Synopsis of the Books Written
These are quick looks at the books I have written to first or second draft, but have yet to publish or sell.
In the near future, America has fallen from the worlds leader to lower on the list, yet still dominates in technology. In order to regain its place the USA launches an all out effort to open a base on the moon to process mining in the Asteriod Belt. As it nears completion Americas enemies realize that if they don’t stop the base, they will fall very far behind.
Working for the President, Jake finds himself out of a job when Presidnet Garfield is killed. Then word comes that he has inherited a ranch out in Colorado. Indians, cattle rustlers, corrupt sheriffs, all are present when this city slicker has to learn how to be a cowboy.
The first settlement on the moon is about to open. All is ready, including a hotel for guests. But what happens on opening when jewels placed in the hotel vault are stolen?
Mrs. Bertram’s Hazard (A Regency Romance)
The first Regency written. A romance between a widow just returns to London and a lord who has been avoiding marriage for he can not stand any of the teenage school girls that the matrons force upon him.
The son of a tradesman in the levy, Stephen sees that if he doesn’t charge the enemy and hold his pike steady, he will die. So charge it is. And the rest of levy he brings with him. The knight who commanded them had left, yet a duke sees the heroism, and after the battle is won, the baron takes Stephen as squire. Working harder than any other, he learns and soon enough is knighted as well.
The Graces of Brantley
The colony that had gone to settle in the lands north of the empire the thrived around the middle sea has found itself beset by monsters every few hundred years. The monsters come south as part of their long migrations after they hibernate and expand beyond their grazing range. Our hero and heroine are the children of a great lady that ran off with a servant before their birth. They are reunited with their family, a family where the strongest spellcasters are from. Where women, until recently are the only ones who can cast offensive spells. Reunited just as a new wave of monsters come to threaten the kingdom.
Colonel Pennington is the tale of the Napoleonic Peninsular Wars through the viewpoint of a Cavalry Commander. Much as Cornwell’s Sharpe is through the eyes of an Infantryman.
This is the tale of an empire whose ruling family was decimated in a coup. The new rulers are not at all successful in their tule and what was seven united kingdoms has dwindled to two. Fortunately the grandson of the overthrown king has remained alive and hidden by loyal elements. Elements that the gods have their hands upon. What serves as the background to games of KoTohLan, much like Go where stones are placed to represent armies, the most advanced games have items that represent terrain, and the strength of various units. The winner of the largest tournament every five years is given a stipend for life, and becomes the advisor of generals. The hidden prince becomes one of the greatest masters of the game of all time, even as he learns how the realm needs his leadership as well.
Trevanion is newly made a Captain in the Space Navy even as the Federation of Man is falling apart. Too many of the far flung colonies realize that the central worlds have their own interests at heart, and not the interests of the rest of mankind. Many in the navy are readying to leave for colonial navies, and independence. Trevanion is caught in the middle and struggles to find a solution that will avert all at galactic war.
This is the tale of Civil War and Succession. The King is sterile, but no one knows. In his anger, at this condition and at being king, for he does not want to be, he gets his cousin, a man his father made Protector of the realm, drunk and then sleeps with the queen. An act that produces a child. The king also knows he is going to die. He is sick. But when he does die, a baby child is something that can be gotten rid of and one of many other heirs of age with strong backing could take the throne. The Protector would rather the child not be killed and spirits him away, gathering a strong following to defend the babe’s throne. Yet the perpetual enemy neighbor thinks this is the best time to conquer the kingdom as well.
Born to Grace 1
This is the first part of the trilogy and as all of them, each book is in two parts. Though a fantasy, the world that everything occurs on was seeded centuries before by a great colony ship. The treasures from the ship, the log, etc, have been in the hands of one empire that has grown reclusive. One thing that binds all the countries of the world are the religions, and one primate gets the word out that the holy relics are threatened. Our hero along with a large army goes to retrieve the relics, but the many miles to get there is too much for the army, yet a small band of men might make the trip. Caradoc, without asking any permission attempts this. In the meantime in the north, enemies have rallied and begun to stage coups and takeovers of some of the northern kingdom.
