Charity’s Heart, historical romantic suspense
Marriage, murder and mayhem in 1888 London. Charity Llewellyn, 19, looks forward to marrying one day, but upon learning that her intended groom is Mathias Baptiste, the immoral son of a wealthy banker, she runs away from home to avoid the betrothal. Angry at her attempt, her father appoints a handsome and mysterious man, Alexander Sutton, as her constant chaperone. Furious, Charity plots an escape with help from her friend Lillian, although that leads to involvement in an unsolved 20-year old murder and a shallow burial of human bones. As she tries to unravel the secrets of the old murder, she meets a frightening man who could be Jack the Ripper. But that’s not her only obstacle. As she and Alexander grow closer and fall in love, she learns a dark secret he’s been keeping and when Mathias finds them together, he is overcome with rage and will stop at nothing to get her back, not even murder.
Excerpt from Charity’s Heart
The silhouette of the sailor blocked the doorway. It was unclear whether he’d seen her or not, so she remained perfectly still. Her whole body trembled. His breath made a misty plume that floated up into the shadows.
“If you’re looking for a bit o’ fun, I got a pocket full of money. Come on, love, let’s get a look at ya.”
His words were slurred. He took a step into the shack and waited. How could she get away when there was only one way out? She had to think. What would Lillian do in a situation like this? Nothing came to mind. She stretched out her arm with the bottle in her hand. Her only chance was to let him know she was prepared to fight him off if necessary.
The man laughed, a throaty, nasty laugh, “Ha! No bottle can protect ya!” He lunged forward and knocked the bottle from her hand.
Charity screamed and looked around for another bottle. Just as she saw one near the sailor’s feet, he suddenly flew backward out of the shack and landed on his back. Charity grabbed the bottle and held it tightly. She crept a bit closer to the doorway and smelled the sweet scent of pipe tobacco as it drifted in. She saw the sailor wasn’t moving and there was another man near the sailor with a foot on his chest.
The other man let the sailor up and motioned to the ships. “You’d better get back to your ship and leave the unwilling alone.” His voice was clear, firm yet non-threatening. It was like he was talking to a friend, not a fiend.
Charity kept her grip on the bottle and sank back into the shadows of the shack. Hopefully the man would leave with the sailor and she could escape and run straight home. She waited, but once the sailor got shakily to his feet and stumbled away, the other man remained, holding onto the door.
“So who’s inside? A wharf rat perhaps?” Now his voice was condescending.
“I’m no rat, sir, and I take exception to you implying that I am.” Charity put her arm down to her side, but didn’t drop the bottle. “Step aside now so I can be on my way.”
“I see we have a feisty wharf rat.” He took a few steps backward and motioned her out of the shack. “I won’t stand in your way, wharf rat.”
“Stop calling me that.” She made her way to the doorway and looked around. The man was alone. The sailor was nowhere in sight. “Don’t you try to stop me.”
“I said I wouldn’t.” The man tamped out his pipe on the heel of his shoe.
The moonlight shone directly into his eyes, giving off a soft sheen like light reflecting off the Thames. She recognized him at once. He was the clean-shaven man she’d seen leaving with the woman only moments ago. Since he made no advances toward her, she slipped out of the shack and hurried away.
He called out, “Run off home, little wharf rat!”
A Woman’s Way, women’s fiction
A Woman's Way is a novel based on the life story of the 19th century French Feminist, Maria Deraismes. Sofia Diana Gabel blends historical fact with fiction as she details Maria Deraismes' struggle against misogynistic men and the French government during the turbulent 1870s in Paris. Maria gets involved with the Paris Commune in 1871 and rallies behind the new socialist government, thinking it will end inequality, but it doesn't. Violence soon erupts when troops break through the barricades on April 2nd and begin a bloody week to overthrow the Commune. Maria tries to speak for the people, but ends up in front of a firing squad. Will she manage to escape death and bring equality to Paris, or will her hopes and dreams die with her?
Pest Control, environmental satire/thriller
Joseph Vogorev hates spiders and loves money. As the president and CEO of chemical giant Pest No More, he develops a neurotoxin pesticide specially formulated to target only arachnid species. When outspoken environmentalist Gale Pacalis realizes the potential for planet-wide devastation, he wants more than anything to bring Vogorev down. With a host of quirky friends, he collects data to prove Arach-No-More’s lethality. Teenaged Amelia joins his group because she’s personally invested; her pink kneed tarantula, Pinky, died. It’s a race to save the world, but as Gale and his friends go head-to-head with Vogorev, the many obstacles they face makes it seem impossible to win. Mainly because Vogorev has unlimited money and a limited conscience.
Two Brothers: Origin, Book 1, YA science fiction
What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?
Two Brothers: Heritage, Book 2, YA science fiction
In the second book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, Argus Dachel, a far-from-ordinary half-alien teen, finds himself mixed up in the battle between a hostile faction of Invaders and the peaceful Ramtalans he’s come to know as his friends. With his brother Tai held captive at the Citadel and disturbing news about his father, Argus has to come to grips with the truth about who he really is. Not only is the government agency, the Astronomical Urgent Recovery Administration, AURA, hot on his tail, but his relationship with his girlfriend Lola is in jeopardy. As his special abilities increase and become stronger, he risks exposure and capture. When the enemy closes in and the Citadel is attacked, it seems victory is impossible, but losing means certain death. He must find some way to protect everyone around him, but winning is impossible. Or is it?
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Sofia Diana Gabel started life in Sydney, Australia, but her family moved to the United States when she was very young. Home wasn’t settled for a long time and included living in Toronto, Canada; Henrietta and Buffalo, New York; Northridge, Southern California; a short stint back in Sydney, Australia; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; Daytona Beach, Florida, with an eventual semi-settled life in Ojai and Ventura, Southern California as a single parent to her three daughters.
Perhaps the unsettled partial nomadic lifestyle is the reason she loves to travel and is never fully satisfied with where she’s living. Moving around and travelling to different countries are adventures which serve as potential settings and plots for stories. A multi-genre fiction writer, with degrees in environmental science and archaeology, and coursework in creative writing and criminal justice, she enjoys being out in nature, keeping up on archaeological discoveries and learning about the law, criminal behavior and police procedures (all with, once again, potential for stories!)
When she's not glued to her desk writing or researching, she loves to spend time with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. Writing is a true passion, born from a love of the written word and how those words can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.
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Interesting Facts about Sofia:
· I never suffer from writer’s block
· I carry a small notebook with me and write down character names when they come to me
· I have three hairless Sphynx cats
· All three cats sleep with me and hog the bed
· I live in southern California, yet I hate the sun and love the rain
· I have two Bachelor degrees and am currently working on my Master’s in archaeology
· I’ve taken forensics and criminal justice classes to learn about crime for my stories
· I once called the New Orleans police department in the middle of the night to get accurate information for a story I was working on. I’ve also called the Los Angeles police department and contacted Interpol. I’m sure I’m on a no-fly list.