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Wonterbloom cover

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Winterbloom is released today, joining the previous volumes in the Shaman series: Children of the Shaman, The Glass Mountain and Malarat.

With huge thanks to my publisher Sammy HK Smith and everyone at Kristell Ink, who have overcome considerable challenges to bring out all four books.

Kristell Ink commissioned the stunning new cover art by Daniele Serra, which appears in the banner: below are the individual covers.

As well as giving a shout out to everyone involved, I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of my friend Deborah Miller, author of Talisker, a brilliant writer who should be here now…

Children of the Shaman cover
Children of the Shaman
Cover Glass Mountain
The Glass Mountain
Malarat cover



I’m delighted to announce that Winterbloom, the fourth book in the Shaman series, will be published by Kristell Ink on February 28th 2019.

The book is available for pre-order from Amazon and Amazon UK, and will be available from other places like the Book Depository and Foyles (on back order).

The other books in the series are also available: The Glass Mountain is for sale on Amazon, and Malarat is in preparation.

Winterbloom has cover art by award-winning artist Daniele Serra.

Sophie Vasilyevich is a teenager growing up in Anglond, the child of exiles. Sometimes grass springs up where she walks, and her future holds an unusual fate: she is going to be kidnapped when she is sixteen, and no one can stop it.
Taken between worlds to the city of Bath in 1920’s England, Sophie meets a young man called James Carnwallis, once a pilot in the Great War. But even as she falls in love, she learns more about the forces at work – and her fate in their plans.
As an alliance of shamans, ghosts and gods assembles in a desperate attempt to recover Sophie and prevent the destruction of their worlds, they find that their only hope may lie in Sophie’s gift, and in the Greenwood: a power older than time itself.


Best of the Independent eBook Awards

The winners of the 2018 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards winners have been announced. Children of the Shaman didn’t win in the Urban Fantasy category (a well-deserved win for B.R. Kingsolver with Chameleon’s Death Dance), but it was great to have made the final shortlist, and my friend Cora Buhlert, who hosts the Speculative Fiction Showcase, was a runner-up in the Best Short Story category for her story Baptism of Fire.

Congratulations to Cora and the winners, and fingers crossed for those waiting for the Hugos!

Children of the Shaman shortlisted!


I am honoured to have been chosen as a finalist for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards, along with my co-host at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, Cora Buhlert.

I am a finalist in the Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban Fantasy) category for my novel Children of the Shaman, and Cora is a finalist in the Short Story category for her story Baptism of Fire from The Guardian: Eleven science fiction short stories. The anthology is also a finalist in the Best Anthology Category.

If you want to vote for any of the finalists, you will find the link on the Bards and Sages web-site here.

Congratulations and good luck to all the other finalists!

Random doll photograph

Most of my BJD (ball jointed dolls) are based on my characters, though one or two have wandered in from somewhere else.

I tend not to mix doll hobby stuff with writing and fantasy stuff because although there is an overlap, not everyone is keen on dolls.

So here are a couple of dolls/characters. This is only how I see them.


Katya Yuda 2018

Kristell Ink launches three Speculative Fiction anthologies!


My publisher, Kristell Ink, is launching not one but three Speculative Fiction anthologies on Friday, 8th June 2018 in Oxford.

The launch is taking place at Waterstones in Oxford, starting at 18.30 BST. You can find out more about the venue and book tickets through Eventbrite.

The three anthologies of short fiction are: Infinite Dysmorphia, edited by Pete Sutton & Kate Coe; Terra Nullius, edited by Ellen Crosháin & Kate Coe; and Holding On By Our Fingertips, edited by Amanda Rutter & Kate Coe.

The anthologies have gathered a galaxy of stories by Speculative Fiction authors new and old, and I’m extremely delighted to have a short story, Terra Incognita, in the anthology Terra Nullius.

The three books each feature wonderful cover art by the talented Nele Diel.

Read more about the project at Kristell Ink’s web-site here, and be sure to come to the launch and meet the folk from Grimbold Books and Kristell Ink, together with a host of other authors.

Book Review: Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

Delighted to have received the following review of Children of the Shaman from the Irregular Reader…

The Irregular Reader

children of the shamanChildren of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

Thirteen year old Annat is a shaman by birth. Within her own people, the Wanderers, shamans can heal, protect, and enter bodily into other realms. Outside her people, however, shamans are looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. Annat is largely untrained in her powers, but when her aunt falls sick, she and her brother are sent to live with the father they barely know.

Annat is finally able to train as a shaman under the tutelage of her father, Yuda, but the family soon turns down a dangerous path. Yuda has been assigned to investigate strange occurrences and brutal murders in a small northern town. Strange, old magic seems to be at play in the area, and soon after arriving, Annat’s brother Malchik disappears. Annat and Yuda’s search for Malchik will take them on a strange journey through a mystical land of winter…

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British Fantasy Awards – Grimbold authors and artists on the shortlist!

Grimbold authors have won seven nominations for the British Fantasy Awards, and Grimbold Books has been shortlisted for Best Independent Press. Sending congratulations and wishing all the best to everyone!

Evelinn Enoksen for Best Artist
Fight Like a Girl (ed. Joanne Hall & Roz Clarke) for Best Anthology
Sammy HK Smith for Best Short Fiction for The Watcher
Nadine West for Best Short Fiction for The Women’s Song
Steven Poore for Best Fantasy Novel for The High King’s Vengeance
Joanne Hall for Best Fantasy Novel for The Summer Goddess

And Grimbold author Peter Sutton has been short-listed for Best Collection for his independent publication, A Tiding of Magpies.

Evelinn Enoksen drew the wonderful interior illustrations for the new edition of Children of the Shaman; Daniele Serra, who did the amazing cover art for the series, has also been nominated for Best Artist.


Annat by Evelinn Enoksen

See the British Fantasy Awards 2017 shortlists here for full details of the shortlisted authors and titles.

To read more about Grimbold Books’ authors and artists, you can visit their web-site here – Kristell Ink, the Sci Fi and Fantasy Imprint of Grimbold Books

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