My debut novel, Captive by the Fog, was published by Musa Publishing in 2012. It's under their Erato imprint and can be purchased at Musa, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
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In order to survive, a prisoner must confront the darkness or crumble with the world around her.
Release date: October 26, 2012
Genre: Modern day science fiction, LGBT
Formats: All popular E-book formats
Sam is caught in a life she can't escape as the caretaker for her terminally ill homophobic father, but what she wants more than anything is to find the courage to escape and live her own life.
One fog-filled evening, Sam, her father, and a group of strangers are captured by beings from another world. Held prisoner by this mysterious race, the band struggles to hold on to the hope of freedom.
As Sam finds herself unexpectedly falling into a leadership role, she also falls for the shy smile of fellow prisoner Kisana. But as freedom continues to slip beyond the reach of their prison, the group must find the strength to carry on, maintain their humanity, and most of all—survive.
I needed a better look. I headed into the living room
and to the front door. To my surprise, the door was wide open and the
couch empty. I sprinted out the door and found my father sprawled out on
the ground, half of his body on the sidewalk, the other half on the
“Dad!” I yelled, “What the hell are you doing? What’d you do, fall off
the stairs?” I bent down to help him up, and then realized he wasn’t
looking in my direction. He was frozen in place, staring directly at the
sky. I followed his gaze, and I too, froze. My heart leapt inside my
chest, scrambling to escape.
A huge, metallic, disc-shaped object hovered in the foggy darkness above
the grass of a nearby park. Round portholes on the sides emitted silver
beams of light that screamed soundlessly into the fog. Three large
metal beams extended from the base and onto the ground. Landing pads. I
didn’t see a door. Yet.
My breath caught in my throat. My vision almost glazed over, and I had
an overwhelming desire to run and escape my body and what I was
“I—it…c-can’t b-be…It’s…It’s a…UFO…” The words tumbled out of my mouth, rolling over themselves like a rock slide.
I averted my eyes from the object, and saw my neighbors all out on their
front doorsteps. Their eyes and bodies were rigid as they stared up at
the spacecraft. Some were in their robes and pajamas. One woman two
doors down lay in the grass after having fainted, her hair in curlers.
Bruce still hadn’t moved or uttered a word. He swallowed hard and gave
me a quick, terrified glance. His mouth gaped open as he attempted to
find words. There were none to be found, and his jaw shook with tremors.
His frail frame shuddered beneath my hands, and my insides felt just as
My gaze drifted back toward the spacecraft, almost in slow motion. My
mind tried to force my body to look away as if I were watching a horror
movie, and the zombie was about to jump out of the shadows. A garage
door-sized hull opened on one side of the UFO, and a large, metallic
cube floated out. It was about the size of an RV, but had no windows or
wheels. Instead, it had discs on the bottom that emitted blue beams of
light down toward the ground. It hovered in the air through the power of
that light. A single huge, mechanical arm extended from the front, and
next to the arm were two mechanical jaws clenched shut. It reminded me
of a trash truck—only sterile, alien, glistening, and unquestionably
The door on the UFO snapped shut, and the smaller craft rotated toward
us. It began to whirr, creating the revving noise I had heard. I could
see what looked like a spotlight on the very front of the mechanical
jaws. It twisted around and sent forward a bright beam of yellow light
that cut through the fog like a knife slicing butter. The fog had little
choice but to disappear in its path.