Cover of Tidepool, Nicole’s debut novel coming from Parliament House Press in 2021. Cover design by Shayne Leighton.
Cover of Tidepool, Nicole’s debut novel coming from Parliament House Press in 2021. Cover design by Shayne Leighton.
The cover of my debut novel Tidepool, designed by Shayne Leighton.

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This is Not a Drill: Tidepool eBook Up for Preorder!

I’m delighted to announce that the eBook version of Tidepool went up on Amazon and Kobo for preorder. If you’re interested in Lovecraftian horror with a dash of American Horror Story, you’ll love Tidepool.

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Hi everyone! I’m delighted to announce that this week, the eBook version of Tidepool went up on Amazon and Kobo for preorder. (Just FYI: the cover on the sale pages is not the final cover; it’s a Parliament House placeholder cover.) If you’re interested in Lovecraftian horror with a dash of American Horror Story, you’ll love Tidepool.

Preorder the eBook from Amazon.

Preorder the eBook from Kobo.

The novel will be released on August 3, 2021. There’s a print version coming too, but I’m assuming that won’t go up on Amazon and elsewhere until December at the earliest. …


Image by Septimiu Balica from Pixabay

The boy on the shabby green sofa was going to die no matter what anyone did. Even Dr. Harry Purdee, no real doctor at all, could see that. The ragged wheezes from the boy’s parched gray lips were the only signs of life from a body stone-still and pale as milk.

“Please, Dr. Purdee. You must have something in that wagon that could help him. Everyone says it’s hopeless, but I can’t believe that.” The boy’s mother wrung her hands as she spoke. The father stood pinch-lipped as he stared between Purdee and his sick son.

Purdee had come to…


Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

Mickey Dugan (24, bartender) has a plan. It’s the best plan he’s come up with since he landed on the beach for the new season of Last One Standing. Hell — it’s the best plan he’s had since he got the idea to apply for this stupid show.

Mickey pretends he’s just sitting on a rock and staring at the ocean, but he’s biding his time. Kurt (34, football player) heads off to the woods with Becca (25, sales representative) and Jasmine (22, model) to strategize. Two cameramen hurry after them. …


Image by aneta110 from Pixabay

It’s not about the jeans. It’s about respect. That’s what Sadie doesn’t understand.

“Why are you guys pissed? I said you could borrow my stuff too.” Sadie’s sprawled on one of the ugly orange sofas in our dorm’s lounge, finishing the last of Gretchen’s leftover pizza. She wipes her palms on her jeans.

Only they’re my jeans. My best designer jeans, the pair I’d gone to a lot of trouble to get. They were all clean and ready for a night uptown. But she took them from my room without asking. Again.

“You can’t borrow pizza, Sadie. And now the…


Image by Anja🤗#helpinghands #solidarity#stays healthy🙏 from Pixabay

The customers at Smocking’s Oddity Shoppe on that overcast Saturday afternoon later swore they actually heard Mr. Griswold coming before he entered the place. The pale, trembling fellow threw the door open, his eyes wide and red. The bells over the door jingled sharply, and everyone turned to stare at the source of the jarring sounds.

“Good heavens.” Mr. Smocking clutched his chest as Griswold hurried into his showroom. “You look like you’ve seen the devil.”

“You must help me, sir!”

The customers continued gawking, and Smocking cleared his throat. …


A small wind-up toy clown clutches two balls, one orange and one yellow.
A small wind-up toy clown clutches two balls, one orange and one yellow.
Image by Tracy Lundgren from Pixabay

Zoe heard the first toy before she saw it. An odd clank-clank-clank sound disturbed the quiet in the upstairs hallway, and Zoe wandered around trying to find the noise.

Her husband Troy glanced at the ceiling and smirked. “Maybe it’s mice.”

Zoe shuddered. “That’s not funny. We just moved here.” She pulled down the attic ladder. The clanking grew louder as she climbed.

“Whatever that noise is, it’s up here,” she called down to Troy.

“Be careful, sweetie.”

Zoe sneezed and then sneezed again in the dusty, stale-smelling air. …


Image by Pexels from Pixabay

His bright green necktie matches his eyes. That’s the first thing Kara notices about him.

She’s not good at talking to strangers. Never has been. But when he shows up at the office wearing the same tie day after day, her curiosity overrides her shyness.

“Do you wear that because of your eyes?” She points at his tie.

“My eyes?”

“Um…” Oh god, he thinks I’m a moron. “The tie. Matches your eyes. It’s nice.” Can you even say a thing like that to a coworker without getting dragged to HR? Well, she’s just said it.

But a smile breaks…


A dirigible flies through a cloudy sky; a balloon can be seen faintly on the right side of the image.
A dirigible flies through a cloudy sky; a balloon can be seen faintly on the right side of the image.
Image by ImaArtist from Pixabay

Not-Mother scolds Christy for leaving her burnt toast and rubbery eggs uneaten, and Father stares at his hands and mumbles “Listen to your mother.” Every morning starts the same way. But this time, Christy has had enough.

“She’s not my mother!” With that, Christy bangs out of the house, cutting off Not-Mother’s shouts. That’s going to cause quite an argument when Christy comes home. Maybe she’ll just stay gone.

A salty-tear smell lingers in her nose as she swipes the back of her hand against her damp, hot face. She doesn’t know where she’s going. …


Image by Tomáš Lhotský from Pixabay

Olaf the Foolhardy was forever devising ideas that baffled and infuriated the people of Mirstone, so perhaps they shouldn’t have been surprised when he appeared in the town square one afternoon leading an enormous, lizard-like creature by a neck chain.

“Come one, come all!” Olaf summoned villagers to meet his bizarre new companion. “Come see the creature that will revolutionize the way we live! We’ll never depend on horses again.”

Villagers who drew too close to Olaf and his discovery wrinkled their noses and traded uneasy glances. A distinct smell of smoke hung around the creature, which had crimson scales…

Nicole Willson

My novel TIDEPOOL is coming from Parliament House Press in 2021. Preorder the eBook here: https://www.amazon.com/Tidepool-Nicole-Willson-ebook/dp/B08L6YNSN6/ref

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