Read my Work

My Writing

I became a professional writer in 2015 with the release of my first novel. Here are my book-babies!

Going Through the Change

This is my debut novel, the first in the Menopausal Superhero series. Meet Linda, Jessica, Patricia, and Helen, and see how it all began.

Friend of Foe: A Menopausal Superheroes Novella

Book 1.5 of the series! Join Patricia on the sidewalk at the end of book 1 and see where she goes from there!

Change of Life (A Menopausal Superhero Novel Book 2)

The second book in the series brings in a few new characters to help the Menopausal Superheroes rescue one of their own.

The Good Will Tour: A Menopausal Superhero Novella

Even superheroes need good press, but when Leonel "Fuerte" Alvarez and Jessica "Flygirl" Roark set out to charm the press, they end up fighting to save lives. Book 2.5 (between novels 2 and 3) in the series.

Face the Change (Menopausal Superheroes Book 3)

The third book in the series comes with hard decisions for Linda/Leonel and a chance to make a difference in the world for the Menopausal Superheroes.

Through Thick and Thin (Menopausal Superheroes Story Collection)

This collection includes side adventures and between the novels intrigue for our heroines.

Agents of Change

A single volume collection of all the Menopausal Superhero short works: Friend or Foe, The Good Will Tour, and the short stories from Through Thick and Thin. 

The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks (Volume 3)

The Pen and Cape Society is an organization for authors who write superhero fiction. They've put out four of these anthologies, but the first two predate my writing life. In Sidekicks, you can find my short story "Underestimated" which follow Suzie and Patricia "The Lizard Woman of Springfield" into an adventure.

The Good Fight 4: Homefront

Another anthology from the Pen and Cape Society folks. My story in this one "Coming Out as Leonel" explores Linda Alvarez's transition from Latina grandmother into Latino superhero. And, oh yeah, into a man. See what happens when her friends learn about her changes.

Outsiders Within

From Abstruse Press, a collection of Cosmic Horror stories, appropriate for the end of 2020. Includes my story, "Margaret Lets Her Self Go," and 11 stories by other fabulous writers whose works you'll want to explore.

Hindsight's 2020: A Fantastical Collection of Regretful Tales

Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire

This groundbreaking anthology of vampire stories featuring black characters and settings throughout the African diaspora includes my exploration of the Passover story through a horror lens. "His Destroyer" takes place during the time of the Ten Plagues of Egypt and posits that G-d's instrument of vengeance might be something different than you've imagined. 

Stories We Tell After Midnight, Vol. 2

A collection of traditional scary stories, including my story: "The Cleaning Lady" about the woman sent to mop up after a vampire feeding. 

Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse (Mad Scientist Journal Presents Book 2)

I *love* this anthology. The premise was first person stories told from the end of the world. Each author ended the world differently. My story "Smoke Scream" introduces a mad scientist who punctures the veil between here and the afterworld with disastrous effects.

Hinnom Magazine Issue 010

My tale of cosmic horror, "Margaret Lets Her Self Go" is included in this issue of Hinnom Magazine.

Deadman Humour: Thirteen Fears of a Clown

My short story "The Gleewoman of Preservation" is one of thirteen stories in this stellar collection exploring what scares clowns.

Off the Beaten Path 3: Eight More Tales of the Paranormal

A collection of ghost stories to give you the shivers. My story, "The Girl in the Pool" is a daylight ghost story. Not all ghosts need moonlight.

Beyond The Pane

This anthology features short stories that all begin with the same line: "There was something not quite right about the window." My story "Ashes" has shades of Dorian Gray and a bit of southern gothic setting.

The Seven Story House

This is a collection by the members of my critique group. Each of us wrote a story set in the house you see on the cover. Mine is "Goldilocks" a retelling of the fairytale.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: Writing for Profit

Another writing advice book from the fine folks at the Insecure Writer's Support Group. My essay in this one "Have Patience, Young Grasshopper" reminds us that building a career can take time.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is an organization devoted to mutual among writers at all stages of career. I have an essay in this collection, "There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea" compares the search for a publisher to dating.

Tracing The Trails: A Constant Reader's Reflections on the Work of Stephen King

This appreciation and analysis of Stephen King's works includes an essay from me on Nightmares and Dreamscapes, especially my favorite story in the collection: Dolan's Cadillac.

Bearing Witness: Poetry by Teachers About Teaching

From a much younger Samantha. In fact, I was still Samantha Dunaway then. You can find my poem "Ode to a Sleeping High School Student or Sweet Oblivion" in this lovely collection of poetry by teachers about teaching.

