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Michael Bracken is the author of 11 books and more than 1,500 shorter works (including more than 1,200 short stories) published worldwide. Although best known for writing crime fiction and women's fiction, Michael has published work in many genres.

In 2016 he received the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction.

His short stories “All My Yesterdays” and "Getting Out Of The Box" received Derringer Awards, and his short story “Cuts Like A Knife” was short-listed for a Derringer Award. His short story “Of Memories Dying” appeared on the preliminary ballot for a Nebula Award, and his short story “Dreams Unborn” was named one of the year’s best by the editors of The Best American Mystery Stories 2005. "Snowbird," co-authored with Tom Sweeney, placed fourth in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine's 2007 Readers Award. He also contributed to two Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthologies: Show-Offs (Cleis Press) and Team Players (Bruno Gmunder).

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BOOKS
(Fiction, Non-Fiction)

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(Fiction)

SHORT STORIES
(Children/Young Adult, Confession/Romance,
Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror)

NON-FICTION | POETRY | RADIO | MUSIC

BOOKS

Fiction

Deadly Campaign, Books In Motion, 1994; Wildside Press, 2000

Even Roses Bleed, Books In Motion, 1995

Psi Cops, Books In Motion, 1995; Wildside Press, 2000

Just in Time for Love, Hard Shell Word Factory, 1998

Bad Girls, Wildside Press, 2000

In the Town of Dreams Unborn and Memories Dying, Barley Books, 2000

Tequila Sunrise, Wildside Press, 2000

All White Girls, Wildside Press, 2001; Wildside Press, 2009

Twin Spins #1: His Friday Girls (Melissa Ford) and Just in Time for Love (Michael Bracken), Hard Shell Word Factory, 2001

Canvas Bleeding, Wildside Press, 2002

Yesterday in Blood and Bone, Wildside Press, 2005

Sex, Violence & Half A Million Dollars, Amazon Kindle, 2011

Microchick, Amazon Kindle, 2011

Stud, as Rolinda Hay, Amazon Kindle, 2011

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Non-Fiction

Typebook, Concordia Publishing House, 1985 (limited edition; in-house use only)

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Fiction

Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys, Wildside Press, 2001

Hardbroiled, Betancourt & Co., 2003

Fedora II: More Private Eyes and Tough Guys, Betancourt & Co., 2003

Small Crimes, Betancourt & Co., 2004

Fedora III: Even More Private Eyes. Even More Tough Guys, Betancourt & Co., 2004

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SHORT STORIES

Children/Young Adult

“The Magic Stone,” Young World, November 1978

“My Dad Hates Me,” Fathering, March 2000

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Confession/Romance

“The High School Champion,” Intimate Story, 1981

“Your Eyes Tell Me What Your Lips Can’t Say...,” Secrets, July 1984

“The Other Me My Husband Doesn’t Know About,” True Experience, April 1985

“Impatient Virgin,” Jive, September 1987 (as Angela Brown)

“Big Spender,” Black Romance, September 1987; Black Romance, May 1996 (as Christine Bracken)

“Desperate,” Bronze Thrills, April 1988 (as Kate Williams)

“Afraid Of The Dark,” Bronze Thrills, June 1988 (as Aggie Winter)

“Black Knight,” Jive, May 1991 (as Gladys Spivey)

“Battered Wife,” Black Confessions, June 1992

“Married To A Loser,” True Love, July 1992

“For Richer, For Poorer,” True Love, December 1992

“Pregnant! All Our Plans Are Ruined,” True Romance, December 1992

“I’m Dead In My Mother’s Eyes,” True Love, March 1993

“A Tragedy Made Me His Wife,” True Romance, July 1993

“Flirting With The Boss Can Cost Me My Husband...And My Job!” True Love, August 1993

“He Bought Me For $200,” True Romance, August 1993

“He’s Cheating On Me...But I Can’t Let Him Go,” True Story, November 1993

“I Used My Body To Keep Him From Straying,” True Confessions, May 1994

“The IRS Almost Tore Us Apart,” True Story, April 1995

“I Posed For Porn Pictures,” True Experience, February 1996

“The $10 He Left On My Dresser Shattered My World,” True Romance, March 1996

“Always,” True Love, June 1996

“In The Heat Of Passion, He Calls Her Name!” True Experience, July 1996

“Men Pay For Nude Photos Of Me!” True Love, July 1996

“I Share My Husband With My Best Friend,” Modern Romances, August 1996

“My Sister Wants To Give Me Her Baby,” True Experience, October 1996

“I Seduced My Ex!” True Experience, December 1996

“My Friends Say I Married A Loser,” True Love, January 1997

“I Spent The Night With My Sister’s Husband,” True Confessions, April 1997

“Hidden Camera!” True Story, May 1997

“My Little Boy Can’t Look His Daddy In The Eye,” True Romance, May 1997

“I Can’t Stop Sleeping With My Son!” True Experience, June 1997

“It’s Never Too Soon For Love,” True Confessions, October 1997

“X-Rated Photos—He Brought Them To Our Bed,” True Confessions, May 1998

“I Made My Husband Eat His Words,” True Story, July 1998

“His Parents Lent Us $$$—And They Won’t Let Me Forget It!” True Love, October 1998

“My Husband’s Obsession,” True Story, November 1998

“Naked With A Stranger,” True Confessions, January 1999

“Love On The Rebound,” True Story, May 1999

“There’s A Naked Man Sitting In My Car!” True Love, June 1999

“My Lover Is Stalking Me,” True Confessions, October 1999

“6 Men Raped Me On Christmas Eve,” True Love, December 1999

“A Little Girl Killed My Husband!” True Love, January 2000

“Mama’s Sick Love,” True Love, January 2000

“Raped!” True Story, January 2000

“My Little Girl Won’t Love Me,” True Confessions, February 2000

“I’m Married To A Jerk!” True Love, February 2000

“Your Father Is Making Me Sick!” True Confessions, March 2000

“He’s Not A Smart Man, But He Knows What Love Is All About,” True Love, March 2000

