Her name is Violet. It’s all I can give her.
That’s what it said in the note severing me from my roots—the note tucked carefully beside me in the equally abandoned car seat when I was freshly born.
My life was paper-thin — born on a day heavy with grief — with no parents to know, no heritage to learn, and no clue who the I in the note was. Knowing nothing weighed a lot.
… It was sixteen years before I began to know the truth, and even that was before all the other things wanted me dead.
Not the Same River is a series of 6 books following Violet’s quest for belonging in a family of angels, demons, vampires and vae breeds, her later recruitment to Cascade (an elite un/holy task force) and the ultimate battle that costs her family dearly.
For those of you who join my super fancy newsletter, The Th1rt3en Club, there is also a prequel, set immediately before the events of book one. The Weakest Link is a glimpse into the life of Amethyst and the coven. You can find out about it here.
0. The Weakest Link
When life gives you blood and ashes, you’d better have a mop handy.
Being the only human in the family sucks.
Amethyst’s family is just like any other. So, her aunt is a pyromaniac, her uncles are into gardening, tea, and biting, and her dad is the leader of a vampire coven. So what?
It’s her sister that’s the problem. Mara is a liability with a price on her head and wolves at her door. Literally.
When a deadly threat invades their home, trust within the coven is at an all-time low.
And Amethyst is the weakest link.
1. A Storm of Paper Starlings
What if the ordinary family you crave isn’t ordinary at all?
When an accident lands Violet in hospital, her mundane life in a London children’s home is disrupted by relatives she’s never heard of—the Penhaligons—and a mysterious visitor who disappears into the night after claiming he’s the father of the twin sister she never knew she had.
With her long-lost sister, Amethyst, to find, Violet turns to her new family for help. But the Penhaligons are far from ordinary.
Power and magic lurk at the priory, Violet’s new home in the Oxfordshire countryside, and she learns fast that nothing is ordinary there, least of all the hostile new neighbours—a coven of vampires, vaewolves, and demons.
As Violet grapples with family secrets, four powerful new brothers, and latent abilities of her own, Amethyst and the man who raised her find themselves in mortal danger—a danger that draws Violet and her family into a battle to save them.
Finally embracing the meaning of family, two questions burn at the back of Violet’s mind.
If vampires and demons exist, what are the Penhaligons?
And what is she?
TL;DR: What if the ordinary family you crave finds you? Only they’re not ordinary, neither are you, and neither are the vampire neighbours raising your twin sister.
2. From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings
When the river rises, there’ll be blood on my hands.
The coven is abroad. Creating new vaewolves. Attracting wraiths. Building an army.
An attack will come when the river rises. What Violet doesn’t know is why. The tree tapestry Mara spent a century seeking is the key, but the Penhaligons are running out of time to discover what it unlocks.
When the coven returns to England, allegiances are tested, sacrifices are made, and Violet’s best friend is changed forever.
Hell is here, and she brought friends.
3. Of Blood & Oil
A hunted portrait. A twisted duke. An embarrassing crush.
When a hunted portrait arrives at the priory for safekeeping, Violet makes a disturbing discovery or two about her immortal neighbour. And an unwelcome one about herself.
As the resourceful Penhaligons try to figure out what’s so special about the painting, a sinister duke makes a bold move in his bid to claim it. But the painting is not the only thing he’s after.
Can Violet and the Penhaligons outwit the duke and bargain their way to victory? Or will they learn that they’re not the only ones with betrayal in mind?
This book features a vampire who doesn’t know where his trousers are, a stray nephilim, and judgemental goats.
4. Forged By Angel & Hellfire
A cruel bishop. An ancient weapon. An ultimatum.
Violet’s mind begins to unravel in the bishop’s secluded mansion, where she is tortured by the mysterious General Scarth.
It’s only a matter of time before she gives in to the Bishop’s demands, but how much is she prepared to sacrifice along the way? And why is Albert stalling their escape?
When the full moon rises, the grounds once used by the Mouldering Duke for his infamous werewolf hunts loom before Violet in a game of survival.
And the howling begins…
This book features a blood club owning succubus, a legendary vaewolf, and an archangel who definitely wasn’t at the nativity.
5. Legacies Unmasked
Final draft complete, 177K (from 198K)
Last-minute edits and proofing scheduled for July/August 2023. Release date: October 27th 2023.
6. Cadence of Truth
Final draft complete, 212K (from 287K). Yeah, you heard me.
Last minute edits and proofing scheduled for November 2023-January 2024. Release date: February 29th 2024.
The series is set in Oxfordshire, England, and is written by a British author in British English.