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The Woman Who Fell Through Time

(Here There Be, September 2020)

#TimeTravel #KissingGirlsIsNice #LetsChangeHistory!

Armed with a newly minted university degree and a plane ticket to Paris, Jessie’s plan was to celebrate graduation in the City of Love, kissing as many drunk French girls (or boys, she’s not picky) as she can. Only, she never makes it. When her plane goes down mid-Atlantic she’s pulled from what should have been a watery grave by an intriguing British Naval Captain—in 1805!

Stuck in Regency-era England, Jessie is left with no choice but to enter into the services of the Captain’s sister as a lady’s companion. But she didn’t reckon on the sister being Margaret Goodenough, the world-famous authoress whose yet-to-be-completed novel was the first lesbian kiss in the history of British Literature.

And Jessie’s not just entranced by Margaret’s powerful words…

As their attraction grows, Jessie must tread the tenuous line between finding her own happiness in a world where she is alone, and accidentally changing the future of the queer rights movement. Is Jessie’s duty to preserve Margaret’s history-making book? Or to the happiness of its author, the woman she’s learning to love?

eBook is currently only available through Radish. Paperback available through Here There Be Publishing.

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(Here There Be, 2020)

#TheBadGuyIsSecretlyGood #Kidfic #FaeAreNotNice

Good and Evil. Two sides of the same coin? Or something less defined, something more liminal? Entertaining and always thought-provoking, author J.M. Frey offers three remarkable stories that explore the grey area of the hero/villain dichotomy in this short story collection. Heroes. Villains. Monsters. Fairy Tales. Myths. Legends. Who is the good guy, who the bad, and who gets to decide which is which? After all, ‘hero’ is just another four letter word.

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Book One of  The Skylark’s Saga
(Reuts Publications, September 2018)

#StrongFemaleCharacter #SlowBurn #EnemiesToLovers

A Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote—a ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwya’s greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention. As a Pilot, Robin is good. But the Coyote is better. When he shoots her down and takes her prisoner, Robin finds herself locked into a new kind of dance. The possibility of genuine affection from a man who should be her enemy has left her with a choice: accept the Coyote’s offer of freedom and romance in exchange for repairing a strange rocket pack that could spell Saskwya’s defeat, but become a traitor to her county. Or betray her own heart and escape. If she takes the rocket pack and flees, she could end the war from the inside.

Filled with intrigue, forbidden romance, and a touch of steampunk, The Skylark’s Song soars in this new duology from the award-winning author of The Accidental Turn Series.

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Book Two  of  The Skylark’s Saga
(Reuts Publications, September 2019)

#TrustIsForSuckers #SlowestBurn #Whump

Robin Arianhod has been shot down, and is on the run. Trapped behind enemy lines, her only choice is to disappear inside the sprawling capital of Klonn, and use the mysterious rocket pack she stole from the enemy to end the decade-old war.

Her vigilantism attracts the attention of more than just the city guards, though, and Robin finds herself embroiled in an underground Klonnish rebellion. But are the rebels really her allies, or are they using her as bait? And will the secrets of her former arch-nemesis end the war, or lead Robin and her allies to their deaths?

Rife with high-flying action, subterfuge, and deception, The Skylarks Sacrifice is the explosive conclusion to the saga of war-torn Saskwya, and the one pilot who can change it all.

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Author’s Cut Edition
(Here There Be, May 2018)

#CultureClash #OT3 #CuteMonsterBoyfriend

Part District 9, part Lost in Translation, part Stranger in a Strange Land.

Kalp is a widower, burdened with an unimaginable grief, who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and a half-finished toy for a child that will now never be born.Gwen is a language expert covertly recruited for a United Nations initiative to integrate a ship-full of alien refugees into life on earth. She becomes Kalp’s teammate and lifeline. Basil is the engineer who lives with, and loves them, both. But he has no idea how to defend his new relationship against the ire and condemnation of a violently intolerant world.

TRIPTYCH is a poignant, character-driven science-fiction story about tolerance, love, loss, and the desperate attempt to find connection in a world that no longer makes sense.

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Nominee – Best SF/F & Best Bisexual Book

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Book One of The Accidental Turn Series
(Reuts Publications, Dec 2015)

#FishOutOfWater #UnreliableNarrator #DecolonizingThePortalFantasy

This book follows Pip, who is pulled against her will into the epic fantasy novel series she’s loved since she was a teenager. However, the world is darker, and far more dangerous than she could have ever predicted, especially when it turns out the hero is a much bigger misogynistic ass than she knew.  Pip knows how to circumnavigate the Hero’s Journey and the pitfalls and loopholes of this particular world – but what will happen to her beloved characters outside of the comfort of the fantasy they were written for? And what happens when it’s not the male-power-fantasy hero, but the hero’s overlooked and bullied little brother who proves to be her biggest champion?

