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Desert Sands & Silence is published!

Desert Sands & Silence is released today!

Desert Sands cover

This is the next in the sparkpunk GreenSky series, set in a world of technology and magic.

Moel is a runner, a desert inhabitant who makes her living carrying messages across the sun-baked plains, content in her silence. But when a group of engineers from Meton are caught in a rockslide, politics abruptly brings Moel into the world again, and she meets others who have been pulled back to their pasts by Ziricon’s desire to gain the power of spark without the costs.

You can get the Kindle or paperback, and if you’re after a signed copy then ping me a message 🙂

Green Sky and Sparks front coverAlso, if you aren’t familiar with the series (although this is relatively stand-alone so you can read it without having read the others) then the first in the series, Green Sky & Sparks, is currently 99p on Kindle!

In a world of magic, wind, and electricity, Catter Jeck is offered the chance to explore a myth. Travelling from city to city, his search for the centre of the magic catches others in its coils. When the Lord Heir of Meton offers to continue the search in his flying machine, the consequences of their crash – and Toru’s accidental link to a dying Healer – suddenly become of central importance to all of their lives.

GreenSky Short Story: On The Clockwork Trail

steampunk universe coverI have another GreenSky short story available, in the Steampunk Universe anthology! It’s currently available on Kindle and will shortly be available in hard copy too.

(Also, the cover is gorgeous!)

Have an extract of the beginning…

It was the Glider that had distracted her. Usually, Kita’s eyes would be fixed on the trail; on the lookout for rocks, loose patches of sand, scree, anything that might be obstructing the trail. Even with the clockwork engine powering the wagons, they couldn’t get over every obstacle and it was easy to run the wheels into loose sand or a too-large rock. She was careful. She had to be careful.

But the Glider was drifting overhead, up in the endless green sky. There were one or two around routinely now; they were part of the mapping teams out of Huish, and could often be seen floating one way or another across the desert. She’d been lucky enough to see one doing some stunts a few weeks back, diving and whirling. The caravan convoy had stopped just to watch, all the drivers gasping as it shot down towards the desert floor and somehow missed the rocks by a flicker, whirling and spinning back up into the sky. Kita wondered how the pilot could even think straight while doing that.

But this one was just floating, slowly moving. She could see the wide canvas of the wings with their wooden struts and taught ropes, the faint shadow of the pilot hanging under it. No need for an engine thanks to the Mages that flew them, so they made no sound…they were so beautiful.

And her wagon hit a pothole.

You can get it from Amazon on Kindle and shortly in hard copy.

Birbs!

I decided that for Book 9 of GreenSky – which essentially involves the protagonist chasing a dream and, along the way, discovering that her love of birds and talent for drawing doesn’t need to be hidden – that I wanted some drawings of birds scattered through the book. And luckily for me, I’ve got an old friend who a) loves birds, b) is excellent at drawing, and c) takes commissions! (Although I did have to haggle the price up.)

My brief was essentially “sketch style, in pencil or charcoal or something, and a gull, a river bird, a couple of forest ones, maybe a small rodent?” The master of explicit artwork briefs, that’s me.

But they’ve come up trumps – I love these so much, and I’m really looking forward to typesetting the book now!  From the excellent CosmicMind Comics.

 

 

Desert Sands & Silence: release date & pre-order!

Moel is a runner, a desert inhabitant who makes her living carrying messages across the sun-baked plains, content in her silence. But when a group of engineers from Meton are caught in a rockslide, politics abruptly brings Moel into the world again, and she meets others who have been pulled back to their pasts by Ziricon’s desire to gain the power of spark without the costs.

Desert Sands & Silence will be released on the 4th May! And you can pre-order it already – don’t worry if you don’t do it now, I’m going to keep jogging your memory *evil grin*

Desert Sands cover