The Lightning Moon

So far this year I’ve been sadly lacking in productivity when it comes to writing. The one thing I have written, however, was accepted back in March and I’ve just been sent the cover for it, which makes me very happy. It’s so dark and moody ^_^ Also it gives me a good excuse to chat a little about the story itself.

The Lightning Moon is a story about a lonely widower who spends his days doing household tasks and working in a little shop that caters exclusively for witches. His life is uneventful, perhaps even a little boring, but he’s been trying to hold together the pieces after the death of his husband.

When his brother Michael shows up with his new fiancée, however, the settled life Quinn has been living is thoroughly shaken up, especially when a certain dark-haired stranger shows up hot on their heels.

Lightning Moon

The Lightning Moon is set in a universe close to our own where magic abounds and suspicion and fear follow close behind it.

This is my first non-anthology or collected story, and will be available in e-book format sometime in January. I’m sure you will be hearing more about it here closer to the release date (:

The Lightning Moon

Up in That There London.

Well, this week has been somewhat eventful and a little bit crazy. The gist of which is this:

Sunday I went up to London on the ever-so-classy megabus for an interview on Monday. I got the job, but what it turned out to be was a really dodgy sales job rather than the proper lettings agent job I thought it to be, so I spent three days (unpaid, by the way, and without so much as a fifteen minute break in what turned out to be ten-hour days) doing this before I decided there was no way I could keep at it, and it wasn’t worth the money I was spending on all-zone travel cards, and quit.

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I did, however, get to see some of London, although mostly it was the inside of tube stations and one really dodgy area where the house I had to sell was (there was actually a police car blocking the road when I was trying to show clients around x_x).

Other than that though, London was pretty good. The office was very cool and full of Polish and Spanish people (which is very exciting for someone who grew up in a town where about 98% of the population is white British). And the tubes! Oh my god, I think the longest I ever had to wait for transport within London was three minutes. Of course there was the downside of being hemmed in like sardines and trying not to touch people or breathe in one lady’s overpowering garlic breath, but I did remember to stand on the right side of the escalators this time and didn’t get in anyone’s way too much ^^

All in all, it was an interesting experience, and I feel it was the kind of break I needed from my life; a week of being somebody else, somewhere else, makes the everyday so much more bearable. Although of course, I am now once again skint, despite working so much overtime this month. I was so glad to get back to Plymouth though, with my own bed and my rats, and my shitty job which suddenly doesn’t seem quite so bad. At least it’s more or less honest, anyway.

And in other news, Something Happened on the Way to Heaven, which contains my F/F story, One for Sorrow,  is now also in paperback!

Unfortunately this week has pretty much wiped out all my time for LT3’s Proud to be a Vampire submission call, but maybe I’ll finish that story some other time. Right now, I have a couple of new ideas I want to play with instead ^^

For today though, I’m going to do absolutely fuck all except veg in front of the laptop with crisps and tea. See, there is an upside to not having a proper job =P

Up in That There London.

Something Happened!

Today Something Happened on the Way to Heaven was finally released as an e-book anthology!

There are 10 stories all told and because they’re all a little bit different, there’s something for everyone. They’re definitely worth checking out, and I’m looking forward to finishing Watch as My World Ends by Kayla Bain-Vrba, which I started reading in serial but never finished, not because it wasn’t good—it was amazing, but because I’m terrible with finishing my reading if I don’t do it all in one go.

My story, One for Sorrow, is F/F, and centres around Suriel, a reaping angel, and Corrine, who has just lost her brother and isn’t quite ready to let him go.

Here is a short extract from the story:

Suriel has been around death for a long time. Reaping souls has never been an easy job, but it’s all Suriel has ever known. There have been times when her purpose has been brought into question, when she has looked at a mother with her face raised to the clouded sky, begging for her child’s life, and Suriel hasn’t wanted to have to take that soul away; but she never relents, because death is eternal and every living being, including herself, belongs to it.

