Short Stories


Interested in reading the short stories in this section?

I have created each of them as unique add-on companions to my fiction books. They are the mini-stories, the spin-offs, the backstories behind the bigger ones.

I will be adding a new one each month! Well, more or less (there’s been a few months were things didn’t get done in time).

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  • A summary and links to all of my blog posts in my four different blogs
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  • Updates on my writing projects
  • Book promotion and special pricing
  • A link to a short story, along with the subscriber-only password

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Walk with me as I craft the details of the Kapalaran Universe. It is full of twists and turns!

I have organized these by the book that they are linked to. Happy Reading!

G581: The Departure

Forward Reach – Young Desiree struggles to find her place in the world. Will she be the Breeder her mother has scornfully predicted is her only possible outcome? Or does her future lie somewhere else? This story occurs around 25 years after the devastating ESH plague.

Incident in Philly – An incident in the Philadelphia Hab rocks the Mars colony and changes one family’s life forever.Set in the days before Gliese 581: The Departure this story is a companion and the backstory of Toya and her brother Lenny.

New WorldMadeline Chen, widow of Gary Chen and now Chairman of the Terran United Planetary Government (TUPG), struggles with new motherhood, and the hard choices that come with running what is left of Earth.

Not Quite Human – Syn Travani is a creche baby, one of the first batches born of no mother. Genetically speaking, she is human, but her artificially accelerated physical and mental development, her odd emotional responses, and her fiery eyes tell a different tale. Syn must navigate not just the normal trials and tribulations of growing up, but do it while being rejected by the very people who gave her life.

Other Mother Enid sees the future, most especially, she sees the dark future that is coming. In the days before The Collapse, a young girl is doomed to know the future, yet unable to escape it. This is the story of Natalia Zradce, the mother of Nathan Zradce, the saboteur in G581: The Departure. In the Kapalaran Universe, there are some futures that cannot be escaped.

Rock Island Bridge DisasterRaj just wanted to sell his investment and return home to care for his aging parents. But the spread of the ESH virus has just reached the tipping point. Raj’s world, and the world at large, will never be the same.

Secret to SurvivalYoung Jia has lost everyone she knows and loves to the ESH virus. She is all alone in the world. Or is she? Someone she has never met may very well hold the key to her survival.

99 ProblemsSometimes the best chance you have is the worst possible choice.99 Problems is set at the time of the Collapse, the day after tomorrow, and just months before the beginning of The Storm. See The Collapse as it begins to unfold…

All Roads Lead to AustinWhen a nuke destroys Austin, it crushes all the hope Corporal Jacob Daniels had for rekindling his marriage and reuniting his family. All roads leading to Austin are closed, and Jacob must decide whether to stay with his unit and fight or try to find out what happened to his wife and son, no matter the cost.

Loved and Lost In war, there are no winners. The back story of Wes Perkins and the invasion of Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Reek of BoneIsaac Perdue and Camelia Garcia are strangers thrown together when the unthinkable happens. The Amtrak train bombings will rock the nation, and change their world forever.Reek of Bone brings back a beloved character from A Brave New World and is set in the days before The Collapse.

Better ChoicesShane Ellis had a few lessons to learn before he became the man he is now. Learn his back story, and how he came to work for the billionaire Jack Benton. It was in the most unexpected of circumstances!

Leave NowSarah Edmonds Aaronson is a widow following in her father’s footsteps. Her focus is on non-fiction, however, in particular the state of mental health in the United States. On the cusp of The Collapse, before the United States begins to crumble, Sarah meets a woman who claims to know the future. Worse, she says there is disaster coming soon. Is she to be believed? Or is she simply mentally ill?

The Train to Rudelsburg A family on their first vacation in Europe, surrounded by new experiences and amazing sights. No one expected that this trip would be their last. No one expected a train ride could turn so deadly.