Her name is Violet. It was all I could give her.
That’s what it said in the note that severed me from my roots. The note that was carefully tucked beside me in the equally abandoned car seat when I was freshly born.
I had a paper-thin life. It began on a day that was heavier than all others. It began the day I was born. It began at zero. There were no parents to know. No heritage to learn. No clue who the I in the note was. My narrative existed nowhere but in my own head. Shameful and unsharable. Untruths and un-lies. There was nothing to know and it weighed a lot.
… It was fifteen years before I began to know the truth, and even that was before all the other things wanted me dead.
The full prologue can be found here.
A series of six YA books following Violet’s quest for belonging in a family of angels, demons, vampires and vae breeds, her recruitment to Cascade (an elite un/holy task force) and the ultimate battle that costs them dearly.
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I posted some scenes on this blog. Each post is tagged with not the same river and the relevant book title:
1. paper starlings
Violet Nash. Heritage unknown.
After a childhood of darklit silence, and a lifetime in care, Violet dreams of having an ordinary family to call her own. When the Penhaligons find her, she has nothing to leave behind in London: her best friend is moving to Cornwall, and the boy she likes gets in a flashy car one day and never comes back.
The Penhaligons are far from ordinary. Power and magic lurk at the priory, Violet’s new home in the Oxfordshire countryside. While she negotiates her place in the family, her complicated heritage unravels, revealing long-kept secrets and ancient bloodlines.
The new neighbours aren’t ordinary either, and it’s no coincidence that they moved so close to Violet. The coven of vampires, vaewolves and night hags has harboured Violet’s twin sister, Amethyst, since she was born. But Violet has a connection to the coven that Amethyst doesn’t have — a powerful secret that lies dormant in her blood.
While Violet gets to know her sister and their long-lost father and discovers latent powers of her own, the coven is in crisis. Nobody knows who to trust. When Amethyst and the man who raised her are targeted by his other daughter, Violet and her family find themselves drawn into a fight to save them.
2. roots and wings
Blurb coming soon.
3. of blood and oil
4. moonstruck consent
5. legacies unmasked
6. cascadence of truth
The series is set in Oxfordshire, England. Paper Starlings will be published in late 2018.