While you can go check out my books and anthologies where my stories appear in general over at Amazon, I've picked a bunch that you can read here (with a little hint as to why you might like it, and in more or less chronological order). This is by no means all of my writing, but it's a good place to start.
BOOKS OF KHEPERA
IN SOUTHERN DARKNESS
This little book collects two of my novellas (The Namaqualand Book of the Dead and What Sweet Music They Make) that came out an eon ago. The two are nominally set in the same version of Cape Town and would loosely be categorised under the umbrella of urban fantasy of the fanged kind. When the rights reverted from the original publisher, I elected to bundle them for the sake of posterity. I'd recommend this for those who enjoyed The Books of Khepera, and would like to see parts of Cape Town explored within the context of the paranormal – part murder mystery for the one, part exploration of the moral dilemmas in the other for creatures who set themselves above humanity.
THE GUARDIAN'S WYRD
The Guardian's Wyrd, and yes, I pretty much know what happens but no, I've not finished writing it yet. And I don't know quite when either. For folks asking about The Guardian's Wyrd, I tell them it's a bit Harry Potterish meeting Narnia, and there's a talking unicorn (a black unicorn, of course). A little background: I drew on my childhood home in Hout Bay, while writing this story, and yes, I had a Belgian Shepherd companion who was as loyal as Shadow is in this story. Magic, adventure, mystery ... and friendship. Jay September is an unexpected hero (at least from his point of view) and he ends up discovering that he may well have what it takes to be a prince's guardian. Illustration by none other than Daniël Hugo.
Raven Kin is one of my "heart" books – I wrote it purely for myself, and as luck would have it, it's been a favourite among my readers. Griffins are among my most beloved magical beasties, and I feel there simply aren't enough stories featuring them as viewpoint characters. Sylas is also an incredibly chatty griffin, who finds himself inadvertently setting events in motion that may topple an empire. While I didn't set out to write this story for younger readers (there is discussion of adult topics, as well as depiction of violence), I've had parents buy this book for their teens, so I guess it's one of those cross-over kinda stories that may appeal to readers both young and old. I absolutely had to get Daniël to do the cover art for this one too.
DAWN'S BRIGHT TALONS
Dawn's Bright Talons was my "heart" novel from a few years ago, and it's clear that I wear my Anne Rice influences on my sleeve with this one. Probably the best description someone offered of the book was "Interview with the Vampire meets Buffy" – which tickles me pink. Dawn's Bright Talons is also the first of my novels that is available as an audiobook, with the rather delightful Greg Patmore reading. The cover art is by the talented, digital surreal artist Nathalia Suellen, whose work is superb – and suits this particular story eminently. I tentatively have an idea for a book two sketched out, but as with most of my sequels, this may take a while...
The Firebird sees my return to writing long-form fiction again after a hiatus (going freelance and studying can play havoc with your free time). I also recommend this novella to readers who'd like to see my more recent writing, because I do believe my style has changed considerably since I first wrote and published Khepera Rising. The Firebird deals with how ideology has poisoned a young woman's relationship with her brother, and how she must come to terms with the decisions she made in the past in order to make things right. A word on the setting – a few years back I spent a few days in Mauritius as part of a media visit, and always wanted to write an island setting for a story. This is that story.