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After Echoes From a Gun
Oklahoma, 1889. Rose Skinner takes part in the historical Land Run, running not only for a piece of land but to escape her past. She emerges from the race victorious and soon finds work as a bartender. She makes friends and begins building a life but soon realizes that she will never be able to turn away from her violent destiny.
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After the Game
Kate Price takes a lonely walk home following a late game
A potentially life-threatening situation causes Deputy Andrea Tyler to rethink the most important relationship in her life.
Sequel to "Alive Day." Kelsey and Tyler, finally lovers, now face the trials of coming out to the residents of their small town.
American Psyche [Academy Valentine 2014]
A modern-day woman finds tranquility in a nightclub based on the 1940's.
A woman who has been dragging her feet in her relationship is forced to make a life-changing decision after an unexpected phone call.
Crisitunity [Academy Summer Challenge 2009] ** Honorable Mention **
Doing Laundry on Valentine's Day [Academy Valentines 2007]
A modern-day woman finds tranquility in a nightclub based on the 1940's.
Jill and Patricia break the news of their relationship to Patricia's son, Michael, just before a three-day vacation on a small isolated island. Unfortunately, the island isn't quite as uninhabited as Patricia remembers...
Jill Colby and Patricia Hood take a huge step in their relationship. Unfortunately, it means they'll have to stay apart for a week; a feat easier said than done.
Patricia Hood agrees to sit for a portrait for her lover Jill Colby's birthday, but the artist has an unusual request.
Patricia Hood-Colby thinks back over her post-divorce life with Jill.
Jill and Patricia Hood-Colby celebrate three eventful years as a couple.
Patricia has a confession to make, but Jill doesn't need to hear it.
Two women bond over a series of Scrabble games.
Drawing from Plato [Academy Valentines 2013]
Everything For Time
A timid watchshop owner who only takes risks in her dreams becomes enamored with a beautiful customer with a broken pocket watch.
I present the sequel to "Everything for Time": Kira McManus finds herself suddenly in a relationship and must overcome her anxiety to move the relationship to the next level.
Kira McManus always knew what time it was. Until she met Hannah Talbot, and suddenly everything was different.
Fae Rye [Academy Bard Challenge 28 - Entree] *** Round WINNER **
Ferry Tale [Academy Valentine 2008]
Squire's Isle is just the latest stop on a long tour for rock star Dash Warren. After a long day of signing autographs, she wanders into a local bar and meets a young singer who may change Dash's outlook on life... and her career.
Five Years Gone
In 2007, two high school girls listen to a historic radio broadcast. Five years later, one of them returns home.
A Fine Gray Dust
1907. Roman, Oklahoma. Sheriff Anna Macy is still trying to emerge from her dead father's shadow when a group of criminals begin plaguing her town. Sarah Lucas, daughter of the gang's leader, is fighting to prove herself worthy to the men who swore loyalty to her father. When the Lucas gang robs the payroll of Macy's town, both women realize taking out the other is the key to ensuring their respective reputations. But law and vengeance is easier declared than carried out, and they soon discover that their destinies may be intwined in ways they never imagined possible.
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Frozen Stiff [Criss-Crossover Challenge 2007]
Gretchen Cole hasn't stepped foot on stage since high school. But the pretty actress soliciting for auditions causes her to put her foot in her mouth and pushes her into the limelight. While Gretchen and her new crush Dana grow closer, Gretchen discovers the theatre's superstitions... including a ghost that won't stay quiet.
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Ghost Town [Academy Halloween 2008]
Greek Mythology [Academy Valentines 2011]
If Shadows Have Offended
After a successful opening night for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a young actress is invited to join the lead and her girlfriend in a celebration.
Hallmark Holiday [Academy Valentine 2009]
With a serial arsonist targeting buildings in her city, Firefighter Alexandra Crawford doesn't have time to fall in love. But when she meets Dr. Rachel Tom, she realizes that love doesn't always wait for the perfect time.
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A woman checks herself into an assisted-living center after the death of her partner and tries to move on with the rest of her life. As she settles in to her new life, she discovers things may not be as peaceful as they first appear.
Knight in Cheap Kevlar
Officer Dana Russo helps a famous damsel in distress in the middle of the night.
Police officer Colleen Finn brings her partner home to meet her family of cops.
The Last Meal [Academy Halloween 2013]
Letters Never Sent [Academy Valentines 2012]
A hearing-impaired woman attends a Radiation Canary concert with her friend.
