Books: Standalone Fiction

This page is for my non-series fiction.  (The Fallen World Books have their own page right over here.)

The books on this page are available through these outlets:

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The Virgin Birth of Sharks

The Virgin Birth of Sharks is a novelette. A synopsis appears below the image.

The Virgin Birth of Sharks - click image to see it on Amazon.com

The Virgin Birth of Sharks – click image to see it on Amazon.com

Synopsis:

Rani Perreira has been a street kid and a criminal since she was thirteen years old. And she’s adapted, becoming as brutal as the world around her.

All she knows about her own origins is that she was born in the infamous Prison for Women — long ago shut down amidst scandal — to a woman named Shaila Perreira, a seeming impossibility since her mother had been isolated from any male contact for years.

Now a chance encounter brings her an unexpected glimpse into her family history, reveals a score she must settle, and inspires her with a disorienting desire to start a new and very different life.

Facts in the Fiction:

This ebook includes an eight-part Facts in the Fiction section dealing with:

  • parthenogenesis (or “virgin birth”) in sharks
  • lust and pride as two of the seven deadly sins
  • the immortal Carmen Miranda
  • the Bersa Thunder Concealed Carry handgun
  • P4W, the former Canadian prison for women
  • the history of Goa, India’s smallest state and a former Portuguese colony
  • the Indian bandits known as dacoits, and specifically Phoolan Devi, the “Bandit Queen”
  • the surprising facts about keeping sharks as pets in Toronto

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Siren Songs In Deep Time
The short story Siren Songs in Deep Time was originally published as Siren in Albedo One, an award-winning journal of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Ireland.

Albedo One is a print-only publication, so the story — which was retitled to distinguish it from other books on Amazon — has not been available on the web before.

Scroll down for a teaser synopsis and a brief excerpt.

Siren Songs in Deep Time - click image to see it on Amazon.com

Siren Songs in Deep Time – click image to see it on Amazon.com

Synopsis:

Follow the unravelling of an unusual relationship that seemed like it would last unchanged, literally forever, from Greece in the Second World War, to Chile during the coup by Augusto Pinochet, to  New Jersey in the near future and a space mining station in the distant future, where change finally comes to what has been an unchanging cycle.

Excerpt:

I am a siren; I bring lovers to me and carry death with me.  It’s not something I can change.  But death doesn’t come with a mere facsimile of love; I don’t trick anyone.  I fall in love, genuinely, each time. 

It’s always been this way.  If there was a first time I don’t remember it, and there may be no last time.  I used to be sure that it would never end, but now I can’t be certain. Something is changing, though I don’t know what it is.

Facts in the Fiction:

This ebook will soon include a Facts in the Fiction section dealing with:

  • deep time and approaches to the far future
  • asteroid mining in fiction and recent efforts to make it a reality
  • the history behind sections of the story, including occupied Greece and Chile in the 1970

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Carey Pressley’s Gone Again

Carey Pressley’s Gone Again is a short story. A synopsis appears below the image.

Carey Pressley's Gone Again - click image to see it on Amazon.com

Carey Pressley’s Gone Again – click image to see it on Amazon.com

Synopsis:

This is a ghost story for grown-ups. Everyone’s childhood haunts their adult years–some people more than others.

Facts in the Fiction:

This ebook includes a Facts in the Fiction section dealing with:

  • an inside look at book publishing, focused on translations, movie adaptations, and other spinoffs
  • the intoxicating plants khat and kava

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