Short Stories

Here is a growing list of my short stories and where to find them!

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Heatwave: Washington, DC , JMS Books, August 2015

Simone Jackson is struggling in her first job out of college. Running errands for a city councilman in Washington, DC, isn’t all that fun in the June heat, but Simone has big plans about being a politician, and this is a big step. Still, the humidity is hard to ignore, as is a tray of free lemonade left in front of a house with the most gorgeous garden Simone has ever seen. And the owner of the garden? Not half bad looking, either.

Natia Savea, a transplant from Samoa, is gentle, kind, and the center of the neighborhood. Her garden has become a paradise for everyone around to come and beat the heat. Natia soon becomes the center of Simone’s life, too.

But when Natia’s home is threatened, can Simone take on City Council and save the day … and the woman she’s grown to love?

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My You, Dreamspinner Press, December 2014

Adrian Delgado’s time in the Peace Corps has been rewarding, but with Christmas around the corner, he is starting to get homesick. Life in Mongolia is very different from Texas, from the holiday celebrations to… dating. Take his coworker Batbayar, for instance—they’ve slept together several times and spend most time outside of work in each other’s houses. But are they “together,” or friends with benefits? Maybe a Mongolian Christmas and a sheep’s head in the bathtub can lead to the answer.

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And We Will Live Happily, JMS Books, December 2013

After the birth of their daughter, Camilla, new parents Natalie and Maura are looking forward to their first Christmas as a real family. But obligations are fierce — when both girls are guilted into attending family functions, Christmas looks like it’s going to be split, busy, and no fun for anyone.

Maura’s dad is overtly resentful of the life Maura’s built, but Natalie’s passive-aggressive parents may be even worse. The relationships are worth saving, and Natalie hopes, at the end of it all, she can keep her promise to Maura and Camilla that together they will live happily ever after. Can the two women defend their new family from … the rest of their relatives?

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