What would you do if you found out everything you believed in was a lie?
Nicola McDonagh writes in multiple genres including science fiction/dystopian and magic realism. She has won short story competitions and been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by All Authors Publications and Promotions.
What people are saying about The Song of Forgetfulness series:
"Mad Max meets The Wizard of Oz"
"I loved the unique language, and both the style and the voice of the book reminded me of Patrick Ness' Walking Chaos Trilogy. I would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy his books!"
"Author Nicola McDonagh has a way of putting the reader in the moment with vivid imagery and her book 'Glimmer and Other Stories' is a wonderful example of her ability to do just that. Her writing is, quite simply, beautiful."
How much courage do you need to survive betrayal, war, and loss?
Adara needs to know about her past if she, and everyone else, is to have a future. The Moocow Monks of Mayer have the answers. Inside their subterranean archive, Adara sits and watches the history of NotsoGreatBritAlbion unfold before her eyes.
As a catastrophic flood wipes out most of the population of Great Britain, cow herds, Gopi Jnanamaya Kosha (Mayer) and Gopala Arjuna Bhutapanchaka, of Mahabharata House, a Buddhist community, are forced to flee, taking the cows with them.
With water levels rising at an alarming rate, and terrifying storms endangering their pilgrimage, Mayer and Arjuna must battle not only the elements but hungry survivors and rogue soldiers intent on butchering the holy cattle.
Can they build a sanctuary in the mountains of Scotland to secure the survival of mankind if disease, brutal attacks, and infertility threaten to wipe out all human and animal life?
Will the traitors who defect to the enemy and construct a stark Metropolis, where sinister experiments take place behind closed doors, stop Mayer from saving not only the sacred herd but all who have sought refuge?
Can love prevail in a world if artificial insemination is the only way to procreate?
Find out in - The Chronicles of Mayer
"…a unique plot that caught me from the very beginning”
This is an accompaniment/prequel to The Song of Forgetfulness Sci-fi/Dystopian/Action Adventure series.
There is a rustling in the wind. Lights in the distance. The smell of scorched flesh.
An evil like no other threatens to destroy a peaceful world.
NotSoGreatBritAlbion is a land ravaged by famine and disease. Animal life is almost extinct. People are scattered, living in dread of the dominating Agros that rule what is left of the human race - except for those who inhabit the sterile outpost, Cityplace.
When the Agros cut food supplies and children go missing, the dwindling population become desperate to find a warrior to free them from subjugation. Whispers of a saviour have brought them to the perimeter fences of the capital. Now, starving renegades gather, ready to storm the last haven in NotSoGreatBritAlbion. They want Adara, Catcher of Birds.
17-year-old orphan, Adara, isn’t like the other girlygigs. She has an untapped power, raw and unstoppable. Can she control it to save save the terrified people from a vicious and deadly force?
“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense!”
“Think, 'Lord of the Flies' meets the wild children in 'Beyond Thunderdome.”
Whisper Gatherers is a great addition to the dystopian/Sci-fi tradition of authors such as Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Bella Forest, Patrick Ness, Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.
Keywords: dystopian, post apocalyptic, free, freebie, science fiction
Phoenix Marshall decodes satellite images for a living. He has spent all 30 years of his life in Oregon City, afloat on the Pacific Ocean. He busies himself with work and various forms of recreation to keep boredom at bay. One morning he opens his door to find Teeg Passio. Teeg is the same age as Phoenix, but she’s different; she’s menacingly and enticingly wild. She grew up on the outside. Her mother oversaw the recycling of the old cities, and her father helped design the Enclosure. Teeg works maintenance, which allows her to travel outside the walls. When she introduces Phoenix to her crew, he is drawn into a high-tech conspiracy that may threaten everything he understands. Are humans really better off within the Enclosure? Is the Earth? Are Health Patrollers keeping us safe or just keeping us in?
Teeg seduces Phoenix out of his orderly life, enlisting him in a secret, political and sexual rebellion. Teeg and her co-conspirators, part mystics, part tech-wizards, dream of a life embedded in nature. Then one day, during a closely monitored repair mission on the outside, a typhoon offers the rebels a chance to escape the Enclosure and test their utopian dreams in the wilds.
Ian Blake doesn't play games and he won't accept handouts. He needs to be productive and useful - but his creepy boss just fired the baby-saving hero and father of three.
Ian yearns to build his own robots now. But with a job offer in hand under his old boss in a government agency, he fights his family's callous material greed and his own self-doubt to build the future he thinks we all need.
How much courage do you need to survive betrayal, war, and loss?
Seven compelling stories of obsession, loss, redemption, unusual romance and hope are brought together in this unsettling and original anthology. From ethereal speculation to rekindling forgotten love, these beautifully crafted tales explore human nature in all its diversity. Sometimes disturbing, sometimes inspirational, they all have a metaphorical richness that will take you into an uncanny world that straddles the line between the real and the imagined.
“The subjects range from humour to horror and supernatural romance to repressed creativity - they all have an underlying oddness about them which is quite refreshing. Recommended for those who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary.”
“I loved these short stories. Thought provoking, clever. Her writing is filled with suspense, creepy and fast moving. Believe me, you won't skip a page for fear of missing something vital - and it's not what she says, it's what she doesn't say, that's brilliant.”
‘The rain had stopped and the sky was clear. The moon shone bright and made drops of water that clung onto the cobwebs shimmer like diamonds. To Katy they looked like necklaces left out to dry by ghosts.
“The nightlight on the bedside table cast elongated shadows across the floor. The dark lines crawled along the skirting boards and up the walls like dirty fingers groping for something clean.”
Rousseau’s Suburban Jungle:
“Esther drew a tree with bright green leaves that curled up and around the canvas snake-like and cruel. She gave it a head, red eyes and ivory fangs, its mouth open, ready to bite anyone who came too close.”
If you enjoy reading authors such as Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, H.P. Lovecraft and M.R. James, then this anthology is for you.
Inspired by artists such as Chagall, Munch, and Banksy, these curious, darkly humorous and sometimes surreal stories explore human nature in all its disparate colours. From finding love against the odds on Blackpool Beach to surviving grief and loss on a dying planet, each tale takes you to another time and place where reality is blurred and dreams mingle with the paint from a spray can.
Be drawn into the surreal world of the famous artist Earnest Thirk and his talking jacket as he struggles to recapture his lost inspiration and hold onto an old love.
Shiver with dread at the haunting of a 1953 green Cadillac after it breaks down on an English country lane, leaving the owner alone and at the mercy of a sinister, pale-faced party girl.
In the paranormal romance Butterfly Mask, see spells transform a lonely widow’s unrequited love into a revenge-filled blood bath after she befriends a youthful wizard.
When a simple holiday romance turns to love the Dapkus family try to stop the couple from marrying. Grandma Dapkus, forces Agnes to submit to a humiliating family tradition. But Agnes will not be contained.
Try to hold on to your last meal if you dare to visit Alice and her pet piglet in the disturbing thriller - Soft Boiled.
There is Sci-fi horror on a dying planet as an alien coloniser tries to help a disturbed native from the cruel rituals that would send the grief-stricken young mother deeper into the torment of her heartache and pain.
Find typical English humour and retribution in, A Shivering oak, when a promise is broken and a goat gets even.
If you like authors such as Philip K Dick, Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, PG Wodehouse, Annie Proulx and Franz Kafka, then Crow Bones is the anthology for you.