My short story, RECKONER, (under the name C.L. Campbell) can be found in the FRAGMENTS OF DARKNESS anthology. This is a collection of spine-tingling NA/YA paranormal and fantasy stories featuring some lovely author friends of mine like Jessica Gunn, Pat Esden, and Dorothy Dreyer, and it’s available NOW!
Here’s a little trailer I had way too much fun making for the story:
A SONG OF NEVERSEA is adult epic fantasy, and was long-listed for the UK’s Adventures in Fiction 2016 Spotlight First Novel competition.
Photographer Luma Grey is certain the otherworldly creatures stalking her peripheral vision are symptoms of a slow-building madness. For years these distracting disturbances have sabotaged her relationships and career, and her signature move is run and start over—anything to prove she’s not a failure like the family that deserted her.
Desperation leads to a risky photoshoot in a Cornish mine. Luma thinks she’s escaped disaster until she hauls herself not from the seaside shaft, but a barrow in a strange wood. A barrow watched by the cockatrice Gildas, who’s waited decades for a human’s arrival.
Luma’s entered Eidolia, a realm whose magic natives once frequented the humanlands, observing, inspiring, and imitating. But then the wall between realms was sealed without warning, trapping visiting eidols in the humanlands. Families were split, relationships sundered, and the fear that humankind would destroy Eidolia began. And now, whispers spread of a human terrorist, a harbinger of their demise who’s penetrated the still-sealed wall.
Some eidols want Luma dead, others as a political bargaining chip. Luma just wants to escape her biggest catastrophe—until she learns the origin of her lifelong visions: a male siren’s song, sung through the wall to lure her here. Furious at being denied a normal life and determined to learn why, Luma flees imprisonment on Gildas’s back—despite his murky motives—and will seek out the siren and a way to stop running long enough to prove she’s no death knell come to trigger their extinction.
Unless, of course, she is.
A BREATH OF SILVER is YA historical fantasy with a speculative twist.
It’s 2138, and the day Bryn MacBride unearths the ladder descending into the ground of the ruins outside town should be the best day of her life. After five years as a fledgling historian in her isolated commune of Cimmersea, she’s finally made a discovery while apprenticed to best friend and mentor Thomas. But hours after informing him, Bryn returns to find their research headquarters burning to the ground. With Thomas inside.
Someone wanted him dead. Days before, he’d made his own discovery, that their idyllic town which rose from the ashes of London’s fall was built on a dark secret. Desperate to protect all that remains of Thomas’s work from those who would silence truth, Bryn flees to the ladder in the ruins. Below, in the forgotten London Underground, she encounters a history she never imagined, and emerges … in 1692.
Seeking answers among her ancestors in the Scottish Highlands, she begins untangling Cimmersea’s sinister link to the past while questioning everything her hero believed. But the bloody Glencoe Massacre looms, giving Bryn a choice: find a way to bring proof of Thomas’s theory to a future that could imprison her, or leave her legacy in a breathtaking past that tempts her to defy all they held sacred.
WORLD INSIDE A GIRL is YA fantasy.
18-year-old Elowen has shared her secret three times. Each has left her lonelier, so when boyfriend Matthias becomes number four and he calls her crazy and walks away, she swears she’ll learn to close off that part of herself. Even if sharing it with someone who stays is all she really wants. Because even Elowen knows it’s not normal to dream every night of a realm called Eidolia, and a succubus in it.
Gentle and courageous Storie of the eidols has been Elowen’s constant since childhood, as everyday as beachcombing for sea glass or rainy coastal walks. But after an impromptu dip in a forest pool to avoid humiliation from Matthias’s new fling, Elowen sees things with her waking eyes no one else can—including a tattoo on her scalp. And if she tells anyone this secret, she’ll be more than alone. She’ll be put away.
Soon after, Elowen’s dreams cease. Storie disappears, but flesh-and-blood eidols are reported worldwide, attacking humans. When one chases Elowen through her beloved Cornish town, she fears she’s a conduit for a magical species more savage than she ever dreamed. She has to stop them, even if it means revealing everything she knows.
Desperate for Storie’s help, Elowen must face the cause of her lifelong loneliness and risk the closest thing she’s ever had to a sister—or her own freedom—before the world inside her breaks free from its weakening cage.
SAPPHIRA RISING is adult space opera.
The Empire’s heir has never been allowed outside homeworld’s capital city, and her sheltered life has given way to her secret alter-ego: adventure novelist. When a terrorist attack devastates her mother’s court and kills the Empress, Sapphira escapes with the criminal mastermind behind an illegal off-world transport company for a chance at freedom — if she can shake the blame for the attack that’s fallen on her head. But with freedom comes awareness of the corruption beyond her prison bars. And no steamy interplanetary plot device will deliver her from the destiny her family set in motion at the Empire’s conception. Romancing the Stone in space.