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Coast to Coast Stars: A Pale Imitation

| November 12, 2020

“A Pale Imitation” is a story about the daughters of a hero in “Happily Never After,” but it was also my response to a list of prompts related to superheroes who were twins and they ways they could use that to their advantage. By giving a pair of sisters the same powers, they could easily […]

Sure Shot Out Today!

| November 3, 2020

Today’s the day! Sure Shot in Las Capas: The Case of the Absent Star is out! And while I probably couldn’t have picked a worse day to launch it into the world, my hope is that folks can take some solace in a good read while they await American election results. An explosion in the bay, […]

Sure Shot in Las Capas cover art!

| October 13, 2020

I’ve been posting my book covers on my main page before I talk about them here, so that super fans can get a little sneak peak! But now I’m revealing the cover for Sure Shot in Las Capas: The Case of the Absent Star. “Sure Shot” is the new superhero identity of Sarah Castile, who formerly […]

Coast to Coast Stars: Happily Never After

| October 1, 2020

When I first developed the character of Gray Dawn / Cassidy Sweet, I had some loose ideas about her history as a pop star. Though the peak of her career was later than the peak of the late 80s and early 90s pop stars, once of the iconic things that I thought was essential for […]

Coming Soon: Sure Shot in Las Capas!

| September 17, 2020

The very first time I was asked to write in the Cobalt City Universe, I looked for a corner that I could carve out as my own. I started out writing the first female incarnation of the Huntsman, one of Cobalt City’s legacy super heroes. After dabbling with some other characters, I returned to the […]

Out Now: Coast to Coast Stars

| June 30, 2020

Coast to Coast Stars is now available in ebook format through all the usual retail sources! You can enjoy five short stories of super heroics and bystanders, including my first story told from the perspective of a scientist as she goes through the stages of becoming a villain. Two of the stories feature cameos by […]

Superhero Reads!

| April 9, 2020

If you’re looking for some reading escapism, may I recommend a couple of collections of superhero short stories that I’ve written? The first is Sparx and Arrows, which is Cobalt City-based stories featuring Kara Sparx and The Huntsman in three different incarnations, including both of the female Huntsmans. Kara Sparx has two solo stories, while Eleanor […]

Coming Attractions: Unfixed Timelines 2 and Coast to Coast Stars!

| February 20, 2020

I’ve got a couple of short story collections that I’m working on to release this year! The first will be a collection of short stories from Cobalt City and one of its sister cities, Cerulean City, California. The connection started when I established a new hero in Cobalt City, and then had her on a […]

Out Now: “A Pale Imitation”

| December 19, 2019

I’ve got a second new story out recently: “A Pale Imitation” is included in The Twofer Compendium, an anthology of stories about twins. There are 36 stories on that theme included in the anthology, which sounds like a great read! The twins in my story are Soledad and Marisol Lopez, the twin sisters who double […]

“A Sixteen-Step Plan to Supervillainy” out now!

| December 10, 2019

My flash fiction piece, “A Sixteen-Step Plan to Supervillainy,” is now out from Flash Fiction Magazine! And though it may not be entirely apparent if you read this story alone, this story is Cobalt City adjacent! I came up with the character of Gray Dawn thanks to online friends and a cool pair of leggings […]