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Winterbloom!

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

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… Continue reading Best of the Independent eBook Awards

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… Continue reading Children of the Shaman shortlisted!

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… Continue reading Random doll photograph

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… Continue reading Kristell Ink launches three Speculative Fiction anthologies!

Valentine’s day Romance Books

New details of a Valentine’s book promo for Grimbold Books Romance – more to follow soon!

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Do something different this year. Say it with something that lasts. Check out Grimbold Books Romance books on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and many more places.

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

Books on the Hill new online shop launches

Books on the Hill are launching their new Fantasy and Sci-Fi online shop on 15th July 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby. I am honoured to have been invited to take part in their campaign to celebrate the launch! Coming soon: http://www.fantasyscifibooks.co.uk Books are my bag! With many thanks to Alistair Sims and the Books… Continue reading Books on the Hill new online shop launches

Cover art reveal – Empty Skies and Sunlight by Kate Coe

Here is the next beautiful cover in Kate Coe's Green Sky novella series! Empty Skies and Sunlight is coming soon! Cover by the talented Ken Dawson of Creative Covers.