The Octopus That Drank Lake Michigan

The Octopus That Drank Lake Michigan is a small-town science fiction romance set in a world filled with oversized crustaceans and giant squid, which I’ll be querying late spring/early summer 2017.

Becky Smalls works for Animal Control. Lake and Sea Monster Control, to be precise. And in her hometown on Lake Michigan’s shores, there’s plenty of job security. Right now, Becky wishes things were slower in her job as an aqualife investigator. She’s got her hands full at home. But when a mystery unfolds on the lakeshore that puts her nephew in danger, Becky’s work and family life collide, and she finds an ally in the unlikeliest of places…

When trucker Sean Pattison cuts Becky off in traffic in a fit of road rage, the last thing he expects is to run into her at the truck stop down the road. He certainly never expected to get roped into her latest case, a convoluted mess involving theft, the EPA, and the dwindling octopi population. But when he learns that the case puts a seven-year-old boy in danger, what else can he say to her plea for help but yes?

Becky is drawn to Sean, and Sean cares for her more than he’d like to admit. But when their personal lives and Becky’s case take a turn for the worst, who can say whether their hearts—and bodies—will survive?


Published Works

“Cathedral” – flash fiction (short fiction)
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  • February 2007, The Deepening
  • January 2009, Ancient Paths
  • July 2009, Joyful! Online

“Prince of Dreams” – short fiction

  • April 2010, Enchanted Conversation

“The Mermaid and the Stag” – short fiction

  • June 2010, Enchanted Conversation