Work in Progress

The World Around the Corner

I’m excited to announce that The Wild Rose Press has agreed to publish my romantic comedy novella The World Around the Corner.

Flirting with the lively rogue Rosmara is the best part of Jeff Stanton’s favorite online role-playing game, even though he doesn’t know her in the flesh.  She’s much better company than Dana Roland, the sharp-tongued mechanic who keeps his balky car running—just as Dana would rather banter with Badon the warrior online than with a man she sees as a stuffy professor.

When a young teammate from the game goes missing, Jeff and Dana end up on a road trip together.  In a real-life quest, they discover more about each other than either one expected—and new kinds of sparks begin to fly!

I had a lot of fun writing The World Around the Corner, and I’m enjoying working with Wild Rose to prepare it for publication!


The True Machine

In submissions: A science fiction short story.

When a small girl with a heavy burden of guilt can’t get the answers she needs from grown-ups, an artificial intelligence may be her best recourse.


Getting to Gettysburg

In submissions: A brief time travel farce.

The first man to invent a time machine travels back to visit the Battle of Gettysburg.  It’s what any time traveler would do—right?


Sleigh Glide

In progress:  A humorous Christmas romance, set on another planet.


House of Stars

House of Stars, a science fiction novel, is in rewrite to shorten it up for submission.

A girl of doubtful origins, raised among aliens, finds a way to join the human community when she helps stop an interstellar war.

Ariane’s interview on the Cloverpuff Blog Hop

The House of Stars playlist:

Ch. 1:  The Patriot: The Colonial Cause (John Williams)
Ch. 2:  Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Ch. 3:  Frozen:  Elsa and Anna  (Christophe Beck)
Ch. 4-5:  The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan — Galliard and Air (Michael Kamen)
Ch. 13:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Only the Beginning of the Adventure (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Star of the County Down (lyrics, Cathal McGarvey; music, trad.)
Ch. 19:  The Two Towers: Forth Eorlingas (Howard Shore)
Ch. 20:  What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)
Ch. 22:  Rey’s Theme (John Williams)
Ch. 24:  The House of Christmas (lyrics adapted from G.K. Chesterton’s poem)
Ch. 25-27:  The Two Towers: Samwise the Brave (Howard Shore)
Ch. 30-32:  Star Trek: Insurrection: end title (Jerry Goldsmith)
Ch. 35:  The Return of the King: The Black Gate Opens (Howard Shore)
Ch. 36:  The Rocketeer: Rocketeer to the Rescue (James Horner)