Are you interested in what I’m writing(or revising) at the moment? Here’s a list of my current projects, a quick blurb and what stage I’m currently at with the piece. Also if I have any sneak-peeks, I’ll put the link there for you to get a taste.
If you want to quickly skip past the novels to my short stories and novellas, click here.
The first in a cross dimensional epic fantasy quartet.
Series overall: In a land straight out of a storybook, three girls from our world struggle with a prophecy, fighting to return home, but they’ll soon learn even in a realm of fantasy, life does not go storybook perfect.
Volume one specifically: If there is something you must do in this world is there anything that can stop you from doing it? Yui, Brione and Madison wonder precisely that. After nearly drowning in the ocean, they come ashore in a different world and learn that their appearance was foretold as heroes of a prophecy. The young women discover amazing new talents and cultivate them in the hopes that completing the prophecy will enable their return home.
As time passes their thoughts alter slightly: is living in this world really so awful? And as danger looms the question arises: what if a prophecised hero dies before she reaches the day of prophecy?
Where it’s at: undergoing revision based on feedback in an agent’s rejection. Work has commenced on book 2(but is on hold until revision is complete).
Written By The Stars
A cross-dimensional fantasy which ponders whether having a pre-determined fate is all it’s cracked up to be. Approximately 80,000 words. ⛎
When faced with the decision to marry her live-in boyfriend or not Fanta doesn’t just run away, she ends up in another world. In this world the Gods choose every twist of fate for every person alive. Convinced she is Alice in Wonderland Fanta joins a group of dissidents in the fight against the Gods for the freedom to choose, giving the mission none of the fear it deserves.
Where it’s at: Submitted, awaiting response
You can get a bit more knowledge about this book by looking at this blog hop interview.
Keys, Clocks and Quests
A stand-alone epic fantasy full of quests and self-questioning.
One sentence: Apprentice knight Hayd joins his master on a quest for their monarchs but there are more problems involved with the quest than he could ever have imagined, not the least of which is the boy he’s fallen in love with.
One paragraph: Hayd, an apprentice knight, never dreamed that when the King and Queen requested his master to gather the greatest heroes in the world for a quest that he would be included. The quest is far from what he dreamed. Forced to travel with the most frustrating man in the kingdom they gather the ultimate magician of all time, only to discover he’s senile, and the next most powerful magicians have died, leaving behind only their non-magical children. Add a child battle-witch, a cursed librarian, and a swordsman turned recluse and you can see why Hayd is feeling disillusioned. However, their quest is far more dangerous and far more important than they could ever have imagined and secrets and betrayals wait around every corner. Even the enigmatic Shain, lurking on the fringes of the world, are interested in the quest.
Where it’s at: Writing first draft.
You can get a better feel for it in this post where I answer questions from ‘The Next Big Thing’ blog hop or enjoy a sneak-peak, Battle With A Butengram.
Tuuca of the Tides
A stand alone fantasy novel, projected length approx 120,000 words. 2014’s NaNoWriMo novel.
After rejection by her traveling partner of 12 years, Tuuca heads off on her own. She thinks she’s finally settling into a new life with a new job on a new continent when a troupe of strangers appears claiming she possesses an item which can help them.
Back on her home continent natural disasters are tearing the country of Shoheid apart. Unable to take the item from Tuuca she is instead taken along, expected to learn mastery of her item’s powers so she can help contain the disasters. But no one seems to have considered why the disasters are occurring.
Where it’s at: 50,000 words into first draft.
(very loose working title)
A coming out/coming of age modern fantasy novel. 64,000 words
During a spectacular break-up fight Min is outed to the whole school by her (now ex)boyfriend as asexual. The fallout of the fight sends her in a downward spiral until she considers suicide. When that starts to seem like her only option help comes in the strangest form: an anthropomorphic human skeleton.
Where it’s at: first draft completed.
An 8,700 word horror short story.
New girl in town Audrey has a secret which makes a simple survey of the local bushland something much more dangerous.
Where it’s at: Completing self edits before sending to editor of Pacific Monsters Anthology.
A Retailored Fairy Tales short story, 5,300 words.
