Whispers and Dares – Publication News

Back at Halloween, Fantasia Divinity released a new seasonal-themed anthology, Halloween Frights and Autumn Delights. I have two drabbles (Whispers of Autumn and A Halloween Dare) in this collection, one in each chapter.

Here’s the summary for anthology from Amazon:

Halloween is here! It’s time to bring out the ghosts and goblins, the spooks and sweets. What can go wrong on the spookiest night of the year?

But among the frights of Halloween is the beauty of the autumn season. It’s time for the harvest, for giving thanks and blessings.

Celebrate the frights and delights of the season with this anthology filled with 131 drabbles, featuring over 40 authors!

My thanks to Madeline L. Stout for including both my drabbles.

You can find the anthology here.

Playing with Murder – Publication News

Back in September, my short story, Playing with Murder was published in Unveiled Secrets, a Fantasia Divinity anthology, and I forgot to share the news…

Here’s the summary for Playing with Murder:

When Theo Reed returns to his room in Drake’s Lodging House after a short work trip out of town, it’s to a nasty surprise: a dead body lying on the floor.  He doesn’t know the victim, but the police believe they know the murderer.  Him.  That’s problem number one.

Problem number two: Theo Reed is no angel.  He’s no murderer either, but he’s going to have convince a lot of people of that.  What ensues is a chase across the city, the outcome of which has deadly consequences for him, should he fail.

Playing with Murder is an urban low fantasy mystery, set in another world not that dissimilar to Victorian England.

Here’s the summary from the anthology as a whole from Amazon:

Detective stories are popular the world over, fueling people’s desires to know “whodunit.” Combine that with the magic and myths of fantasy and you’ve entered a whole new world of mystery and intrigue! Join us on this adventure filled with 11 detective fantasy stories that will strike your imagination!

With stories by J.W. Grace, Gerry Griffiths, Sandy Underman, Sammi Cox, DM Burdett, Deeanna West, Zoey Xolton, Danielle Davis, Lionel Ray Green, Charlotte Platt, and Rebecca Buchanan

My thanks to Fantasia Divinity for selecting it for the anthology, and to M.E. Rodman for editing.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads

Stuck In His Shape

he was all
angles and straight lines
nothing out of place
each piece of the puzzle
fitting snugly together
to ensure he made
a complete whole

he couldn’t bend
would never give
a fraction of an inch
out of choice
or by nature?
I was never sure

until one day
he hit an obstacle
he couldn’t go around
or go over
which was when I realised
he didn’t know the answer

Back in August, my poem, Stuck In His Shape, was published via Nine Muses Poetry (read my original post about it here).  Sadly, not long after, that venue ceased to be.  It’s always such a shame when beautiful poetry venues stop publishing but I understand how big a commitment it is to run such a project…So I thought I would share that poem here for anyone who might be interested but had missed it.

A Samhain Summoning – Publication News

One of my stories, A Samhain Summoning, was published in an anthology on Halloween…very fitting for a collection of stories inspired by witches and magic.

The anthology is “Hexed”, from Iron Faerie Publishing.  My thanks to the Stacey Jaine McIntosh for including my story. Here’s the book description:

Magic, mayhem and mystery.

Cloaked in magic and surrounded by darkness witches have captured our imagination for millennia and fascinate us more than ever today.

From the wise old crone, witches can be healers and protectors, keepers of the old ways or possessed with supernatural abilities, used for good or evil.

Enter the world of witches – whatever the guise – and enjoy these wicked and wonderful short tales sure to delight!

You can find out more about the anthology, or get yourself a copy, by heading over to Amazon.

Stuck In His Shape – Poem Publication

A random photo…

My poem, Stuck In His Shape, has been published over at the wonderful Nine Muses Poetry. My thanks to editor, Annest Gwilym, for accepting it.

The poem was written in response to this month’s special challenge image, and it’s the first time I’ve managed to get something sent in for it as I always leave it too late to participate…If you follow the link below, you can find this month’s picture and see what inspired the poem by clicking the “Special Challenge” link on the menu at the top of the page.

You can find my poem here.

If you do have a read of it, I hope you enjoy it!

Winds of Despair (publication news)

Winds of Despair is the first in a series of anthologies of Elemental Drabbles to be published by Fantasia Divinity.  The book is divided into four chapters: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi and Horror.

Here’s the book summary:

Follow the wind through four chapters sorted by genre as our authors take you away to other worlds, different aspects of our own, or even into the swirling winds of nightmares and horror! With only 100 words, where will the wind take you?

Featuring 252 drabbles from 68 authors!

