A World of Deviant Behaviors #1: Lee Barsten

Orphaned, abused, and addicted, Malena “Lee” Barsten has had a hard life. From her earliest memories until just before her appearance in the novel Maladaptation, this is her progression from bad to worse in five short stories.

Take-Out (Deviant Behaviors #1.5)

Some say she’s a rollercoaster ride, and you never know if you’re going to get hot or cold.

Detective Harry Thresher is more than a little rough around the edges. The first time she meets CSS “Busy” Biznicki, she thinks the younger analyst is sweet, and smooth talks her into more than a little crush. The second, however, she’s angry over a case, and lashes out.

Over the course of a few months, Busy has run the gamut of emotions, and has officially had it with Harry’s fickle affections. She’s put a stopper in the blossoming feelings between the two – or so she thinks.

A decision made strictly out of relief and whimsy will leave her wondering what could bloom between them in this short story which covers the ground between Maladaptation and Cluster B.



What comes out of her oven this time might not be all sugar and spice.

Sandy lives to bake. Passed down through the generations, Candyhouse is the only thing the awkward baker has to connect her to the strange, confusing world around her.

So when a miscommunication with a lesbian couple threatens her livelihood, Sandy loses herself in a childhood friendship and a secret world of her own creation where the shellac of sugar hides something much more sinister than she could ever imagine.

Featured in the dark fiction anthology, Darkness Comes (No End to the Dark #3).

From the Ash

After her leader is murdered, a young neophyte named Angela-Maria must take up the reins and lead her indigent troop of wanderers to a stronghold for the fight against a a fierce, unknown enemy.

Him & Her

Lazy summer days and sticky nights have finally caught up to a pair of secretive lovebirds.

Carter and Starla Mae used to be best friends, but since his voice dropped and her body bloomed, their relationship morphed into much more. They’ve spent hundreds of days hiding under the old tree, but on this day, the branches conceal something much more sinister than any secret they have ever hid before.

Warning: Content within may be unsuitable for the squeamish.


The past that has haunted Alana for years has finally caught up to her.

Single mother Alana spent over a decade trying to avoid her stepmother’s snarling judgments. So when she gets the call that the woman has died, she’s more than relieved.

In fact, she’s shocked to find out that the woman’s will specified her as the sole inheritor of everything she owned, including the cold, imposing Victorian home she grew up in.

Against her better judgment, she uproots her kids and heads back home with the hopes of finding a better life, but none of them could have been prepared for what will remain in a house that was always filled with secrets.

Lines Blur

Tragedy brings old friends back together and heals the wounds that time could not.

Bonnie and Mandy used to be best friends. That is, before everything changed. Before Bonnie moved away, and stopped taking Mandy’s calls. Before the kiss.

Now, fifteen years later, Bonnie’s finally coming back home to face the best friend she thought she lost, and address the feelings she has tried to hide from for years.

Unfamiliar Territory

Reporter Sheridan Weeks is ready to move on to front page features, but her editor has other plans. Assigned to investigate what she considers a nothing story about the strange behavior of deer in the area, she resists – until she meets the woman who will change her perspective.

My Stories in Anthologies

Beyond the Nightlight

Fears fade as years pass. They are never as salient or real as they were when you were a child. Unless they are. Though these terrors stem from children, the stories are not for them. From the dark to boogeymen to real life horrors, there is no innocence here. Featuring stories from Adrian Ludens, Alex Schvartsman, Adan Ramie, James Michael Shoberg, Jill Corddry, Robin Kirk, Kurt Newton, Stanley Webb, Shannon Iwanski, Kristin J Cooper, Eric Blair, Amanda Davis, Michael Schutz-Ryan, Lonnie Bricker, Stephanie Madan, Jack Burgos, John Biggs, Kerry B. Black, M.J. Pack, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, Ian Shoebridge, Mary Pletsch, Lisa Finch, and Douglas Ford covering everything from the monsters under the bed, to the skeletons in the closet, and all of the little fears and insecurities that drive people to become monsters.

Bite-Sized Stories

33 Flash Fiction Stories for Life’s Stolen Moments

From a creepypasta horror farm to a bullish love tale and from the bloody metal deck of the ESSArclight to superhero octopus food trucks, you can transform your shortest stolen moments into utter delights with this diverse collection of 33 flash fiction stories.

Commuting to work? Grabbing a quick coffee? Each story tells a complete tale in but a few short minutes with the added promise of a lifelong introduction to new indie writers.

You never know, you might just find your next favorite author.


The good neighbors, the folk under the hill, the fae. Spirits, ghosts, and outsiders, often thought to be gods. They step into the real world to play, not caring or knowing how humans live. And like children playing with dolls, they have the power to completely change the story. Featuring stories from Theric Jepson, Jack Campbell, Jr., Matthew M. Bartlett, Nicole Tanquary, Franklin Charles Murdock, Aubrey Campbell, Thomas Mead, Adan Ramie, Adrean Messmer, Betsy Phillips, Amanda C. Davis, Sophia Rose, Alexis A. Hunter, Shannon Iwanski, Kristin J. Cooper, Alex Shvartsman, James Michael Shoberg, Guy J. Jackson, Sandra M. Odell, Deborah Walker, Lynda Clark, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Stephen S. Power, Erin K. Wagner, Tracy Fahey, Samantha Kymmell, Diandra Linneman, Preston Dennett, and Senoa Carroll-Bradd, Faed will take you back to the fairy tales of your youth and into realms where no child would dare to tread.

Strange Portals

Just in time for a much needed holiday break, twenty-two stories about fairies, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and everything in between. Visit a witch’s body swap victims (Samantha’s Day), find what happens when a girl is buried alive (Buried Alive), learn the origin story of Harper (from Night Touched Chronicles) and Verchiel (from the Amaranthine series), and much, much more. So kick up your feet, relax, and indulge in a short story by a new favorite author.