In the middle of the labyrinth stands a tower with a princess trapped inside. Many a prince tries to rescue her, but the labyrinth is too cruel and none ever make it to the tower. This fact is a matter of pride for Shena, the labyrinth’s groundskeeper, but the latest would-be hero has Shena questioning if she’s as evil as she thinks she is.
Where it’s at: Accepted for publication by Stupefying Stories.
Hanabi to Kitsune
A short story set in current day Japan, 5,800 words. Part of a larger world of kitsune tales.
Having caught her dream guy’s eye once with a lovely yukata Mayu is determined to draw his attention once more. So determined she’ll steal a yukata from her grandmother’s attic, but that yukata is going to change her life in far bigger ways than simply ‘getting the guy’.
Where it’s at: Accepted for publication in Tales of the Sunrise Lands anthology from Guardbridge Books.
A Retailored Fairy Tales novella, part two of the Charming For Hire series, 19,000 words.
James has a competitor in the Charming for hire business and he’s losing all the contracts. When his cousin is kidnapped by brigands who’ve uncovered her secret, there’s no one he can turn to except his rival. Can he keep his kingdom’s economy afloat, save his childhood companion, and find away to eliminate his competition?
Where it’s at: copyediting.
A modern fantasy short story, 5,000 words.
A family of five adopts a dog from an animal rescue with mismatched eyes and a creepy reason why he always ends up back at the shelter.
Where it’s at: shopping for a home.
A fantasy short set in the 1800s, part of an intended longer series. 1,700 words.
A mother searches through the burned wreckage of her house desperate to find the bones of her son.
Where it’s at: shopping for a home.
A flash fiction piece.
Jane, 38 and single, just wants a family. An abandoned baby on the roadside seems like an answer to her prayers…
Where it’s at: Shopping for a home.
A Retailored Fairy Tales novella, 39,000 words.
To keep her father’s business running and a roof over her head Boots, untalented in the family business of shoe making, must do some rather creative marketing to draw attention to the only type of shoe she can make: glass slippers.
Where it’s at: under revision with beta reader feedback.
The Wyvern’s Sting
A Retailored Fairy Tales short story, around 8,600 words.
A crown princess, sold into captivity by her step-mother fights for her freedom and to regain control of her kingdom.
Where it’s at: under revision with critique group feedback.
An modern fantasy tale, 11,000 words.
Brian moves to a new town growing up the side of a mountain and meets a girl who loves to climb, but she’s climbing because she’s trying to see something hidden and marvelous, just above the clouds. Can they gain enough faith in one another to fly away from their problems?
Where it’s at: under revision with critique group feedback.
A science fiction romance(sort of ;p ), 3400 words, inspired by watching Appleseed too many times.
When rifts grow between couples they seek counseling, but is the divide between human and cyborg too great a distance to bridge?
Where it’s at: revising with critique group feedback.
Sugar Cane and Swamp Monsters
A modern fantasy short story, 14,500 words.
Outsider Satou is invited to go on a play-hunt for the Tuckean Swamp monster by girls who usually avoid her at school. She’s wary it will be a prank , but when danger appears Satou’s hidden heritage may be the key to survival.
Where it’s at: first draft completed
Light In The Deep
A ‘What Happened Next’ Fairy Tale novella, projected length 15,000 words
Mahlora, one of The Little Mermaid’s older sisters, suffers from guilt and depression after her sisters death. To staunch the pain she sinks deeper in the crevasses, until the water pressure makes enough physical pain. There, in the abyssopelagic depths, teeth flash in the darkness, but hope may be found even deeper still.
Where it’s at: writing first draft
A modern fantasy with a strong mahou shojo bent, projected length 25,000 words
Nora has always loved magical girl anime, and an ad in the paper for a ‘magical girl training session’ seems like a fun way to meet fellow fans, until it becomes all too real.
Where it’s at: writing first draft.
There’s many more ideas floating in my head, tapped into the PC and jotted down in notebooks, but most of those are not yet ready to be spoken of, but keep looking back here to see when more appears! Also if anything really tickles your fancy, let me know, you might encourage me to make that project my #1 priority or bring out a sneak peek sooner.