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.
Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring events and characters to life. She currently writes science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, and romance, but will go wherever the story takes her. Foreign Service brat, data entry clerk, veterinary tech, editor, manager, and freelancer are among the roles she’s lived, giving depth to the cultures and people that form the heart of her works. As her website is titled, she offers tales to tide you over.
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?
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.