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About the Book
The city of Chicago is relentless. Murders and other violent crimes pile up: a woman lies in the hospital in a coma, a man is brutally attacked in his sleep, and a child suffers.
Detective Maria Mateo is new to the Chicago Police Department, but she’s not soft. In spite of her strength, every case that arises brings troubling memories of her past and fear that her deepest secret will be revealed and threaten everything she’s worked for.
When her captain discovers she’s having difficulty with her health, she faces the possibility of losing her badge for good. Mateo struggles to keep her personal baggage out of her work, but when a woman is almost smothered, the investigation leads Mateo to help someone she never thought she’d see again.
Our Place: Monica and Brad Start School
Testimony of Outlaws – coming December 23, 2022
It’s all yours!
Please download, share in any format, and print. All that I ask is that you include a link to this website and don’t rewrite, change, sell, or repost my work (links and short excerpts of a few lines with links are nice.)
The Dark Tide – revised version available NOW for free!
The Dark Tide, a short piece of fantasy fiction, has been published with Smashwords, as a blog post on this website, and also a podcast episode on Anchor.
Billy is a young man whose stories I love to tell.
- Lockdown — Complete Story — Horror Fiction
- Isolation — Complete Story — Contemporary Fiction
- Powder — Horror Fiction — Coming Soon! Will be FREE! on Smashwords!
2020 NaNoWriMo Romance Novel
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
Time Gone By – story in progress
Science fiction. Time travel. Four children and their grandmother trying to prevent a second civil war.
The Christmas Room
This is contemporary fiction, and the story has two endings.
The Basket – story in progress
I started writing a story for Easter 2021, intending to tell it all in two parts, but the story’s turning out to be longer.
Ruth – story in progress
Ruth started by accident. I needed some sample dialog for a post about writing, and ended up with a story.
The Choice was my first piece of free fiction. It was posted in six very short parts in April 2020, and those are still way back in the archives, but I link only the full story here.
The Choice – blog post
The Choice – podcast episode
In Life – story in progress
Sci-Fi Fantasy. A young woman who has lost everyone she loves. A new world for her to discover. Will she find friendship and love, or will she encounter only misery, horror, and brutality?
- Update about In Life
- Until it’s published for free on Smashwords, the first fifteen parts of In Life are still available to read on the In Life page.
Random Writing Advice Post
Haiku – June 8
Write just the first line,
Then continue the process,
To the bitter end.