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Stars in the Darkness

Stars in the Darkness is a collection of stories about why being just matters, and what the consequences are for individuals, groups, towns, countries, or humanity if justice is not expected or encouraged.

The stories range from historical fiction to superheroes to fantasy to science fiction, but they all send a message and show consquences, bravery, and courage.

All of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign.


The Mystery of the Missing Presents

This short story is in the Very Mysterious Christmas bundle, which is curated by the ever festive Rebecca Senese.

Available at the end of November 2017.

Jolper’s unhappiness with the inefficiency and tedium at his job at Santa’s Workshop has diminished since he met Aleana a few weeks before. Not only does she make him merry, she’s also introduced him to a group of elves who are secretly working to improve things at the Workshop.

One of the elves tells Jolper about a recent series of stolen presents. No elf would even dream of stealing anything, so Jolper chalks the story up to elves making mistakes in checking off lists. But when a toy bear that Jolper himself stuffed disappears, he realizes something strange is going on after all.

Will Jolper be able to solve the mystery and make sure the missing presents get delivered for Christmas?


Each week, a post about one of the stories from a bundle I’ve curated will be published on Blackbird Publishing’s blog. Interviews with the bundle authors will appear occasionally as well. I’m also writing a series of “how-tos for authors”.