Unsettled Mom

Joan Reginaldo: Author, Developmental Editor, and Community Volunteer.

Stories featuring Self-Rescuing Heroines.

Unsettled Mom

Joan Reginaldo: Developmental Editor and Community Volunteer, running a mixed-race family in the Bay Area.

Author of SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, and Horror short stories featuring Self-Rescuing Heroines.

New Releases:

Part 3 of the TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER TO WORK DAY series.

“The Glass Cathedral”

Out of the frying pan and into the fire feels the same whether it’s by your own damned choices or because a friend betrays you. It’s a life lesson Anne Dwarding is learning in her latest universe-hopping adventure…

The last thing adventurers should worry about is birth control but it’s become a priority for Anne as hers starts trying to kill her form within. She tries but fails to hide her growing “discomfort” from Jess and Kyle, the people helping her find her home universe; they’ve made it clear they’ll abandon her for the sake of their own mission if she ever becomes an inconvenience.

Surprisingly, Kyle, who usually takes Anne’s side, refuses to help her because of a mysterious oath he made in Camelot. It’s Jess, who looks exactly like Anne’s recently deceased mother but treats Anne like a burden she can’t wait to scrape off, who offers a solution.

A solution in a universe most similar to the one Anne grew up in, but home to a powerful entity Anne only knows as an urban legend.

Anne’s latest adventure pits her against an entity whose very existence challenges her faith and forces her to choose between sacrificing someone to get the help she needs, or upholding her beliefs at great personal cost.

Catch up on the whole series:

A Self-Rescuing Heroine in a Gothic tale with a modern twist.

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Raquel prides herself on being the center of her social circle, a successful human resources manager, and now the renter of a corner unit in a coveted Silicon Valley neighborhood.

But the dream apartment turns out to be too good to be true. A problem with the lights takes a sinister turn, despite a traditional Filipino house-blessing complete with palm crosses and holy water. The apartment maintenance man, Carl, gets spooked when she mentions her unit number. And he warns her to beware of her lying, cheating, deal-making neighbor. Her neighbor, Ruben, warns her away from Carl, whose girlfriend died under mysterious circumstances.

Intent on keeping her dream apartment and making it livable again, Raquel tries to leave the two men to their strange rivalry. Yet her investigations take her further away from her technological comforts, deeper into the realm of the paranormal, and closer to the two mysterious men. The harder she fights to escape her fate, the tighter the knot that binds the three of them to the tragic history of apartment Twenty-Four C.


Also available on Amazon:

Fresh Cuts: Breaking Volume

***5 Stars***

“fascinating and complex”
“Delightfully perverse”
“Twisted, Hilarious…messed up my sleep schedule”

A collection of short stories in uncommon genres from SciFi-Fantasy hybrid and YA Horror to Literary Horror and Comedic Fantasy. Though fluid in genre, the stories all share one common theme:

Daring characters doing unsettling things to get out of extraordinary situations.

Sixteen-year-old Mary longs for the life her family left behind as they hopscotch into new homes, trying to outrun an old foe. On a farm nearby, Nora awaits the rising sun for other reasons, wondering if it’s the last day she’ll have with her loyal employees. As the sun rises on their edge of the world, it sets on the other, where sixteen-year-old Charlie faces the darkness of superstition and the dark side of globalization in the Philippines. Being a child of both worlds, he sits on the fulcrum and his choice will require a sacrifice.

From a little house of horrors in California, to an alternate universe that provides a gateway to infinite alternate universes where myths and legends live and breathe, the stories span the time and space humans would travel to sate their curiosity. And the stories tell of the trouble and destruction humans attract even as we construct spaceships, portals, and philosophies to escape them.

Fresh Cuts 2: Skinning


“sensibility of the best horror with the pacing of a psychological thriller”
“Imaginative and thought-provoking”
“Sick. Disturbing”
“the part of Wonderland people don’t talk about”

Raw and fresh stories to get under your skin…
A scorned lover plans a modern revenge worse than death, a little genius’ curiosity causes trouble with one twisted tooth fairy, a grim warning from a woman whose job it is to protect us from what happens while we sleep, and more stories across the spectrum of flash-bang carnival thrills and the mounting dread of inescapable sacrifice.
From the power of metaphorical revelations to the unsettling idea of literally taking off or putting on a skin, these stories in different genres offer diverse interpretations of what it means to be skinned alive. Featuring Part 2 of the Serial: Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

Genie of the Cabernet:

Jin’s lover threatens to leave unless Jin can grant a person one pure wish. A wish with none of the usual literal interpretations or nasty repercussions. Seems like an easy task except the person Jin chooses, Smith a disillusioned programmer, refuses to make a wish because of Jin’s infamous reputation.

With love on the line, Jin must do the unexpected to end a thousand years of infamy. But is it too late for Jin and Smith to change?

Set in Silicon Valley, this Urban Fantasy short story touches on the timeless themes of love and infamy while exploring the isolation and illusion of power in the modern age.

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