Kindness returned

The bedroom was lit only by the leaping glow of a carefully banked fire, but that illumination was sufficient to show the ornate four-poster bed and crisp satin sheets. The woman had led the way, towing a still-in-shock William Peterson behind her.

Kindness Given

The golden gleam of sunlight on the man’s watch caught her eye as she stood in the wintry shelter, waiting for the bus. The sunlight blazed with the sort of imagined warmth which was sucked instantaneously out of you by the biting cold of Michigan

The Wind's Song, Chapter 1

The hall of the Emperor of Qin was resoundingly empty. Where once the draperies of silk had fluttered in the breeze and hidden bells had pealed softly until the hall echoed and re-echoed with the volumes of music and the sense of something alive and

Encounter in Secret

**Author’s Note**
This is the fourth installment in the “Encounter” series, and a bit of background is perhaps useful. Jacquelyn Shivers and Todd Alverson are sales managers for a high-tech firm; Julia Tammar is a freelance “white-hat”

Seaborne

There is a world of fantasy, of primality, of the most ancient of creatures and the most ancient of laws. It is a savage and uncompromising world, so alien to human thought and emotion that it might as well be the landscape of another planet beyond

Encounter in Amber

The plane’s engines roared as they fought to negate the velocity that the aircraft had had in the air, pushing Jacquelyn Shivers into her rear-facing seat with the force of at least twice her weight. The sharp pulse of the wheel brakes only added

Encounter In Gold

Although the sun had been up for over an hour, the night’s chill had not yet left not yet left the air. Julia Tammar walked briskly to keep warm, her knee-length skirt swirling around her legs and her black sweater warming her upper body. Her sil

Encounter in Darkness

The darkness outside the car was broken only by the twin beams of light from their car and the occasional glow of a cloud-shrouded moon. Inside the car, Jacquelyn Shivers slid a glance at her companion, blond-haired and rugged Todd Alverson. The lo