“You’re A Streetwalking Whore!” True Love, March 2000

“Betrayed By My Drug-Dealing Brother,” True Love, April 2000

“You Don’t Love Us Anymore!” True Love, April 2000

“Seduced By My Lesbian Boss!” True Romance, June 2000

“Does My Daughter Want Me For Sex?” True Love, October 2000

“I Know The Cost Of Friendship,” True Love, November 2000

“Kinky Sex In Daddy’s Bed,” True Love, May 2001

“Cinderfella,” Jive, September 2003

“He’s Messy, I’m Neat,” True Story, September 2003

“X-Rated Foreplay,” True Story, October 2003

“Love Bondage,” Black Confessions, December 2003

“Family Reunion,” True Story, March 2004

“Sex Addict,” Jive, April 2004

“Surprise Dad,” True Story, May 2004

“Confessions Of A Rock Star Groupie,” True Story, June 2004

“Incidental Love,” Black Confessions, June 2004

“Bookstore Love,” True Story, July 2004; Hope For The Heart (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“You Might Be Raising A Skinhead,” True Story, August 2004

“He’s The One,” Jive, September 2004

“He’s My 9 To 5 Lover,” True Story, September 2004

“Abusive Love,” Jive, November 2004

“Sex, Lies & Videotape,” Jive, November 2004

“Grandfather’s Wisdom,” True Story, November 2004

“The Green-Eyed Monster,” Black Confessions, December 2004

“Late,” True Story, January 2005

“Investigation Infidelity: Is My Husband Cheating On Me?,” True Romance, January 2005

“Dead Man’s Revenge,” Black Confessions, February 2005

“In Love With My Next Door Neighbor” True Love, February 2005

“My Husband’s Last Gift,” True Romance, February 2005

“Prepress Love,” (Part 1) True Romance, February 2005

“Prepress Love,” (Part 2) True Romance, March 2005

“Bunny Love,” True Romance, March 2005

“Kiss Me, I’m Irish,” True Romance, March 2005

“Tingle On The Beach,” True Story, March 2005

“Surprise!” Jive, March 2005

“Neglected Housewife,” Jive, March 2005

“Spring Break Stupidity,” True Love, March 2005

“The Frisky Fiasco,” True Story, April 2005

“The April Fool,” True Romance, April 2005

“Hunky Party Favor,” Sun, April 1, 2005

“Librarian In Lust,” Sun, April 25, 2005

“Trimming The Fat,” Jive, May 2005

“A Cruel Twist Of Fate,” Jive, May 2005

“Moms Need Love Too,” True Romance, May 2005

“Silence Isn’t Golden,” True Romance, May 2005

“Photo Finish,” Sun, May 16, 2005

“Make The Right Decisions—And Meet Mr. Right!” True Story, June 2005

“Diamonds Really Are A Girl’s Best Friend!” True Love, July 2005

“Single, White Female Seeks Klingon,” True Story, July 2005; The Great Makeover: Becoming Cinderella (True Renditions LLC), 2014

“Love Lessons,” Black Confessions, August 2005

“Tan Lines And Love Signs,” True Story, August 2005

“Captivated By A Carpenter,” True Experience, Fall, 2005; Hope For The Heart (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“Teen Love,” Black Confessions, October 2005

“Mr. NBA,” Black Confessions, October 2005

“Josh’s Story,” True Romance, November 2005

“My Husband Had An Affair And All I Got...Was An STD,” True Story, December 2005

“Teen Crises,” Black Confessions, December 2005

“Reunion Romance,” Sun, January 23, 2006

“Family Affair,” Jive, January 2006

“New Year—New Marriage,” True Story, January 2006

“My Best Christmas Present Ever,” Black Confessions, February 2006

“Mystery Lover,” Jive, March 2006

“Tough Girl,” Black Confessions, April 2006

“Played Out,” Black Confessions, April 2006

“A Mother Ponders,” True Confessions, April 2006

“Private Eyes Are Watching You!” True Story, April 2006

“Surprise Wedding,” Black Confessions, June 2006

“Heated Passion,” Black Confessions, June 2006

“My Date Has A Secret,” True Romance, June 2006

“M.I.A.,” Jive, July 2006

“Miracle Baby,” Jive, July 2006

“I Lost My Virginity...Twice!” True Confessions, July 2006

“Daddy's Girl,” Black Confessions, August 2006

“Triple Play,” Black Confessions, August 2006

“My Loving Dad,” Black Confessions, August 2006

“Young Love,” Jive, September 2006

“A Crime On Christmas,” True Experience, Winter, 2006

“God Bless Us, Every One,” True Story, December 2006

“The Greatest Gift,” True Romance, December 2006

“A Holiday Lesson,” True Confessions, January 2007

“Love From Above,” True Story, February 2007

“The Other Sister,” True Romance, April 2007

“Hot Mom,” True Romance, May 2007

“Vigilante Teen!” True Story, May 2007

“The Naughty Professor,” True Experience, Summer, 2007

“Flirting With Danger,” True Experience, Summer, 2007

“Bad Boy To The Rescue!” True Confessions, August 2007

“Woman On Top,” True Confessions, August 2007

“Office Dare,” True Romance, September 2007

“One Hunk of A Tutor!” True Romance, September 2007

“A Girl, A Guy, And A Sandwich Shop,” True Story, October 2007

“Nothing But The Painful Truth,” True Confessions, October 2007

“If I Was A Rich Girl...,” True Love, October 2007

“Thanksgiving? No, Thanks!” True Story, November 2007

“Hot Mama,” True Romance, November 2007

“Rescued By A Mountain Man,” True Experience, Winter, 2007; Surviving The Unthinkable (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“Mr. Wrong Returns At Christmas,” True Love, December 2007

“In Love With Mr. Coffee,” True Story, January 2008

“The Philandering Private Eye,” True Confessions, January 2008

“Perfect Stranger,” True Love, February 2008

“Easter Romance,” True Romance, April 2008

“Love Or Money,” True Romance, April 2008

“In Love With The Easter Bunny,” True Story, April 2008; Enchanting Easter (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“Paying It Forward,” True Story, April 2008

“Up Close & Personal,” True Love, May 2008

“Beyond Forever,” True Love, July 2008

“Unconditional Love,” True Experience, Fall, 2008

“Just The Way You Are,” True Story, October 2008

“Night Shift Nookie,” True Romance, October 2008

“Love At First Fright,” True Love, October 2008

“Wild Card,” True Love, October 2008

“In The Blink Of An Eye,” True Story, November 2008

“Holiday Surprise,” True Experience, Winter, 2008

“Christmas Lesson,” True Confessions, December 2008

“Confessions Of A Fatherless Daughter,” True Confessions, January 2009

“Valentine’s Surprise,” True Story, February 2009

“Forgiving My Father,” True Story, February 2009

“Single On Valentine’s Day,” True Romance, February 2009

“Dead Flowers On Valentine’s Day,” True Love, February 2009

“Figure Drawing,” True Love, March 2009

The April Fool,” True Romance, April 2009; The Trues Online, April 2009

“New Job On Campus,” True Romance, May 2009

“Postcards For Mom,” True Confessions, May 2009

“Returning Home,” True Love, June 2009

“A Father’s Final Gift,” True Story, June 2009

“All Wrapped Up,” True Love, July 2009

“My Island Fling,” True Romance, August 2009

“Lower Standards,” New Love Stories Magazine, September/October 2009

“Under Watchful Eyes,” True Confessions, November 2009

“The Unwanted Christmas Present,” True Experience, Winter, 2009

“Keeping Secrets,” True Love, December 2009

“Falling In Love,” True Love, December 2009

“He Was A Substitute Santa,” True Story, December 2009

“Total Package,” Best Gay Romance 2010 (Cleis Press; Richard Labonte, editor), 2010; Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press; Richard Labonte, editor), 2013

