The "Unexpected Inspiration" Characters

The Stories

Currently Writing:

The "Unexpected Inspiration" series: lighthearted fantasy set in an arts-centric culture starring artists, inventors, and carnival performers. Currently writing a trilogy with at least three more books planned within the series, but outside this particular trilogy. Along with these novels, I've also been working on a few short stories.



Unexpected Inspiration: Colorweaver (Book 1- started in '13, working on the 2nd draft)
Adair Cerulean is a novice cartographer with the ability to make his drawings have the semblance of life. Like the other creators who possess magic and channel this through art, Adair is a Weaver. Adair is in the process of working on the project that, once complete, would advance him in rank when disaster strikes! The map is stolen and as its new owner seeks out more Weavers, Adair feels a tug from his creation to follow. This pull leads him to a carnival where he meets a healer standing guard over a stricken performer. It turns out that his thief is more than a mere robber and there’s more at stake then just a stolen map. Wacky antics ensue as Adair attempts to get his art back and stop the thief before he hurts anyone else.
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Unexpected Inspiration: Sentinel (Book 2- started in '14, outlining the 3rd draft)
Adair has recovered his stolen map and acquired a loyal bodyguard who will - with luck and a lack of imps - protect him in the future. Adair’s elation is short-lived when the other artists refuse to accept his choice of sentinel. Conflict with his peers and a realization of magic gone awry lead Adair to restore a fractured friendship. Caught between past and present, Adair must decide how far he’s willing to bend the rules of his class. No one ever actually decreed that carnival performers couldn’t be sentinels, did they?
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Unexpected Inspiration: Iconoclasm (Book 3- started 1st draft in '15)
When Adair and his companions find themselves again summoned to the Artisans' guild, they are given a specific assignment. They are to travel north to Montglace, the former home of Etri and Sol, under cover of a diplomatic trade mission. Their true task is to uncover the source of the frequent earthquakes and a possible corruption of magic. While Adair and Firedrake are openly serving as diplomats, it's up to the rest to uncover Montglace's secret. There's only one problem: Etri and Sol are fugitives. Can this group of inexperienced carnies-turned-envoys find the source of the elemental corruption before their presence is discovered?
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Unexpected Inspiration: A Sparkler's Glow (Novelette written in 2015)
Just your typical "imp comically struggling to adjust to the confusing world of humans meets agender carnival performer with a penchant for fire and snark" love story. Talan is new to this plane and new to his human body with his only motive in life to feed from Weavers. When he meets Firedrake and discovers that he wants the fire-dancer as a friend and not a meal, life suddenly becomes far more confusing.
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Unexpected Inspiration: (Unnamed Novelette) (writing the 1st draft)
Etri returns from one of his usual ventures into the plane of shadows only to discover that something went wrong when he plane-shifted. His family is where he left them, everything looks like the reality he left- but everyone he loves has a different memory of the past decade than he does. It seems that one choice his alternate self failed to make almost ten years ago has changed everything in this reality. His daughter may be to blame for why he is here instead of where he belongs.



Short Stories/Vignettes
(These are in the "Unexpected Inspiration" series. Click the links to read them!)
  • "Three Keys"
    Friendship, trust, and keys. Sweetness abounds.
  • "Who Picked Whom"
    The trio reflects on fate being weird. This never should have happened.
  • "A New Beginning"
    A would-be thief gets offered a job after a strange blue woman catches him.
  • "Rising to a Challenge"
    A young arcane chef regrets her decisions and wonders if her restaurant is cursed.
  • "Mile Long Cow"
    Some myths and legends go back centuries. This one goes back five minutes and you'll probably want that five minutes back.
  • "Soul-Marks"
    It would help if anyone ever went by their real name. (Every writer writes a cheesy soulmate AU at some point. This is mine.)
  • "Lost and Found"
    Sure, blame the newcomer when your stuff goes missing. That won't come back to bite you.
  • "Roommates"
    What do you do when your new roommate is an offbeat inventor who can control fire? First step: make him wear pants.
  • "Of Parties and Potions"
    A mischievous scheme causes chaos at a costume party. The healer enlists the help of a cat and a mouse to right a lizard's wrong.


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Finished Novellas/Longer Stories:

These older stories are set in the "Dungeons and Dragons" world my husband and I created and were my first foray into original fiction. I've since moved on from elves and traditional fantasy, but these stories hold a special place in my heart as the ones that gave me my love of writing. They're available to read by clicking the links.

Hidden Magic (short story written in 2011)
Meren, an unusual elf girl (and her more unusual centaur brother) take up the task of hunting down a band of orc trespassers. When she stumbles into a pitfall, Meren finds an object: an amulet that gives strange new powers. Little does she know that an increasingly desperate young wizard is looking for the very same amulet and that their paths are destined to crisscross in a weave of chaotic magic...



The Acolyte's Map (short story written in 2010)
A powerful magical artifact has been unleashed! Unfortunately it has fallen into the unlikely hands of a hapless young priest who is now bound by its bizarre curse. This is the tongue-in-cheek tale of a half-elven cleric who is trying to locate and free the unwitting victim from said item's grasp with the help of his mischievous (and not always competent) brethren. Along the way there will be magic, intrigue, mischief, and a talking dog.



Adventures of a Young Messenger (short story written in 2010)
A narrative telling how Cyneric came to be a cleric and may eventually pick up as a short story telling about his and Raff's pasts as acolytes. At the moment it's mostly just first-person backstory that I used for playing Cyneric in a "Dungeons and Dragons" campaign.


Short Stories/Vignettes
(These are about the Messengers from the above two stories.)


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On Indefinite Hiatus:

I have one more novel started, but it's been on hold since I started "Unexpected Inspiration". I may get back to it at some point, but maybe not. This one is in the Messenger series of writing, along with "The Acolyte's Map", "Adventures of a Young Messenger", and the two short stories above.


In the Cards (novel started in 2012)
A caged prophetess, a fiery messenger, a flighty shapeshifter, a paranoid shaman, and a prickly healer walk into a bar... okay, they just wish they had some time to relax. With the "help" of unreliable magic, a few meddlesome gods, and several strange animals, these young clerics are fated to work together to take down an enemy who is hellbent (rather literally) on making their lives difficult.