View on Amazon

Boy Chick on Apex & Abyss 1 October 2021

Poison on Enchanted Conversations 23 August 2021

Wonderboy's Last Fight on Suddenly, and Without Warning. 17 November 2020.

Rorschach's Ceiling on Every Day Fiction. February 5, 2020

Breakfast at the Twilight Café on Tell-Tale Press. December 1, 2019

O Scaly Night, short story on Pen and Cape Society. December 15, 2016.

Contamination, flash fiction in Dark Matter. June 1, 2015.  (page 14)

Patricia Saves the Beauty Queen on Baked Scribe. April 29, 2015. 

Michael's Miracle. Short horror story on Acidic Fiction. December 22, 2014

Lawn Wars in the App-zine The New Accelerator, October 2014. Read an excerpt here.

Patricia Saves the Beauty Queen on FreedomFiction. April 4, 2014.

Review: Ross Poldark on Bookish Fangirl
8 August 2017

Unpopular Opinions: Gilmore Girls is Not that Great on Bookish Fangirl
25 July 2017

Review: The Brass Giant on Bookish Fangirl
20 July 2017

My Cheese Problem on Bookish Fangirl
18 July 2017

Review: Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley on Bookish Fangirl
13 July 2017

Review: Classic Reads: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson on Bookish Fangirl
7 July 2017

Review: Reenu-You by Michele Tracy Berger on Bookish Fangirl
3 July 2017

Building a Chain: The Joys of a Daily Writing Habit on Curiosity Quills Press
9 January 2017

You Got Your Christmas on my Chanukah! on GeekDad
27 December 2016

Review: 'No Thank You, Evil': The Adventure Continues on GeekDad
8 November 2016

Review: How to Climb the Eiffel Tower on Peer Reviewed
30 September 2016

Review: A Sip of Fear on Peer Reviewed
23 September 2016

Review: Queen Klutz on Peer Reviewed
16 September 2016

Review: Arena Mode on Peer Reviewed
9 September 2016

Review: Behind Our Walls on Peer Reviewed
2 September 2016

Review: The Cogsmith's Daughter on Peer Reviewed
27 August 2016

Review: Bad Wizard on Peer Reviewed
19 August 2016

Review: The Devil You Know on Peer Reviewed
12 August 2016

Ten Years of Gaming At Atomic Empire on GeekDad
7 August 2016

We Have a Winner: Manly Wade Wellman Award on GeekDad
22 July 2016

Review: No, Thank You, Evil! role-playing game on GeekDad
20 July 2016

Review: Borrowed Time on Peer Reviewed
4 July 2016

Review: Escape Plan on Peer Reviewed
27 June 2016

Review: Cold Comfort on Peer Reviewed
22 June 2016

Review: Wilde's Fire on Peer Reviewed
8 June 2016

Review: Kiya: Hope of the Pharoah on Peer Reviewed
3 June 2016

Review: Searching for Summer on Peer Reviewed
25 May 2016

Review: Nefertiti's Heart on Peer Reviewed
20 May 2016

Review: Chimeras on Peer Reviewed
11 May 2016

Review: Waiting for Paint to Dry on Peer Reviewed
2 May 2016

Review: Ithaka Rising on Peer Reviewed
25 April 2016

Review: Crooks and Straights on Peer Reviewed
22 April 2016

Review: The Minus Faction on Peer Reviewed
13 April 2016

Review: Mad Libs: The Game on GeekDad
22 March 2016

Review: Hello Fresh food service on GeekDad
8 February 2016

Extra Life Gaming Marathon: Followup on GeekDad
9 November 2015

Extra Life Gaming Marathon: Play Games. Heal Kids on GeekDad
24 October 2015

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn: Game Review on GeekDad
17 August 2015

Storm Hollow: A Storytelling Game for the Whole Family on GeekDad
2 August 2015

Gen Con Day Two: The Writer's Symposium on GeekDad
1 August 2015

Day One at GenCon: The Big Picture on GeekDad
31 July 2015

Galxyz Science Education App: A Review on GeekDad
22 July 2015

It's the End of the World…I Feel Fine (review of the Apocalypse Triptych) on GeekDad
8 July 2015

ConCarolinas: A Small Con with a Big Heart on GeekDad
1 June 2015

Splatoon Global Testfire: a Lesson in Patience on GeekDad
26 May 2015

Review of iPoe on GeekDad
20 April 2015


  1. I love it! It brings back memories of reading Gloria Steinem's 1980 essay, "If Men Could Menstruate" - which is so hilarious that I still quote parts of it. :)