Category: Stuff I Write

“The Darkest Night” Part 2

My short story from the Holiday Collection, Part 2. Read Part 1 HERE The Darkest Night I followed the Mayor’s wife out of town. The icy road curved steeply upwards for what felt like miles as I slowly tailed her little sports car. It wasn’t snowing again—yet. But in between the Christmas songs on the…


The Darkest Night – From The Eclective’s “Holiday Collection”

It’s December.  For me (this year), it means STRESS.  On top of the full-time job, I’m inundated with formatting jobs.  I just finished a book that will be published (hopefully) before the end of the year.  I’ve not done ANY xmas shopping, and I’m wondering when I’ll find the time… But, December also means something…


Chapter 1 of “Abigail”

“Abigail” is my second novel–a fantasy romance that was published in late July. Blurb: When Abigail’s supposedly immortal faery mother is found murdered, her human father sells her in to slavery. Bought by a young and wealthy landowner named William, she is whisked away to a Grecian island to play caretaker for his baby sister….


The Halloween Collection by The Indie Eclective

  It’s here!  The best damn group of indie writers this side of, um, Jupiter!  (What?  I couldn’t think of anything better.) THE HALLOWEEN COLLECTION FROM THE INDIE ECLECTIVE The Indie Eclective: What is it, who are they, and why can they spell neither “eclectic” nor “collective” correctly? The Indie Eclective is an ensemble of…


What You May Not Know

Dear Reader: I do this for you. Okay, well that may be a little bit wrong because I don’t just do it for you, I do it for me too.  You see, a writer is a writer not because of any aspirations of being rich and famous but because it’s necessary. Have you experienced those…


Excerpt from “The Temple”

An excerpt from my novel “The Temple”–FIVE 5 star ratings at Amazon! I woke to darkness and cat fur weighing heavily on my head.  Addie purred lovingly in my ear, her claws kneading my scalp in ecstasy.  Mumbling incoherent curses at her, I pushed myself up on my elbows, cackling evilly as she slid from…


New FREE short story “The House”

The House by Heather Marie Adkins Susan is appalled when she moves back home after college to find her parents are packing the family off to Florida–to her Gran’s empty ancestral home. The place is a mess, but it goes beyond the aesthetic–there is something even more frightening in the house than they ever imagined,…


This is it!

THE NOVEL IS LIVE!! It’s only a first edition, because the real cover wasn’t done on time.  My sister is going to do a lovely watercolor for me, so that will replace this one eventually.  Until that time, I just had to do it.  I couldn’t wait any longer to put it out there. The…


Dish Towels pt. 2

The Mayor’s wife called me for a reading, and I dropped the phone. It’s not everyday a local celebrity phones up and calls you by name.  “Kitty?  This is Jillian Turnpike.  I need you to come and do one of your little reading things for me.”  I was taken aback by the smooth polish in…


How to Kill a Baba Yaga

My Flash Fiction piece that won 2nd place in Literary Leo 2010! info on who Baba Yaga is…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Yaga There was someone moving about in my living room. Tossing back the heavy comforter, I reached for the Louisville Slugger under my bed and tossing sleep disheveled hair from my eyes, I tiptoed down the hall….