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I've now started putting out my previously published fantasy short stories as short ebooks. There will be one or two stand-alone stories, but most will be set in one of two universes. All this begins with one of my favorites, a fantasy/mystery featuring Gwen Conner:
"Something About the Vegetables": A young woman comes to Gwen Conner, concerned that her father’s murder during a robbery was about more than just a theft. Could his allergic reaction to vegetables really be a vital clue?
First published in “Symphonie’s Gift,” Winter 1995.
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And now, the first pair of Gwen Conner fantasy/mystery stories:
"Explaining the Confession" - Gwen Conner is approached by a friend on the police force. A child had gone missing and a couple confessed to her murder. The child has turned up safe, but the couple are still claiming guilt. Can Gwen find out why they’re behaving so strangely?
First published in “Tales of the Talisman,” Volume 2, Issue 1, 2006.
"The Musical Bracelet" - A wealthy man hires Gwen to recover a magical bracelet he’d given to his mistress. As she gets closer to the thief, Gwen learns about the dangers of casting intricate spells.
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I have a new fantasy story available:
"Protection for a New Age" - Four friends are asked to recover a strange object from an ancient ruin. One of them finds she can read a book of magic spells, and knows the history of the object they find. Could the legends of mighty wizards be true?
First published in “Roswell Literary Review,” Volume 2, Number 5, Winter 1998.
Thanks, and happy reading!
Here's another Gwen Conner fantasy mystery for you:
The “Affair” of the Love Letters: A woman who once loved an up-and-coming politician asks for Gwen Conner’s help. Someone is trying to get the letters he wrote to the woman, and doesn’t want to take “no” for an answer.
First published in “Pulp Empire,” Volume 4, 2011.
Thanks for your interest, and your support!
Another Gwen Conner story is up. This one was inspired by an article I wrote for "AutoDuel Quarterly" (the Car Wars magazine) back in the day:
Spook Wagon: An ex-girlfriend of Gwen Conner’s brother asks Gwen for help. Her hometown wants to build a power plant, but a ghostly wagon has the town on edge. Who’s behind the wagon? Are they trying to stop the project?
First published in “Tales of the Talisman,” Volume 1, Issue 3, 2005.
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Here are two more Gwen Conner stories paired together. One is serious, the other not quite so much:
A Lady Never Knows: A police officer asks Gwen Conner to deliver a ransom to kidnappers. Can magic help Gwen avoid danger when she meets the kidnappers?
First published in “Calliope,” Number 59, March-April 1996.
Gwen Defends A Creek: A small-town mayor hires Gwen for an unusual job. He wants trespassing fishermen kept away from a creek and harming the chances of their new recreation area. Can Gwen and her brother use magic to keep the trespassers away?
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Here is one more pair of Gwen Conner fantasy/mystery shorts:
Gwen the Sleuth: While visiting a friend in another town, Gwen Conner gets involved in a murder at the home of a newspaper columnist. The problem is, the columnist had magic protecting his house. How could someone with hostile intent get in?
Cane and the Con: Gwen is hired by an insurance company to investigate a suspicious death claim. Stubby fields of sugar cane around the “dead man’s” hometown and a con artist figure into the mystery. Can Gwen make things right?
Thanks for your support. I'll see you next month!
Here is one more Gwen Conner fantasy/mystery short story:
Long Stride’s Knife: Gwen Conner recounts a mystery from early in her career. A fellow detective is murdered. A woman asks Gwen for protection. How are these related to each other, and to a legendary magical weapon?
If you've bought one of the stories mentioned in this thread, thank you!
Have a safe and happy summer!
:) Good luck with these