“Hot New Year,” True Story, January 2010

“My New Year’s Casanova,” True Confessions, January 2010

“A Big Scoop of Love,” True Love, January 2010

Putting The Kart Before Love,” The Long and Short of It, January 14, 2010

“Love After Death,” True Love, February 2010

“Chance Encounter,” True Story, February 2010

Cat Lover,” The Long and Short of It, February 4, 2010

“St. Patrick’s Day Romance,” True Love, March 2010

“Lucky Clover,” True Confessions, March 2010

“Spring Fling,” True Confessions, March 2010

All-In For Love,” The Long and Short of It, April 22, 2010

“Easter Magic,” True Story, April 2010; Enchanting Easter (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“One-Night Stan,” True Confessions, April 2010; Shattered Vows (True Renditions LLC), 2013

“Unbridled Love,” Amazon Kindle, April 2010

“Memorial Day Madness,” True Confessions, May 2010

“A Daughter’s Homecoming,” True Confessions, May 2010

“Always The Bridesmaid,” True Love, June 2010

“Must Love Dogs,” True Confessions, June 2010

“Reunion At The Lake,” True Confessions, July 2010

“Fun In The Sun,” True Story, July 2010

“I Slept With My Sister's Husband,” Lady Leo Publishing, July 2010; Spicy Confessions 3, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“I Was A Topless Waitress,” Lady Leo Publishing, August 2010; Spicy Confessions 2, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Burning Love,” True Confessions, September 2010

“Lessons In Love,” True Story, September 2010

“An Engaging New Year,” Passionate Hearts (Vanilla Hearts Publishing), September 2010; Spicy Confessions 2, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“The Secret Lives Of Teachers,” Lady Leo Publishing, September 2010; Spicy Confessions 2, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Loving My Neighbor,” True Love, October 2010

“My Undercover Lover,” True Story, October 2010

“My Lover’s Secret,” Lady Leo Publishing, October 2010; Spicy Confessions 2, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Too Good To Be True,” True Experience, Winter, 2010

“Home For The Holidays,” True Confessions, November 2010

“Turkey For Two,” True Love, December 2010

“Santa’s Little Helper Saves The Day,” True Story, December 2010

“Bittersweet Homecoming,” True Confessions, December 2010

“Fatherless At Christmas,” True Confessions, December 2010

“Love And A Hula Girl Lamp,” True Confessions, January 2011

Seeds Of A New Relationship,” Seeds, January 26, 2011

“Thirteen Roses,” True Love, February 2011

“Full Frontal,” True Love, February 2011

“Double Winner” The Long and Short of It, February 17, 2011

“Love And Leprechuans Ignited,” True Love, March 2011

“Spring Broke,” True Love, March 2011

“I Finally Found Him,” True Story, March 2011

“Second Chance” The Long and Short of It, March 17, 2011

“Tagged On Easter,” True Romance, April 2011

“New Bonnets, New Life,” True Story, April 2011

“Parent-Teacher Relations,” True Love, April 2011

“The Littlest Matchmaker,” True Love, April 2011

“A Family Affair At Easter,” True Love, April 2011

“Memories To Last A Lifetime,” True Confessions, May 2011

“The Chocolate Lady,” True Love, May 2011

“Mother’s Day Gift,” True Love, May 2011

“Skateboard Love,” True Love, May 2011

“A Forgettable Night,” True Romance, May 2011

“Picture This,” True Romance, May 2011

“Opening My Heart To Love,” True Story, May 2011

“I Caught My Parents Doing It,” Spicy Confessions, May 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Is That A Banana In Your Pants?” Spicy Confessions, May 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Stolen Rose On Valetine’s Day,” Spicy Confessions, May 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“We Fought For Our Love Life,” Spicy Confessions, May 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Daddy Dearest,” True Story, June 2011

“Someday He’ll Notice Me,” True Story, June 2011

“Creosote Flats And The Big Spread,” The Handsome Prince (Cleis Press; Neil Plakcy, editor), 2011

“And Miles To Do Before I Sleep,” Spicy Confessions 3, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Caribbean Surprise,” Spicy Confessions 3, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“My Husband Is A Big Boob,” Spicy Confessions 3, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Christmas Guest,” Spicy Confessions 3, June 2011 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Sparks Fly On Independence Day,” True Confessions, July 2011

“In The Swim of Things,” True Story, July 2011

“Stumbling Into Love,” True Story, August 2011

“My Daughter’s Wedding,” True Confessions, August 2011

“Getting Into Trouble,” True Confessions, August 2011

“Coach,” True Confessions, September 2011

“Two Weeks In Paradise,” True Confessions, September 2011

“Back To School Blues,” True Story, September 2011

“The Passionate Professor,” True Story, September 2011

“Behind The Mask,” True Story, October 2011

“In Sickness And In Health,” True Story, October 2011

“Thanksgiving Bombshell,” True Story, November 2011

“Learning From Past Mistakes,” True Story, November 2011

“A Friend In Need,” True Confessions, November 2011

“The Bear Family Christmas Project,” Christmas Warmth (XoXo Publishing; Cynthia MacGregor, editor), 2011

“Bright Lights, Big Hearts,” True Story, December 2011

“Mother’s Christmas Gift,” True Confessions, December 2011

“Heartbreak In The Homeland: Is My Son A Killer?,” True Confessions, January 2012

