The Pelican's Blood

Even as devout, fifteen-year-old Urraca dreams of a future with the young knight Diego, her father, the king of Portugal, arranges her marriage to Fernando, the king of Galicia and León. Urraca is thrown into the high-stakes scandals of court life. Blamed for her failure to conceive, her marriage and her place at court begin to crumble amid the hostile politics of a land divided by Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Even the long-awaited birth of a legitimate heir cannot protect her from the enemies who dog her every step. Urraca realizes that her greatest challenge will be keeping her son alive long enough to claim his place on the throne. With her dowry gone to finance her husband’s lust for empire and the whole court turned against her, Urraca is forced to make a choice: retreat to the safety of a convent or risk her life—and her eternal soul—to spirit her young son away from his would-be murderers.

Click here to read an excerpt of The Pelican's Blood in the Winter 2016 edition of The Copperfield Review.

Currently seeking representation.

Happily Ever Acres

Becca Weaver quits teaching high school English in the city after she inherits her great-aunt Opal’s farm in the little town of Haasenville in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Running seven acres is an impossible  job when you don’t have the know-how, so Becca places a want ad for a farmhand willing to work for room and board. At first, Paul seems to be the answer to her prayers—he knows things about farming that Becca can’t begin to understand—and she finds herself falling for him. But a local businessman's insistence on buying her land, the Haasenvillers’ endless meddling, and secrets from Paul’s past threaten to break Becca's heart and send her back to her solitary existence in the city.

Currently seeking representation. Read an excerpt at the Indiana Voice Journal.