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Book Two of The Accidental Turn Series
(Reuts Publications, Dec 2016)

#CurtainFic #ExasperatedHero #ElgarReedsAplusParenting

Forsyth Turn has finally become a hero—however reluctantly. But now that Lucy Piper has married him and they’ve started a family in her world, his adventuring days are behind him. Yet not all is as it should be. Beloved novels are disappearing at an alarming rate, not just from the minds of readers like Pip, but from bookshelves as well. Almost as if they had never been. Almost like magic.

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Book Three of The Accidental Turn Series
(Reuts Publications, Dec 2017)

#ForsythJustWantsToSleep #ThePowerOfFandom #BigDamnHeroes

Forsyth Turn can’t stand being a hero. Even when the adventure is over, pain and death seems to follow him wherever he goes – even into the Overrealm.  Forsyth expected to return to the life he’d built with Pip and Alis, his days of magic and heroics behind him. But then Pip starts suffering night terrors laced with images of glowing ivy and Elgar Reed calls with fears of bizarre threats and a man garbed all in black. Now, he has to face the possibility that Pip’s dreams and Elgar’s fears are connected . . . and that maybe they weren’t the only ones to escape the pages of The Tales of Kintyre TurnAnd if that’s the case, it’s going to take more than a handful of heroes to save the day this time. It’s going to take an army. Luckily, Reed fans are legion.

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Book Four of The Accidental Turn Series
(Reuts Publications, Spring 2018)

#BinkyLives #Gaaaaaaay #BehindTheScenes

Forsyth Turn had no desire to be a hero, but that’s what he became. Bevel Dom spent his whole life telling stories, never realizing he was part of one of the most popular ones of all time. Kintyre Turn never thought he could be more than a wandering hero with a sword, until he reinvented himself as a compassionate Lord and kind father. And Lucy Piper never believed that magic, quests, or The Tales of Kintyre Turn  truly existed; but they do, and they shaped her life in ways she never could have foreseen.

Here now, for the first time in one collection, are all of additional stories set in the world of The Accidental Turn series – including “Magic”, an exclusive new novella!

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(Here There Be, November 2020)

#MarySue #ItWasAllADream #Vampire!AU

This is a story about Mary, number one fan of the hottest cult vampire detective TV show, City By Night… until it becomes all too real. An accident with the Craft Services truck sends her hurtling into the world of the show, and Mary is thrilled – who wouldn’t want to live alongside their favorite TV characters? Unfortunately, living in TV-land isn’t all that Mary thought it would be. Not only is Mary disillusioned with what she thought was a lush world until she had to try to maneuver in it, now she’s about to be murdered by one of the stupidest clichés in the history of television in a world that, pardon the pun, totally sucks. A loving satire of the Toronto film industry, vampire-cop television, and what it really means to be a “fan”.

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#TheseTwoIdiots #Angst #Slowburn

Benjamin is a top-rated oncologist. Mark practices family law. James is Mark’s twin and Benjamin’s patient.

Sparks fly when Benjamin and Mark meet, but their attraction is impeded by their concern for professionalism. Yet Benjamin can’t deny his overwhelming desire to be one of the things that Mark cares for so selflessly. And Mark is intrigued by the needy heart beneath Benjamin’s aloof exterior. When James goes into remission, Mark and Benjamin give in to their passions. But then James’ cancer returns, and Mark’s firm takes out a malpractice suit. The lover’s happiness is fractured by professional obligations, the loss of a career and identity, and brotherly grief.

What holds love together when everything you are crumbles from under your feet?


(Here There Be, 2013)
#FlashFic #Crack #Bodyswap

On his 257th birthday, Reginald got stuck in a bank. Well, yes alright, it was a bank robbery, but you know, it sounded better to say “in a bank.” Less horrifically embarrassing. Imagine, someone like Reginald Schilverspün (and he’s heard all the jokes about being born with things his mouth, and yes, they’re all very clever but, you know, after 257 years the joke gets rather tired don’t you think? So he’ll thank you very much for not telling it.) Imagine! Reginald getting stuck in the middle of a bank robbery on his birthday. Really now; only Reginald. A fun, frivolous short story about bank robberies, body theft, and bottled up frustration.

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(Here There Be, 2010)

#FeelsForSatan #DoNoHarmButTakeNoGuff #DressUpTime

A coloring book for grown-ups with an illustrated love story told in verse about the importance of looking beyond someone’s (poorly dressed) exterior and into their heart. Features a little trickery, a little romance, and a little bit of sartorial fun!

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“How Fanfiction Made Me Gay”

(Bedside Press, Fall 2015)
Features nonfiction stories of dating, love, and sex by women in fandom (fans & creators). Comic Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Meaghan Carter, & ALB. Prose Contributors include: Adrienne Kress, Sam Maggs & Stephanie Cooke.