“Kissed And Dismissed,” True Confessions, January 2012

“When New Year’s Eve Came Twice,” True Confessions, January 2012

“Dance Partner For Life,” True Story, January 2012

“Just My Type,” True Story, January 2012

“Love In Aisle 6,” True Story, January 2012

Love In Full Bloom,” Seeds, January 25, 2012

“It’s No Fun At A Table For One,” True Confessions, February 2012

“Endless Love,” True Story, February 2012

“I Found Love At The End Of The Rainbow,” True Story, March 2012

“My Naked Mother Led Me To Love,” True Confessions, April 2012

“Solo Dad,” True Confessions, April 2012

“Roommates,” Spicy Confessions 4, April 2012 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“I Faked My Engagement,” Spicy Confessions 4, April 2012 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Date With A Dumpster,” Spicy Confessions 4, April 2012 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Stuck,” Spicy Confessions 4, April 2012 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Butterface Bunny,” True Confessions, May 2012

“Trees And Mommies,” True Confessions, May 2012

“Two Mommies,” True Confessions, May 2012

“Love In Short Order,” May 2012 (as Rolinda Hay); Available for Kindle

“Are My Bikini Days Over?” True Confessions, June 2012

“Seeing Fireworks,” True Confessions, June 2012

“Scars And Guitars,” True Story, June 2012

“Failure At 30?” True Confessions, July 2012

“Sundays With Daddy,” True Confessions, July 2012

“Will Date For Food,” True Confessions, July 2012

“Mama’s Boy!” True Confessions, July 2012

“Chance Encounter,” True Confessions, August 2012

“Drought,” Cowboy Lust (Cleis Press; Delilah Devlin, editor), August 2012; “Dürre,” Ein heißer Ritt (Bastei Lübbe; Delilah Devlin, editor), 2015

“Picture Perfect,” Cougar And Kitten (Xcite; Antonia Adams, editor), August 2012; Cougars And Jackals (Xcite; Gwennan Thomas/Antonia Adams, editor), May 2013

“The Little Black Dress,” True Story, September 2012

“Forced To Choose: Work Or Love,” True Story, September 2012

“Two Men With Chocolate,” True Confessions, October 2012

“The Pirate And The Bartender At Halloween,” True Story, October 2012

“Relationships 101,” True Confessions, November 2012

“Handprint Turkey,” True Story, November 2012

“A Holiday Disaster Turned Into A Miracle,” True Confessions, December 2012

“1 Little Tree With Big Heart,” True Story, December 2012

“Punch-Drunk Love,” True Confessions, January 2013

“Snowballed Into Love,” True Story, January 2013

Pitching Woo,” Seeds, January 30, 2013

“My Son’s 1st Date,” True Confessions, February 2013

“Uncommon Solutions,” True Confessions, February 2013

“I Gave Up Men,” True Story, February 2013

“Willien The Worm,” True Confessions, March 2013

“A Leprechaun In Love,” True Story, March 2013

“Helping Mother Nature,” True Confessions, April 2013

“Bunny Slippers And Sunrise Service,” True Story, April 2013

“I Need A Husband By Mother’s Day,” True Story, May 2013

“Fake Dad,” True Confessions, June 2013

“Father’s Day Gift,” True Story, June 2013

“My Musical 4th Of July,” True Confessions, July 2013

“Unexpected Fireworks,” True Story, July 2013

“End Of Summer, Beginning Of Life,” True Confessions, August 2013

“From 1st Date To Wedding Date,” True Confessions, August 2013

“Dumped,” True Story, August 2013

“Pretty Fat,” True Story, August 2013

“I Won’t Be A Surrogate Mother,” True Confessions, September 2013

“Black,” True Story, September 2013

“I’ll Follow The Sun,” True Story, October 2013

“Memories Of Forever,” True Confessions, November 2013

“Blinded By Love,” True Story, November 2013

“A Roomful Of Santas,” True Story, December 2013

“Extra Money,” Ignite (Brickstone Publishing; Lori Verni-Fogarsi, editor), December 2013

“Don’t Judge A Book,” True Confessions, January 2014

“I Need A New Boss,” True Story, January 2014

“Stealing Roses To Save A Friend,” True Confessions, February 2014

“I Dumped Him But He Won’t Get Out Of My Life!,” True Story, February 2014

“The Girl Who Had It All,” True Story, March 2014

“A Knight For A Night,” True Confessions, April 2014

“Easter Lilies,” True Story, April 2014

“The Devil Works In Accounting,” True Confessions, May 2014

“I Refuse To Be A Grandmother!,” True Story, May 2014

“Chasing Love,” True Confessions, June 2014

“Pregnant on Father’s Day,” True Story, June 2014

“Prom Rescue,” True Story, June 2014

“Safe At Home,” True Confessions, July 2014

“Seeing Double,” True Confessions, July 2014

“Desperate For Fireworks,” True Story, July 2014

“Duped By A Con Man,” True Confessions, August 2014

“Trapped By A Tornado,” True Story, August 2014

“The Thief Of Hearts,” That's Life!, August 21, 2014

“Soaring,” Active Duty (Cleis Publishing; Neil Plakcy, editor), August 2014

“Hot For The Teacher,” True Confessions, September 2014

“Resisting Temptation,” True Story, September 2014

“Becoming A Survivor,” True Story, October 2014

“Dancehall Cowboy,” True Confessions, October 2014

“The Hoarder At Halloween,” True Confessions, October 2014

“I Tried To Help,” True Confessions, November 2014

“Under The Tree,” True Confessions, December 2014

“Dad’s Sexy Main Squeeze,” True Story, December 2014

“The Feast Of Faith,” True Story, December 2014

“The End Of The Year,” True Confessions, January 2015

“My Quirky & Strange Son,” True Story, January 2015

“Kiss Of Life At Midnight,” True Confessions, February 2015

“Turning Trash Into Treasure,” True Confessions, March 2015

“Love Lost And Love Gained,” True Story, March 2015

“My Lover Or My Husband,” True Story, April 2015

“Alone on Mother’s Day,” True Confessions, May 2015

“Can Mom Remember?,” True Story, May 2015

“Blue Heart,” Take This Man (Cleis Press; Neil Plakcy, editor), May 2015

“The Man I Thought I Loved,” True Confessions, June 2015

“30 & Living With My Daddy,” True Story, June 2015

“The Maid of Dishonor Led Me to Love,” True Confessions, July 2015

“Unrequited Love,” True Confessions, July 2015

“Kissing Booth Fundraiser,” True Story, July 2015

“Crippled Date,” True Confessions, August 2015

“Sand Castle Rescue,” True Confessions, August 2015

“My Only Secret,” True Story, August 2015

“Summer Before College,” True Story, August 2015

“There’s A Woman In My Nightie,” True Confessions, September 2015

“Reflection of Pain,” True Story, September 2015

“A Shelter Dog’s Love,” True Confessions, October 2015

“Halloween Hookup,” True Story, October 2015

“Trapped At Thanksgiving,” True Confessions, November 2015

“Our Cheesy Relationship,” True Story, November 2015

“Scratch-Off Christmas,” True Confessions, December 2015

“Drunk At Christmas,” True Story, December 2015

“Saga Of The Sailmaker’s Widow,” A Slice of Sin (A Two Dames Production; Cherry Wild and Sophia Soror, editors), December 2015

