The World in the Window
Nobody can see the portal to a parallel world that opens whenever Charlotte Ashdown is bored; that is, except Eleanor, her double in that world and the only other person who can see the portal. Charlotte’s parents worry that she’s talking to the air instead of making real friends at school and treat her like she’s broken. But Eleanor is not a problem to solve. She’s Charlotte’s best friend—her only friend.
After Charlotte sees Eleanor getting bullied at school, Eleanor reveals that she believes the two girls switched worlds as babies. In Eleanor’s world, everyone has a power that is activated by a certain emotion, working like Charlotte’s boredom. Charlotte offers to switch places with Eleanor, pretend to be her, show off her portal power, and then reverse the switch. But nothing goes according to plan: Eleanor’s family can’t see the portal either, the bullies are merciless, Eleanor refuses to switch back, and no one at school will even talk to her. Unless Charlotte can make real friends—something she has never been good at—she could remain there as an outcast for the rest of her life.
The Window Closes
Charlotte Ashdown keeps losing people she cares about. First, some of the friends who helped save her from the bullies last spring now want to include one of those bullies in the group, causing a huge rift in the group. Then one of her portals disappears, and no one knows why. Charlotte is still reeling from both of these when her friend Nick’s little sister goes missing. While searching for her, Charlotte and her father find a clue that points to none other than Mr. Jacobsen, the blackmailer whose power Charlotte accidentally broke when she stood up to him.
Charlotte is still inexperienced with her power, having barely begun lessons about the twelve parallel worlds and her future as an exchanger. With the nearest other exchanger thousands of miles away and not even speaking her language, Charlotte may be all alone against a very dangerous foe, unless she can reconcile with her friends so they can work together to once again defeat a bully.
Murder on the Orion Express
This one is merely a concept at this point, but it is my next project after finishing The Window Closes. On a luxury spaceship traveling to a resort planet in the Bellatrix System, teenage security guard Sparky La Sal finds a body floating in the pool at the bottom of the ship’s most popular water slide while on patrol one night. She begins searching for clues and finding that quite a few people might have motive for murder. But since her boss is one of the suspects, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Sparky finds herself in greater danger as she puts the clues together with the help of a dreamy rich boy, who may have secrets of his own.
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The New Neighbors
Alien refugees move into Clara’s trailer park. She begins to befriend them, even when their presence becomes problematic to the rest of the world.
In a world where everyone wears customizable holosuits, Heydon meets a pretty woman who still wears vintage clothing.
“The Suicide of Brunhilda Mackleby” was published in Leading Edge magazine in November 2014.