This is what Caradoc and his companions find when they return. Caradoc and his crew, having been successful once before, are sent to try and rescue the royal family of a neighboring kingdom.
Born to Grace 2 The Turmoil
This is part of a trilogy, the Born to Grace series. Here Caradoc the son of a duke, third in line to his father’s title starts the series as a squire to a prince of his realm. Now, after adventures in the first book, he is becoming a battle general. A very good one. Also a very good fighter. At his side an effective magus and they help defend their realm which at the start of the book is doing it’s best to help it’s neighbor settle a civil war.
By the end of the book they will be involved in their own civil war as relations of the king try to take power.
Expanding to the stars, mankind is controlled by the richest planets. This is fine until the colonies begin to think they should have a say also. Someone, on some planet, will be the vote that starts and avalanche of changing how mankind governs itself, or how it will still be governed. Dealing with those concepts in the future as we have dealt with them in the past, is what is explored here.
Steam and Thunder
The first of a duology, what happens if the steam engine was invented in a time period similar to Henry the II? Will the neighboring countries sit still for such technological advances? Will the nobility be quiet as their lands are denuded of men seeking a better life and working in the factories where this new tech is used?
Tempest and Sword
The second book of the duology, we see how those citizens now think they should have some say in their lives. How still the neighbors have issue with one country possessing the technology that advances them further than anyone else.
In a world where we see the crisis like Henry VIII to Edward VI. Here though the regents will be out to carve up the kingdom and even have a hand in the kings death, as we see the world through the heir’s eyes and worry that his head won’t be long on his shoulders should the regents have their way. The neighboring countries also want to ensure that the country our hero will rule does not grow powerful and divided regents or a young king is an opportunity to break the kingdom.
The Three Lastoleers (Star Musketeers)
What if the universe, several millenia from now adopts the very essence of Dumas’ France of the 3 Musketeers? What if we see our favorite characters in space?
By The Book
Not wanting to be a warrior, and not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, our hero is stuck, for he is good at being a warrior. He knows though he could be better and reads about it. He reads ancient tomes and adapts those thoughts to his own situations. He writes these down to help train his friends to be better at warfare and they are. Good enough that the local lords see it and through all their success, our hero advances to lead the armies, though his hatred of war is ever growing.
This is part of a seven book series. The first was written in 2009. Here the idea is that the gods saw many years before our current events that the ruling dynasty they favored had those who would destroy it from within as well as without. They hid our hero with the aid of some influential people from those who took over. Now the hero is grown and finds he is the heir of the old dynasty. The empire of 7 kingdoms also has been crumbling. He is to visit each kingdom, one per book, and do heroic actions that bring the people behind him to reunite the broken empire. This book sees him forming an army in the southern most kingdom. It teaches him to be a general. A skill he will need to build and also gain the loyalty of men for the threats should only continue to grow in the following books.
Lord Falmont’s Muddle (A Regency Romance)
Our hero, Henry St. James Evermond, the Marquess of Falmont has two sisters that have been neglected by his father, the previous Marquess. Now that he has the title, he knows that they both must be launched into society and takes them up to Town for the season. Here he finds that he too is affected by what happens when a young lady is presented around town during the season. Lord Falmont had no desire to become attached, but he could not deny that his heart was affected so.
The Prize is not as Great as you Think (A Ruritanian Romance)
This is a Ruritanian Romance. Europe right before the first World War. Here our hero is a cousin of the king, and when the crown prince is killed, he is thrust forward as the King’s successor. That the king’s bastard son is the man who ordered the assassination of his own brother, and now wants to kill our hero, provides mystery even as our hero wonders if he can find love or must settle for a diplomatic marriage to keep the great powers at bay.
The Fastest Love (A Regency Romance)
Having invested in the first railway, our hero did not think he should be enamored of a woman who has come to the inaugural run of the train. Yet when such dramatic events happen that day, it may indeed be feted that they are meant to pursue a romance.
Lord and Key (An Edwardian Romance)
An Edwardian era book. Our hero recognizes that war is likely to come. He is an inventor, and the last man made a peer by Edward VII before the king dies. When faced with a family of ancient lineage int he town he builds his factory in, he clashes with the local lords daughter. A young lady who has been motivated by change herself as woman’s sufferance is also on the rise.
