I’m so happy to announce the publication – in print – of my short story, “Islands,” in the new anthology from Clarendon House entitled Maelstrom. This anthology is available here: Clarendon House and at Amazon in the Kindle edition.

This story is, I feel, one of my very best. It hit a chord within me and I hope you will also find it worthy of your time and attention.

Special Announcement!

I have received a contract for my speculative-future thriller, LEGACY 627!

This is very early stages. However, this work has been several years in the creating. I started work on it in Santa Rosa, California – a place that serves as the background setting for part of the story. I finished it up after moving to Oregon and after many, many careful edits.

This was a difficult concept for me to bring to fruition in a first novel as the story takes place both in the present and in the past. The difficulty was that the “present” and the “past” are both set in our own future. I think I handled it well. At least I hope I did.

As I said, this is very early stages. The contract has only just been signed, but I feel comfortable with, and excited to make, this announcement.

I want to thank the editor at Black Opal Books for seeing something of value in this manuscript. I received his letter of acceptance on August 9, 2019 –Book Lovers Day! How appropriate is that?

Black Opal Books is a small publisher but is just right for me for several reasons – not the least of which is that it is recognized by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers Organization. They are also quite fond of the Oxford comma, which gets them a big thumbs-up from me.

Stay tuned for future announcements and updates on this forthcoming novel, LEGACY 627!

Far Away

Happy to announce the publication of one of my latest poems entitled “Far Away.” This poem reflects a yearning for something lost, or never known and yet, there it is – just out of reach. This feeling is more than personal. I believe it to be universal. I hope you will find it so.

This poem appears along with many others in the new anthology, Poetica, published by Clarendon House and available now in the Kindle edition at Amazon and here in paperback:

Sometimes You Must

My short story “Sometimes You Must” has been included in the latest Clarendon House anthology, Blaze!

There are times in life when we face things not of our making. Things that terrify us. Yet somehow we find the courage to face them just the same.
Please enjoy this small tale of such a moment in one person’s life. 

This wonderful anthology is available now in both paperback and Kindle editions. Find it at Amazon and at

New Shoes

My tiny story, “New Shoes,” appears in the Flash Fiction Addiction anthology from Zombie Pirate Publishing. This is a poignant little story of a child’s gratitude and a mother’s pride.

Along with my small story are 100 other stories of varying lengths, but all quite short and quickly readable. I hope you will enjoy them all.


Available now in both Kindle and Paperback at Amazon <–Click to order.


My latest short story, “Islands,” is now live in the April issue of the Front Porch Review. <– Click to read.

(PLEASE NOTE: Front Porch Review had a computer problem and lost their website. Their new site is up, but all of my stories there were, apparently, lost. At this time, I’m not sure if they will be recovered.)

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I was thrilled to receive the following in my email by a reader of this story:

Ms. Cooper,

I just wanted to say BRILLIANT!
I’ve just read your piece in the Front Porch Review and it evoked for me many memories and feelings about my relationship with my mother. The details, obliviously, are not the same, but the spirit of the unknown, the possible causes of what was behind my mother’s behavior towards me, came bursting through to me in your story.

Thank you,


Needless to say, this email made my day.
I hope you will enjoy this story, as well. If you do, reviews are always appreciated.