A variety of tales about overcoming the fiendish powers at work in the world.
When the Rains Came: Annie lost her house to a tornado. Everything else she cherished in life was taken a week later, and she discovers a horrifying truth about Texas. A monster is hunting for human blood. It claims the life of many. But there are those who would stop at nothing to put an end to its reign of terror.
How I Disappeared: A jealous rage causes life to spin out of control, and Mandy is haunted by her grief and pain. But she presses on and tries to live with her trauma.
Notus: Extraterrestrial robots arrive on earth and bring war and destruction. Humanity needs to stop them or they’ll lose their planet. Chloe defies a direct order from the Commander to test her new weapon. It could mean the end of the war – or the end of her life.
Those Who Linger: How hard could it be to clean houses? Kayla wanted to earn some extra cash and working part time with her mom seemed like a perfect idea. But what do you do when something in the house is out for revenge?
Project Whitehead: In a world where being different will lead to a life of pain and suffering, people hide who they really are. But Bell just wants to be herself. She finds others who feel the same way, and they struggle together to live their lives. Even when the powerful try to eliminate them.
Targeted Age Group:: Any
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My boyfriend gave me the idea of publishing a collection of shot stories. Two of them began in a college workshop I was in and I spent more time fleshing them out for this book. Writing exercises or bouncing ideas off of my friends inspired me for the rest. The core theme of the stories is to overcome difficulties and obstacles, no matter what life throws at you.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Usually my characters come to me after I've discovered the major plot points. In Notus, I knew that the basic ideas revolved around the alien invasion and needing to defeat them. I needed a strong and independent protagonist to do the job, and I found Chloe to be a perfect fit.
Annie leaned against the door frame of her small house to watch the storm roll in. The sirens blared their warning throughout town, but everyone knew you had to check the skies yourself to be sure. The wind changed and blew frigid air across her face and the sky turned a hue of green; but still she waited.
The power flickered out, and she glanced over her shoulder into the dark. She wondered how long it would be out and if her groceries would keep. But a bang from next door returned her attention to the weather, and she caught sight of the neighbors hurrying down their porch steps and across the yard to their storm shelter. Mr. Miller stopped to wait for his family to pass him into the door and saw her.
"Take cover!" he yelled. The sound whipped around on the air, but Annie figured out the words from watching his lips. She gave him a nod and a thumbs up; but still she waited.
The man gave her one last worried glance before he slammed the door above him.
Annie stepped out to cross her yard to her own storm shelter; her short brown hair lifted and waved as she stared at the sky.
And there it was – the reason her neighbors had been panicked—a funneled cloud of doom bore down on the field. The dirt and dust flying from the ground held Annie mesmerized; she'd never been this close to one before. So beautiful in all of its destruction.
The rain returned with its nearness. Cold drops stung Annie’s skin and made her focus on the seriousness of the situation. Adrenaline kicked in and she ran to the shelter door and descended the first few steps.
But she had to see it one more time; had to behold its glory. But when she looked back, debris blocked her vision. Too close now. Annie tried to pull the door closed, using all her strength against the wind. A tug-of-war ensued. Every time she gained an inch, the wind yanked back. Panic seeped into her and for one moment she feared she’d waited too long.
A scream cut through the noise and the wind settled long enough for Annie to shut the door at last. She latched it and tried to shake off the ominous feeling the last sound had given her. Hail pelted the door seconds later. And she had to accept there was no way for her to help them. No one could help them now.
Take cover indeed; this one would be hell.
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