A SONG OF NEVERSEA
Adult contemporary fantasy for fans of V.E. Schwab's worldbuilding, Scott Lynch's tone, and the wistfulness of del Toro's The Shape of Water. 112,000 words.
Scottish photographer Luma Grey will never know peace until she’s alone in her head. The creature has lived there for years, slipping into her peripheral vision and disrupting her life's most pivotal moments. But when she descends a Cornish mine for a promising photo op, the creature does more than flood her sight with fey imagery: he sings.
Following his song, Luma emerges in a parallel Earth called Eidolia—the creature’s homeland, where he finally abandons her. But any thrill of solitude is short-lived. The wall between realms has been mysteriously sealed for decades, and somehow—despite her arrival through it—still is.
Trapped, Luma seeks answers: who lured her here? Why are the locals eyeing her like a plague rat on a sinking ship? Did her blood really awaken the iron-hungry hive mind Eidolia had thought was defeated, or is she simply a scapegoat for this realm’s unfolding calamities?
Aided by a powerless male sylph and a cockatrice whose kin is trapped in the humanlands, Luma’s only hope is to find the siren whose handiwork has branded her a pariah in both realms. But first, she must prove she’s no death knell come to trigger their extinction.
Unless, of course, she is.
A BREATH OF SILVER
YA historical fantasy with a speculative twist (YA OUTLANDER meets NEVER LET ME GO), for fans of Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo. 93,000 words.
In 2138, 18-year-old apprentice historian Bryn MacBride makes a discovery in the ruins outside town that could change her commune’s future: an underground door. An entrance to the London Underground, contaminated and forgotten after a magical disaster destroyed the city. After five years of working beside her best friend and mentor Thomas, Bryn’s sure this will secure her a place in their history books. But hours after informing Thomas, Bryn finds their research office ablaze, with Thomas inside.
Days before, Thomas had made his own discovery, that their idyllic artisan commune Cimmersea was built on a dark secret. Desperate to protect Thomas’s work from a council who would silence truth to protect their privileged lifestyle, Bryn flees to the Underground, eventually emerging outside Cimmersea’s borders—in the year 1692.
Seeking answers among her ancestors in the Scottish Highlands, Bryn must untangle Cimmersea’s sinister link to the past while questioning everything her beloved mentor believed. But the bloody Glencoe Massacre looms, giving Bryn a choice: bring help back to a future that could imprison her, or leave her legacy in a breathtaking past that tempts her to defy all they held sacred.
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WORLD INSIDE A GIRL
YA fantasy for fans of Laini Taylor, Rachel Vincent, and Holly Black. 86,000 words.
18-year-old Elowen has learned to bury her strange truth, despite longing for someone to accept it. In every dream she’s ever had, she’s seen through the eyes of Storie, a succubus whose peaceful race in the realm called Eidolia is nothing like human folklore describes. This troubling disorder splintered her family, so Elowen's told no one else—not even best friend Brie. But when the dreams force her to sleep, hinting at tragedy striking Storie, Elowen’s caught between seeking Brie’s help … or believing that just maybe Storie is real, and in danger.
Before Elowen gets a chance to finally confide in Brie, their last seaside summer together is cut short when an Eidolian tattoo appears on Elowen’s scalp, followed by the emergence of flesh-and-blood Eidol beings around the globe. Worldwide panic blooms, and possessing a visible link she can’t explain, Elowen flees her Cornish hometown and makes a shocking discovery.
Elowen was Storie. Eighteen years ago she became a changeling, sacrificing her first life to take over a dying human child's body on a mission vital to Eidolia’s peace. With fragmented memories and desperation to halt the spreading chaos, Elowen must resume Storie’s mission—even if it means risking the only human friendship she’s ever known.
A short, published under the name C.L. Campbell, in the FRAGMENTS OF DARKNESS anthology, a collection of spine-tingling NA/YA paranormal and fantasy stories featuring some talented author friends like Jessica Gunn, Pat Esden, and Dorothy Dreyer, and it's available now.
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Adult space fantasy. Romancing the Stone in space meets Final Fantasy for fans of Simon R. Green's DEATHSTALKER series, THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, and Scott Lynch.