Sci Fi Short 1 (A is for Animus)
This is part of a five book short series of novels that deal with a galactic civil war. This book are part of the events our hero participates in as the galaxy heads down the road to the civil war.
The Other Shoe (A Regency Romance)
This is a Regency, written for the 2011 NaNoWriMo. Here our hero, the heir to a Duchy fears our heroine is about to force herself on him after a moment’s introduction. He gives her the cut direct which is seen by enough that it becomes an Ondit, which our Hero and Heroine then try to rectify only to cause them to have their names further linked together until they fall for one another. But the past embarrassments that society has placed upon them may cause them to avoid what their hearts yearn for.
Sci Fi Short 2 (B is for Breaking Away)
This is part of a five book short novel series. It explores a civil war in space. In this book the Unity of Man is broken and shooting starts between both sides. As I developed the ideas for this, it came to me that the reasons for a war like this would parallel the reasons for the American Civil War, without the issue of Slavery. States Rights. The reasoning that a great PR campaign used to make this war. But the for this novel is that economics, those who want to profit by a war set up the conditions for a war. And then the battles of the war would parallel those of the ACW. Here we have the fall of Fort Sumter and First Manassas.
The Crown Impostor
This idea has been floating in my head for a decade, along with a second idea, and they merged. Here I saw that a son would conquer while his father was back running the kingdom. To give it a reason, I saw that a path to the sea for our heroes country was needed, but I also saw that the conquering prince was a bit arrogant. Yet he had an identical twin cousin who was not, and the enemy, well they just had to be very bad. So with all that mix of households back in the days of Henry II, why not do the same here. A loyal vassal of our king and country, with a duchy on the very border, somehow is the male heir of the neighboring kingdom.
His wife is past childbearing and has given him only daughters. Our kingdom lets him go to be a king, they want a new Queen and an heir. So the new Queen’s family does its best to take control and even kills the new king/old duke to make way for a regency with the new Queen in control. As that unfolds our country attacks, but assassins kill the Prince, who summons his cousin before any know he is dying and has the cousin switch places. The cousin now must act like the Crown Prince and see to Justice…
A contemporary murder mystery. A very successful lead magician at the Palace of Magic is killed, shortly after having breakfast with his very unsuccessful friend. Our hero has advised the victim many times on creating great illusions. And though the victim was able to build a multi-million dollar career, our hero eels out a few thousand dollars by playing bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteens. Yet, our hero is a suspect, even at the exact moment that he discovers that magic is not an illusion, but a reality.
The Heir (A Regency Romance)
An Earl has only a daughter and so his estate and title will go to a cousin. The heroine can not accept this, and though the Heir is pleasant and most seem to like him, she can not. Through a series of mishaps, of course, her opinions will change, as will problems arise for the Heir as he tries to decide should he marry the young lady.
Born To Grace III:Crown in Jeopardy
The final part of the sweeping trilogy where magic is a part of the world. Where kingdoms are gigantic, and where evil is not really the choice between a good path and a bad path so much as evil is what your enemies do. All men follow their hearts and when one’s heart is opposed to your path, it is natural to proclaim them evil. In truth, evil is what comes of the battles that sew death and rend families.
Food and Art (A Contemporary Romance)
This was the project for NaNoWriMo 2012. Another year I successfully finished a whole book, not just 50,000 words. Here I developed a contemporary romance between a widower whose wife was an artist and he a chef. He built a restaurant that was filled with good food and great art to honor that memory, one he has been hard to move on from, even though he knows he married to early. Into his life, in one night comes the sister of his sister’s sister-in-law. He has never met the girl. She also had a relationship based on sex, rather than respect and is an artist. One that can compliment the restaurant. That they realize both needed more mature relationships, and begin to find it in each other is the basis.
The Adventures of Micawber and Copperfield (A Steampunk Trilogy)
This started as an entry for a SteamPunk short story competition. What would happen if literary characters were caught up in the Steampunk milieu? Here I have the grandsons of Dickens Iconic characters on an adventure as part of the Royal Dirigible Corps in 1879 South Africa, just after the Zulu war finished.
