Those weasels are up to something!
Between them, Bernard and Melody Earls have looks, charm, brains . . . everything but money. That’s why they steal from the rich and give to themselves. So when Alexander Hamilton Plaskett hires them to nick a silver statuette of a pine marten from his brother Paul Revere Plaskett, they’re happy to oblige. But it won’t be as easy as it looks. For one thing, the little beast is guarded by Fitzroy Fortresses, the best security system money can buy. For another, the five Plaskett siblings are obnoxious buffoons. Still, a job is a job, and this one may offer more than it appears.
At least, that’s Bernard’s theory. The pine marten isn’t particularly valuable, so why do the Plasketts contest its ownership so fiercely? To find out, he and Melody insinuate themselves into the Plasketts’ world and enlist a college geek to hack the unhackable Fitzroy system. Failure means poverty. Discovery means prison. And the biggest obstacle to Bernard’s brilliant schemes? Melody’s penchant for running off-script!
Fly off the edge of the map!
Space Operatic is a tale of high culture on the fringes of our solar system, surrounded by corporate greed, abuse of power, rebellious miners, bloodthirsty mercenaries, outrageous lies, intense loathing, inane conversations, and more unintended consequences than you can shake a baton at.
And best of all, you can experience it all from the comfort of your favorite reading chair. No spaceship required. Just hop over to your favorite bookseller or my online store.
Howard County Mystery Novels
Here are a few of my short stories from Medium.com. I’m giving these to you free of charge. (Medium charges $5/month for unlimited access.) Story Corner subscribers receive more of these every month, so be sure to sign up. Plus, you’ll get a free gift just for subscribing.
|One Chicago Night|
And old medicine man at the top of the world.
|On the Beach|
A nice place to be stranded, no matter how far from home.
Not of trees but deadly metal.
The queen is safe. Or is she?
|In the Butcher Shop|
Time to leave, but there’s nowhere to run.
|The Fortune Teller|
Do spirits whisper in her ear, or is it just your face?
Works in Progress
The Realm of Tiny Giants, my first short story collection, will be released Summer 2021. This collection includes award-winning flash fiction and longer works ranging from mainstream and mystery to science fiction and horror. It has something for everyone. Sign up for Story Corner so you don’t miss the cover reveal and release date announcement!
Howard County Mystery #4, so far unnamed, is in the works, featuring detectives Rick Peller, Corina Montufar, and Eric Dumas investigating an unsettling break-in at a gun shop and the discovery of human remains that may be evidence of a murder over half a century ago.
Penitence, a near-future post-apocalyptic tale about a world in which psychoactive biological weapons have run amok, is in its early stages. Based in a short story I wrote decades ago, it seems strangely relevant to the COVID-19 world, although I swear I started work on the novelization well before this particular coronavirus appeared.