Garnets to Opals, Necklace of Gems

What, then should a collection of gemmed necklaces be? A pirate’s treasure, of course.

cover of Necklace of Gems short story collection

Dig among within the treasure chest for the prettiest gems…

Another milestone! I’ve published my first dead tree book of fiction. This is a collection of my short fiction from 2015. I finished five collections, and themed each collection on gems for the cover art: garnet, amber, lapis, citrine, and opal. Don’t we all like something that’s shiny or sparkly? I always wanted to make the entire year available as one collection. A handful of stories at a time was not enough when I was having book binges before I wrote. I had a couple of requests for paperback editions of the earlier collections, but they’re much too short to be worth the physical copy overhead. This time you have the choice of ebook or paperback.

This paperback and ebook editions include all the stories in the five necklace collections, plus two extras. One was part of an invitational Advent project, and the other was specifically written to be a bonus for the 2015 collection. That makes thirty-seven tales of fantasy and science fiction in the Necklace of Gems collection. All are short, but some are part of a larger story, like the SF Curiosity Station.

And now it’s time to pick a new theme for my fiction collections for 2016, so I’ll try to make a good one…

And if you want to give my fic a try or don’t want to wait for the next omnibus, the smaller collections should do:

Earlier Collections:

Necklace of  Opals collection

Necklace of opals…

Necklace of Citrine collection cover

Necklace of Citrine

Necklaced of Lapis SF/F short stories

Necklace of Lapis

Necklace of Amber short story collection

Necklace of Amber

Necklace of Garnet short story collection

Necklace of Garnet

Here’s Your Newest Read!

It’s been a frantic year, but here’s my fifth collection of short stories! During NaNo yet! It’s a challenge to carve any time out of the mad NaNo rush, but here it is.


Sometimes it’s after all seems lost that we see the real person…

Futures as cloudy as opals…

 

Despair grinds its victims into nothing unless they can seize any chance to escape its doom. The zombie apocalypse may arrive in the little things in a morning routine, without the screaming and running. Research and development is not just for the sciences, but also for ambitious young wizards on a budget. A veteran of a lunar civil war battle deals with forced retirement and traumatic memories.

Seizing the your future is not a guarantee in these stories, sometimes it’s only the beginning.

 


Earlier Collections:

SF/F short story collection cover

Necklace of Citrine

SF/F short story collection cover

Necklace of Lapis

Necklace of Amber short story collection

Necklace of Amber

Necklace of Garnet short story collection

Necklace of Garnet

Twice is not a Coincidence…

Cover from Necklace of Amber collection

Progress! I released my second collection of short stories, in another mix of fantasy and science fiction. One woman wants a quiet and peaceful home after threat and trauma, a part-time smuggler needs a safe place to hide smuggled hootch, and a young man isn’t sure if it is just jealousy when he doesn’t trust the new magic apprentice. Do invasions end in disarray or in a whimper?


 

I’m already at work on the next collection for sometime next month. It will be challenging because we have some paving repairs  and gutter replacements scheduled. I’m hoping to finish a series of flash stories into a space gothic mystery. An isolated mansion on a lonely moor really doesn’t seem like that big jump to a space station in the outer solar system to me. The setting and characters are ready, but the plot just sits there or veers away from gothic romance into SF practicality. I’m hoping to do a collection every month for the rest of the year.

NaNo is starting to loom as well. November was so far away, but now it’s only a bit over three months.  I think I may try for a SF story this year, something simpler so I can publish without a paid editor.