WIP Update: January 2023

WIP Update: January 2023

WIP Update: January 2023

Thirteen at the Leash


Today, I finished writing my first book of 2023. Weighing in at 37.6k words, Thirteen at the Leash is the longest of the Tales from the Noctuary series. It’s also the last in the series, so that’s two complete series that I’ve written now. It’s about a resurrected murderous cult of witch shifters, whose only target is vampires. Let’s just say they’ve gone a little off the rails since they came back to life.

Below is a first draft snippet from chapter 1.

Click on the picture below to see my Pinterest board for this project.

character art of Raven Albright. Young man with long black hair and makeup.

WIP Progress

Thirteen at the Leash: draft complete, 37, 692 words

Series: Tales from the Noctuary (#4)

Stage: drafted

Projected publishing date: Summer 2024

Gabriel sighed as he laid the telephone receiver in its cradle. “Why must these people hound me so?”

Jelly, his capable assistant, looked up, a subtle smile on his face. “What is it now?”

“The Thirteen Club.” Gabriel closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose, massaging away the pressures of the job. “Protestors on the doorstep. Almost a hundred this time.”

“Well, I have an answer as to why they hound you so,” said Jelly. “I shall quote you as a reminder.” Jelly put on an authoritative voice that Gabriel thought was rather overdone. “Any trouble, and I want to hear about it. The first sign of trouble, do you hear me?

“I do not sound like that,” Gabriel protested.

“On every day of the week that ends in a Y,” said Jelly.

Gabriel wasn’t sure why he let the man get away with such cheek when they were in private, but he couldn’t find it within himself to make him stop. “Get your coat on, then.”

From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings: ARC Available Now

From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings: ARC Available Now

ARC available now

Not the Same River: Book 2

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.

Catch up with Violet and the Penhaligons in this exciting second instalment of Not the Same River.

Free Urban Fantasy Books

Free Urban Fantasy Books

character art of Raven Albright. Young man with long black hair and makeup.

There are some amazing books in this month’s freebie list.

Stitched by Elena Sobol is one of my favourites from the batch, a slavic urban fantasy featuring the demigod grandson of Baba Yaga. You’ll meet monsters you’ve never come across before, and the connections between different pantheons make for an interesting and thrilling ride.

If you haven’t read it yet, an email address is a tiny price to pay for such an excellent read. And there are over a hundred books in this freebie fest to sink your teeth into if demigods who make good beer aren’t your thing.

Happy reading!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


I’ll be working on the last of the proofreading changes with cider in one hand and terrible Christmas music in the background, but I’m gonna get this done because I want Book 2 up for ARC readers before the year is out, and I need some time off next week with the fam.

However you’re spending this Christmas, I hope you’re surrounded by those you love and who cherish you in return.

I’m so grateful for the community I’ve found myself in this year. It’s like having my own personal cheerleading squad of readers and writers, and I can’t thank them enough for making this year such a good one. You know who you are. I appreciate you all so much, and it makes my day hearing from you.

For 2023, I’m wishing you peace, health and joy. If this has been a year of challenges for you, I wish you a year of calm, resolve and strength, so you can rise above that tide and come out the other side smiling. I love it when you smile.

May 2023 bring you all that you deserve 💕

character art of Raven Albright. Young man with long black hair and makeup.

You can still get 50% off the ebook versions of A Storm of Paper Starlings and From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings at Smashwords until January 1st.

Have a fantastic Christmas, don’t take any crap, and I’ll see you in the new year. 2023 is gonna be a good one!

In the meantime, this cider isn’t gonna drink itself. Cheers!

End of Year Sale on Smashwords

End of Year Sale on Smashwords

50% off my books at Smashwords

The Smashwords end of year ebook sale is here, and to celebrate my productive 2022, you can now buy A Storm of Paper Starlings and preorder From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings for half their usual price.

That’s two books for the price of one. Only at Smashwords!

character art of Raven Albright. Young man with long black hair and makeup.