Nathaniel Bowden has his eyes set on captaining a steamship of his own, a distant horizon with the crew suspicious of his noble background and his position as cabin boy. He's willing and eager to win their approval through hard work while learning every aspect of the ship. Only the ship's engineer holds fast against his charms, denying him access to the mysterious chamber that holds their ailing steam engine.
When the engine draws Sam to it under the guise of a safe hiding spot, Nat's life becomes a lot more complicated while Sam must figure out how to survive without being seen or giving in to the engine's demands.
In an alternate Victorian Era where Naturals like Sam can harness the power of aether to transform conscious machinery, dangers surround the fugitive Natural and lowly cabin boy. Only honor and friendship can see them through.
Is Luck a Miracle or a Curse?
Luck alone has kept Sam undiscovered so far. She dreads the moment the crew learns their miracle and curse have a human face, but it’s Nat’s reaction she fears the most. When her Natural talents are revealed, all the ways she’s used her far-from-human abilities to keep the engine running may count for nothing.
Obsessed with the steamship's engine, Nat’s new position as the engineer’s apprentice is a dream come true even when a fierce storm tests the limits of his new skills. He basks in the praise of the engineer and crew once they're safe again, but their cheers soon turn to curses when Nat realizes the nearest island on the charts is nothing but a sandbar. With food and water running low, how is he going to keep Sam fed?
Born in the abandoned subway shafts beneath First City, Trina measures life in the coin she steals from her wealthy father’s people living above. She gives little weight to her dying mother’s fairy tales about how her father will rescue Trina and her twin sister, taking them away from this planet. Yet the stars catch her attention every time she goes to the surface.
Trina is the protector, a role she created more from heroic tales in books her father gave them than anything in a shafter’s life. When she sees drunken aristocrats harassing laborers, she can’t turn away even though attacking them carries a death sentence. Her paternal grandfather discovers Trina before the enforcers can and offers everything she has ever desired—safety for her family and a way off Ceric.
Can she trust their family connection, or will the price of her dreams be more than Trina is willing to pay?
Just because it’s always been that way doesn’t make it right.
Teased by the young fairies for her clumsiness and large feet, Tiptoe believes she's a failure as a fairy. She's confined to the creche where only the babies can see her, and every time she leaves it, it's all Tiptoe can do to avoid damaging the fairy village.
Then a human prince is added to her charges, and she starts to wonder if her differences are more than just flaws. In helping an innocent baby, a new world is opened to her.
When the Shoe Won't Fit originally appeared in the online magazine, Aurora Wolf, and the related anthology, Aurora in the Dawn.
This is an updated version available in eBook format.
Indie traders value freedom over security.
Samantha Marsdom has grand plans to expand the starship she inherited from her father into a profitable indie trader fleet. She has much to prove to herself and her father’s crew, but the path has not been easy. Still, her reputation is growing, and when a prime job comes her way, she’s eager to show the crew, and her childhood friend, she has what it takes to secure their freedom with hefty profits.
This is a short story in the Seeds Among the Stars universe. It stands alone and can be read before or after any of the books in the series. An excerpt from book 1, Shafter, is included.
The novels in Seeds Among the Stars:
Book 1: Shafter
Book 2: Trainee
To protect his family, Henry will change the law itself.
The Natural laws declare anyone with the knack to transform machinery an inhuman criminal regardless of their actions. Henry has railed against this Act of Parliament in private, but finally he has the chance to fight back.
Lily’s health has suffered under the constant strain of sheltering a fugitive Natural, and an untimely word would have condemned every person on the estate. Henry had hoped sending his wife’s sister to safety on the Continent would bring relief from the threat that has been hanging over the manor and ease his wife’s suffering. Instead, disaster struck. Sam is missing with no word beyond vague rumors, and Lily grows ever worse.
If Henry can overturn the law that brands all Naturals as monsters and condemns those who help them, he’ll be able to search for Sam openly. He will bring her home and make their family whole again, drawing Lily out of her decline.
He has only to sway his peers in Parliament, a daunting task when his moral appeal fails. Nor does fate keep its hands out of the striving, choosing to send more complications the way of Lily and the manor in his absence.
His wife is dying and her sister is lost. Who better than Henry to take on all of England in their cause?