My Dream of You [Academy Halloween 2012]
Moment of Truth
Night and Day [Powers that Be Challenge 25]
Early on in their travels, Gabrielle watches Xena.
Only on Tuesday
The other secretaries don't know why Michelle Lord puts up with the demands of her bitch of a boss. But they don't know what she does, and they have no clue what happens on Tuesday nights.
The Other Woman
Michelle inadvertantly sees the woman she loves out with someone else.
Out of the Closet [Academy Bard Challenge 28 - Appetizer]
In 2004, San Francisco began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This is the story of one couple who took advantage of that window of opportunity.
The Pen Name [Academy Bard Solstice Challenge 26]
Planning to Plan [Academy Bard Challenge 28 - Dessert]
Elizabeth Hudson hasn't had much to look forward to having spent the last fifteen years serving a life sentence for murder. Her new cellmate - young, confused and scared out of her wits - brings out the maternal instinct in Elizabeth and she takes the frightened girl under her wing.
After an intimate moment takes an unexpected turn, two women decide to leave their comfort zones for the chance of something amazing.
Alicia Ryan is Mayor Jameson Dugan's personal driver. When she's asked to drive the mayor's wife out on errands, Alicia discovers they have quite a few things in common, brought out by a shared love of certain literature...
The Right Person
This includes characters originally introduced in the novel The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary .
Run for Your life
A couple who met during a marathon four years ago prepares to run another race.
A police detective's relationship is on the rocks when her district attorney girlfriend becomes infected with a vampire virus.
The Spirit is Willing [Academy Halloween 2014]
The Sponsor [Academy Halloween 2009]
Strangers on a Train
Two travelers get to know one another on the Trans-Siberian railway.
A Sunday in February [Academy Valentine 2010]
A crime-scene photographer and a housewife meet in a photography class and can't deny their instant attraction to one another. Once they give in to their passions, it isn't long before they're faced with the very real danger of their secret coming to light..
Tallahassee to Pierre, Pierre to Dubuque
A woman bides her time while waiting for her boss to send her back on the road. (Warning! Includes violence and a not-very-nice main character. Okay, she's an utter bitch. But who doesn't love antiheroes? There aren't enough antiheroines in the world.
Thrall [Academy Halloween 2007]
A closeted woman's girlfriend comes up with a way to go back home without revealing her secret.
The Wasp and the Honeybee
After World War II, Women Airforce Service Pilot Emerson Bishop and her friend, mechanic Melita Abbott, relocate to the Alaska Territory to start an airstrip for bush flying. Once there Emerson takes advantage of a misunderstanding and passes herself off as a man, while she and Melita act on their mutual attraction to begin a secret relationship. For five years they've made a quiet life together, but their world is threatened one morning when Emerson takes off for a routine flight and never arrives at her destination. Desperate to find her missing partner, Melita risks everything - even their most guarded secret - to find Emerson and bring her home.
The World Without Her
After her wife leaves her for another woman, Rebecca Waite tries to move on in a new state with a new home... a home that purportedly comes with its own ghost.
Wynken Blynken and Nod [Academy Summer Challenge 2012]Werewolves of Dreamland, Tx. [Academy Valentine 2015]
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Strays [Academy Halloween 2010]
Sequel to Strays . Ariadne Willow takes the case of a woman who thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her during the holidays.
Ariadne Willow takes the case of a woman who thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her during the holidays.
Beat cop Diana Rios runs into an old girlfriend on an otherwise routine night.
Ariadne Willow is forced to take a case during a potentially awkward time.
After transforming in an alley, Ariadne Willow finds herself lost, naked, and far from any of her stashes. Her attempt to find clothing, shelter and a phone leads her to a bigger predicament.
It's Dale's turn for romance, as she tries to juggle the responsibilities of helping Ari with the thrill of starting a new relationship.
Ari takes an extremely personal case and struggles to deal with Dale's new relationship.
Pack Mentality [Incomplete]
Ari infiltrates a pack of canidae thieves in order to take them down from the inside, but soon the call of the wild has her questioning her priorities.
Ari and Dale try to return to normalcy after the events of "Pack Mentality."
Ari and Dale take some time for themselves while surveilling a client's spouse at a costume party.
Wolf At the Door [Academy Halloween 2011]
Set 200 years before the current series.
An Underdogs Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah story! Ariadne Willow takes the case of a local television reporter who is being blackmailed for something Ari, especially, can understand.
