RELEASE – Rosa and the Shadowmaster

Three years after storming fully formed into my imagination, Captain Rosa Romano’s story is finally out in the world! My steampunk novella, Rosa and the Shadowmaster, is out today on Amazon. This story feels so personal. When I was a child, I yearned to read stories where women took charge, not only of the story, but their own destiny. Rosa Romano is the character I always wanted to find, and her fight to shape how the world sees her is one of the central themes in this novella.

However, any story with an airship descending upon Paris in 1901 wouldn’t be complete without a dash of sensuality, a splash of intrigue, a sprinkle of the Moulin Rouge – and in Rosa and the Shadowmaster, creatures of the night with a whole lot of bite…

Captain Rosa Romano craves the taste of danger. Rebellious to the core, when she hears rumours of the shadows that lurk within the arcane and dazzling Demorte’s Travelling Circus, she flies the Dante’s Dalliance into the heart of turn-of-the-century Paris to investigate. Death meets her and her crew at every turn, and the captain is determined to take her revenge on those who threaten the people she loves.

However, when a mysterious prophecy leads the enigmatic ringmaster, Ignatius Demorte, to set his sights on her, Rosa will have to fight not only against monsters who rock the very foundations of her world, but against something far harder to defy – the temptation to let seductive darkness devour her in every possible way.

Find it now on;

Amazon US

Amazon UK

and free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

Upcoming releases

Happy New Year to you all! As we look ahead to 2019, it seems an apt time to fill you all in on my writing plans for the coming months. In terms of new work, my main focus is working on the edits for The Strange Case of Doctor Magorian so that I can begin looking for a home for it in the summer. If anyone knows any publishers looking for steampunk novels with a strong feminist backbone, please give me a nudge!

As for short stories, I have a few ideas I want to get started on, but my degree is eating  into a lot of writing time at the moment. On the plus side, it is producing a lot of creative material that might be worth developing at a later date, and whilst I’m taking a brief hiatus from writing new stories, I can devote what little free time I have to promoting my upcoming releases. I’ve signed all the contracts over the holiday season, so I’m thrilled to share with you all that the following will soon be available:

The Death of Nostalgia will be featured in the February 2019 release from the Society of Misfit Stories. This was a story that took a dark and deeply personal twist when I was writing it, but coming in around 8000 words, I was aware that it was at that particularly awkward, in-between length that makes it a hard sell. Fortunately, it found a great home in next month’s release, and I can’t wait to see how the new format works for this issue.

The Corsair’s Daughter is in Issue 9 of Broadswords and Blasters, to be released in April 2019. Unashamed fangirling will now commence! I love B&B. Cameron and Matt do a fantastic job of compiling fantasy and sci-fi short stories in the old-fashioned pulp fiction style. I’ve been following them since they were new to the market, and every issue has delighted me, introducing me to many great authors and stories. When I conceived the idea for The Corsair’s Daughter, I knew instantly that I wanted to place it with Broadswords and Blasters. To my great delight, they snapped it up within a couple of days of me sending it to them, and come April, you’ll all be able to read my story of pirates, monsters and the greatest treasure of all…

The Silver Swan will be featured in the Sherlock Holmes steampunk anthology from Belanger Books, with a Kickstarter campaign beginning in April 2019 prior to the anthology’s release. Whenever I think detective mysteries, it has to be Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle. I started out with Miss Marple, then graduated to Sherlock Holmes as I moved into my teenage years. The universal appeal of Holmes has withstood the test of time, and as much as I like the modern adaptations, it’s the classic stories which truly hold my heart. I couldn’t resist the urge to try my hand at writing in Doctor Watson’s voice (see earlier blog post) with a steampunk twist, and I’m overjoyed to be a part of this project. More to follow!

Anamnesis will be in Moonlit Dreams, Moonlight Nightmares, to be published by Antimony and Elder Lace Press (date to be confirmed). I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but it was probably the darkest and most intimate story that I wrote last year. It really took on a life of its own, growing from an initial one sentence premise into a quietly tragic, horrific tale that stayed with me long after I wrote it.

Finally, The Eyes Have It is to be part of the anthology Behind Eyes of Glass, from Fantasia Divinity (release date to be confirmed). This was one of those stories that grew from a pun of a title into something far less comical and darker than I expected it to be.

And that’s it for now! I’m thrilled to have these five upcoming releases to start the year with. Fingers crossed 2019 brings at least a few more…

RELEASE – Tabula Rasa

I’m delighted to announce that my little slice of Victorian feminist sci-fi, ‘Tabula Rasa’, found a home with the fine folks at Empyreome and was published this week in their October issue. You can find it free to read online at their website, and I would love to know what you think of it! This is a story that’s particularly close to my heart, and its characters have stayed with me long after I finished writing their tale. Story notes will follow next month, but for now, please do read it and the other stories in this issue. Empyreome have been a pleasure to work with from start to finish, and they definitely deserve your support and time.