“Missed Kiss at Midnight,” True Confessions, January 2016

“Taking Down The Lights,” True Story, January 2016

“Writing Dialog,” WritersTalk, January 2016

“Mistaken Identity: Will This Ruin Valentine’s Day?,” True Confessions, February 2016

“A Blind Date: Can This Be Real Love?” True Confessions, February 2016

“Mardi Gras Mistakes,” True Story, February 2016

“Spring Break Surprise,” True Confessions, March 2016

“Cemetery Fundraiser,” True Story, March 2016

“Marking Territory,” True Story, March 2016

“Coffeemaker,” True Story, April 2016

“Dangerous Jokes,” True Story, April 2016

“Mom’s Midlife Crisis,” True Confessions, May 2016

“Windows,” True Confessions, May 2016

“Mother Of The Year,” True Story, May 2016

“My Daddy Is A Failure!” True Confessions, June 2016

“Values In Hard Work,” True Story, June 2016

“Wags And Kisses,” True Story, June 2016

“An Affair With My Sister's Fiance,” True Confessions, July 2016

“New Love Caused By Divorce,” True Confessions, July 2016

“Summer School Sketches” True Story, July 2016

“Concerto For Cellist and Maestro,” Sex Objects (Cleis Press; Cherry Wild and Delilah Devlin, editor), July 2016

“Bar Babe Survives Shootout,” True Confessions, August 2016

“Last Dance,” True Confessions, August 2016

“Summer In The City,” True Story, August 2016

“A Cheater Brought Us Together,” True Confessions, September 2016

“The Way To A Heart,” True Confessions, September 2016

“Teacher With A Bad Rep,” True Story, September 2016

“His Punching Bag,” True Confessions, October 2016

“My Halloween Princess,” True Confessions, October 2016

“I Dated My Brother,” True Story, October 2016

“He Mall Walked Into My Heart,” True Story, November 2016

“Unexpected Thanksgiving Gifts,” True Story, November 2016

“The Santa Suit,” True Story, December 2016

“Kicking Bad Habits,” True Confessions, January 2017

“Surviving Cabin Fever,” True Story, January 2017

“Mr. Right,” True Confessions, February 2017

“Romance Rejection,” True Story, February 2017

“Break Up To Make Up,” True Confessions, March 2017

“My Drunk Sister,” True Confessions, March 2017

“Spring Job Fair,” True Confessions, March 2017

“Phony St. Patrick’s Day,” True Story, March 2017

“April Fool's Day?” True Confessions, April 2017

“Bearded For My Pleasure,” True Confessions, April 2017

“The Wild Life’s Not For Me,” True Confessions, April 2017

“Blossoming Romance?” True Story, April 2017

One Knight With The Swordsmith’s Daughter,” Deep Desires Press, April 2017

“Fashion Disaster,” True Confessions, May 2017

“My Second Mother,” True Confessions, May 2017

“Sibling Rivalry,” True Story, May 2017

“Baseball Daddy,” True Confessions, June 2017

“Summer Skeevy,” True Confessions, June 2017

“Wedding Day Disaster,” True Story, June 2017

“Beach Body,” True Confessions, July 2017

“Three’s A Crowd,” True Confessions, July 2017

“Long-Distance Love,” True Story, July 2017

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Mystery/Suspense

“City Desk,” Gentleman’s Companion, January 1983

“Adam's Rib,” Gentleman’s Companion, March 1983

“Vengeance To Show In The Third,” Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, October 1983; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“With Extreme Prejudice,” Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, August 1984; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“A Matter Of Policy,” Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, February 1985; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“The Only Good Red,” Espionage Magazine, February 1985; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“The Great Little Train Robbery,” Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, June 1985; Detective Mystery Stories, September 2002; Sniplits, April 2008

“Only Heroes Die,” Espionage Magazine, November 1985

“Partners,” Hardboiled, Winter/Spring, 1988; Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Three's A Shroud,” Gent, February 1991; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Wheels Within,” Bust Out!, September 1992

“Fast Cars, Chesty Women,” Fling, September 1993

“Dick For A Dame,” Score, November 1994

“Fair Warning,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Heartbreak Hotel,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Lucky Seven,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Even Roses Bleed,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Glass Houses,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), 1995; Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000; Available for Kindle

“A Price To Pay,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Rock And A Hard Place,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Bed Of Roses,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“First Blonde On The Left,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Con Job,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Husks,” Bad Girls (Wildside Press), 2000

“Peas In A Pod,” TheCase.com, March 17, 1999

“Tequila Sunrise And The Horse,” Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Only Business,” Tequila Sunrise (Wildside Press), 2000

“Fresh Kill,” Blue Murder, April/May 2001

“Sharing,” Judas, July 2001

“Better To Have Loved,” Suddenly IV (Stone River Press; Jackie Pelham, editor), August 2001; Short Attention Span Mysteries (Kerlak Publishing; L. K. C. Simone, editor), 2005

“Black Mack,” Malone's White Fedora, August 2001; Deadhead Miles (Breaking Fate Publishing), 2013

“Cuts Like A Knife,” Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys (Wildside Press), 2001

“Gays And Dolls,” Judas, March 2002

“Vampires And Villagers,” Without A Clue, June 2002

“Taking Bets,” Judas, June 2002

“Soft Focus,” Detective Mystery Stories, July 2002

“Price Busted,” Without A Clue, July 2002

“Lesser Of Two Evils,” Plots With Guns!, September 2002; Available for Kindle

“Seeking Succor,” Futures, Winter, 2002

“Dogging It,” Crimestalker Casebook, Spring, 2003

“All My Yesterdays,” Suddenly V (Stone River Press; Jackie Pelham, editor), 2003

“Feel The Pain,” Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin (Mysterious Press/Warner Books; Max Allan Collins and Jeff Gelb, editors), 2003; The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 4 (Carroll & Graf; Maxim Jakubowski, editor), 2005

“Pick-Up Lines,” Crimestalker Casebook, Fall, 2003

“Tight Squeeze,” Fedora II: More Private Eyes and Tough Guys (Betancourt & Co.), 2003