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“Time To Move”

(Bedside Press, Summer 2017)
The Geek Girls are back! Features another round of fabulous nonfiction stories of dating, love, and sex by women in fandom (fans & creators). Comic Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Meaghan Carter, & ALB. Prose Contributors include: Adrienne Kress, Stephanie Cooke, and short story by yours truly about a celebrity encounter that did not go the way I expected it to.

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The magic of bestiaries, or dictionaries of mythological creatures, has been captivating the human imagination since ancient times. Now, Stone Skin Press brings a fresh take on these compendiums of the fantastic with its latest anthology—Gods, Memes and Monsters. Featuring over sixty authors, this stunning international volume offers entries and short stories that range from the horrific to the humorous. The bestiary shed lights on familiar beasts that are coping in our modern era, including gorgons, minotaurs, and mantichores. It also introduces newly discovered creatures such as meme mosquitoes, trashsquatches, and urbantelopes that are thriving in the cyber age.

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“Toronto the Rude” & “Bloodsuckers”

We all share Toronto, but no two of us see it alike. Inside these covers you’ll find nineteen fresh angles on the city we love, from thirty-three talented creators. From condo vampires to caped heroes, from thrift-store lifers to the pilots of mighty Toronto-Tron, everyone’s got a different perspective. Whether you’re looking for icy horror, true tales of weird history, or romance at the end of the world, there’s a story in here that will change how you see Toronto.Back and better than ever, our second volume brings many returning creators, as well as new artists and writers working in comics for the first time.

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TORONTO COMIC ANTHOLOGY vol 5: Osgoode as Gold

“TTC Gothic”

In a city of competitive wizard baristas, nervous werewolves and scoundrel Trash Pandas, you’ll find some of the best upcoming comic creators! We’re back again with 24 fresh comics from local indie veterans and first-time creators. From the strange giants that prowl Kensington at midnight, the vengeful Pacific Mall dance mafia, or the dragon-hunting wannabes working Queen street, we’ve got stories inspired by every part of the city we love.

Featuring a cover by Irma Kniivila (Ms. Marvel, Deadpool) and a foreword from Chip Zdarsky (Jughead, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), this book is a celebration of the talent and diversity of Toronto’s comics community.

This is a standalone anthology, so you don’t need to have read any of our previous books to enjoy the stories. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time reader, this is a book for you!

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Valor vol 2: Wands

“The Promise”

Anthology description coming soon. “The Promise” is about a King’s Daughter, a Wolf That Isn’t, and a Promise

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“The Moral of the Story”

The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 299 authors/editors/translators and guests have contributed 502 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada’s best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these anthologies. “Wrestling with Gods” offers a cornucopia of weird, wonderful, and awe-inspiring takes of the struggle to find faith in science, the desire to worship, the fear of the tyrant, and the joy of belief.

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“The Twenty-Seven Club”

Modern lives seem littered with expiration dates. Packaging tells us when our food will go bad; when we can expect appliances to cease functioning; when contracts for the internet finish! But as annoying as these small expiration dates are, they fade to nothing compared to the larger events: when a species goes extinct; when a body of water evaporates, or dies because the PH balance alters; when giant icebergs break apart and glaciers melt forever, threatening the ecosystem of this planet.

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“Whose Doctor?”

This collection of fresh essays addresses a broad range of topics in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, both old (1963-1989) and new (2005-present). The book begins with the fan: There are essays on how the show is viewed and identified with, fan interactions with each other, reactions to changes, the wilderness years when it wasn’t in production. Essays then look at the ways in which the stories are told (e.g., their timeliness, their use of time travel as a device, etc.). After discussing the stories and devices and themes, the essays turn to looking at the Doctor’s female companions and how they evolve, are used, and changed by their journey with the Doctor.

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“The Once and Now-ish King”

The only survivor of a war struggles to return to a home that doesn’t exist anymore. A rebel leader loses everything she fought for and must start from scratch. A hero who has fought for her village her whole life must retire into obscurity without ever being known for her deeds. A starship returns to an Earth that is much changed, yet too much the same. A soldier is haunted by the very thing that saved his life. And King Arthur returns in Albion’s hour of need. Dark fantasy. Urban fantasy. Political intrigue. Science fiction. From the horrific to the heartwearming. Introducing 19 pulse-pounding tales, by luminaries and great new voices.

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“The Maddening Science”

Heroes can save the world, but villains can change it. Companion volume to When the Hero Comes Home, Dragon Moon has assembled a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Come with us while we explore villains of all stripes — sons and daughters, lovers and fighters, minions and masterminds, in this giant volume of thirty great stories by award winners, rising stars, and bold new voices.

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"Artists who find a white wall will instinctively wish to cover it with their art." Featuring two poems by J.M. Frey.


“Tobogganing” & “Water Garden”

“Artists who find a white wall will instinctively wish to cover it with their art.” Featuring two poems by J.M. Frey.

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Work By Peggy Barnett (Erotica)

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