When Verity falls through the floor of Ford’s Theatre and finds a smart-aleck, shape-shifting, telepathic sword named Jasper, she figures that’s as weird as her day will get. Wrong! Verity and Jasper (disguised as an old tin cup) are forced to flee Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1862, pursued by demons and assassins sent by the Honourable Merchantry, a corporation of sorcerers that secretly controls the world. It aims to possess the goofy blade and the magical stone that powers it, before the reluctant Verity can master her new powers and overthrow the Merchantry. Aided by a wacky collection of enchanted allies, including Roman Legionary rats and combat pelicans, Verity must find a way through the battling Union and Confederate armies while avoiding corrupt mages, hellish weaponry, and her own fears. She also has to cope with Jasper’s twisted sense of humor and the need to recharge his magic with favors no 12 year-old girl should do, like smoking corncob pipes. Full of sly references to Huckleberry Finn and other literary classics, BRIMSTONE AND LILY is the first book in the Legacy Stone series of tongue-in-cheek alternate-reality Civil War adventures.
Volume 2 of the wacky alternate-reality Legacy Stone series picks up where the award-winning BRIMSTONE AND LILY left off. 12 year-old tomboy Verity and her wisecracking, shape-shifting, magic sword Jasper have only a few days left to rescue her friend Eddie from the clutches of the evil Merchantry. Disguised, she must make her way through medieval Spain and ancient Greek Portugal, having to contend with musket-wielding Furies, cast-iron submarines, Muslim assassins, vicious windmills, mysterious sorcerers, the dreaded Dreamworms, and 10,000 zombie women led by Dionysus himself. Not to mention Jasper’s twisted sense of humor. Oh, and the usual poop monsters, of course. By journey’s end Verity will learn the stunning truth about her missing father and her own amazing lineage. Full of allusions to HUCK FINN, THE ODYSSEY, KING LEAR, and many other literary classics, JASPER’S FOUL TONGUE is suitable for ages 10 to adult.
Jasper’s Magic Corset (now available )
Volume 3 of the Legacy Stone series sends Verity and Jasper to Napoleonic France and Elizabethan England. With only a week until time runs out for her friend Eddie, Verity must travel in a Steampunk balloon while fighting unkillable ogres, Teutonic terrorists, Papal avengers, airborne zombies, and the ever-present poop monsters. Assisting her are the ten year-old Grandmaster of the Equity, the eighty year-old Directeur of the Redeemers, a snooty basset hound, and a love-struck fire sprite named Scorch.
Paragon of the Eccentric (pending)
Winner, Speculative Fiction, 2013 Colorado Gold Contest
A Steampunk extravaganza featuring a one-legged government agent and Zulu War veteran whose day job is Shakespearean actor in an alternate 1887 London. Partnered with literary legend Oscar Wilde and famed male impersonator Vesta Tilley, intrepid but haunted Montague Paragon faces Dr. Moreau’s beast-men, tiny Martian war machines, tentacled temptresses, gun-toting automatons, and peacock-garbed airship captains.
“Winterlesson” (published in Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine)
“Lonely Crutch” (anthologized in Broken Links, Mended Lives, 2010 Colorado Book Award finalist)