“Silver Lake,” Dime (Quiet Storm Publishing; Babs Lakey, editor), 2004

“Dreams Unborn,” Small Crimes (Betancourt & Co.), 2004; Available for Kindle

“Come Dance With Me On My Daddy’s Grave,” Flash Fantastic, September 2004

“Dangerous Curves,” Fedora III: Even More Private Eyes. Even More Tough Guys (Betancourt & Co.), 2004

“Sister Mustang Rain,” Amsterdam Scriptum, November 2004

“Dead Presidents In Mudville,” Futures, Winter, 2004

“Idle Hands,” Yesterday in Blood and Bone (Wildside Press), 2005

“Yesterday In Blood And Bone,” Yesterday in Blood and Bone (Wildside Press), 2005

“Till Death Do Us Part” Techno Noir (Zumaya; Jeffrey Marks and Eva Batonne, editors), 2005

“Lightning Bugs” Short Attention Span Mysteries (Kerlak Publishing; L. K. C. Simone, editor), 2005

“Pick,” Futures, May/June 2006; Available for Kindle

“Breaking Routine,” Hardluck Stories, Winter, 2007

My Client’s Wife,” Thrilling Detective, June 2007

“Professionals,” Out of the Gutter 2, 2007; The Baddest of the Bad (Gutter Books; Matthew Louis, editor), 2010

“Snowbird,” written with Tom Sweeney, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, December 2007

“Games,” Out of the Gutter 6, 2009

“Snub Nose Love,” Out of the Gutter 6, 2009

“Smooth Strokes,” Boys Getting Ahead (StarBooks Press; Mickey Erlach, editor), 2010

“Meat And Potatoes,” Biker Boys (Cleis Press; Christopher Pierce, editor), 2010

“The Gimp, The Vig And The Ring,” Muscle Men (Cleis Press; Richard Labonte, editor), 2010

"Slash And Burn," Beach Challenge (Xcite; Lucas Steele, editor) 2010; Boy Fun (Xcite; edited by Lucas Steele) 2010

"Dead Things," Big Pulp, September 8, 2010; M, August 2016; Big Pulp Annual 2016, January 2017

“Tides,” Beautiful Boys (Cleis Press; Richard Labonte, editor), 2010

“Watching Kyle,” Video Boys (StarBooks Press; Mickey Erlach, editor), 2010

"Southern Comfort," Big Pulp, Winter, 2010

“Wet Work,” Out of the Gutter 7, 2010

“Reprieve,” I Like To Watch (Cleis Press; Christopher Pierce, editor), 2011

"Lipstick In The Rain," Under The Desert Sky (Xcite; Lucas Steele, editor), 2011

"Stand By Your Man," Stand By Your Man (Xcite; Lucas Steele, editor), 2011; When A Man Loves A Man (Xcite; Lucas Steele, editor), 2011

"Small Change," Voluptuous (Xcite; Miranda Forbes, editor), 2011

"News Flash," (Untreed Reads), 2011

"Chalkers," (Untreed Reads), 2011

"Woman In White," Big Pulp, December 2011

“Mac And Cheese Get Boxed,” Kept Against His Will II (StarBook Press; Christopher Pierce, editor), 2012

"Getting Out Of The Box," Crime Square (Vantage Point; Robert J. Randisi, editor), 2012; re-released by Perfect Crime Books

"Lost Soul," (Untreed Reads), 2012

"Late One Night At The Tourist Court," Past Pleasures (Xcite; Antonia Adams, editor), 2012; Cherry Ripe (Xcite; Antonia Adams, editor), 2012

"Tips," Out of the Gutter Online, 2012

"Bumfuck, Egypt," Crime Factory 11, 2012

“The Hitter And The Stall,” Wild Boys (Cleis Press; Richard Labonte, editor), 2012

“Yellow Ribbon,” Needle, Fall/Winter, 2012

“Family Dynamics,” Out of the Gutter 8, 2012

Crimewave,” Kings River Life, December 15, 2012

Trapped With A Rapist,” Mysterical-E, Fall/Winter 2012/2013

“What A Rush,” Pledges (Cleis Press; Shane Allison, editor), 2013

“Dicked,” Nasty Boys (Cleis Press; Shane Allison, editor), 2013

“Quarryville, Texas,” The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora (Riverdale Avenue Books; Robert J. Randisi, editor), 2015

“Run For The Border,” Homeboys (Cleis Press; Shane Allison, editor), 2015

“Beneath Still Waters,” And All Our Yesterdays (Darkhouse Books; Andrew MacRae, editor), 2015

“Danny,” Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked And Loaded Both Barrels Vol. 3, (One Eye Press; Ron Earl Phillips, editor), 2015

“High Cotton,” Mystery Weekly Magazine, September 2015

Killing Victor,” Flash Bang Mysteries, Fall 2015

To Live And Die In Texas,” Honeysuckle, March 2016

Let Dead Dogs Lie,” The Molotov Cocktail, April 2016

“Sugar,” Crime Syndicate Magazine, May 2016

“Deep In The Heart Of Texas,” Black Coffee (Darkhouse Books; Andrew MacRae, editor), 2016

“Chase Your Dreams,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, June 2016

“An Unhealthy Death,” Mystery Weekly, August 2016

“Selfies,” A Dose of Murder, Mystery And Mayhem (House of Erotica; Nicole Gestalt, editor), 2016

“Twink,” Heater, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 2016

“Mr. Private Eye Behind The Motel With A .38,” Coast To Coast: Private Eyes From Sea To Shining Sea (Down & Out Books; Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks, editors), 2017

“Atonement,” Mystery Weekly, April 2017

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Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

“The Magic Stone,” Young World, November 1978

“Madmen And Mothers-In-Law,” Shadows Of, February 1981 (w/Wayne W. Martin)

“Assembly Line Luck,” Shadows Of, Fall, 1981

“The Critic,” Shadows Of, Fall, 1981; Dark Matter Chronicles, December 23, 2000

“Heirloom,” Shadows Of, Spring, 1982; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“The Critic Writes Again,” Shadows Of, Spring, 1982; Dark Matter Chronicles, January 13, 2001

“Game Of Chance,” written with Wayne W. Martin, Night Voyages, Winter/Spring, 1983

“Fine Print,” Night Voyages, March 1984; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Of Memories Dying,” Midnight (Tor Books; Charles L. Grant, editor), February 1985; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“The Dregs,” Gentleman's Companion, March 1985

“Microchick,” Oui, April 1985

“The Passenger,” Fantasy Macabre, September 1986; Canvas Bleeding, Wildside Press, Fall, 2002

