M. F. Jones  

Writer, Editor, Animal Advocate

Works in Progress -- Fiction 

Somebody's Darling:  A Novel 

Jessie Gibbs is a young musician living in present-day Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Frustrated by her single state and stalled performing career, she seeks adventure and romance as camp cook for a group of Civil War re-enactors. One moonlit night in the woods near her unit’s encampment, she meets a man whose motley uniform suggests that he’s a fellow “living historian." Lemuel Sanders is handsome and soft-spoken, with a charming, old-fashioned courtesy. He’s clearly attracted to her. There is just one drawback: He’s a ghost.

        Lem tells Jessie that he was killed in the 1862 battle of Stones River and hastily buried with six other soldiers in an unmarked grave. He has a mission: to enlist a living person to find his family in the Smoky Mountains and let them know that he died and where he is buried. He is unaware that 145 years have passed, but learning that doesn’t diminish his resolve to make the gravesite known and obtain a proper burial for himself and the other soldiers interred with him, so that all those families may know peace at last.

        Though terrified at first, Jessie is drawn to help him and they fall in love. She is torn: wanting to find his people so that he can go to his eternal rest, but knowing that by doing so she will lose him forever. However, not finding them will be disastrous, because she fears that Lem will never abandon his quest, and she will never be free of her passion for him to seek a real-world lover.

         Somebody’s Darling is a love story that crosses time periods: present day, and Civil War era – and unites worlds: the ordinary, and the spiritual/supernatural. Click here to read the opening of Somebody's Darling. 

Invented Lives: A Novel

Reggie, 27, is recovering from a triple loss – mother, lover, job. She becomes friends with the dazzling but devious Clarissa, 35, who first helps Reggie rebuild her life, and then tries to destroy it.

        The two meet at an animal shelter in western Massachusetts where Clarissa matches Reggie up with her canine soulmate, the fearful, gentle Rufus. Bound by their shared love of dogs, the women become inseparable friends. Clarissa, as bold as she is gorgeous, pushes Reggie to get out of herself and take risks, which leads Reggie to a new love with Aidan Lynch, a lilting-voiced, dog-loving Irishman. But gradually the women’s friendship is strained by Clarissa’s jealousy of Aidan and by Reggie’s realization that Clarissa tells many lies. Things come to a breaking point when Reggie discovers a shocking secret that her friend is hiding, and confronts her. Clarissa retaliates by striking Reggie where she knows it will hurt most -- trying to seduce Aidan, and abducting Reggie’s beloved dog, Rufus. Click here to read the opening chapter of Invented Lives