Books

Ofendra! Is a collection of five science fiction short stories. In Ghostmaker, Ex-sheriff Filmore has found a gun left by angels he watched fighting in the sky. He learns through experience that the gun makes his enemies into ghosts. Literally. But, when another angel sits down at his campfire, he learns the truth of what he’s done. In A Better Mousetrap, Chunky is one of Casey’s few friends. His sudden invitation to an art exhibit by Casey reveals a nightmarish surprise. The nightmare expands as he learns Casey has built a net that catches things from a parallel universe. When Casey reveals a giant net, his friend fears what Casey might catch. Defiant by Nature Finds young Fletcher avoiding the outpost and the school bullies when a memory not his own, floods his mind. The memory leads him to a creek where he finds and saves a Novjarian butterfly larva. He cares for the larva in secret. When the larva transitions into a butterfly, Fletcher realizes he has to do more. And he can’t do it alone. Last One Out finds sheriff Josiah deconstructing the town, driving the revenants to the church. Everything is going as planned until the outlaw Clayton Hodges wanders into town. Now sheriff Josiah’s energy is being wasted on saving the outlaw. And sundown is fast approaching. Finally, in Glitch in Eternity, a childhood incident caused Trudee to question the truth of Eternity. Her persistence is seen as a threat to the community. Now, her lack of faith is being blamed for the Glitch. When Trudee learns what’s really happening, she can either let Eternity fail, revealing the truth, or fix it and protect the lie the community relies on.

At 147 years old, Acharon and Sovelet have lived a long and mostly idyllic life. The slow journey into humanity’s’ extinction is accelerated by a friend’s suicide and Sovelet’s diagnosed lung disease.There’s nothing Acharon can do for their friend. But, can he save Sovelet? To do so, he’ll have to get her to the city’s automated medical facility before her lungs fail.

An aged infrastructure, decaying buildings, and overgrown streets complicate their journey through the city. The difficulties are compounded when they draw the attention of a pack of wild dogs. Things look their bleakest when Acharon discovers the bio-cartridges Sovelet needs to print her new lungs are missing. A sinister message reveals the name of a long-dead thief determined to have his revenge.

Now, Acharon must brave the enclave at Huntington Park where the last humans on the west coast lived. The enclave is a place of painful memories and natural dangers that must be vanquished. If he fails to find the cartridges, or even survive the journey, they both may die. Alone.

Allegra’s life and career as an opera singer are up ended when music begins to disappear from music sheets and memories all across City-Along-The-Lake. When Allegra identifies the music thief, she pursues him with the help of an odd collection of fellows and a magical map. But, the map has boundaries. If Allegra can’t catch the music thief before he disappears off the edge of the map, then all the music will be lost forever.