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NEW! Rough Passages: The Collected Stories

Four Rough Passages novellas, three short stories and many extras, all in one convenient volume. 

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When every midlife crisis might cause a national emergency, getting older means more than going gray. 

A third of the population carries the potential to develop superpowers between the ages of thirty-five and sixty, and no one can predict which few will activate. Passing life’s halfway point might be as easy as blowing out one extra candle…or it might lead to becoming a human fireball, drowning a city, or teleporting into outer space.
This story collection connects five people whose lives are disrupted by the uncertainties of power:

  • A single mother with two jobs whose new talent improves her ordinary life beyond her wildest dreams.
  • A Marine captain tasked with investigating the all-too-human crimes a squad of superhuman soldiers inflict on one another.
  • A lonely woman whose desperate homesickness is matched in strength only by her ability to wreak seismic havoc.
  • A devout grandmother torn from home and family, abused and imprisoned, who gains godlike powers and must choose between revenge and forgiveness.
  • A teen, afraid to take the R-factor test that will define her future, who learns there are worse things to fear than a positive result.
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Four of the Rough Passages Tales are also available as individual novella-length ebooks. See below for details on each.


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A trip to the traveling carnival with two toddlers and a mobility-challenged parent isn’t most people’s definition of fun, but it’s closer than Valerie Wade usually gets. A few hours kicking sawdust and revisiting favorite childhood memories, that’s all she asks.

It’s her annual treat, a visit back in time to the carefree years before she learned that her blood carries a potential death sentence, before life beat her down and broke her spirit. It’s where she can forget about secrets, debts and obligations for a few hours and remember what hope feels like.

Everything changes that night, under the bright lights and the striped awnings. The monsters and freaks aren’t in the sideshow tents. They’re walking the aisles, and before the carnival is done, Valerie will be taking her place among them.
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2. Powerhouse
Colonel Marcia Galloway leads Mercury Battalion, a military unit that offers society’s deadliest members a second chance at life. Her super-powered soldiers can level buildings with a thought or kill thousands in firestorms and floods. Self-discipline is more than an ideal. It’s a survival requirement. When some of Marcia’s soldiers turn on each other, the results are bloody and  brutal, and the responsibility falls on her to see justice done.

The case looks cut-and-dried, but Marcia doesn’t  accept anything at face value Mercy is a luxury society can’t afford. Punishmentfor her personnel is swift and final, so before Marcia executes the guilty, she wants to be absolutely certain she has the right people.
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3. Nightmares
Kristiana Stanislav never asked for the power to destroy anything or anyone who got in her way. The power comes anyway, and with it comes a choice: compulsory military training, or permanent exile

She never wanted to be a Marine, but she has to become one, if she ever hopes to go home to her children and her husband. Kris wants that with all her heart, and so she trades home and family for barracks and bunkmates.

Despite a rocky beginning, she throws herself into her new duties with determination. If she has to be a monster, she will learn to do the job right or die trying.  Retreat is not an option. She can only charge ahead and hope for the best.
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4. Lockdown
Being thirteen is hard. It’s even harder when your father can’t stand the light of day, your mother has been dragged away by the government, and you’re afraid you’ll turn into a freak just like them when you get old.

Elena Moreno doesn’t want to know if she carries the dreaded R-factor in her blood, but she doesn’t have a choice. Eighth-graders are required by law to take the test that will reveal her fate. Elena’s friends worry about crushes and slumber parties and getting good grades in History. Elena worries about facing the Test.

She thinks going to school the day of the Test is the bravest thing she’ll ever do, but she’s wrong. She already knows monsters are real. Today she’ll learn what happens when they attack.
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The Stories of the Restoration


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When Alison Gregorio lands a cushy administrative job in a law office, she knows her big paycheck comes with strings attached. She expects long hours and unreasonable demands. She doesn’t expect to be dodging assassins before she gets her first raise–but that’s exactly what happens. She survives by the skin of her teeth and runs for her life.

