J.A. Clement lives near London with her partner and a sneaky but handsome lurcher with a predilection for gingerbread. She writes her fantasy series "On Dark Shores" whenever she can, mostly in her lunch hour (which probably explains the excessive number of bacon sandwiches that have to be edited out later).
The main series is accompanied by the 'Parallels' series which features other stories set in the same world. Her "To-Write" list is as big as your "To-Read" list (and covers several genres, but she just needs to finish this series first...)
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Vansel, Captain of The Black-Eyed Susan, is confronted by a traitorous Shantar known as Belan who has a letter promising all help to the bearer, written in Vansel's father's handwriting. Vansel has no choice but to agree to a seemingly innocuous request: to go to the Shantar homelands and bring back Belan's mother. What could go wrong with that....?
Greta's daughter Holly has gone missing, and a terrible storm has eradicated all traces of her. Greta despairs but just when everything seems at its blackest, hope comes in the shape of a hare. At a loss for other options, Greta follows when it leads her into the mountains. But is it more than an animal? Where has Holly been taken? And what is the significance of the odd little tree-root doll?
Nereia, 7 years old, is very excited. Preparations are underway for the celebrations, and for the first time she will be allowed to take part in the Yuletide ceremony - but there is mystery in the air...Papa is away, and Mama is watching for every carriage that passes. Something is afoot... Nereia sets herself to find out what - or who - is the surprise that her father has promised her.
A short story as told in the novel "Song of the Ice Lord".
The Colony is in disarray. Jorr, a young and headstrong dragon, is too big to control and will not think of anyone but himself. Reluctantly, the Colony exile him. Alone and with no-one to look out for him, Jorr must go his own way - but he is the biggest dragon in the world. How hard can it be?
Novella-length tale as told in "Song of the Ice Lord".
Laerzinan is a city where art and beauty are revered. The great craftsman Imlan causes outrage by choosing a nobody as his opponent for his annual challenge. Ghiblin, the toymaker must take on three challenges, but who is the talented young lady with the scar that Imlan has sent to help him? And together, can they beat Imlan at his own game?
From the world of the "On Dark Shores" series.
The world is burning. Country after country has fallen to the Ice Lord's armies. Cities lie devastated; whole peoples are slaughtered. A mixed band of survivors on the Skral Islands must put aside centuries of difference to fight together & as the final battle begins the young, weak and maimed must form the last defence against his final dark victory.
Greta lives with her grandfather in a cabin in the mountains. The winter is harsh and in the snow and cold they are running short of wood. Their handsome neighbour Matthias would help - but he is still trying to get back from the town. Who can help them?
And what is the significance of the sprig of holly?
Trapped in fear and poverty, the thief Nereia will go to desperate lengths to protect her beautiful younger sister from brutal moneylender Copeland.
Copeland is becoming unpredictable. Even his bodyguard Blakey is not safe; when he is summoned down to the sea-caves, Blakey is uneasy – and so he should be, for he is about to meet the Archangel…
Nereia is faced by a frightening choice. Copeland is getting dangerously unpredictable; and in the blind darkness of the sea-caves under the cliff, Blakey is about to make the acquaintance of the Archangel...
Second in the "On Dark Shores" dark fantasy series, this novella is gritty and gripping with a rich tapestry of characters and darkly evocative setting.
STARTS AT CHAPTER 7 following bk1.
A short story from the world of the "On Dark Shores" fantasy series.
Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship's captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.
Trapped in fear and poverty after the death of her parents, the thief Nereia will go to desperate lengths to protect her beautiful younger sister from Copeland the moneylender. No-one has dared to attempt escape before; the whole of Scarlock trembles in his grasp. Only Nereia’s cunning and some unlooked-for help give her hope...