In the first book of the trilogy following on the beginnings that were in the Short Story, I have our characters witness and take part in the First Boer War of 1880 to 1881 meeting such historical characters as Cecil Rhodes, Sir Henry Bartle Frere, General “Chinese’ Gordon, Oom Paul Kruger.
Steamy Suasion (A Regency Romance-with Steampunk Overtones)
This is the retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It occurs to me that should the naval fleet that all the heroes in the tale belong to actually be that branch of service that are airships in a time where a little steampunk technology has entered the universe to help defeat Napoleon, then Kellynch Hall makes the perfect site for not only Admiral Croft, but for an entire Squadron to takeover as it is converted into a landing field.
What start as a tongue in cheek recounting of an apprentice breaking free of his evil master, a wizard who is in exile, ends up being the story of a power play between the forces of secular rule, the church and its spiritual desire for power, and magicians who can bend the laws of physics to their whims.
The Rights of All Men
Set in the Steam and Thunder universe, some few years after the events their. Now the neighboring countries, the defeated Guirance, finds that being on the losing side of such a war has its consequences. The country is descending into anarchy due to unemployment and inflation. Last efforts to govern their way out of such a disaster shows that special interests, hoping to emerge as the victors after the period of oppression do their utmost to stop any good solutions. Can any man stop such madness, especially as a form of the Terror takes over.
Lord Bennington (A Regency Romance)
Lord Bennington has six older sisters, who now that he has inherited the title, continually remind him of their views that he should marry immediately. When pushed to the end of his wits by this, he agrees that by the end of the season, he shall wed. Though he is young, and has not finished with his salad days, and is reluctant to tell his closest friends that he has agreed to the demands of the ladies of his family. The only possible woman that he could ally himself with for life, however, is the daughter of a lord who owed his father, and now he, as well as many other men of the Ton a great deal of money. Can Bennington make a happy marriage with such a girl? Should he consider another?
Admiral Lexington Smythe, Crown Prince of the Star Kingdom
All Timothy Francis Patrick Lexington Smythe wanted was to be the obscure spare of the Heir. But then his elder brother is tragically wounded as the kingdoms enemies start a war, and he now becomes the heir to the throne. To keep him safe, he is given command of a fleet far from the main theatre of the war. And then no one listens when he tells all who he can that a sneak attack in his sector would be just the thing the enemy would do…
Brandon Airesed has spent some time in the NFL and had one record as a Running Back of any length of time that is a marvel. No fumbles. His secret, well, that would be telling. A surprisingly strong grip. And his nails, well they are nearly as sharp as claws. As sharp as a Bear’s claws and perhaps it was no coincidence that he had been drafted by Da Bears.
Caroline Bingley’s Fortune
Do we think that Mr Hurst married his Bingley Bride without incentive. It is high probable that Caroline Bingley, even though she has a sharp, acerbic tongue, still is in possession of a fortune and an astute fortune hunter who deciphers this may soon be on the road to, if not a happy marriage, one with financial security
State of the Clan
This is the story of a tribal clan that has existed at the edges of the furthest reaches of an empires expansion, after the empire has faded and retreated from the lands. When in quick succession the heir of the clan dies, and then the clan chieftain, the great-grandson inherits leadership, even as neighboring clans sense weakness and begin to force their own designs of consolidating power. Our leader emerges to test political and military boundaries to chart not only a course of survival but also to look for a road to grow and thrive.
The Mystery of the Locked Box
Here we find a Steampunk version of our world, and Dr. John Watson very much alive writing his memoirs of his adventures with Sherlock Holmes in 1891 after Holmes fell to his death with Moriarty over Reichenback Falls (Which according to Canonical scholarship happened in late April of 1891.) In our world we know that the Strand had published the 2nd tale of its many long years of collaboration with the author, the fourth, providing Dr Watson with some additional incomes, but not filling the emptiness that Holmes loss left with him. In steps Inspector Lestrade with a case, and he does so at the urging of Watson’s 5th wife, Mary who needs to see her husband motivated once more.