Beyond the Starline, the first in my steampunk trilogy, The Dark Sea, has now been published by Clockwork Press.  I'm posting it here free - updates every Wednesday. To be first to know when the next books are released (and get the ebooks free) sign up to the mailing list at 

The buzz:

"A thoroughly realized situation, a beautiful world and a convincing heroine ... original and interesting. I never wanted to stop reading!" ~ Philip Womack ~ Contributing Editor at Literary Review and critically acclaimed author of The Liberators

"A fabulous mix of high adventure, imaginative fantasy and a quiet but powerful message about friendship, courage and trust." ~ Amanda Littlejohn ~ writer and educator, contributor at Hubpages

"What a brilliant book! I was utterly gripped." ~ Eve Merrier ~ Libraries Manager & author of The Brilliant Women Collection.

I've had short fiction published in Aquila Magazine, Dark Tales, Scribble, The Criminal Class Review, Unsettling Wonder, Stupefying Stories, Quarter Reads, The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide and SQ Magazine (July 2016).

Me in a nutshell: Writer, Storyteller, Fabulist, Field Ornithologist, Eccentric, Free-Thinker, Book, Art & Music lover.

I like steampunk where 'steam' is alternative history and 'punk' is a social critique. I like steampunk with a social conscience, political imagination, and a feminist heart. And mad scientists, automata, airships, brass goggles and talking apes, of course.

You'll find me locked in my lab dreaming up the next adventure. But it's easier to catch up with me on Twitter, Introduce yourself. Let me know you found me on Wattpad!

I blog a bit at
And I tell you stories online at my YouTube place:
  • Uk /Italy
  • JoinedJanuary 11, 2016

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An orphaned child. A mysterious device. Cut-throat pirates who'd kill to get it. When her mother is killed by...
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