Novels in Progress
This page will chronicle my ever-growing list of novels in progress and completed novels that for whatever reason aren’t in print. People ask where writers get their ideas – I’ve got no problem with ideas, but follow through? Execution? Ha. Below you’ll find proof that I’m very distractable. Also, you’ll note that I have wide ranging genre interests – everything from romance to mystery to space opera. The current projects are at the top.
Untitled Gothic cross-genre – This is an expansion of an unsold horror short story called “Orange Blossoms, Like Rain,” which is a Victorian piece about Corrina Partridge, the daughter of a self made man who is married off to an aging magician. He and his lodge have designs on a very special piece of land in post-Civil War American south, and Corrina’s dowry will make it possible for him to purchase it and establish a community dedicated to the magical arts. I can’t really give a full summary/teaser here as I’m still in plotting/research mode on this one.
Out of the Ashes (SF) – this sequel to A Strong and Sudden Thaw continues David and Callan’s story, taking them far from sleepy Moline into new challenges, and new dangers. Status – draft complete, in revision.
Dreams of Houses (Gothic Horror/Lovecraftian) – Miranda thinks she’s met the perfect man in Jack Harvey, who sweeps her off her feet in a whirlwind courtship. He’s cultured, sophisticated, educated, and part of a traditional southern family, the type of family Miranda never had and always wanted. But when circumstances send them back to tidewater Virginia, she discovers that some traditions are best forgotten, and sometimes the price to be paid for family is beyond reckoning. Status – draft complete, awaiting final edit.
Spirals (Suspense) – Alison Porter comes home to settle her mother’s estate to find her childhood home both familiar and strange. A mysterious package at the lawyer’s office opens a Pandora’s box of scandal, mystery, and murder. Status – Complete. (This is my first novel, written for Nanowrimo 2004. I’m rather fond of it, but at this point, I’m not sure it’s publishable.)
Peregrinatio (Historical) – Set in 1138 in the Kingdom of Jerusalem and England, Peregrinatio (which means pilgrimage) tells the story of Beatrice de Courisy, disinherited daughter of a baron of Jerusalem and Simon fitz Ranulf, a Norman fleeing England to expiate his guilt by taking vows as a Templar knight. Status – in progress, 60k words completed. Currently in hiatus.
The Third Miracle (Historical Mystery) – A note of explanation – Peregrinatio started out to be a mystery, but evolved into a straight historical. After about 50k or so of progress, I realized that what I’d done essentially was create an elaborate backstory for characters I wanted to use in another way, so I started TTM. In 1148, Simon and Beatrice, now married, must contend with a baby on the way, a new overlord, a pack of visiting Sicilians, the ongoing chaos of construction… and the murder of a pregnant virgin. Status – in progress, 3 chapters complete. Currently in hiatus.
Horomancy (Contemporary Fantasy) – When Kate was eight years old, two events of significance occurred. Her mother died, and she learned she could control the flow of time. As she comes of age in the turbulent 1960’s, she meets others like herself, and together they try to use their powers to change the world. But changing the world isn’t as easy as it looks, and the consequences of their choices tear the group apart. Now, 30 years later, old friends long thought dead are popping up and Kate is forced to revisit a gift she’d long abandoned to save the world again – this time from herself. Status – in progress, 4 chapters complete.
Summerstorm (Science Fiction/Romance) – Kizzie Highlands has always lived aboard Summerstorm along with the rest of her asteroid-mining family and there’s one certainty in her life – the long-standing feud between the Highlands family and the Darby family. When Rob Darby suggests they heal the breach with a marriage between them, Kizzie reluctantly complies. Disaster strikes, and Kizzie must decide where her loyalties lie. It’s a space opera. Explosions, conspiracy, pirates, you know the drill. Status – in progress, 3 chapters done.
Fimbulvetr (Historical Fantasy/Lovecraftian elements) – In 1000 AD, Norse explorers traveling to the New World brought back more than furs and timber – they awakened an old and powerful being and release it and its progeny upon an unsuspecting world. Northern Europe quickly falls into a new darkness. In a 13th century both like and unlike our own, a bastard-born girl, a heretic priest, a nameless and faceless orphan and the noble-born son of monsters travel separate but connected paths leading either to the end of the tyranny or to their deaths. Status – planning, 3 chapters done. This is probably going to be the first in a planned trilogy.