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COLOSSUS (Nov 2015) — Note: Series was formerly entitled My Name Is Not Heather Stokes.
Abducted and held captive, four high school seniors are forced to entertain the malicious appetites of an unpredictable predator. He calls himself Rhodes. They call him Colossus, the looming, threatening figure teetering on the edge of madness.
Heather Stokes, no stranger to tragedy, does all she can to protect her friends, risking her life and sanity. As days of torture drag into weeks of Hell, both Heather and Rhodes realize that they are in over their heads, and it is possible that none of them will survive.
COLOSSUS is a brutal psychological thriller that will have fans of Thomas Harris and Karin Slaughter adding a new name to their list.
Days before graduation, the cleverest, most athletic students in a sleepy Atlanta suburb go missing. They leave behind two abandoned vehicles, unnerving blood splatter, and one eerie 9-1-1 call. The circumstances surrounding the disappearances resemble others from four years ago… and six years before that… and three years before that.
Agent Richard Steyer has his retirement from the FBI’s Violent Crimes division in sights when he and his partner Remington are called to Atlanta to connect these disappearances to the only case Steyer could not solve: a serial killer known as the Phoenix. Both Steyer and Remington have had encountered the Phoenix in ways that left them scarred, physically and psychologically. The agents know the threat he poses to investigators and victims alike cannot be overestimated.
Avery Rhodes is enjoying his visit to Atlanta and his new playthings, but when he learns Steyer and Remington have been sent to investigate, he decides to expand his sadistic playground to include them, local law enforcement, and his victims’ families.
But while Rhodes is laying red herrings and meddling with the victims’ families, his stability is unravelling, making him not only increasingly dangerous to others, but to himself as well.
As the Phoenix Killer’s month-long game hurtles toward its deadly conclusion, it becomes clear no one may survive.
Phoenix Rising—FLINT RANCH (April 2016)
Before the infamous serial killer known as the Phoenix, there was a child named Thatch.
Witness the trauma that began the transformation from the child into the man.
Phoenix Rising—Salvage (Aug 2016)
Fifteen-year-old Thatch is now free of the horrors of Flint Ranch, sent away by a mother who can’t stand the sight of him, to live with a father he’s never met. Rejected and traumatized, he must learn to navigate city life, a new school, and the father-son relationship he had never before dared to dream of.
Bookblogger reviews (for both):
creepy captivity shorts (Aug-Dec 2017)
A series of short stories as related by a nameless man as he attempts to woo women… by holding them hostage in a soundproof, fortified room in his basement.
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I also have works-in-progress and short stories posted for free on my Wattpad:
After a run of irritating and less-than-glorious gigs, security team CONsent, LLC is hired by the young entrepreneur Jeremy Sekel to act as private police for a private community called Hattersville. The catch? The citizens of Hattersville are either employees for a pharmaceutical company that develops highly-experimental drugs, or the criminally-insane patients who volunteered to test them in exchange for an environment that resembles freedom.
The team, led by Michelle Vespira, learns they need to do more than just protect the employees from the patients, and the patients from each other and themselves: they also need to catch drug smugglers, prevent corporate espionage, intercept serial-killer groupies… oh, and convince some of the patients they do not have divine powers.
Described as Fox’s LUCIFER meets SyFy’s EUREKA.
Hank and Amber Noel are madly in love. They have two healthy, intelligent children. But their lives are far from ordinary: Hank only sees his family two days a month, spending the rest of the time away “for work.” He cherishes those precious hours in relative peace, until one night an unexpected visitor unravels Hank’s loosely-woven secret and puts everyone he cares for in danger.
A short story inspired by a nightmare. A woman finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time.