The Kitten Psychologist Series
A kitten for a client? Preposterous.
A talking kitten, at that? Beyond reason.
Trying to get the kitten to see reason? Completely, utterly, one-hundred-percent impossible. See: kitten.
But for the sake of the kitten’s owners, this psychologist’s going to give it a red-hot go.
A humorous tale about overcoming obstacles and making the most of the time we have.
This series is completed.
The White Changeling Series
“…a story to savor, a place to escape to that refreshes and delights.”
~Teddi Deppner, author of The Author Collector
Meet Adren: outlaw, misanthrope, hellbent on obtaining a cure for an insane unicorn.
Adren hates humans, and with good reason. Protecting the unicorn from them even as she searches for a cure means running headlong into the worst of human need — and greed. With years of this under her belt, it’s bound to leave scars. Now, trying to steal a sealskin in exchange for a possible cure when money isn’t enough, she runs into the awkward and at-least-mostly human Nadin, who insists on helping her.
When the truth of the sealskin — and the cure — is revealed and Adren begins to fall apart, she might be able to rely on Nadin as an ally. Or she might lose all that’s dear to her. Either way, she’s going to have to go head-to-head with the mysteries shaking themselves loose in her own mind and the nightmarish event that unlocked the first of them from its cage.
Here’s to hoping no-one gets in the way.
This series is ongoing.
White Changeling Extras
- Set between Hidden in Sealskin and Like Mist Over the Eyes, Adren and Nadin get very lost in the forest in the short story “Are You Sure It’s That Way?”
- And, after Like Mist Over the Eyes, we get “A Holly Jolly Disaster”
Originally written as a gift for my patrons, this poem goes through a decidedly unusual dream of Nadin’s. He and Adren are in our world, him preparing for a Christmas get-together that she’s running late for in the most spectacular fashion. The poem is filled with cameos of characters from both the White Changeling series and The Illuminated Heart, a steady stream of catastrophes, and one very unusual gift.
Dear reader, come close and listen
to a story of disaster and mayhem
and Christmas, too.
Tales of Kyuyon
kyuyon noun the unhome feeling, of being somewhere that your mind tells you should be familiar, but is instead strange, the effect of which is often deeply unsettling.
These are the stories of those caught between two worlds.
The Tree Remembers
“A wonderful little book that draws you in and then keeps you there, embracing you with beautiful writing and strong imagery.”
~Piper Bates, creator of Piper Strange Comics
Minerva Thiessen moved across the country after graduating high school in order to get away from her past and forget what she is. Now, eight years later, everything’s changed back home and her past is pulling her right back, no matter how much she tries to escape it. When Min returns home, she will have to face the people she’s hurt—including the only man she’s ever loved—and finally confront her true origins once and for all.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Isolated in a forest pool and unable to walk on land, a water being longs to end her loneliness. When one of the humans who visits the pool, Evelyn, drowns, the being discovers that she and Evelyn have the same face. And gains a human body of her own.
Taking the situation as an opportunity, the being feigns amnesia and tries to slip into Evelyn’s life. But the obstacles are as many as the joys: family, boyfriend, the use of her new legs, and the water itself.
The biggest obstacle, though, is Evelyn herself. After a lifetime on the outside, is it really possible to live as one born on the inside?
And can that inside truly be considered home?
The Illuminated Heart
“A stunning Icelandic fable”
~Rachael Stephen, author of State of Flux
“…touching and compelling.”
~Margaret Pinard, author of the Remnants series
Dagný’s only brother, Kaj, is dead. He died of illness before his life had really begun, and Dagný blames God for it.
About a week after his death, Kaj comes back as a draugur, a creature intent on the ruin of those it had known in life. With his unholy power, he kills their crops, causes their animals to go insane, and brings them to the brink of starvation. Every single member of Dagný’s village, convinced that her family has brought this curse upon themselves through sin, leaves them alone to die.
Then, one day, a polar bear arrives at their door with a proposition:
“Give me your youngest daughter, and I will make you wealthy.”
The adventure that follows thrusts Dagný into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the natural as a matter of course, where she must act without any assurance of safety, and where she must decide whether to throw away all she’s believed or finally trust in it for the first time.
(Part of the Undead Fairy Tales Collection. Check out Emily Casey’s books for more.)
Short Stories and Poetry Collections
These Other Doors: A Collection of More-Than-Mundane Tales
Life is a series of choices, of doors we can walk through or leave behind. Of stories we tell and stories we keep to ourselves.
The short stories and poetry of this collection present both events no one in this world has faced:
- flesh-eating deer that arise from glowing, golden flowers
- a thin membrane that allows two girls from very different worlds to see and talk to each other
- an unnatural rain that fills the air and people’s lungs until they cannot breathe
- a being temporarily trapped in our world who falls in love with a woman who dances with the ocean
…and events that perhaps some of us have:
- a love that holds itself back, but seeks, yearns, longs to be released
- a girl pursuing freedom among the trees from a past and future that seek to control her
- two people trying to determine whether they even exist
Together, These Other Doors tell a story of breaking free, of learning to love and be loved. Together, the characters inside find the doors open to them.
And they walk through.
Dreaming of Her and Other Stories
“…a buffet of exquisite bites of literary, emotional, and devotional grace.”
Be prepared to enter a vast array of worlds. Each one contains echoes of our own, but never enough to be comfortable. Never enough to be entirely familiar; never enough to be entirely safe. As you enter into the stories and poems of this collection, you will discover that reality goes farther than what we can see, and further than we have ever known.
Read, among many others, the story of the life of a river as he discovers his true self, a poetic retelling of Daphne’s flight from Apollo, and, in the titular story, a literal nightmare as a girl comes to terms with the death of her sister.
It’s time to go down the rabbit hole.
Short Fiction Elsewhere
- “I Never Expected the Stars” – Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty)
- “New Life” – The Adventure of Creation, Dreaming of Her and Other Stories
- “Gene Therapy” – The Adventure of Creation, Dreaming of Her and Other Stories