I was lucky enough to have 8 drabbles accepted for this anthology, two for each chapter:


  • The Witch of The North Wind
  • The Tale of Lukan


  • The Wind Whispers
  • New Home Blues


  • Beware The Red Wind
  • Technological Advancement


  • Tales The Wind Tells
  • A Windy Day On The Escarpment

You can find the book on Amazon and Goodreads.

“A Chance Encounter” in “The Moon Garden”

I’ve been lucky enough to have two of my short stories selected for “Best of 2019” anthologies from two separate publishers…A big thank you to the editors / compilers of each book for considering and including my work…

A Chance Encounter

I submitted A Chance Encounter back in late Summer last year, to Hawthorn and Ash from Iron Faerie Publishing, thinking it would only make it onto their website.  But, the format then changed to include the possibility of an ebook and print book, for which I was super excited. That was in the autumn, I think.  Hawthorn and Ash (volume 1) was released in December 2019. Then, while I was on holiday in December, I got the notification that this little story of mine had been selected for Iron Faerie’s “Best of” anthology for 2019.  It was such great news to return home to!  And isn’t that cover stunning!

So what’s the story about? As the title suggests, a chance encounter.  With what? A fairy…


The Moon Garden


I’ve spoken about The Moon Garden on this blog before (see here), when the anthology it was selected for, Gardens of Enchantment from Fantasia Divinity, was released. To learn it was selected for inclusion in their “Best of” anthology, “Ghosts of The Past 2019”, put a great big smile on my face.  Every writer has a handful of stories that they’re really proud of, and this is one of mine…

The Moon Garden focuses on Alexa Harrison, who has just moved into a new house.  However, there’s a discrepancy between the maps of the property and what can actually be seen.  It’s a mystery Alexa can’t let go of, but there’s a price to pay for learning the truth…


Thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend!

An Independent Melody

My poem, An Independent Melody, is up at Peeking Cat Poetry.  It will also be included in an upcoming print issue of the magazine too!  My thanks to the editor, Sam Rose, for selecting my poem.

If you would like to have a read of it, you can find it here.


…the lobelias in my garden…

I must apologise for my lack of presence on the blog (and of course, on yours) in recent weeks.  I have been caught up in a flurry of submissions and deadlines, whilst also trying to find time to work on my WIPs and edit ones I actually have a complete first draft for.  So please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone…

Speaking of editing, I have, as of fifteen minutes ago, finished the last round of editing on The Winter Ghost!  Woohoo!  So soon I’ll be on the hunt for beta readers.  Yay!

But that isn’t the purpose of this post…no.  My poem Detachment has been published over on Nine Muses Poetry.  It’s such a beautiful poetry webzine, and I’m grateful to the editor, Annest Gwilym, for including my work in it.

You can read my poem here.

The Moon Garden

I’m a little late in sharing this news, but my short story, The Moon Garden, was published by Fantasia Divinity back in March 2019.  The title of the anthology it can be found in is Gardens of Enchantment.  Here’s the summary from Amazon:

Gardens are places of mystery and enchantment where fairies hide among the leaves and magic courses through the roots. But beware, the snake of temptation slithers in the undergrowth and the most beautiful flowers might be poisonous. The stories in this collection will take you on a botanical journey into the heart of greenness: you will taste dangerous liquors, see the desert break into blossom or venture into breath-taking bowers.In this bouquet of tales you will find re-imagined legends, magical realist musings, fantasy and a pinch of sci-fi.Authors featured in this anthology: Damien McKeating, Zoey Xolton, Sally Basmajian, Madison McSweeney, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Fanni Suto, Judith Field, Jennifer Vizner, Frank Roger, Pamela Jeffs, Ed Ahern, Maia Cornish, Lucy D. Ford, Elaine M. Lies, Sammi Cox, Helen Mihajlovic, Steve Carr, Scott G. Gibson, and Bill Davidson

Isn’t the cover beautiful?!  I must say, all the covers to the anthologies and books they put out are stunning.  My heartfelt thanks go to Fanni Süto for including and editing my story, and Fantasia Divinity for publishing it.

The Moon Garden

My story focuses on Alexa Harrison, who has just moved into a new house.  However, there’s a discrepancy between the maps of the property and what can actually be seen.  It’s a mystery Alexa can’t let go of, but there’s a price to pay for learning the truth…

I loved writing this story.  In fact, it was one of the short stories I worked on as part of NaNoWriMo 2018, where I tried out a new writing technique of starting to write a story in the middle, working through to the end before returning to the beginning to write the opening.

One Final Word…

If anyone is looking for a venue to submit to, Fantasia Divinity have just released a new list of submissions calls, including a drabble and flash fiction anthology.  You can find all you need to know about submitting to them here.