Index – all stories

Index – all stories

The following is the complete list of Shade of the Morning Sun-stories. They are mostly about Carrie, but I’ve inserted stories about other members of the cast where they fit into the chronology.

Stories about Carrie’s friendship with Lin – until its tragic end (1995-2000)

Boats Against The Current

Carrie meets her best friend-to-be at a party from hell, and almost loses her the same night.

Strangers In Moscow

Lin offers to use her inheritance to buy Carrie a condo, so Carrie can get away from living with her mother in a cramped two-roomer. But can you say yes to such a gift from someone you only just met?

Bound To Be A Better Ride

Lin and Carrie talk on the phone at Christmas about how to deal with hating your parents – and other blossoming friendship things.


Lin goes to her first roleplaying session after her father’s death and frets about how to act when she arrives.

In the Eye of the Storm

Lin crashes Carrie’s cozy evening during a snowstorm. She has run away and refuses to go back to a mother she hates.

If there ever was a time for friendship, this is it.

Available as an ebook – with an extra story not published anywhere else.

All I Wanna Say IS

Carrie and Lin grow closer as they discover their mutual hopes and dreams for making it as an artist and author respectively. They just have to agree on the limits of those dreams.

3 A.M. Eternal

On their way home from a night out Carrie manages to get dangerously sick and insult Lin at the same time.

The Things We Find Behind The Door

Carrie is no longer able to hide her jealousy of Lin’s wealth and has to decide if she wants to keep living in the same apartment as her best friend.

Clear Horizon

Carrie and Lin are on their way home after a late-night cinema-trip, talking about if they should be jealous of their two friends – Alan and Nadine – for being in a relationship.

This Is Where We Walked

Dark clouds gather over life, as Lin struggles with depression. In a bid to make peace with the past Lin takes Carrie to see a haunted house.

Stories from Carrie’s long road trip in the Americas (2000-2004)

Roads To Leave By

Carrie’s friend, Nadine, tries to stop Carrie from quitting her studies and traveling to South America with no plan to ever come back.

Love Is A Shield

At a holiday resort in Belize Carrie meets Dale who provides a welcome distraction. But how do you go on a date when you are on the run from personal tragedy?

Under My Skin

Carrie has traveled all the way to Lima in Peru but has not escaped her grief. She wonders how to find the strength to go on.

Without A Trace

Siobhan is everything Carrie could wish for in a traveling companion. But Carrie has trouble letting anyone get close.

New Year’s Day

Carrie meets Jacob from Israel who is slated to go to prison when he returns, for refusing military duty. It seems there is no way out. They try to find one anyway.

The Halo Of Our Souls

In a Bolivian market, Carrie helps a lost little boy search for his mother, with some unexpected consequences.

The One I Tried to Destroy

Ending up in Buenos Aires, Carrie befriends a Falklands War-veteran who turns out to have a dark side.

When We Hear The Voices Sing

Carrie considers breaking up with her violent boyfriend, Jeremy.

A Thousand Reasons

Having escaped Jeremy by jumping out of his car, Carrie wanders along a desert road, without water wondering if she made the right choice.

A Letter For My Daughter

Going cold turkey in a lonely motel room, trying to rid herself of cocaine addiction, Carrie writes a letter to the daughter she does not yet have.

That Which Cannot Be Broken

On the run from drug-addiction and her violent ex-boyfriend, Carrie is hiding out in a small Montana town. When she is witness to bikers assaulting a man she has to make yet another choice about life or death.

Shadows In The Shape Of Men

In a boarding house on the Pacific Coast, Carrie meets a potential new friend whose scars may rival her own.

Portrait of a Killer

Meet grim-faced, silent Daniel who never lowers his shades. He moves into the boarding home where Carrie stays – into the room right next to hers.

And Daniel looks and behaves very much like Jeremy did just before he exploded …  

Available as an ebook – with an extra story not published anywhere else.

Stories about Carrie’s struggle to start a family and start over (2005-)

The Finland Station

Jon meets Carrie for the first time in a run-down gym in Flagstaff, AZ.

Like The Wind Through My Tree

A lonely cop—Jon—is trying to figure out if he has the courage to start a relationship with the lonely waitress, Carrie. Or if he even should, since he (rightly) suspects she, like himself, is ‘damaged goods’.

In Spite Of Dreams

Back in Scotland Siné Munroe was Carrie’s best friend. Then Carrie moved to the US and Siné stopped writing for 16 years. So when Siné out of the blue sends a friend request on Facebook Carrie has to make a choice.

When The Moment Arrives

What happens when you are waiting at the airport to meet an old friend after 16 years but is not sure you can forgive her for staying out of touch for so long?


Jon tries to save a young man from juvenile detention while reflecting on how his own brother saved him from the same fate many years ago.

Like Grace From The Earth

On a bus-ride, Carrie befriends Anna, an elderly photographer. Carrie has a family now but is not happy. She wonders if she can live what she has left of her life without trying once more to realize her old dreams of becoming an artist herself.

When They Asked Me If I Knew You

After Anna’s death, Carrie has a strange dream.

Ancient Melodies

Carrie meets a woman whom she might have become friends with if they had not gotten off on the wrong foot.

The Morning Sun

One perfectly normal morning in Carrie and Jon’s family – or maybe not.

Ghost Hearts

Carrie finds an article about new quantum physics and the theory of ‘ghost universes’. Even though she knows it is no good and perhaps a little crazy, she obsesses about the idea that Lin may be alive in another universe.

From The Day You’re Born

Carrie and Jon’s children, Emma and Michael, play hide and seek in the parking lot of a motel, while a thunderstorm approaches.

The Inside That I Carve

During her dead-end cleaning job at the nursing home, Carrie struggles with anxiety about not being able to break free of the demands of everyday life and finally find time to draw, maybe even tell stories with her drawings.

Sparkles In The Rain

Carrie tries to discuss some of her personal problems with her estranged father – perhaps too early.

His Last and First Breath

When state trooper Jonathan Reese by chance becomes the first responder to a child trapped in an Arizona flash flood, his quiet day on patrol comes to a brutal end. While trying to save the young boy from drowning, Jon himself is swept away by the flood. He only survives because he spots the boy, now safe on land, waving and calling his attention to a tree near the shore that Jon can grab on to. Afterwards, though, the boy is found drowned far, far away from the spot where he saved Jon.

Jon is the epitome of a no-nonsense police officer but has plenty of never-worked-out survivor’s guilt already from his tour in Iraq 15 years earlier. And now he has found one case he can’t crack.

PLEASE NOTE: This story is only available as an ebook.
Read an excerpt here. Purchase the book here.

Hello And Welcome

Carrie is close to going crazy for not being able to get something going regarding her broken dreams about becoming an artist.

One Step Closer

Carrie is offered 100,000 dollars from an obscure religious organization to ‘change her life’. She is desperate to receive it since she hates her job and feels her life is in a rut. But the offer may just tear her fragile family apart before she can make a final decision.

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