There are others like her, angels of death, reapers and ferrymen, working across the world. Suriel has her favorite haunts and this place is one of them. The church itself is old, first built in the 1540s, burned down in 1658 and rebuilt from the ruins a hundred years later. The graveyard is older than the church. When they dug the foundations, they found the bodies of sacrifices to ancient gods. Suriel doesn’t know what happened to the souls of those people; perhaps another angel took them or perhaps they belonged to someone else, some other god that demanded blood in payment for his favor. Suriel knows little of such mysteries.

She watches from the trees as a little girl in a blue dress, hair uncombed and pulled back in a messy ponytail, lays down a bunch of sunflowers on her mother’s grave. Her father watches her with reddened, deeply shadowed eyes. Suriel knows the look well. The small baby in his arms starts to wail and he looks lost, stares down at it as though he doesn’t even know what it is, let alone what to do with it. The girl takes the baby from him and bounces him gently in her arms, looking as though she’s had as little sleep as her father.

The baby goes quiet and the girl sits down with him in a sunny spot, while her father kneels beside the grave. For a moment, Suriel’s heart goes out to the girl and she wishes things were different for her. The girl turns to look into the trees and seems to stare right at her for several moments, until her gaze passes over her and she turns back to the baby in her arms.

Suriel sees the girl a few times between her parents’ deaths, as she waits in the trees for dark to fall, so she can reap souls unseen and unheard. The girl, Corrine, often sits in the graveyard, scribbling furiously in a brown leather notebook. It’s as peaceful a place for her as it is for Suriel; unlike most people Suriel sees in graveyards, she seems almost happy here.

Fifteen years after her mother’s death, Suriel watches Corrine bury her father, the baby, Alec, now grown and standing beside her. They take comfort in one another and Suriel almost feels as if she knows them. She held their mother’s soul as a part of herself once and she knows their names, knows Corrine’s love of books and animals and pretty clothes. Corrine is beautiful, and her heart is pure and full of love. Suriel doesn’t need to hold her soul to know that; she can see it in the way she cares for her brother, in the way she moves, in the way she speaks. For Suriel, it is only a small spark of feeling, but it is enough to make her wish that things were different.

You can buy Something Happened on the Way to Heaven here, as well as read a couple of excerpts from stories by other authors, and the goodreads page is here, for those of you who like to rate the books you read or see ratings before you buy.

Something Happened!

Shiny Update

The first story I ever wrote for publication was One for Sorrow, about a reaping angel and a grieving human. I wrote this one straight out of uni, in 2011, and it was accepted for LT3’s Something Happened on the Way to Heaven serial anthology.

In just under three weeks’ time, on the 20th of February, Something Happened on the Way to Heaven will be available as a collected anthology. I’ve read a couple of the stories while they were in serial, and they’re pretty damn good. I have to admit I’m not one for serials—I have a short attention span and am easily distracted these days, so I’ll start reading and then just stop, usually right before the end—but I’m looking forward to having the collected version and catching up with the other stories.

I’ve also had a story accepted for LT3’s upcoming serial anthology Rocking Hard. It’s F/F, and about 30k in length, and it is, so far, the hardest thing I’ve written. I absolutely love Alisha and Sian, and enjoyed writing them, but the plot, and especially the ending, gave me so many headaches that I was rather glad to finish it.

It’s late, and Sian should be tucked up in bed when she meets Alisha Hart—beautiful, talented, and the star of a band that’s on its way up. Alisha doesn’t have to worry about curfews or homework or overprotective parents; in fact, she doesn’t seem to care about any rules at all. She makes her own, and lives life her way, something Sian can only dream of. Needless to say that Sian is drawn to her—who wouldn’t be? But love is complicated, something they’re both learning, and if there’s such a thing as fate, it seems dead set against them.

It’ll probably be quite some time before it’s out, and I don’t know exactly when, but I’ll update as and when I learn things.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get off my arse and go over this galley proof, since it’s due tomorrow (procrastination apparently isn’t something that ends when uni does).

Shiny Update

Giveaway: The Dog in the Mist

I’m finally ready to host my first ever giveaway! ^_^ I will be giving an e-book copy of The Dog in the Mist to one lucky commenter (maybe two lucky commenters if I’m feeling generous and get enough comments).


