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The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula's Lost Love (2010) 

Legend has it that the love of Prince Vlad Dracula’s life committed suicide during a siege when the odds of winning were slim. This is the story of Ecaterina Floari, consort to the Wallachian prince who served as inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A ruthless warlord in the fifteenth century, Prince Dracula fought valiantly against those who would control the land of his ancestors. As his consort, Ecaterina accompanied him in the turbulent years of exile and discovered an ancient force influencing their lives. Her devotion to him was eternal, and she followed him into immortality. 
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The Red Witch (short story) (2011) 

Elena was a restless teen who coveted a posh lifestyle and hated that her village was known for the legend of the infamous Red Witch. Mocked by the upper class who made the Red Witch into a touristy attraction, Elena soon learned how deep her connection to the legend was.

Dark Lady of Doona (2013) 

Known as “Granía of the Gamblers,” Granía O’Malley makes a high-stakes bet to buy her freedom and the ability to continue her livelihood as pirate queen on Ireland’s west coast. She enters into a dangerous agreement with Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, and soon finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue that is plunging her country, as well as her family, into chaos. At war with a cruel governor while serving as one of Walsingham’s many spies, Granía struggles to maintain stability within her family and fleet and provide an enduring legacy for her heir to the seas. A story full of adventure and passion, Dark Lady of Doonaportrays the life of a formidable woman who defied traditions by commanding her own fleet of ships and leading her loyal followers into rebellion.
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Captured Possessions (a novella) (2014) 

A young noblewoman dreams of accompanying her beloved into battle and becoming a legendary heroine. The year is 1588, and King Philip II of Spain sends his armada on a holy war against Queen Elizabeth I. Despite her lover’s warnings, she schemes to join him on the Nuestra Señora del Rosario, flagship of the Andalusian Squadron. She wasn’t prepared for the harsh conditions, fierce storms, and ultimately, crossing paths with the queen’s most formidable privateer, Sir Francis Drake—a man who carries her fate in his pocket. Through an enchanted mirror, a mysterious force from the New World is summoned, and Consuela waits, held captive on a foreign shore, in hope of rescue.
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Shadows of a Fading World (anthology in which the short story Moonfall appears) 

Ages pass. Civilizations fall. Strange sorceries arise. New stories emerge.

From H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine," to Jack Vance's "The Dying Earth," readers have found endless wonder and adventure in stories set at the decline of civilization, or far beyond. Now, Long Count Press presents seven original tales of swords and sorcery set in the aftermath of dead or dying worlds. Take a journey with authors Ian Creasey, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Rhonda Eikamp, Christine Frost, Neal F. Litherland, Michael Mina, and David J. West. Discover strange new vistas, new worlds winding toward their end, and new stories in the shadows of a fading world.

Whiskey and Rue (2014) 

A woman in search of a new beginning arrives in Tombstone, Arizona, as tensions mount between factions. She’s quickly swept up in the rowdiness of the boomtown, surrounded by other lost souls, outlaws, and people seeking their fortune. In her quest to establish an independent life, she makes desperate choices, and ultimately her actions shock the residents of Tombstone in the aftermath of the infamous gunfight at OK Corral.
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Dream of a Journey (short story in the journal Eternal Haunted Summer, Winter 2014) 

Lords of Kur (2017) 

In the Sumer-Akkad Federation, false oracles cultivate selfish ideologies that lead to widespread corruption and oppression. Neglected gods send emissaries to find true oracles and set a revolution in motion. Two friends become a force for change in the ancient heart of the federation--and both make perilous journeys that shape the course of history.  


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