Books & Stories

A Gift of Ghosts

Akira has secrets. But so does the town of Tassamara.

Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts. All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits.

But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira Malone can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.

But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?

A Gift of Thought

Sylvie swore she’d never go back to Tassamara. She was wrong.

At seventeen, Sylvie Blair left her infant son with his grandparents while she went shopping. She never returned. Twenty years later, she’s devastated to learn of his early, untimely death. But although Dillon’s body is long since buried, his spirit lingers on.

And he’s not real happy.

He doesn’t like his mom’s job—too dangerous. He doesn’t like her apartment—too boring. And he definitely doesn’t like her love life—non-existent.

But when Dillon decides that his parents should be living happily ever after, he sets them on a path that leads deeper and deeper into danger. Can Sylvie let go of the past and embrace the future? And can Dillon survive the deadly energy he unwittingly unleashes?

The Spirits of Christmas (A Tassamara Short Story)

Akira’s plans are simple: write wedding invitations, bake Christmas cookies, and eat red meat. (The last surprises her, too.) But when Rose, the ghost who haunts her house, asks for a favor, Akira can’t say no. Although she’s faced danger before, even death, a toddler who doesn’t like peanut-butter-and-jelly might be her worst nightmare.

A Gift of Time

She thought she could see everything. Time is proving her wrong.

Ten years ago, Natalya’s ability to remember the future cost her the life she wanted when her vision of her fiancé’s death tore them apart. Ever since, she’s considered her precognition more of a curse than a gift. How can she live in the present when the future looms so large?

But when the night she’s long dreaded finally arrives, Natalya’s vision and reality diverge. She and her ex, Colin, are drawn into a web of the unexplained, led by a mysterious little girl. Who is Kenzi? And where did she come from? The little girl might be the reason Fate has spared Colin’s life, but could she also bring Natalya and Colin together again?

With Colin, Kenzi, her family, the townspeople of Tassamara, and a set of circumstances that nobody could foresee, Natalya must solve the puzzle of a lifetime. Her discovery that her gift is not the only one at work will change the lives of everyone around her as time becomes precious in a most unexpected way.

The Wedding Guests

First published in the anthology, Magical Weddings: 15 Enchanting Romances

Meredith Mulcahey doesn’t have time for love. However, when unexpected guests attend Akira and Zane’s wedding, her life will change forever. But for better or for worse?

For fans of the Tassamara series, this short story (16,000 words) takes place at the wedding of the main characters from A Gift of Ghosts, after the events of A Gift of Time. One reviewer calls it, “a super fun, sassy, and supernatural story you don’t want to miss!”

A Gift of  Grace

The voices are driving him crazy. And he’s driving them crazy, too.

For Noah Blake, pretending to be normal is getting harder by the day. A brush with death in Iraq has left him suffering from chronic auditory hallucinations. Ignoring the voices he hears isn’t always easy, but Noah knows it’s better than the alternatives.

Yet when a mysterious redhead hands him a seemingly innocuous business card, a new voice — that of a teenage boy — becomes too insistent to deny. It wants him to go to Tassamara. It swears he’ll find help there.

It’s bad enough to have hallucinations, but doing what they say is bound to lead to disaster.

Isn’t it?

A Gift of Luck

Running away was a mistake. Getting lost was magic.

Rules for running away:

  1. Check the weather.
  2. Bring a map.
  3. Get your car a tune-up before you leave home.

Laurel Moreland’s great escape isn’t going as planned. Florida drivers are crazy; the Florida weather is not what she anticipated; and the mysterious orange symbol on her dashboard feels like doom. But when she stops in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town hoping to find a mechanic, her adventure takes a turn for the better.

Tassamara, the town, is full of secrets and surprises, starting with the crowds at the restaurant, a startling invitation, and an unexpectedly appealing guy.

Niall Blake’s vacation is also not going as planned. With an engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket and a strained relationship with his twin brother to repair, getting distracted by a mysterious woman was not on his agenda. What is Laurel running away from? Why won’t she tell him? And how can he help her?

Return to Tassamara in A Gift of Luck, a short, stand-alone novel with some familiar characters for readers of the Tassamara series. It takes place after the events of A Gift of Grace, so includes spoilers for the previous books, but you can read it without reading the others.



A Lonely Magic

Nothing is what it seems…

Fen, a street-smart, 21-year-old orphan with anxiety issues, thinks she has her life under control. Then a gorgeous stranger tries to kill her. WTF?

A mysterious boy, Luke, and his sexy older brother, Kaio, come to her rescue, whisking her off to a glamorous Caribbean island and supposed safety. But the island’s atmosphere simmers with unnerving undercurrents. The brothers have secrets and Fen has questions. Who are they? How did they know she was in trouble? And what aren’t they telling her?

When Luke takes her to a magical underwater city, she discovers answers more enchanting than she could have imagined. But the enchantment has dark edges. Fen finds herself caught in tides of romance, mystery, and political intrigue, with her life and the fate of all humanity on the line. If she hopes to stay afloat, she’ll have to find courage she never knew she had.

A Precarious Magic 


For millennia, the Sia Mara have hidden from humanity in magical underwater refuges. Once they had seven of them. Only six remain. 

What happened to Wai Pa? 

For Fen, the only known survivor of the fallen refuge, the answer could mean life or death. After an unprecedented series of events, she now represents Wai Pa on the Sia Maran Great Council. But she also knows a secret: her mother claimed the city of Val Kyr was responsible for the disaster that destroyed their home. 

When Gaelith — gifted healer, powerful mage, anticipated future queen of Syl Var, and Fen’s friend — disappears, Fen is quick to suspect the delegation from Val Kyr. Have they kidnapped Gaelith? Do they still want to murder Fen herself? Are they planning to destroy the city of Syl Var next? 

And what can she do to stop them?


Cici and the Curator


A delightful interstellar adventure featuring a museum of mysterious artifacts and a magical heroine.

Accident? Self-defense? Or murder?

Cici Wainwright loves her job working at the ticket counter of the famed Guanyasar Collection, a museum of mysterious artifacts from around the galaxy. But customer service jobs always have one big drawback: the customers. When Cici’s attempt to help an unpleasant guest goes horribly wrong, she’s left trying to conceal the evidence.

Unfortunately, the evidence is alive.

Also carnivorous, poisonous, and capable of teleporting. 

Also cute. With fluffy tails. 

Cici knows she ought to vaporize the two monster dogs. After all, they ate their owner. They’re clearly dangerous. But she just doesn’t have it in her. Instead she hides them, turning her one little mistake into one big disaster. Will she survive? And more importantly, will she lose her job?

Practicing Happiness 


“Engaging, relatable, and funny…”

Honest and wry, a story about choosing happiness over comfort and living bravely in the face of fear.

In March of 2016, Sarah Wynde decided to sell her house, buy a camper van, and travel the country.

She was a single mom whose son was grown and gone; living in Florida in a house she adored but whose upkeep and maintenance were a constant churn of worry; and she was a little less than gainfully employed.

Nomadland hadn’t been published yet, and it would be another year before she learned about the #vanlife movement from The New Yorker. Sarah didn’t even have an Instagram account.

But her life felt stagnant. She didn’t know what she wanted, but she knew she needed something different.

Based on her blog posts and journals, interspersed with some present-day advice on van living and happiness, this is the story of what she did, how she did it, and what she learned along the way.