Letters From Dark Water (and my feelings)

Letters From Dark Water (and my feelings)

The dogs live.

That’s one of the most important things I have to tell you about LETTERS FROM DARK WATER, the last installment from Love Has Claws. Mal Jones (hermit; redhead; grumpy) has two dogs, and he speaks with them more than he does anyone else in Lastings… until he meets Reeve (mer; bookworm; romantic). But, Lastings being Lastings, things don’t go smoothly – you know, people get eaten, that kind of thing – and I want you to know going in that the dogs live.

Other salient information: Letters From Dark Water is a standalone book, as with the other installments in this series. You don’t need to read the other parts, but you’ll get a fuller picture of the town of Lastings when the series is read together. The book comes out April 30, 2020 and is c.48k. Publishing at around the same time (fingers crossed!) will be a print anthology of the whole Love Has Claws series – nearly 120k! How did we get here.

I’m (insert British understatement) pretty excited for this one, folks.

Love Has Claws started as an experiment. I had stopped enjoying what I was producing and LHC’s purpose was to explore my aims for this whole writing malarkey. Turned out I’m mostly here for cryptids getting their HEAs. To be honest, I didn’t think anyone would actually read the books(!), much less enjoy them like you have, enough to return to Lastings with me over and again. That means more than I can say without undercutting the sentiment with some quip. Just please know I am grateful.

To everyone who’s visited Lastings, and who may in future: thank you.


Cover of Letters From Dark Water

LETTERS FROM DARK WATER

Releasing April 30, 2020

Amazon: CA | COM | UKKoboApple Books
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Mal Jones has lost all his family to the sea. He is the only Jones remaining in Lastings, a small coastal town scarred with more secrets than salt. A self-declared hermit, Mal lives on the edge of Lastings with his dogs, his history, and his determination to be left alone.

So the letters from a mysterious admirer come as something of a surprise. As does the monstrous oyster shell unearthed from the foundations of the town’s old port, the discovery of which initiates a chain of events that threaten Lastings and everyone in it.

Reeve—letter writer, avid reader, and one of the merfolk—left the darkwater for Lastings at the sea’s behest, and stayed to learn what it is to be a lander. But when ocean creatures begin stalking on land, and seem to be targeting Mal in particular, Reeve is reminded that the only safety is the kind taken at the point of a claw.

When the sea goes walking, no one is left untouched. Together, Mal and Reeve must work to save Lastings—and each other.

PS. The dogs live.

Content warnings: bloody violence; gore; consumption of human flesh; death, including that of a child (the latterly mentioned very briefly, off-screen); child neglect; vomiting; allusions to alcohol dependency.


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Second Editions: Part 3

Second Editions: Part 3

And the last part for now! I hope! Honestly, this is exhausting…

HART OF WINTER has been rereleased to all stores with a new cover, new publisher (Tenebrosity Press), and the same content. Paperbacks will become available with the new cover in time; in the meantime, you’ll see paperbacks with the old Dreamspinner Press cover. You know the drill! It’s available in the usual places as of today 🙂


Cover of Hart of Winter

A holiday romance with snow, snuggles, and… stags?

Luc Marling is cursed to transform into a stag from sunset to sunrise, making him vulnerable to black-hearted collectors. Thanks to a family heirloom, Luc can contain the change—but the magic is starting to fade. Luc intends to live fast while he can and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way… until he meets Rob.

Rob Lentowicz accidentally broke the curse on a famous singer and became a magical reality-TV star. Tired of having to lie to protect his bank balance, and unwilling to destroy his family reputation with the truth, Rob runs away to France—and straight into Luc.

They navigate slopes, secrets, and each other. But are the feelings between them real—or just magic?

Featuring: cursed shapeshifters, inept cursebreakers, a meet-cute with bruises, snow-covered mountains, winter solstice celebrations, and the ultimate question—are skiiers or snowboarders better (at dancing on tables)?

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My next new release will be LETTERS FROM DARK WATER, concluding the Love Has Claws trilogy! Look for more details very very soon…

Second Editions: Part 2

Second Editions: Part 2

As I mentioned in my post earlier this month, I’ve now (re)released Mage of Inconvenience and ‘Tis Pity He’s a Horse (formerly Pastures New), two books that had previously been released with Dreamspinner Press. Mage of Inconvenience is exactly the same text, while ‘Tis Pity has had some very light changes. They’re both available in the usual places as of today!


Cover of Mage of Inconvenience (v2)West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….

Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….

West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.

Featuring: werewolves, magic, a marriage of convenience, an enchanted library, at least one explosion, and enough snark to sink a ship.

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Cover of 'Tis Pity He's A Horse

After a successful career as Illustrious Ruckus, three-time winner of the British Open, James Kirby has hung up his saddle. His experience as a horse in the eventing world doesn’t exactly translate to two legs, and he’s struggling to move on.

James’s quiet days at the family farm with his sister, Matilda, are interrupted by Archie Ievins, a sports journalist visiting to interview Matilda and snap a few photos of Illustrious Ruckus. Archie quickly endears himself to the family and to ‘Ruckus,’ and James falls head over hooves—only to be brought up short when his ex-boyfriend threatens to expose James’s secret.

How can James start something new when he has four legs threatening to come out of the closet?

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