Nine Days, and Seven Tears (short story)
Twenty-one year old Briony is stagnating, living at home with her parents and younger brother—until a mysterious, beautiful visitor from the sea brings new hope of happiness. But Freyja’s not meant to be on the Isle of Wight, and she’s about to leave for home shores. Can Briony find a way to keep her selkie lover by her side?
Note: this story also appears in the anthology She Shifters
Due out from JMS Books 20th July 2019
London Lark (short story)
Apprentice tinkerer Harriet Hodgkins is skilled in the construction and maintenance of intricate clockwork contrivances. She’s also rather good at masquerading as a man—for of course, no self-respecting craftsman would hire a woman.
Repairing a salvaged automaton becomes a labour of love for Hodgkins, and the object of her affections, Miss Pandora Piper, comes to hold her rescuer in equal esteem. But Hodgkins has yet to confess her true gender, and moreover the clockwork coquette is destined for resale. If Hodgkins can’t engineer a more auspicious ending, Miss Pandora’s restoration will signal their separation.
Note: this story also appears in the Upstaged anthology
Due out 10th August 2019 from JMS Books
First Time (short story)
When jaded old lag Mel meets pretty new prison inmate Ella, she’s quick to take her under her wing and show her how to survive in the system. In prison, everything has a price—but Mel finds herself strangely reluctant to take advantage of Ella’s gratitude, no matter how much she wants her.
Ella’s not so reticent, and their nights turn passionate—but the outcome of Ella’s appeal could part them forever.
Note: this story also appears in the anthology Desire Behind Bars
Due out 24th August from JMS Books
Blazing June (short story)
Struggling single mum Carla does her best to look after her elderly neighbour, but has to call the police to help when Mrs MacReady suffers a fall and she can’t get in to help. A good deed brings its own reward when one of the constables who turns up is the beautiful, red-haired Ellen.
Ellen cuts her hand breaking into the flat to rescue the old lady, and as Carla tends the wound, she falls half in love with the golden stranger. She doesn’t expect to ever see her again—but Ellen might just surprise her.
Note: this story also appears in the anthology Lesbian Cops
Due out 14th September from JMS Books
Alpaca My Bags (novella)
Silver fox Scott Riley is holidaying on the Isle of Wight with his newborn granddaughter and her parents following the breakup of his relationship. A bit of fun in the sun with rugged alpaca farmer, Ryan, could be just what the doctor ordered for Scott—but first he’ll need to get past his over-protective daughter! Stressed out from new motherhood, Katie’s worried her dad’s going to get his heart broken.
Free spirit Ryan doesn’t believe in relationships. An ex foster child, he’s learned to move on quickly from hook-ups and cut his emotional losses. But with the island’s limited dating opportunities, he’s taken up knitting to while away the lonely evenings. Ryan’s not planning to waste a minute in getting Scott into his bed—but into his life?
They’ve said all along it’s just a holiday fling. When both men realise it could be the start of something more, they’ll need to work hard to counter Scott’s family’s misgivings—not to mention their own.
Note: this story first appeared in the Hot Summer Nights anthology
Due out 30 September 2019
Counter Culture (novel; title tbc)
Robin Christopher, beleaguered retail worker, isn’t having an easy November. His boss is pushing the stress levels to overload planning a Black Friday to end all Black Fridays, his family doesn’t understand him, and his best friend thinks his new crush is a hallucination brought on by watching too many episodes of Doctor Who.
Archie Levine dresses in Victorian style and divides his time between looking after his young son and creating weird and wacky steampunk gadgets from bits of old junk—when he’s not looking after his mum, Lyddie, and trying to keep on good terms with his ex. The last thing he’s got time for is a relationship—but the young man he met while disembowelling a fridge is proving very tempting.
When Lyddie’s social conscience is roused by a local store with a cavalier attitude to the homeless, former rough sleeper Archie shares her anger. Little does he know, Robin works for the very store that’s the focus of their outrage. When Archie finds out he’s sleeping with the enemy, things could cut up very rough indeed.
Due out 3rd November 2019 from Riptide