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You can find all of my publications here. All of these stories are part of the same expanded universe called (surprise) Torn Universe. You can learn more about that here.

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Skies of Dripping Gold

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Genre: YA Christian Dystopian

In an angry, frightened world where the Poison claims many lives, a young man’s belief in Paradise has collapsed into a distant dream. Gabriel can no longer place his trust in the existence of such a place. Not when his sister’s pain continues to sap her strength. Not when prayers for her healing go unanswered.

As the Poison progresses, eating away at Lilly’s life, Gabriel sets off on a desperate climb to save her from death. Struggling to discover the truth behind a world where the skies drip gold, Gabriel tries to maintain his disbelief in God while clutching after hope for his sister’s salvation. But, as he climbs the cliff that is said to lead to Paradise, he begins to see: if he can’t bring himself to believe in a place of peace and golden skies, then how can he possibly hope for his sister’s rescue? How can he possibly hope for his own?

Skies of Dripping Gold, my debut short story, is a YA Christian dystopian about a young man's struggle to save his sister's life and rescue his own soul.

 

Colors of Fear

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Genre: YA Christian Fantasy

Series: The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #1

One sorcerer. Four assassins. Uncover the stories of the warriors who will one day band together to kill the most powerful being in their world. 

Fear. It is all around him. Wanderer sees it in the eyes of his fellow desert elves as they set out to fight a war that consumes countless lives. Hears it in his brother’s coughs as black magic slowly kills him. Feels it as strange colors appear in midair, seeking to suffocate him. 

No matter how he twists it, he can only see two choices: Leave his sick brother and join a war where he will surely perish, or face his brother’s dying days and let his world be destroyed without putting up a fight. 

To face one fear is to flee from another. Whichever path he chooses brands him a coward, but he cannot run any longer. Wanderer must make a choice: Will he allow fear to control him? Or will he find a way to reclaim his life?

Colors of Fear is the first short story in the YA Christian Fantasy series titled The Terebinth Tree Chronicles.

 

Flames of Courage

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Genre: YA Christian Fantasy

Series: The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #2

One sorcerer. Four assassins. Uncover the stories of the warriors who will one day band together to kill the most powerful being in their world.

As a halfblood with a powerful secret, Jayel does not intend to spend the rest of her life hidden away in a desert oasis. She rejects what everyone is telling her: Halfbloods don’t. They don’t become warriors. They don’t become heroes. They don’t make a difference.

One of the last of the Athelan, a line of royal guardians with the ability to control fire, Jayel is ready to take a stand against those that oppress halfbloods. Nobody is willing to join her in this fight, so she’ll take it on all by herself. 

But as she leaves her small tribe behind, she finds that justice isn’t always pure and fighting alone isn’t always easy. 

Flames of Courage is the second short story in the YA Christian Fantasy series titled The Terebinth Tree Chronicles.

 

Vengeance Hunter

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Genre: Adult Christian Fantasy

Anthology: Phoenix Fiction Antiheroes Anthology

Blood for blood. Life for life. These are the rules that hold Ishtaka’s life together. In a society where people require blood to survive, it is her duty as a Blood Hunter to kill and drain criminals that the Guild have deemed guilty. It is through this work that Ishtaka can supply food for her people, thus saving them from starvation, insanity, and death. 

But the blood that she earns is never enough to gain forgiveness for her past crimes or peace from her nightmares. Unable to free herself from her guilt, she lives according to the only logic that she knows: Pay for blood spilled with blood gained. Earn absolution for lives taken by giving life to others. 

But this system is not to be trusted. When she unearths a massive, carefully-kept lie surrounding the Guild, Ishtaka struggles to find truth and forgiveness in a world built on vengeance and blood.