BOOKS & SHORT STORIES

 

EXODUS 2022

Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend, Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.

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Available Fall, 2021

LOST BOY 

Sixteen-year-old Jaden Walker and his friends live idyllic, carefree lives as hunter-gatherers in a vast, pristine wilderness teeming with Pleistocene-era animals. What they don’t know is that their parents immigrated to this unspoiled parallel Earth via a portal deep in the climate change-ravaged mountains of Washington State.

Now Jaden’s 6-year-old brother is dying of pneumonia and Jaden’s grandmother, a doctor, is defying strict tribal rules to return to the fire-scarred mountain town of Brightwater to acquire the antibiotics the little boy needs to survive. Unbeknownst to anyone, Jaden follows his grandmother on her midnight trek—passing through the portal and into a nightmare world he knows nothing about.

Jaden—having never seen roads, cars, airplanes, computers, or any of the trappings of modern American life—unwittingly commits a crime and breaks his leg attempting to flee the authorities. Injured, tracked by a vindictive deputy and pursued by adversaries bent on exploiting the portal, Jaden must use all of his ingenuity to find a way home. But will his determination hold after he meets a mysterious girl named London and begins to fall in love?

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THE GAIA WARS

Deadly secrets have been buried in the Cascade mountain wilderness for centuries. Hidden. Out of sight and out of mind.

 

Until today…

 

Warren Wilkes, age 13, doesn’t like what a greedy housing developer has done to his peaceful mountain community, so he vandalizes the developer’s property, flees into the wild, and stumbles upon an ancient human skeleton revealed by torrential rain. More than old bones have been exposed, however, and the curious artifact Warren finds makes him question his own identity, and his connection to an ancient terror. A terror destined to rise again and annihilate all that Warren loves. He must fight or see his whole world destroyed.

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BATTLE FOR CASCADIA

When Warren Wilkes, age 13, stumbles upon a mysterious relic deep in the Cascade Mountains (The Gaia Wars) wonder reigns. Brimming with secrets and sentient energy, the relic leads Warren to a fantastic chamber, and to shocking revelations about his identity.

Now wonder has turned to dread.

A forgotten terror– a demon that knows Warren better than he knows himself– has risen again and is gathering power with a singularly evil goal in mind: to capture and enslave the wild spirit of the Earth itself.

Warren must fight or see all that he cherishes destroyed.

THE GUIDE

Five years after the disappearance of their young son during a day hike in Olympic National Park, the parents of the lost boy hire a guide to accompany them on the same trail in an effort to find healing and closure. Along the way the family discovers that the guide’s fate is profoundly intertwined with their own.

THE KNOCKING BOX

 

When a young slaughterhouse employee calls attention to problems on the kill floor his boss seeks to shut him up — permanently — unaware of the consequences that await.

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