The Perils of Prague, The Adventures of Crackle & Bang, Book 1

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NaNoWriMo Winner 2011The year is 2010 and it is still the reign of Her Eternal Majesty Empress Victoria the first. Steam power is still ascendant and the digital age has never arrived. While the people feel safe in their homes under Victoria’s Peace, ambitious men and woman plot to gain power without incurring the wrath of the Eternal Queen and her lightning powered armies. Onto this stage comes Professor Harmonious Crackle and his assistant Miss Titania Bang. Exiled for a crime he did not commit, Professor Crackle tries to prove his loyalty to the crown by seeking out those who threaten the empire.

A young English lordling is taking his Grande Tour to mark the completion of his education and the beginning of his adult life. A night at the Opera of Prague leads to a chance meeting with an eccentric professor and his lovely young assistant. But before the evening’s entertainment is over, a hidden assassin attempts to kill a visiting member of the royal court, destroying the opera house and putting our trio on the track of a mad scientist bent on toppling the Imperial Court from power. Can they find him and stop him before he makes another attempt on the Crown Prince? Or will they have front row seats for the first salvo in a war for control of the empire?

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Metas in Space (working title)

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Metahuman superpowers have all but destroyed the Earth. Humanity is divided into three warring factions: The Sovereign League, where metahumans rule with an iron fist; the Pure nations, where metas are hunted and killed as demons to be sent back to the abyss; and the Alliance, where human and metahumans work together to protect what little they have left of civilization.

After a hundred years of bloody warfare, a truce has been called. Earth can no longer support wars that violate many of the known laws of physics. In a last-ditch effort to end the strife, a special crew has been assembled from all three factions. A crew for a starship to search out a new home for at least one of the factions. If this crew can find a new planet to colonize, perhaps humanity will be able to survive. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

The Bright Lands, The Enchanted Lands Trilogy, Book 1

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NaNoWriMo 2012Casey Jackson doesn’t like her new town, or her new school. Her family moved when her dad was transferred to a new base. Her mom, a talented artist, has finally lost touch with the world around her and has been institutionalized. Casey wants her old school back, her old friends back, and most importantly she wants her mom back.

But Casey has more than just school to worry about. The doctors say that her mom’s condition is usually hereditary, and Casey has seen some glimpses of strange things out of the corner of her eye. She’s terrified that her mind is going just the way her mom’s did.

Then one day Casey literally falls into another world. Her school and town have been replaced by a beautiful landscape filled with magical creatures. Befriended by a handsome elf who calls himself Roderick and introduced to The Bright Lands, a realm of wizards and creatures of magic. Roderick helps Casey find her way home, which he refers to as the Grey lands, and in the process they discover that Casey has the gift of magic.

She returns home to discover that students have gone missing from her school and the entire community is in a panic. Casey’s friends, the school misfits, notice a change in her and ask her what is going on. She finally spills the story to them and is surprised when they believe her. When one of Casey’s friends disappears at school and she detects the traces of magic, the trail leads them all to the Bright Lands looking for answers and trying to rescue their friend. When the clues indicate that a dark wizard is kidnapping the children to steal their creative potential from them, it seems that Casey and her friends may have bit off more than they can chew.

Can Casey and her friends rescue the missing children? Can Casey learn to control her magic and defeat the dark wizard? Can any of them get home from this alive?