When I’m not busy with my family or my work for Naked Reader Press, I write. Like most writers, I have a lot of projects that have never been seen by anyone but me. Believe me, the world is better for it. Besides, they make such good bonfire fodder. 😉
Below are my titles that have been published as well as a list of those currently in the process of being published.
Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.
Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.
Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.
Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.
Lt. Mackenzie Santos of the Dallas Police Department learns there are worst things than finding out you come from a long line of shapeshifters. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. It’s not that she resents suddenly discovering she can turn into a jaguar. Nor is it really the fact that no one warned her what might happen to her one day. Although, come to think of it, her mother does have a lot of explaining to do when – and if – Mac ever talks to her again. No, the real problem is how to keep the existence of shapeshifters hidden from the normals, especially when just one piece of forensic evidence in the hands of the wrong technician could lead to their discovery.
Add in blackmail, a long overdue talk with her grandmother about their heritage and an attack on her mother and Mac’s life is about to get a lot more complicated. What she wouldn’t give for a run-of-the-mill murder to investigate. THAT would be a nice change of pace.
I’ve edited the following anthologies from Naked Reader Press.
Every society has its tales of angels and demons, those creatures whose purpose is to either save humanity or destroy it. Some times, it’s not always easy to tell which is which. Beauty can be used to deceive and ugliness can hide the true beauty. The stories in this anthology take a number of different approaches to the theme of angels and demons, predators and protectors.
In Daughter of Man by Sarah A. Hoyt, a young man comes home from university to claim his lover only to find she’s run off with another. The only problem is no one in their village has seen this other man. The only clue is a note she’s left saying she’s found her true love, her angel. But is he really an angel?
In Agape by Taylor M. Lunsford, a new angel and an equally new demon are teamed together to help maintain the “balance”. What they don’t know is that means going after two of their own. If that isn’t trouble enough, neither feel particularly well-suited for their new roles. In life, Esme did everything she could to be good. Kamin was the bad boy soccer player. Now they are demon and angel respectively. Talk about being thrown a curve ball.
His Father’s Son by Kate Paulk is the story of a son’s thirst for vengeance against his demon father for what he sees as the ultimate betrayal of his human mother. But vengeance is never quite as easy as it seems, nor does it always go as planned.
Murtagh’s Fury by Chris McMahon brings Celtic mythology to life along the banks of the Brisbane River. Bound to the land, one of the last of the ancient Celtic protectors fights to stave off the destruction of the land and people under her care when attacked by the Fomori, an ancient enemy.
Predator: Prey: Protector by Robert Cruze, Jr., takes on the very real danger of cyberstalking. Add in a young woman who once wanted to be a flapper, vampires and a thirteen year old who isn’t nearly as grown up as he thinks and the real evil in this story never has a chance in this tale where the hunter becomes the hunted and the meek aren’t necessarily what they seem.
In Angel and the Demon by Chris Kelsey, the monsters of our childhood nightmares are real. Some of them, however, wear the white hats and come to the rescue when the government doesn’t know how to handle a problem. This time, however, the demon strikes just a bit too close to home for comfort.
Robert A. Hoyt’s Afterlife 2.0 answers the age old question of whether lawyers really are the agents of Hell as the Devil himself battles two former ghost hunters turned soul “capturers” and their rather angelic secretary.
Dave Freer’s My Grandmother’s Shame is a tale of love, abandonment and hope. For seventy years she’s waited. She’d borne his child and withstood the shame. Her strength had seen her through so much. But would that strength see her through to their reunion?
The world is never what it seems. There are things out there that go bump in the night. The shadows are alive and you never know what sort of strange creatures an all too curious cat might bring in. Take a trip through the incredible with this collection of short stories.
Inclused in this anthology are the following stories: Jack by Dave Freer, Till Your Proud Heart Break by Sarah A. Hoyt, Gooble, Gobble, One of Us by Charles Edgar Quinn, Bite One, Get One Free by Robert A. Hoyt, Predator or Prey by Ellie Ferguson, Hell of a Job by Kate Paulk and Zebbie by Sarah A. Hoyt.
All she’d ever wanted was to get out of the dead end town she’d lived in all her life. Well, that and find a job that wasn’t as much of a dead end as the town. Perhaps even find someone to share her life with. Then Alexander Reed walked back into her life just as suddenly as he’d walked out years before. There’d been a time when she’d have done almost anything to be with him. Now he offered her the chance to do exactly what she’d been wishing all her life. But at what cost?
Sometimes a writer can put too much of themselves into their work. When they do, bad things can happen — not just to them, but to those around them. That’s especially true when the moon is full and the nights are long and the unsuspecting simply won’t go home. Didn’t anyone ever teach them the dangers of overstaying their welcome?
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