Welcome to my imagination! I'm an author of historical fiction, mysteries and paranormal adventures. I'm best known for my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and my work has also appeared in several electronic formats. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. I'll be adding content regularly. There's a super short free read on the "About Me" page as well as my novella, Lazarus Key (see details below). You can also find me at Goodreads.
Free Newsletter--Stacked High Issue #1
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Christmas Special--What Child Is This? Now Available
Rediscover the magic of Christmas in this heartwarming mystery. A little boy wanders into town and directly into Agnes Hancock’s heart, resurrecting feelings she’d thought long dead when she lost her son during the Great War. No one knows who the child is or where he comes from, but Agnes can’t turn her back on him. As the police begin their investigation, she brings the boy into her home and learns to love again. But will her new found happiness be destroyed when the police finally answer the question What Child Is This?
Hearts of Ice and Other Stories includes the Christmas tale--A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance
Now that the Great War is done, ace pilot Mitch Pembroke just wants to spend a few peaceful years enjoying the Roaring Twenties before he settles down and takes the corner office in his father’s company, Pembroke Steel. Unfortunately, peace is the last thing Mitch can find. Trouble follows wherever he goes and not even his best friend, boxer-turned-bodyguard, Kit Moran can keep him out of all of it. Hearts of Ice and Other Stories is the second volume in a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy. This second volume of the Pembroke Steel series collects four short stories and novellas at one low price:
Hearts of Ice
When Mitch’s wealthy father summons him to the family’s long unused mountain hunting lodge, he reluctantly packs his bags and catches the next train to Colorado. Corazón del Hielo—the Heart of Ice—was once the focus of many happy family vacations, but it’s also the last place anyone saw his cousin—alive or dead. It’s been thirteen years now since the boy mysteriously disappeared and what Mitch doesn't remember about that night may just kill him…
A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance
When Mitch makes a surprise visit to see Kit and his family over Christmas, he’s only trying to get away from his domineering parents and their never-ending plans to end his bachelor ways. A little snow, a few carols and maybe a little harmless flirting with Kit’s sisters promises a pleasant change in atmosphere from the tense matchmaking of the Pembroke household. But the light-hearted visit takes a nasty turn when neighbors find Kit’s mother lying beaten and bloody on the sidewalk. With Mrs. Moran unconscious and Kit seeing red, it’s up to Mitch to help his friend secure A Taste of Yuletide Vengeance.
When Mitch and Kit receive news that an old war buddy has gone missing, they drop everything to travel to Baltimore and search for him. Their one real link to the missing man is his Kid Sister, but it’s just possible she’s also the reason he’s disappeared…
Riddle of the Deceiver
When Mitch and Kit get involved in a search for a missing school teacher, they get more than they bargained for. Miss Egan is not the only resident of her Maine logging town to have gone missing in recent weeks and her terrified neighbors are desperate for answers. Are the disappearances really tied to an old Native American legend or is there an even more sinister solution? Can Mitch and Kit find Miss Egan or will they too end up victims of the Deceiver?
FREE READ--LAZARUS KEY
When the girl of Mitch Pembroke's dreams responds to his invitation to meet his parents by fleeing home to a remote Caribbean island, the former Great War pilot does what he thinks any red-blooded American male would do--he drops everything and goes after her. But Mitch isn't the first man to follow Lorali home and like his predecessors, he may not survive the visit. Lazarus Key is the first novella in a series that blurs the line between historical fiction and dark fantasy.
New Stories to be Published in AHMM
Forever After now Available at Mundania
Middle class, average-Joe, Paul Steele dies minutes after a terrible argument with his wife—dies, but doesn’t quite depart for the world beyond. Instead he wakes in the body of billionaire energy-magnate, Griffon Knight, and no one—not even Paul's wife, Char—will believe he’s come back from the dead to be with her again. Trying to convince her only succeeds in making her think he’s crazy. But no one knows Char as well as Paul does and he’s not going to quit until he wins her back and convinces her to marry him again.
High Above the Waters now available
Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead, he stalks his bridge all bloody red...
As a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned first hand that the town ghost was more than a creepy legend. All alone in the world, rejected by her boyfriend and beaten bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto Hunter’s Bridge to kill herself, but an encounter with a mysterious man convinced her that dying wouldn’t necessarily solve her problems.
Sixteen years later, she’s coming back to Prospect with her teenaged daughter to make peace with her dying father and finally discover the truth about that night long ago. But with the haunted bridge about to be torn down, has Autumn waited too long to come back and find her ghost?
Panic Button is now available
Ellen Specter thought she knew what she was getting into when she won her spot on the new Reality TV show, Panic Button and a chance to win a quarter million dollars. Take a few contestants, isolate them from the rest of the world, set them a few competitions and watch the sparks fly as people forge and break alliances in a desperate attempt not to be voted out. Too bad that?s not the way things work on Panic Button?a show designed to terrorize people into freely giving up their chance at the prize money and run by a mentally disturbed host who doesn?t seem to care how badly he has to hurt people to convince them to leave.
Read an excerpt here.
My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.
Aside from lamenting that the book was a short story and not a longer work, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... I must admit the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good, but the length was not."
My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month."