“The Critic Strikes Back,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1987; Dark Matter Chronicles, January 27, 2001

“Thursday, The Critic Read Clemons,” Flicks of the Tale, September 1987; Dark Matter Chronicles, February 10, 2001

“Time To Play, Time To Pay,” Max, November 1987

“The Last Dangerous Critic,” Flicks of the Tale, December 1987; Dark Matter Chronicles, February 24, 2001

“Karl And The Shadow Box,” Weirdbook, Autumn, 1990; Canvas Bleeding, Wildside Press, Fall, 2002

“Flat Chesters,” Max, January 1991

“Adam And The Eves,” Max, October 1991

“One Hell of A Bet,” Max, May 1992

“Solitary,” Other Worlds, Summer, 1993

“Lucky Stiff,” Score, November 1993

“In The Still Of The Night,” Expanse, Winter, 1994

“In The Death Ward,” Thin Ice, April 1995; Canvas Bleeding, Wildside Press, Fall, 2002; Burst, Winter, 2007

“In The Town Of Memories Dying And Dreams Unborn,” Even Roses Bleed (Books In Motion), July 1995

“Violent Eyes,” Aberrations, July 1995; The House Of Pain, April/May 2000; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“The Man At The Window,” Abrupt Darkness, 1996; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Annette Funicello Wears Falsies,” Pirate Writings, March 1998

“Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture Featuring A Cast Of Thousands,” Antipodean SF, April 1999

“Father Of My Soul,” Fathering, June 1999

“My Blood Through Your Veins,” Antipodean SF, August 1999

“Dead Meat,” Fantastic, Spring, 2000

“It’s Been Seven Hours And Fifteen Days,” Fantastic, Spring, 2000

“Soul Man,” Dark Matter Chronicles, June 24, 2000; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Shadow Of My Father,” Northern Horror (Quarry Press; Edo van Belkom, editor), July 2000; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Dead Air Days,” New Texas 2001 (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Donna Walker-Nixon and James Ward Lee, editors), 2001; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“The Seasons Of Their Lives,” Black Rose, April 2001; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Fat Chicks Must Die,” Delirium, April 2001; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Mermaid,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Father’s Day,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“All the World’s A Rage,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“A Thigh For A Thigh,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“To Sleep, Perchance To Die,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Voices,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“What Little Girls Are Made Of,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Feeding Mary Ellen,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Something I Did With My Hands,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“With Skin So Pale And Canvas Bleeding,” Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Power Suit,” New Texas 2002 (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Carolyn Poulter, Marilyn Robitaille, James Lee Ward, and Donna Walker-Nixon, editors), 2002

“Slow Degeneration,” Alien Worlds, March 2003

“Circuits,” Alien Worlds, June 2003

“Nightmare,” Without A Clue, October 2003

“Virgin Steel,” Fantasy Readers Wanted—Apply Within (Silver Lake Publishing; Nick Aires and James Richey, editors), 2003

“Percentage,” Flash Fantastic, November 2003

“Light,” Nocturnal Ooze, November 2003

“Finals,” Nocturnal Ooze, February 2004

“L’apparizione,” Working Hard (Berbera Hyde), 2004

“Eye Of The Beholder” Flash Fantastic, November 2004

“Fading Memories,” Hot Blood: Strange Bedfellows (Kensington; Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett, editors), 2004

“Reap What You Sow,” Sun, May 16, 2005

I Can’t Touch The Clouds For You,” Sun, July 25, 2005; Seeds, February 3, 2010

“Time Enough For Love,” Sun, October 17, 2005

“A Waco Ghost Story,” (Part 2 of 5-part, 5-author serial), Waco Tribune-Herald, October 29, 2006

“The Loophole,” Men At Noon, Monsters At Midnight (StarBooks Press; Christopher Pierce, editor), 2010

“Le Sperme Vampire,” D.O.A.: Extreme Horor Collection (Bloodbound Books; David C. Hayes and Jack Burton, editors), 2011

“Pushing Coal,” Specters In Coal Dust (Woodland Press, LLC; Michael Knost, editor), 2010; Bohemia, November 2011

“Jumpers,” The Big Book Of Bizarro (Burning Bulb Publishing; Rich Bottles Jr. and Gary Lee Vincent, editors), 2011; The Big Book Of Bizarro Sci-Fi & Fantasy Collection (Burning Bulb Publishing; Rich Bottles Jr. and Gary Lee Vincent, editors), 2013

“Where The Cold Wind Blows,” Bohemia, October 2011

Mourning Has Broken,” Bohemia, Fall, 2012

“One For The Toad,” Dead Sexy (Xcite; Antonia Adams, editor), 2012; Restored To Love (Xcite; Antonia Adams, editor), 2012;

“Let Us Go Down To The Sea,” Sexy Sailors (Cleis; Neil Plakcy, editor), 2012

“Alehouse Dragon,” Big Pulp, Spring, 2013

Seed,” pre-release excerpt from Fifty Shades of Green, August 2014

“Moon Doggie And The Nightsurfers At Hammerhead Beach,” Until The Sun Rises (Bruno Gmunder; Winston Gieseke, editor), 2014

“Seed,” Fifty Shades of Green (Greenwoman Publishing; Cheri Colburn, editor), 2014

“Little Spring,” Haunted (Boo Books; Alex David and Ryan Merrifield, editors), 2014

“Attack Of The Nazi Snow Warriors,” Weird Menace volume 2 (Rough Edges Press; James Reasoner, editor), 2015

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NON-FICTION

“When The Pittance Of A Paycheck Is Spent, What’s Left For Leisure?” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977

“Budget (buj' it),” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977

“More Than A Footnote,” Knights, March 1979

“Charles L. Grant: In The Shadows,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1979

“The Monteleone Connection,” Night Voyages, Spring, 1981

“Grant Carrington: More Than Amazing,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1981

“When Dark Descends,” The Newsletter, September 1982

“In Short,” The Newsletter, March 1983

Learning Through Experience,” Mothering, Winter, 1986; The Wet-Set Gazette, October 1987; The Messenger, March 1991; Fathering, November 1999

“Making Homework Pay,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1986

“Writers And Readers,” Flicks of the Tale, September 1986

“Changes,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1987

“We’ve Been Typecast,” Flicks of the Tale, March 1988

“Collecting Memories,” Parent To Parent, January 1989

“The Vegetable War,” Parent To Parent, April 1989

“One Way To Self-Motivate,” Clues, October 1990; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991

“Patience,” Clues, March 1991; The Third Degree, June 1991; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991

