one of my many works-in-progress.

In today’s installment of WIP Wednesdays I am presenting the opening scene of a dark urban fantasy piece I’m working on. It is a novelization of my short story “Pandora’s Box.” The piece below would be considered the prologue. Enjoy.

October 31st

Six days ago I received an unnerving phone call from my brother Adam. He had called from his mobile and the battery was about to die. He told me that his girlfriend had been murdered the night before, “by accident,” he said; and that he was mixed up in something that, “you wouldn’t believe even if I told you.”

“Slow down, Adam,” I said. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Where are you?”  Continue reading WIP Wednesdays: Prologue to Pandora’s Box the Novel

WIP Wednesday: Another Chapter from the Untitled MG Fantasy

Introducing WIP Wednesdays (“WIP” stands for “Work in Progress.”) On Wednesdays I will share a passage or chapter of one of my many WIPs.  One WIP is a MG (middle grade) fantasy about a group of middle school kids who have special abilities that work in inconvenient ways. I posted the first chapter a few weeks ago. Below is what will likely be the second chapter. Next Wednesday I might even share the third chapter (if I ever finish writing it), or most likely a passage from some other think I am working on.

From Untitled MG Fantasy:


October 1st


Russell Mickelson rubbed his sleepy, dark eyes and rolled over in his bed. The morning light peeked through the gaps in his curtains, shining on the dozens of sailboats painted on the pale-blue walls of his bedroom like a lighthouse lamplight. He hated this wallpaper. He might’ve liked it when he was a kid, but twelve-years-old was too old for wallpaper sailboats. He squeezed his eyes shut and tried to will the tacky, childish boats away.

“Russell,” his mom called from the bottom of the stairs, “your breakfast is getting cold.”

Breakfast? It’s only 7:00 a.m. She never makes breakfast this early.   Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Another Chapter from the Untitled MG Fantasy

New MG Fantasy Story

Besides BLOOD OF ESTA, I have a few other ideas floating around in my head. Below is the first chapter of a middle grade fantasy novel I’ve been working on (very slowly) over the last year or so. It doesn’t have a title yet.



October 1st


Today’s the day. Today’s the day I find out if Wyatt Anders likes me.

Carmen strode into homeroom and took the seat assigned to her on the first day of school last month. She was early. The three other eighth-graders in the room looked bleary-eyed and miserable to be sitting in a classroom at 8:00 a.m. But not Carmen Leary. She looked forward to homeroom every day. She couldn’t wait for homeroom, or first period, fourth period and seventh period. Ever since Jasper Parkins had sent her the text containing Wyatt Anders’ schedule, Carmen couldn’t wait for summer to end and school to begin. She screamed so loudly when she read that she had not one, but three classes with Wyatt, that her mom came running to her room thinking she’d been stabbed or something.  Continue reading New MG Fantasy Story