So, I have another book coming out this year. Yes, really!
Tehani at Fablecroft has been e-reprinting my Mocklore Chronicles, the comic fantasy pirate witch adventure novels that were my first publications, back in 1998 and 1999. Which means, yes, this is my 15th anniversary as a published novelist!
After Random House dropped the series, the third volume was doomed to never see the light of day though I wrote and revised it for my own closure as much as anyone else’s. I “published” it on Livejournal because Kickstarter didn’t exist yet, and I wanted it out there for the hardcore fans who were desperately wanting to find out how it all finished, but otherwise I drew a line under Mocklore and moved on.
Now Fablecroft are releasing the long-lost third book, Ink Black Magic, in digital and print formats! The book was designed to introduce the characters to new readers, and is set several years after the original Chronicles, so you don’t have to have read Splashdance Silver or Liquid Gold to get what’s going on.
Tehani has also commissioned a fabulous cover from Tasmanian artist Tania Walker, which I am completely in love with. Check it out after the cut!
I am very fond of this book, which was written during my early postgraduate years and sums up a lot of my jumbled feelings about school, university & coming of age, as well as the classic Mocklore theme of ‘messing with magic is bloody dangerous’, plus oh yes, my love and adoration for superhero comics and parallel world stories. I’m beyond delighted that it’s finally going to be a real book for real people, especially with such a gorgeous cover.
Kassa Daggersharp has been a pirate, a witch, a menace to public safety, a villain, a hero and a legend. These days, she lectures first year students on the dangers of magic. The love of her life is missing, presumed dead. All the adventures are over.
But when an evil dark city full of villains and monsters appears from the pages of a student’s sketchbook, everyone starts to lose their grip on reality. Even the flying sheep.
No one is sure who are the heroes and who are the villains, but someone has to step up to save Mocklore, one last time.
True love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Happy endings don’t come cheap.
All that magic is probably going to kill you.
You really can have too much black velvet.
The Mocklore Chronicles begin all over again with INK BLACK MAGIC…
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