Ari has to don a distasteful disguise in order to complete her latest case.
Dale's father comes for a visit and her fabrications leave Ari in an awkward position.
The wolf takes over Ari for a night, which leads to an awkward morning between her and Dale.
Ari is assaulted by the husband of a former client. Days later, she awakens after a blackout to find her hands and chest bloody and discovers her attacker was killed by a wild animal. With the police searching for her, Ari goes into hiding and discovers that an enemy from her past has returned to seek revenge.
Ari reunites with someone from her past while looking for a long-lost treasure.
An Underdogs Volume 2 story, set after the events of the first novel. Ari and Dale exchange notes on their anniversary.
Squire's Island Series
Nadine Butler is a popular disc-jockey in a small-town radio station. Everything is going fine until one day, exhausted, she stands up in a town hall meeting and outs herself as a lesbian. Nadine quickly becomes persona non grata and, when it looks like her outting will cost her her job, she takes one last stand on the air.
Amy Wellis (from my soon-to-be published novel "On the Air") is shocked when a former lover arrives on the island expecting to pick up where they left off. But not as surprised as she is at her new girlfriend's reaction to the idea. A sequel to "On the Air," and will spoil a few things if you haven't read that first.
One year after the events in my novel "On The Air," Nadine Butler celebrates the Christmas season with friends and lovers (past and present) and receives a completely unexpected Christmas gift.
Takes place between "On the Air" and "Baked Goods," I thought I would take a step backwards and show the very beginning of Kate and Amy's relationship. After a baseball game, the team celebrates and the new couple decides to take their relationship to the next level.
A slightly-early Halloween story for everyone, set after my novel "On the Air" -- Nadine Butler is working the night shift on Halloween and it seems she's not alone in the station.
It's Christmas on Squire's Isle. Amy, Jill and Nadine celebrate the holidays with absent, grumpy and scheming lovers... but the Christmas spirit gets to them all, one way or another.
Just a short, smutty thing I put together to show how the people of my fictional island Squire's Isle interact and cross each other's paths. Contains relationship-related spoilers for my novel "On the Air."
Squire's Isle, 1964. Shannon Linn is the last keeper of the Squire's Lighthouse. It's a lonely life, and her only contact with the outside world is Dylan Swan, the delivery girl from the local supermarket. When Dylan is stranded at the lighthouse during a rainstorm, very few things seem impossible.
The world can be a huge, unfriendly place. Except on Squire's Isle.
A typical morning on Squire's Isle, taking a peek into the lives of some of our favorite residents. Written in honor of the First Annual Squire's Isle Day.
Nadine Butler and Miranda Powell, married less than a year, have a short conversation before bed.
A member of the Squire's Isle public has a crush on Nadine Butler.
Nadine Butler wakes up to find herself suffering from a horrible disease: laryngitis.
The couples of Squire's Isle attend a party at the mayor's house, and one of them receives shocking news.
A chance encounter with celebrities gives Nadine Butler the opportunity to have another special installment of her show.
Alex doesn't want to take the time to get a haircut. Fortunately, Rachel has a solution. (Featuring characters who originally appeared in my novel World on Fire )
It's time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Squire's Isle, and there are some familiar faces in the crowd.
Tamara Butler spends Mother's Day with her daughter and daughter-in-law.
An earthquake and an astrological event cause a very unusual day for several Squire's Isle residents.
The island receives a very special visitor for Squire's Isle Day.
In April, Dr. Rachel Tom treated a woman with a slightly unusual job. Three months later, the result of their meeting is revealed.
Nadine Butler, from my novel On the Air , takes a tour and comes to a decision about her future.
Michael asks Jill and Patricia for permission to go on a special date, and they take the opportunity to right a very, very atrocious wrong.
Two days before the election, the mayor's wife has her driver take her for one last spin around the island.
Patricia Hood-Colby's political career hangs in the balance when the residents of Squire's Isle head to the polls.
A nice quiet morning at the Hood-Colby residence that just happens to be the fortieth anniversary of something.
Riley Parra - Open and Shut
Caitlin Priest has a lot to learn about passing as human.
A (mostly) standalone story in my Riley Parra series! Riley and Gillian remember a moment from before they were dating and decide to rewrite history.
Sam recommends Janet for a place on SG-1, but her trial mission turns out to be a trial by fire.
Rizzoli and Isles
In 1930s Boston, a private investigator and a doctor take on police corruption.
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles respond to a call that leads to a confrontation with two figures straight out of the history books.