In the works
Strong Hearts: historical fiction
Two young heroes make their bow to the nation in 1806. One of them finds himself facing a new life after the expedition, one in which he searches for love and fulfillment. And a young woman, who discovers something about herself that sets her world to spinning, must struggle with idealism and bitterness towards those who tried to hide her illegitimate past. She must make a decision, she must fight the darkness creeping towards her, must find the soul that her own soul belongs with. Julian, her childhood friend, grapples with his own idealism that could lead him to happiness or failure. The young hero must choose between his own quest for glory and the higher one of honor and truth. But what will be the cost of their decisions?
Writhttp://www.rebeccaspen.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1244&action=editing stage: 76, 941 words
Millicent: historical fiction
1861. The Confederacy and the Union are pitted against one another as war tears the country in half. Brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. When Millicent Clarence’s brothers join the Confederate Army, she watches as her own Shenandoah Valley becomes torn as her childhood sweetheart refuses to ignore his conscience and fight for the South. Turning her back on him as she would a traitor, Millicent must face the devastation and change that this civil war will bring irreversibly to her homeland. And when a complicated, mysterious young Federal captain and his squadron turn Milly’s farm into their headquarters for the Shenandoah, she finds herself trying to decide between freedom and bondage.
Begun as of July, 2013 . . . Heaven’s Sight follows the life of a young artist, whose parents immigrated from Germany to New York City in 1905. Orphaned at a young age after his father is killed during an Anti-German protest as World War I escalates, with the world pitted against the Kaiser and his allies, this boy grows up to seek his own identity, but he searches in the wrong places.
Word Count: 2867
The Doll Society
This is a story of magic, almost a fantasy. Let’s call it a historical fantasy. It concerns a little girl named Lydia. And three box-fulls of dolls which her grandparents pass down to her. But these are not just ordinary dolls. They have secrets. They have stories of their own.
Word count: 5,127 words
A young woman plans to escape a difficult life with her irresponsible father, intending to attend the university she has always dreamed of. She never imagines that she has someone intent upon protecting her, a stranger whose friendship she depends on in her darkest hours.
Currently in short story format/planning stages