Heart Stopper And Other Stories

One collection, four stories, 171 pages of suspense...

Heart Stopper: The disappearance of random household items baffles Dallas Radner and his eleven-year-old daughter, Tessa. Ten plastic bags, nine ballpoint pens . . . what's next? This odd countdown should end on November 1, The Day of the Dead. That's also Tessa's birthday and the one-year anniversary of her surgery, the day her heart stopped on the operating table.

Dallas almost lost Tessa once. On November 1, one thing will vanish forever. Will it be his daughter?

Detour: Fed up with her abusive boyfriend, coed Chloe Langley takes off in a borrowed car for the safety of home. She'll never make it.

One Step Away: Acrophobia has ruined Darryl James's marriage and stolen his son. To get Andrew back, Darryl undergoes desensitization therapy. Just as success is within his grasp, a relapse occurs with shocking consequences.

Monitor: Perched on a mountain with a view to die for, Laura and Paul Alderson have it all: new house, new baby, and new challenges. But urgent whispers from the baby monitor about her infant son and the garage threaten to turn Laura's American dream into a nightmare.

Heart Stopper and Other Stories is available on Amazon ($2.99)

Cover Image: Zylenia (skull), Raymond Wambsgans (ambulance), and Andy Eick (girl)

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My short story, Scrying the Plane, was released on May 3, 2016 as part of the following ISWG anthology:

Parallels: Felix Was Here, Anthology
Print ISBN 9781939844200
eBook ISBN 9781939844118
Science Fiction/Alternate History

Enter the realm of parallel universes! What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever? 

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan. 

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension! 

Available at (Kindle $4.99)

Release date: May 3, 2016
$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 218 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Science Fiction/General ( FIC028000) and Fiction/Alternative History (FIC040000)
Print ISBN 978-1-939844-19-4 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-20-0
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Once upon a time, I published several short stories, novellas, and two collections with Wormhole Digital. On February 1, 2016 all of these stories (and covers) were returned to me as my publisher has moved on to other pursuits. I'll be doing some edits and perhaps changing up what stories go where before reposting this material on Amazon or submitting it to other publications. 

Update: June 9, 2016. Four of these stories are now back in Heart Stopper And Other Stories. (See above.)

Short Stories, Novellas, and Collection

Cover Image: TraumTeufel666

This is a collection of two novellas and a short story: Ghosts of a Beneficial Place, Ursa Major, and The President and the Pea. (Approx. 172 pages)

Ghosts of a Beneficial Place (A novella)

Having an autistic child is plenty challenging. Now throw in a teenager, a perpetually traveling husband, and a full time job. Audrey Ericsson has it all and then some. One day, by a little gazebo on a forgotten stretch of Lake Ontario, Audrey meets Gloria, whose husband Winston suffers from Alzheimer's. The unlikely friendship that blossoms between Ian and Winston is nothing short of miraculous to Audrey. When Ian begins to spell out words with rocks on the beach, Audrey is first thrilled, then puzzled, and eventually frightened. Are the mysterious stone messages from Ian, Winston, or something else entirely? (Approx. 74 pages)

Cover Art: TraumTeufel666

Ursa Major (A Novella)

Something with a heavy gait and a taste for donuts lurks in the woods behind Josh Surrel's new house in Caribou, Maine. Not that he has much time to worry about it. As the new kid in school, he's got to figure out quickly whether to join the outcasts or the bullies, if he's got the guts to speak to the prettiest girl in ELA, and the answers to his hideous math homework before he lands in detention. Yet when everything goes wrong, these problems become meaningless. Josh finds himself alone in the dark, freezing in a freak September snow storm, searching for the one thing he's most afraid of . . . 

Approx. 83 pages* (21K words)

Cover Image: dfinnecy

The President and the Pea

Sixty-something Annette Hutchins has her quirks. She abhors eggs and never drinks anything red. But those oddities pale in comparison to the secret she's been forced to keep for years. Annette witnessed the assassination of the President of the United States. Or did she? Approx. 35 pages* (8,800 words)


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A Glimpse of Heaven

After 20 years asleep, Elena Sparks wakes from a coma. How will she re-enter the lives of her family? With the new 3-D holographic technology, she can experience what she missed, but will it be enough? Approx. 24 pages* (6,100 words)


Image courtesy: Bill Strain

A Pain-Free Life

In the future, you can download your memories for safe-keeping. Widower George Lander is facing brain surgery and doesn't have much time to record the precious memories of his wife. What memories will he keep and which ones will he delete to capture a pain-free life? Approx. 16 pages* (4K words)

Note: Pain-Free Life is featured in both of Wormhole Electric's The Best Science Fiction Collection.


*Page number calculated at 250 words per page. Since electronic readers let you pick your own font size, page number can vary wildly and is close to meaningless. However, I included them anyway to let potential customers know they weren't shelling out their dollars for a page or two of flash fiction. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Having entered the wonderful world of reading glasses, I use a larger font on my Kindle, which holds around 170 words per page.