These are my works in progress, from YA Fantasy to nanopunk SF, and books that are just sketches to finished pieces out for publication.
the resonant saga, volume one
Nonviolent revolution in a world where overcoming your demons gets you magical powers.
At 19, Tai is already a survivor of the streets and the war against Councilate domination--a war that took his best friend's life. Haunted by the memories, Tai is determined to peace with the Councilate and his past in helping his friend's orphaned younger sister. But when his own unexplained powers get her abducted and draw him into a new-forming rebellion, he must choose between the life he wants and the one he seems destined to lead.
The Resonant Saga is epic fantasy in the style of Brandon Sanderson and Daniel Abraham. Yet unpublished, you can find deleted scenes here.
aletheia (working title)
The tale of a teenage girl with male magic, forced by her theocrat father to train in the city's ruling monastery--until he is deposed and killed. Hunted for her banned bloodline, Aletheia flees into the forbidden city, where thieves, midwitches and the monastery's ruthless monks teach her she has more power--and more right to rule--than her father could ever have dreamed.
Aletheia is a YA fantasy mix of The Red Queen and Mistborn, scheduled for global release May 2017 in e-book and paperback. Check back for updates! Or click here for a preliminary sketch.
What if a prophecy predicted not the coming of a hero but a world-destroying Overlord--and you had the chance to fulfill it?
This is the question that sends five friends on a mission, each with their own reasons for winning: to prove themselves, to save the world, to end it... but only one can win. The Perceptick Trials is the first book in the story of how the curse will bring them together--or break them for good. YA Fantasy in the style of Brandon Sanderson and Pierce Brown, The Perceptick Trials are still in production--but click here for a preview of the first chapter!
Winner of the Colorado Gold and Zebulon Writing Contest, 2016
Money won’t make you happy. But can it design machines that will?
In the energy-scarce landscape of the former US, society has turned to mood-altering nanomachines to brighten its grim reality. Like many, Lance Mireles walks the line between use and abuse, all too aware of the hypocrisy that says the difference is who can afford their nanos. Falling on the wrong side of the line, but desperate to keep ties with his straight-edge younger brother Andro, he pushes his luck once too often, and ends up disowned from family and city-state, exiled to the political outlands. Determined to make things right, but still struggling with his addiction, he stumbles on an isolated burner commune with a mysterious source of nanomachines. It looks like a second chance—but hypocrisy has found its way here too…
Meanwhile secondary POV Mariela Amorgera realizes all is not well in the city: someone is manipulating the nanomachines’ programming to influence behavior. Along with love-interest Andro and nano-designer Eli Chambles she mounts a desperate attempt to save her home and family from being enslaved to its own dependence—too late. With the entire city hostage to their nanos and society falling apart, Lance must summon his outlaw community to save his family and home—if he can first save himself.
ACHE is currently under review for publication. More new coming soon!