What is she up to? Here are summaries of some of Melissa’s work.
• Harvey Duckman Presents – “The Façade”
-> Volume 5
What a young mother sees on the baby monitor can’t be true, and her husband is already worried about her mental health. A solution presents itself, but is it the best one?
• Bewildering Stories – “Gattaca Meets Black Swan”
-> Issue 881
She underwent illegal genetic engineering, and now reaps the benefits in a highly competitive realm. Will this ballerina be able to cover up her parents’ crime and save her career?
• Tales from the Moonlit Path – “Vinyl and a Veneer of Safety”
-> Demented Mother’s Day Issue (May 2021)
In this post-apocalyptic tale, a woman hides in her crawlspace while her home is looted.
• Bear Creek Gazette – “Fur of White, Frosty Night”
-> Cryptids (May 2021)
Diary entries of a schoolgirl’s encountering a Cherokee cryptid in the mountains of Western North Carolina make a la Little House in the Big Woods meets the Abominable Snowman. This story was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology 2021.
• 96th of October – “Fragile”
-> Summer 2021
A routine treatment for a common illness among a plant-based species devastates humans resulting in a peer review to determine what went wrong.
• The Deep: An Anthology of Dark Microfiction – “Melody and Toxin: A Memory Deeper Than Blood”
-> from Ghost Orchid Press
Sirens prey upon humans in this drabble, which is the first glimpse of the Deeper Than Blood universe where memories are shared through a collective subconsciousness.
• Night Foundry Publishing – “The Faceless Witch”
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Ida, granddaughter to a sycophantic merchant, will do anything to get Prince Emmerich’s attention. When an ornate knife catches her eye, a merchant mentions its ritualistic purpose, setting her on a path of blood and lust and magical creatures. This is the first story to be in print the Threads of Fate universe.
• Once Upon Another Time – “Veiled Reflections: A Retelling of Eros and Psyche“
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As a blizzard is looming over the mountains, an elven lady appears bearing gifts for the king’s youngest brother. He knows so little of her people and their ways, but there is more to the lady than he could dream.
Deeper Than Blood
“Say the words.” His voice is rough, demanding. He cups the back of my head in his hand like he’s going to snap my neck. That thought jets through me as a spasm of fear.
“Blood is thicker than water, but water runs deeper than blood,” I croak out.
Phip was imprisoned for hundreds of years for fraternizing with humans. She has been released early with the mission of understanding why they have been contaminating her home, the ocean. The warmth of humans versus the cold brutality of her people leaves Phip questioning her loyalties, but she must guard her mind against a society where treasonous thoughts spell death. The echoes of love from ages past muddies her resolve. Where does she belong? Whom will she choose?
▪️ Adult, Contemporary Fantasy – With Beta Readers
The Flow of Curses
Something Old: A two thousand year old curse
Something New: A budding love interest threatened by family drama
Something Borrowed: A necklace from her dead mother
Something Blue: The sky reflecting on the lake where she first lost herself
▪️ Adult, Contemporary Fantasy – To Be Revised
Threads of Fate
Angsmar would rather be killing monsters than listening to his uncle lecture him about starting a family, but given the choice, he’d rather be drinking fire cordial to drown the guilt and loneliness. Grindylows, succubi, and demons are plaguing the countryside, and with the king’s precarious position, Angsmar is roped into quietly finding the source of the monsters and eliminating the threat. The last people he wants to be on this quest with are an oafish older squire, a decorated knight, and a meek, though powerful, wizard, Petra. As he searches for the evils without, he must face the darkness within.
▪️Adult, High Fantasy – In Revision
When warlock Angsmar stumbles upon an enemy of the state, he brings her to the capitol for justice giving her the opportunity to curse the newborn prince.
Petra, the Royal Wizard, feverishly works to break the curse as knights scour the countryside in their pursuit of the criminal.
Amid this search, the nation of Eyas is being flooded by refugees from the neighboring country of Volcae, homeland of Angsmar’s mother. Their anti-magic laws inspired by their growing extreme religion, the Vision of the Fates, is driving anyone suspected of magic into Eyas to avoid persecution. The king’s position without an heir would be even weaker. Petra and Angsmar must stabilize the country and break the curse but Petra’s taste for power is growing and she finds herself embracing magical taboos.
▪️Adult, Dark High Fantasy – To Be Revised
When Julian steals a device from an experimental physics lab to impress a girl, they end up stranded on the Oregon Trail in the 19th century. How will they get back home? How will the past change their futures?
▪️ YA, Time Travel Science Fiction
The faith Captain Faruq Khayaam had in humanity is sullied when his old flame invites him to embrace its questionable underbelly, far darker than he imagined. How will he reconcile his sense of duty with these mixed messages?
Only Dr. Rosenthal knows the true nature and skills of the XO, Yamamoto. For years they’ve served together – Rosenthal alone can manage his condition. If anyone else found out, they would both be executed.
A battle with an alien enemy leads to the rescue of a POW, but she didn’t want to leave. Will her trauma break the fragile facade the touch telepath counselor has crafted?
▪️ Hour Drama, Seven Episodes, Science Fiction
The Christmas Goblins
An adaptation of a Charles Dickens’ short stories, Gabriel Grubb is disenfranchised with people until a fantastical encounter on Christmas Eve changes him for good.
▪️ Feature Film, Children’s Holiday