A SONG OF NEVERSEA
Adult fantasy, ELEANOR OLIPHANT meets The Witcher, for fans of V.E. Schwab, Scott Lynch, Rachel Vincent, Nicholas Eames, Michaiah Johnson, and 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 sabotaging her life’s most pivotal moments. But when Luma descends a Cornish mine for a promising photo op, the creature does more than flood her sight with unwelcome imagery: he sings.
Following his siren song, Luma emerges in a parallel plane called Eidolia—the creature’s homeland, where he finally abandons her. But any thrill of solitude is short-lived. The passageways between realms have been mysteriously sealed for decades, and somehow—despite her arrival through one—still are.
Trapped, Luma seeks answers: who lured her here? Did her human blood really awaken the iron-hungry foe Eidolia had thought was defeated, or is Luma simply a convenient scapegoat for Eidolia's calamities? And how is it that thousands of Eidols, 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 only 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 their 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.
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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.
Cheyenne L. Campbell