Romancing the Stone in space meets Final Fantasy, for fans of THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS, EMILY WILDE'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF FAERIES, and the dual timelines of the GENTLEMAN BASTARDS series. 110k words.
Publishing best-selling novels under a secret pseudonym is Sapphira Wisheart’s only escape from her isolation as daughter of the galactic empire’s ruling family. In Sapphira’s childhood, her mother decreed that leadership would eventually transfer to the senate instead of Sapphira. But Sapphira’s still shackled by round-the-clock bodyguards, confinement to the capital city of Dachai, and the scars left by her family’s lack of belief in her to lead. Writing is her only outlet, but living vicariously through her galaxy-hopping heroine Cilla Ryzen can’t prepare Sapphira for the rebel underground staging an attack that leaves senators and her mother dead—and Sapphira framed.
Fleeing the scene, Sapphira chases the only person in Dachai not trying to arrest her: the man who pulls her from the wreckage and leads her into the cockpit of an outlawed starskimmer he pilots for his black-market shuttle service. Galen may or may not have rebel links—or basic manners—but he’s her only ticket out of the capital, to regroup and devise a way to meet the rebel underground’s demand: cough up a Wisheart heirloom Sapphira’s never heard of, or Dachai will be leveled.
When the pair crash-land on an archaic and magical planet with links to both Sapphira’s late grandfather and Galen, Sapphira must draw on the worldly confidence she’s only ever written about to navigate the wilds with her maddeningly enigmatic companion. As she pieces together her grandfather’s last steps and the truth of the heirloom, she considers the cost of handing it to her family's enemies—all while wrestling an even darker mystery: Who is Galen, really, and what does he truly want from her? To answer this, Sapphira must first gain the trust of the one whose belief she’s needed most: herself.
SING ME TO THE SHORE
(formerly known as: A SONG OF NEVERSEA)
ELEANOR OLIPHANT meets The Witcher, Rachel Vincent's MENAGERIE, and The Legend of Vox Machina. 114k words.
Determined but unlucky Scottish photographer Luma Grey will never know peace—or success—until she's alone in her head. The creature has lived there for years, shifting in the shadows of her peripheral vision, silently disrupting her life's most pivotal moments. She's self-diagnosed him as a stress-induced hallucination and managed to quietly tolerate the chaos he's caused, until she descends a Cornish mine for the perfect photo op. Then the bastard comes out of lurk mode and sings.
Desperate to confront the cause of her torment, she chases his siren song only to emerge in a parallel plane. There, in Eidolia, he finally abandons Luma, but any thrill of solitude is short-lived. The passageways between planes have been mysteriously sealed for decades, and somehow—despite Luma's arrival through one—still are.
Trapped, Luma seeks answers: who called her here? Has her human blood really awoken Eidolia's iron-hungry enemy, or has Luma been lured as a scapegoat? And how is it that thousands of Eidol creatures—who were visiting the humanlands when the passageways slammed shut—are marooned far from families and lovers, yet Luma has stumbled through like an inept Trojan horse?
Aided by a band of misfits including a powerless male sylph, a landlocked kelpie, and a chaotic-neutral cockatrice, Luma seeks the siren whose handiwork has branded her a disaster in one realm and a pariah in the other. But first, she must prove she's no death knell come to trigger the Eidol race's extinction.
Unless, of course, she is.
A BREATH OF SILVER
Upper 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
Upper YA/crossover fantasy for fans of Laini Taylor, Rachel Vincent, and Holly Black. 86,000 words.
Elowen has learned the hard way to bury her strange truth, despite longing for someone to accept it—to accept her, in spite of it. In every dream, every night, she sees through the eyes of Storie, a creature whose peaceful race in the realm called Eidolia is nothing like human folklore has painted them. But the utter weirdness of Elowen's vivid dreams splintered her family and shattered her first real relationship, so she's told no one else—not even best friend Brie. Yet with their last seaside summer together approaching, Elowen considers finally confiding in her. Until the Eidolian tattoo appears on her scalp.
Flesh-and-blood Eidol beings soon emerge around the globe, and worldwide panic blooms. Possessing a visible link she can't explain, with her footsteps haunted by shadows that hiss threats against Storie and any who'd help her, Elowen flees her Cornish hometown only to make 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—and protect Brie—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.
A young Cornish woman is stuck in the family tradition of dowsing—not for water or minerals, but beings from Unearth. Dowsers extend their spirit to lasso the loathsome beings and send them away from the human realm. But to Liv, it’s a curse, not a gift, and before she starts a new life far from Cornwall, she dowses one last being, who holds a secret about Liv that changes everything she’s been brought up to believe.
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Free In The Knowledge
A short in the HOPE RIOT anthology, a collection of hopepunk SFF tales to bring a glimmer of light to a darkening and divisive world, also featuring Jessica Gunn, Dorothy Dreyer, Jody Neil Ruth, and Xan van Rooyen.
Galen, a pilot running a black market off-world shuttle service, delivers a client whose mission is to self-destruct on landing, wiping out a village to fulfil a vendetta that puts Galen’s hard-earned cover and business in jeopardy, not to mention his life—but when he finds the young sole survivor of the blast, he faces the question of what vengeance will gain him, and what it will cost.
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A short in the INTO THE DARK WOOD horror anthology, a collection also featuring Jessica Gunn, Trish Esden, Dorothy Dreyer, Jody Neil Ruth, and Xan van Rooyen.
Sirens don’t just live in the sea. A young woman on holiday in Cornwall, England seeks refuge from the unseasonable spring heat in a fogou, or Cornish cave, where she encounters a childhood terror she’d thought she’d overcome.
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Cheyenne L. Campbell