Sample Chapters

Old Nathan: Chapter 1

THE BULL The cat slunk in the door with angry grace and snarled to Old Nathan, “Somebody’s coming, and he’s bringing a great blond bitch-dog with ’im.” Then he sprang up the wall, using a chink in the logs at the height of a man’s head to boost himself the last of the...

Chapter Three

The Dragon's Boy: Chapter Three"First question is, why did you have a cold camp last night?” Cordhe wasted no time in getting into the middle of what he saw as his responsibility—making sure Evann could ‘make do’, as he put it. Evann lowered his eyes as he admitted,...

Chapter Two

The Dragon's Boy: Chapter TwoThat first night Evann had reached the edge of the territory that he knew around the village at about the same time that the moon was low enough in the sky that he lost its light on his path. For all that he was young, Evann knew enough...

Chapter Three

Jamaica Blue Magic: Chapter ThreeJamaica, 2010 Alfred’s Ocean Palace was a beachfront motel, painted brilliant blue, a two-story building with a peaked roof and a partial third floor. The windows were heavily shaded, and the siding of the building was weathered and...

Chapter Two

Jamaica Blue Magic: Chapter TwoJamaica, 2010 It had been years since he thought of how his parents died. Was it a memory or a vision? Memories and visions were often difficult to tell apart, especially now. Did it matter? Anna’s death had dredged up a whole dark load...

Jamaica Blue Magic: Chapter One

Kansas, 1980: It was early evening when they arrived home from the hunt. Dylan tossed his blood-covered clothing in the garage trashcan and washed up quickly with the hose before entering the house. Fortunately, his parents were still at church, so he and Bridget were...

Chapter Three

Chapter ThreeGoing back toward Earth is like seeing an old lover. “What the fuck was I thinking?” mixes with “let’s do it again!” in uneasy combination. And then doing it again, thinking, “what the fuck am I doing?” And then doing it again. On the journey back to Sol,...

Chapter Two

Chapter TwoOh my, the Ambassador is taking me back to his cabin. He was never so forward when I first met him. In the Hegemony, I forced every physical and emotional issue on him, until his laughter and tears made him seem insane next to the subdued, ever-smiling...

Chapter One

Chapter OneNow I am not early in the twenty-first century. Now I am not early. Now I am not. Now I am. Now is Monday morning, ship time, so I am against the Empire. I like the sound of that: little glam-bitch me against the big, evil, and deathly dull Empire of the...

Heart of the World: Chapter 3

Caravanserai The merchant Gilbert d’Baalbeck, with five camels and four servants and a chest full of money, left the Il-Khan’s summer camp and went south and west, toward the Euphrates. The road was poor, but Gilbert saw no need to ride in company; the Mongols took...

Heart of the World: Chapter 2

In The Ordu of the Il-Khan Dinah ached, her whole body a single burning pain, her bottom half ripped and ruined. Lying on the hard ground in the dark she shivered, thinking she might be pregnant. Some horror growing in her. No matter. They would kill her soon. They...

Heart of the World: Chapter 1

Baghdad Rikart braced his hands on the rail of the balcony, looking out. The City of Peace spread away before him in its orderly array, green with orchards and gardens. The blue stripe of the Great Canal crossed it like a sash.  Among the packed houses a hundred...

Chapter 3: A Revelation

The GranMalo towered over them all, more than eight meters tall, and so close that Davin could smell the rotten remains of its past butchery, hear the wind of its nostrils, feel the darkness of this creature in his soul. For a moment, everyone was transfixed—then one...

Chapter 2: The Hellport

As Davin moved along the string of wagons, young men and some of the graybeards who drove the wagons were dismounting. Bows appeared in aged and wrinkled hands, and spears bloomed in the grasp of the young, eager to be tested. Several men tied horses to wagons and...

Chapter 1: Bitter Return

Pushing open the back door, Davin Blackthorn edged into the kitchen, hanging his coat on one of the massive brass hooks along the wall. Hoping to be ignored, at least for a while, in the midst of the organized confusion of breakfast preparations, he edged to his right...