Category Archives: Publishing

A Reading and Writing Play List

It’s summer (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere – waves to the south  🙂 ) so what’s more perfect than a play list! And for a writer what could be better than a play list of music to write to? So… here – in no particular order – is my current list.

Of course, music to write to, and also music to listen with, are intensely personal things, so I won’t be offended (too much) if you hate my playlist. But perhaps you’ll love a track or two. And if you do… please think about buying the song. All this free music on Youtube is great, except for the struggling artist.

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Dangerous Women – Female-led Epic Fantasy

Following on from my last post on female-led epic fantasy, Dangerous Women Vol 2 (edited by George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois) is now available in paperback. Volume 2 includes stories by Megan Lindholm (who also writes as Robin Hobb), Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, S. M. Stirling, Sam Sykes, Caroline Spector, and Nancy Kress.
A third volume Dangerous Women Vol 3, is also available, and features  a stories by Brandon Sanderson, Pat Cadigan and Joe Abercrombie.
These volumes follow on from Dangerous Women Vol 1, published in late 2013 (originally to be titled Femmes Fatale), which featured a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin, “The Princess and the Queen” (or the Blacks and the Greens), a tale of “continent-burning warfare” between Targaryen Princess Rhaenyra and her stepmother Queen Alicent. The Joe Abercrombie tale in this volume, “Some Desperado“, was nominated for a 2014 Locus award.

A Sister of Sword and Seal – a short sale

To celebrate publishing a Sister of Sword and Seal I’ve been running a short sale on the major publishing platforms, and cleverly forgot to mention the fact on this blog. Doh!

So I’m continuing the sale for an extra day, into Sunday, to allow blogs readers to pick it up at the reduced price.

A Sister of Sword and Seal is available at:

You may enjoy A Sister of Sword and Seal more if you read the prequel short story, Squire Chloe’s Demon, first. Currently free.

A Sister of Sword and Seal – on Amazon

A Sister of Sword and Seal

A Sister of Sword and Seal is now available on Amazon: USUKCA, and AU

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do please review it. Thank you.

If you would like to take a look inside in the novel, Chapter One, “Whose Life?” is available here.

You may enjoy A Sister of Sword and Seal more if you read the prequel short story, Squire Chloe’s Demon, first. Currently free on Amazon USUK,  CA and AU

** My name here is Alia. I try to leave these words, in the hope that– **
Alia is a daughter of a powerful dynasty, sent to the Temple to complete her education in sword and charm. As a sister of the seal, she’s sworn to the service of the Temple, and of her sisters.
But Alia knows there are secrets to Temple life, hidden behind the glamours, laughter, and the false friendships. She has a warning etched into her soul: never trust your Temple sisters.
Yet trusting no one will lead to her doom. For there is a secret Alia has never been told, one that has awaited her since before she was born, a secret of fate.

A Sister of Sword and Seal – pre-order

A Sister of Sword and Seal

A Sister of Sword and Seal is coming to Amazon from February the 1st, 2015. It’s currently available for pre-order at

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do please review it. Thank you. If you would like to take a look inside in the novel, Chapter One, “Whose Life?” is available here.

You may enjoy A Sister of Sword and Seal more if you read the prequel short story, Squire Chloe’s Demon, first. Currently free on Amazon USUK,  CA and AU

** My name here is Alia. I try to leave these words, in the hope that– **
Alia is a daughter of a powerful dynasty, sent to the Temple to complete her education in sword and charm. As a sister of the seal, she’s sworn to the service of the Temple, and of her sisters.
But Alia knows there are secrets to Temple life, hidden behind the glamours, laughter, and the false friendships. She has a warning etched into her soul: never trust your Temple sisters.
Yet trusting no one will lead to her doom. For there is a secret Alia has never been told, one that has awaited her since before she was born, a secret of fate.

Squire Chloe’s Demon – top 40 historical fantasy

A thank you to all you downloaders for pushing both Squire Chloe’s Demon and Another Side of Destiny into the Top 40 in historical fantasy on Google Play.

The sequel novel A Sister of Sword and Seal is now available on Google Play.

“I really felt for Chloe, in the perilous situation she’s in. Very good.” [From a Smashwords review]
“Good!!” “Cool!” “Nice”  [From Google Play reviews]