“Why Don’t You Ask Us To Dance?” Columbus Single Scene, July/August 1991

“Mother’s Warning,” Columbus Single Scene, November/December 1991

“Blind Alleys: Too Many Genres,” SFWA Bulletin, Winter, 1992

“Writing And Selling Confessions,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, October 1993; Word Museum, 1999; From The Heart, January & February 2000; Absolute Write, February 2001; SFWA Website, 2001

Long-Distance Daddy,” Fathering, July 1998

“We Have Ways Of Making You Talk,” Atlanta Parent, July 1998

“The Soothing Garden,” Texas Gardener, July/August 1999

“Writer’s Block: A Definition By Example,” Absolute Write, April 2001; SFWA Website, 2001

“When Bylines Collide,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, April 2001

“Dan Fox And Deadly Campaign,” Mystery Scene 71, 2001

“Waco Reads,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, June 2001

“Introduction,” Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys (Wildside Press), 2001

“Searching For All White Girls,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001

“Surfing The Mean Streets,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001

“Things Yet To Do,” Phoenix, 2001

“Corpus Christi Author Knocks ’Em Dead” Senior News, June 2003

“Markets About Which We Only Whisper,” Reflections In A Private Eye, Summer, 2003; Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, January 2004; Sleuth Sayer, February 2004

“That’s Not The Way My Mother Did It,” Senior News, August 2003 (as Pat Myers)

“Surviving Submissions Beginning To End,” Sleuth Sayer, September 2003

“Writing For Mystery Anthologies,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, November 2003; Sleuth Sayer, May 2004

It’s Not Just What You Say,” MAMM, November/December 2003

Writing Erotic Mysteries,” Writing-World.com, April 2004

Bullet-Proof Your Short Mysteries: Editors Tell You How!Writing-World.com, April 2004; The Purloined Newsletter, March 2006

“Travel Fun In The Big Easy,” written with Sharon J. Bracken, Senior News, September 2004

“Cost-Effective Market Research,” Funds For Writers, January 30, 2005

Fashionable Gardeners Say Pink Is The New Green,” Texas Gardener, March/April 2005; Seeds, August 2, 2006

Job Application,” Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2005

“By The Seat Of My Pants,” Senior News, May 2005

College In The 40s,” Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2005

“We’re Not Who You Think We Are,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, June 2005

“Take Dead Aim At Mysteries,” The Writer, August 2005

“Sundays With My Grandmother,” Senior News, September 2005

Gardening Rocks,” Senior News, October 2005; Seeds, August 23, 2006

“My Wife's Ghost,” True Romance, March 2006

“Manspeak: Cultural Pride,” True Confessions, April 2006

Surviving Disasters,” The Writer (online edition), April 2006

“Money For Nothing And Burnt Fingers For Free,” Senior News, June 2006

“Man-to-Man On Mother's Day,” Jive, July 2006

Why My Face Is Red But My Tomatoes Aren't,” Seeds, September 20, 2006

“Making That Time With Your Man Special,” Jive, September 2006

“Manspeak: Is That A Book In My Pocket?,” True Confessions, October 2006

“Manspeak: Where Evil Lurks,” True Confessions, November 2006

Trees For Texas,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2006

Gnome On The Range,” Seeds, November 8, 2006

“Manspeak: Giving Thanks,” True Confessions, December 2006

“Urban Harvest: Improving Houston From The Ground Up,” Texas Gardener, January/February 2007

“Types Of Community Gardens,” Seeds, January 3, 2007

“Write What You Know,” Teacher Miracles: Inspirational True Stories From The Classroom (Adams Media; Brian Thornton, editor), 2007

Dandelion Whine,” Seeds, April 11, 2007

“Organizing For Anthology Success,” Gila Queen's Guide to Markets, May 2007

“Weatherization Provided At No Cost To Low-Income Homeowners,” Senior News, June 2007

“Love Letter,” True Romance, July 2007

“Feeding The World One Garden At A Time,” Texas Gardener, July/August 2007

Water Foul,” Seeds, August 15, 2007

“From Small Ideas, Big Projects Grow: Victoria Educational Gardens,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2007

“Writing Dialog,” Gila Queen's Guide to Markets, November 2008; The Write Ingredients, February 2009; Writerstalk, January 2016

Anybody Seen My Shorts?,” Sleuths' Ink, September 24, 2009

“30 Great Towns To Retire In Texas,” Senior News, December 2009

“Hunt Youth Discover Gardening!” Texas Gardener, March/April 2010

Sky Island GardeningTexas Gardener, November/December 2010

“I Write Short Stories” Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons In Writing Popular Fiction (Headline Books; Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller, editors), 2011

In Praise Of Technicians,” Criminal Brief, July 13, 2011

“Don’t They Come In Pairs?” Wait A Minute, I Have To Take Off My Bra (Inkspotter Publishing; Betty Dobson, editor), 2011

Market First, Write Second,” Sleuth Sayers, October 26, 2013

“Eat Fresh” Texas Gardener, May/June 2014

“High on Gardening” Texas Gardener, March/April 2015

“Good Writing, In Short” First Draft, July 2015

The Unacceptance Letter,” Rejectomancy, March 7, 2016

Tales From The Dark Side,” Sleuth Sayers, November 5, 2016

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POETRY

“A Dozen Roses,” True Secrets, February 1981

“The Card,” True Secrets, March 1981

“I Loved You Once,” True Secrets, July 1981

“Footsteps,” Intimate Romances, August 1981

“No Contest,” Intimate Secrets, August 1981

“I’ll Take The Blame,” True Secrets, October 1981

“Other Senses,” True Love, November 1991

“River Of Love,” Bride’s, December 1991/January 1992

“Legacy,” Thin Ice 10, 1992; Canvas Bleeding (Wildside Press), Fall, 2002

“Word Petals,” Gotta Write 17, 1992

“Kites,” Gotta Write 19, 1992

“Pizza Lovers,” True Romance, August 1996

“Chain Of Hearts,” Senior News, June 2003

“Too Bee,” Senior News, July 2003

“Second Chance,” Senior News, July 2003

“The Tree,” Senior News, July 2004

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RADIO SCRIPTS

“The Flea,” produced on KDAC radio, Ft. Bragg, CA, Fall, 1974

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MUSIC

“CMYK,” Can You Pass The Addy Test?, Who Cares Music, 2000 (lyrics and music; performed lead vocals and rhythm guitar backed by The Pantones)

“I Am The Ad Man,” Can You Pass The Addy Test?, Who Cares Music, 2000 (lyrics and music; performed lead vocals and rhythm guitar backed by The Pantones)

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