Survival is one of inventor Justin Wyatt’s many talents, but staying alive is only the first challenge he faces after sabotage leaves him stranded in a frozen wasteland. The bigger problem: identifying which of his enemies to blame. The list of people who want to kill him is a long one, and the one person who holds the key to the mystery doesn’t even know he is still alive. Once fate brings Alison to Justin’s doorstep, there’s no turning back. Either they unravel the tangle of corporate conspiracies and personal vendettas that brought them together, or their common foe will destroy them both.

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Flight Plan
When terrorists fire-bomb Naomi Kwan’s San Francisco apartment block, her criminal record makes her a target for corrupt officials eager to shelter the true culprits. Innocence is no protection. After all,  dead scapegoats tell no tales. She flees her powerful enemies before they can silence her, but she can’t stay hidden forever. As conspiracies unravel on all sides, her fate rests in the hands of allies she doesn’t even know she has.

Naomi only knows freelance investigators Carl Jenson and Eddie Parker as patients and acquaintances, but they view her as a friend–and it’s their case that put her in danger.  To fix a mess this big, they  need the kind of creative assistance only a retired ally can provide.  Inventor Justin Wyatt is in no shape to go adventuring, but when the men who once saved his life need help, he joins their mission without a second thought.

A daring escape and a desperate rescue are only the beginning. Mysteries in Naomi’s past collide with Justin’s secrets, and unraveling the plots that tie them together leads to explosive consequences.

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When fate brings Carl Jenson to Felicity Chen’s yarn shop, she sees dollar signs, not a potential lover. She doesn’t have time for romance. Her thriving craft business keeps her too busy–or so she tells herself. As soon as Carl walks out the door, Felicity starts hoping he comes back. Spending time with tall, blond and mysterious is exactly the investment in fun she needs.

Carl gave up on love years ago. He’s an undercover operative with a shady past, and spying for the government of the Restored United States isn’t a career that comes with a future.  His recuperating partner drags him back to the knitter’s den for more yarn and more flirting, but he doesn’t dare hope for more.

Felicity is ready to grab opportunity with both hands, and she makes Carl an offer he would be a fool to refuse. A temporary arrangement is all he can afford, and it’s all Felicity expects. It seems like a perfect bargain. In the end, they both get a better deal than they expected.

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Joining In the Round: More Knitting, Romance, and Dangerous Men
When Felicity Chen’s thriving craft store burns to the ground, she swallows her pride and accepts the grudging hospitality of her extended clan. Any roof is better than none, even if it comes with far too many strings attached. After three months of loving suffocation in the bosom of family, Felicity is ready to jump at any excuse to escape.  Her chance arrives in the form of strangers who bring unexpected news.

Felicity spent her summer in the arms of a mysterious man who left without warning. Now he’s back from limbo and in need of cheering up, according to his odd but intriguing friends. They beg for Felicity’s help, and when they throw in an offer of sanctuary she leaps without looking back. The impulsive decision has long-reaching consequences.  Winter’s cold reunion makes Felicity question everything she thought she knew about her summer lover.

The future will bring technological revolutions and political upheaval, but some things are timeless. Lovers meet and part, lives change, and nothing ever goes as planned.

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Novices: A Restoration prequel story
The moment recruiter Joe Mitani meets Carl Jenson, he knows he’s found something special.Finding suitable trainees for internships at the bleeding edge of mental health care is no easy task. Few of the teens Joe interviews have the rare blend of brains and heart needed for the job. Even fewer come to the bargaining table with a psychically-gifted foster brother.

Carl shows up with both. Joe takes the package deal. Landing a prospect like Carl is worth the expense of adding his unexpected sibling to the roster. Eddie Jenson is as talented as his brother, in his own way, and the Rydder Institute for Analytical Psychiatry specializes in developing exceptional talents. As far as Joe knows, there’s every reason for two boys with extraordinary potential to thrive there. It’s the secrets he doesn’t know that will put Carl, Eddie and countless others in peril before long.

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