Welcome to my imagination! I'm an author of historical fiction, mysteries and paranormal adventures. I'm best known for my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and my work has also appeared in several electronic formats. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. I'll be adding content regularly. There's a free read on the "About Me" page and you can also find me at Goodreads.
When the girl of Mitch Pembroke's dreams responds to his invitation to meet his parents by fleeing home to a remote Caribbean island, the former Great War pilot does what he thinks any red-blooded American male would do--he drops everything and goes after her. But Mitch isn't the first man to follow Lorali home and like his predecessors, he may not survive the visit. Lazarus Key is the first novella in a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy.
Greed, the sequel to my short story medieval short story, Guilt, has been accepted for publication by Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
My new novel, Ransom, has been accepted for publication by Mundania.
Lynne Winters is a not-too-successful real estate attorney caught in the middle of the kidnapping of the century in the mid-sized American city of Slate. Apparently picked at random by the kidnapper to carry his demands to the family of his young victim, Lynne finds herself hindered more than helped by the efforts of the police and the victim’s selfish and immature family. Will Lynne be able to bring the boy safely home?
Middle class, average-Joe, Paul Steele dies minutes after a terrible argument with his wife—dies, but doesn’t quite depart for the world beyond. Instead he wakes in the body of billionaire energy-magnate, Griffon Knight, and no one—not even Paul's wife, Char—will believe he’s come back from the dead to be with her again. Trying to convince her only succeeds in making her think he’s crazy. But no one knows Char as well as Paul does and he’s not going to quit until he wins her back and convinces her to marry him again.
|Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead, he stalks his bridge all bloody red... |
As a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned first hand that the town ghost was more than a creepy legend. All alone in the world, rejected by her boyfriend and beaten bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto Hunter’s Bridge to kill herself, but an encounter with a mysterious man convinced her that dying wouldn’t necessarily solve her problems.
Sixteen years later, she’s coming back to Prospect with her teenaged daughter to make peace with her dying father and finally discover the truth about that night long ago. But with the haunted bridge about to be torn down, has Autumn waited too long to come back and find her ghost?
The second volume of Pembroke Steel stories will be published in February 2015. It contains two short stories and a short novel.
The Great War is eight years past, but for dashing war hero Mitch Pembroke, the Roaring Twenties is proving to hide many more dangers than he ever found in the skies of France. Wherever he travels, trouble seems to lie in wait for him. And this time his boxer-turned-bodyguard friend, Kit Moran, might not be able to get him out again.
Wealthy playboy and confirmed bachelor, Mitch Pembroke, has finally run out of room to run. His parents have maneuvered him onto a transatlantic cruise with Jenny Lee Danforth, the lovely heiress to a business they wish to merge with their own Pembroke Steel. But while the enchanting Jenny Lee is making Mitch reconsider the desirability of being single, someone else is going to great lengths to keep him that way—even if it kills him.
Millionaire's son, Mitch Pembroke, was hoping to spend a relaxing week on the Jersey Shore with his fiancé, Jenny Lee Danforth and his friend and bodyguard, Kit Moran. He was not expecting an old war buddy to die tragically or one of his fiancé’s friends to disappear under mysterious circumstances. Now Mitch, Jenny Lee and Kit must find out why people are dying or risk becoming three more victims of the Shore.
A year ago, Lorali Sinclair broke Mitch Pembroke’s heart when she took her son from a previous relationship and deserted him. Now Lorali has had second thoughts and she isn’t at all happy to learn that Mitch has moved on with his life. She’s decided she wants him back—even if she has to kill his new fiancé to get him.
The first anthology of Pembroke Steel stories is now available at Smashwords and Amazon.com and will soon be available at Barnes and Noble and many other e-sellers.
Now that the Great War is done, ace pilot Mitch Pembroke just wants to spend a few peaceful years enjoying the Roaring Twenties before he settles down and takes the corner office in his father’s company, Pembroke Steel. Unfortunately, peace is the last thing Mitch can find. Trouble follows wherever he goes and not even his best friend, boxer-turned-bodyguard, Kit Moran can keep him out of all of it.
This first volume of the Pembroke Steel series collects five short stories and novellas:
Hearts of Ice
When Mitch’s wealthy father summons him to the family’s long unused mountain hunting lodge, he reluctantly packs his bags and catches the next train to Colorado. Corazón del Hielo—the Heart of Ice—was once the focus of many happy family vacations, but it’s also the last place anyone saw his cousin—alive or dead. It’s been thirteen years now since the boy mysteriously disappeared and what Mitch doesn't remember about that night may just kill him…
A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance
When Mitch makes a surprise visit to see Kit and his family over Christmas, he’s only trying to get away from his domineering parents and their never-ending plans to end his bachelor ways. A little snow, a few carols and maybe a little harmless flirting with Kit’s sisters promises a pleasant change in atmosphere from the tense matchmaking of the Pembroke household. But the light-hearted visit takes a nasty turn when neighbors find Kit’s mother lying beaten and bloody on the sidewalk. With Mrs. Moran unconscious and Kit seeing red, it’s up to Mitch to help his friend secure A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance.
When Mitch and Kit receive news that an old war buddy has gone missing, they drop everything to travel to Baltimore and search for him. Their one real link to the missing man is hisKid Sister, but it’s just possible she’s also the reason he’s disappeared…
Riddle of the Deceiver
When Mitch and Kit get involved in a search for a missing school teacher, they get more than they bargained. Miss Egan is not the only resident of her Maine logging town to have gone missing in recent weeks and her terrified neighbors are desperate for answers. Are the disappearances really tied to an old Native American legend or is there an even more sinister solution? Can Mitch and Kit find Miss Egan or will they too end up victims of the Deceiver?
Click the title to read an excerpt from each story:
Ellen Specter thought she knew what she was getting into when she won her spot on the new Reality TV show, Panic Button and a chance to win a quarter million dollars. Take a few contestants, isolate them from the rest of the world, set them a few competitions and watch the sparks fly as people forge and break alliances in a desperate attempt not to be voted out. Too bad that’s not the way things work on Panic Button—a show designed to terrorize people into freely giving up their chance at the prize money and run by a mentally disturbed host who doesn’t seem to care how badly he has to hurt people to convince them to leave.
Read an excerpt here.
My new short story, Pandora's Clue, is available in the September 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.
Aside from lamenting that the book was a short story and not a longer work, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... I must admit the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good, but the length was not."
My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month."