This is the fourth book in The Steamship Chronicles.
Suggestion: While the first and second volumes of The Steamship Chronicles can be read in either order, reading Book 1, Secrets, which is free in eBook, will allow you to see firsthand what drives both Henry and Lily.
Pick up your copy of Life and Law, and join Henry as he attempts to right a great wrong and win freedom for all Naturals in England.
Savor the Joyful Moments
Sam has never been happier than aboard this merchant ship in the middle of the ocean. Most of the crew accepts her despite knowing about Sam's Natural abilities. They tease and scold as if she were one of their own. She'd do anything to stay, but the captain has made it clear: Come the next port, her voyage is at an end.
Hiding Sam from the crew cost Nat dearly, but he doesn't want her to go. The sailors view her as a good luck charm now, but as soon as something goes wrong, they will turn on the Natural. Transforming Sam into a boy and giving her Nat's share of the profits means she might have a decent chance on shore. As long as she stays in control.
If only they could discover a better plan.
For eight years, since a chance encounter in the forest, he has maintained an innocent friendship with Georgiana Ferrier, the youngest daughter of a respected farmer and horse breeder. With her turning sixteen, he's finally ready to reveal how she has won his heart, but fears his parents will reject her humble origins.
Georgiana has always been a bit of a wild child.
Her father indulges her forest wanderings unaware how they changed the day she encountered a boy in her favorite glade. She savors their secret friendship when she must share everything else with her three sisters. As her feelings for him become more complicated, she worries about her father's reaction when he learns the truth.
Can they reveal their love without sacrificing their families?
Lady Barbara Whitfeld’s dreams are shattered when she overhears a harsh condemnation from the one lord she’s set her heart on. If he thinks her frivolous then she’ll show Lord Aubrey St. Vincent just how frivolous she can be. Despite popularity with the ton, and the gossip an absence will provoke, Lady Barbara is banished to her uncle’s farm in the hopes she’ll learn maturity.
Lord Aubrey believes in true love, but finds none among the season’s debutantes who provokes even the slightest interest. No one, that is, until Lady Barbara gives him a cut direct in Hyde Park. After fruitless searching, he learns she quit London before he could discover how he offended her. Lord Aubrey heads to the country to escape the season only to find himself drawn to a young farm girl, none other than Lady Barbara in country guise.
Can Aubrey overcome his qualms about her unsuitability before Barbara’s plans to teach him a lesson destroy any chance they might have?
Lady Daphne should dream of handsome lords coming to court, but she has little interest in her upcoming presentation. Her sister is slated to save the family coffers by marrying well, leaving Daphne to pursue other interests. The Earl of Scarborough has spoiled his younger daughter by retaining her dance instructor long past when she’s mastered all the formal dances. Little does he know this instructor has been teaching her dance only seen on the stage. His excitement in finding talent blinds him to the false dreams growing in her head of her own debut not in society’s ballrooms but in a theater.
Baron Jasper Pendleton grew up in a house with divided parents who could barely suffer each other. His father’s passing left him in charge of decent, if neglected, properties, and he’s gained a reputation for how he brought them back to prosperity, but the prize for such standing is the interest of eager mothers and their daughters who, no matter how pretty, will become as waspish as his dear mother did in her husband’s presence. Love is something denied those of his bloodline, so he puts the securing of their family in his mother’s hands, his time better spent working or playing hard.
When a masked dancer’s mystery and passion inflames his frozen heart, can Daphne and Jasper find love when convention sets them on opposing sides?
Country star Brian Lakes abandoned his career when his ex-wife died so he could raise his estranged son Nick. He finds a little town far away from the music scene, but connecting with a grieving pre-teen proves a lot harder than he’d expected.
Celia Baker retired early to recover from the stress of counseling at-risk kids. She struggles against loneliness and reactions honed in a city that seem so out of place in the sleepy town of Foster’s Way. Then she befriends an unhappy boy at the park, and all her instincts go on alert.
Celia has little reason to trust and Brian has his hands full, but a twelve-year-old kid and a beloved guitar keep drawing them together. If they listen to the music of their hearts, they just might earn a second chance at life.
Pick up your copy of Becoming Home to join a good-hearted woman and a struggling single dad in their quest for love and life in a small town.