Dorian has been favored by tragedy for what seems like his entire life. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. As if that’s not enough, he is stalked by a black dog too large to be just an ordinary dog, and which seems to bring death in its wake. To save himself, he will have to return to beliefs that he cast away long ago …

Please remember to leave some sort of detail so I can contact you, either an e-mail address or a twitter account where I can get hold of you.

To make it a bite more interesting and get some kind of discussion going, tell me, what is YOUR favourite mythological creature/being?

Please note: This giveaway is now closed.

Giveaway: The Dog in the Mist

The Dog is Out!

Well, today’s the day. The Dog in the Mist is finally out and available for purchase.

The story follows Dorian as he struggles to deal with the loss of his best friend and the death of his last parental figure—his gran. At the same time, he’s followed by a mysterious black dog. It’s just a dog, but it sends a chill through Dorian whenever he catches sight of it, and as it follows him, death seems to follow it.

It’s set in the little moorland town of Okehampton, a setting for which I have to thank my old housemate for providing, and for showing me around the place. There are a lot of really cool myths and legends surrounding Dartmoor, and it can look pretty creepy on cold days when the mist rolls in. My university house was right on the end of the row and from my bedroom window you could see the moors on clear days, and you could tell when the night would be misty because you couldn’t see the moors at all.

Anyway, enough waffling. I’m off to the shops to buy cheap booze in celebration (:

You can buy the individual e-book here or the whole volume 2 bundle here.

If you read it, and you want to, you can rate the book on Goodreads. I like to read reviews, because then I know what works for people and what doesn’t, and if I can learn from any mistakes I made.

Just to sign off, here’s a picture of Okehampton castle, (taken from the English Heritage site, because all my photographs suck).

Happy reading!

The Dog is Out!

Excerpt: The Dog in the Mist

The good people over at Less Than Three Press now have Bestiary excerpts up on their Coming Soon page.

You can read the excerpt for The Dog in the Mist here, so you can see if you hate it and would rather save your money for something else (although obviously I’m hoping for the opposite reaction). The excerpt covers the first couple of pages from the book.

There are also excerpts for a bunch of the other stories that you should check out, because some of those are amazing ^^

And now that the word ‘excerpt’ has lost all meaning to me, I bid you adieu until I have some more noteworthy information for you.

Excerpt: The Dog in the Mist

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

I have a publication date for The Dog in the Mist! It’s part of LT3’s The Bestiary collection, and will be released on the 14th of November, both as a single e-book and as part of a bundle. There will be four bundles available, released weekly, and the whole collection will be available once all the bundles have been released. They will also be available in four volumes in paperback later on.

I absolutely love the cover art for these. Check out the others in the collection, because they’re all really cool.

I also have the official blurb, which has changed a bit from the rough draft I posted last month.

Dorian has been favored by tragedy for what seems like his entire life. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. As if that’s not enough, he is stalked by a black dog too large to be just an ordinary dog, and which seems to bring death in its wake. To save himself, he will have to return to beliefs that he cast away long ago …

The Dog in the Mist is now listed over on GoodReads, so you can add it to your to-read shelves. Most of the other Bestiary stories are also up on GoodReads now, so you can check those out as well. They all look so good and I can’t wait to read them =D

The Bestiary, Coming Soon

Lookit!

As you know I’ve a not-so-short story coming up in LT3’s The Bestiary collection, which I think will be out around November time.

My story is called The Dog in the Mist and is set in Devon, utilising a whole heap of local folklore.

Dorian is unlucky. He’s lost his parents, his best friend, and now he’s lost his gran as well. And to top it all off, he’s being stalked by a dog—a dog that’s bigger than a dog has any right to be, a dog that brings death in its wake. Soon, Dorian will learn that all the things he pushed from his mind, all the stories he was told as a kid about faeries and ghosts and monsters, are real. And maybe, just maybe, they can help him reclaim some of what he’s lost.

The Dog in the Mist centres on Dorian, and his missing friend, Evan. It’s written in limited 3rd present and uses a shit ton of flashbacks, which are maybe my favourite part of the story, just because they were the most fun to write ❤

The main reason for this whole post though, aside from the rough release date, is to say ‘Hey, check this out!’

This is the art for my story, drawn by the lovely V. Rios. Look at the shiny eyes! So cool.

Lookit!