Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring the events and characters to life. She currently writes romance, science fiction, and fantasy but will go wherever the story takes her.
A daughter of diplomats, her early years were filled with many cultures, both very much alive and long turned to dust, and people who both pondered the great thoughts and were grand pranksters. Whether from wild adventures into the desert to climb sand mountains, poking around little known archeological sites, or visiting bazaars and inner cities, she came out of that time with a love of culture and an all too sharp awareness of culture clash.
She currently lives in a Nevada desertscape with her husband, and a rotating collection of cats and sons. When not exercising her creative muscles, she has been known to tame the relatives of beasts in the wild--feral cats. In a different time, you'd find her before a bonfire or with a mug of ale and a lute spinning tales for all who are in earshot. Now, though, you can read her explorations of loyalty, love, and conflict wherever you might be.
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A fugitive in England for her natural talents which allow her to use aether to transform mechanical devices into what they dream of becoming, Samantha Crill runs into trouble of her own making as she attempts to escape to the Continent. Nathaniel Bowden is a lowly cabin boy with dreams of becoming a steamship captain.
The Chronicles follow their efforts to survive and earn the crew's good will after Sam stows away on Nat's ship.
The human race has long outgrown Earth, creating colonies with diverse cultures as well as ship-bred communities. The series starts on the colony of Ceric with a young thief living in the abandoned subway shafts beneath First City who longs to become a spacer though a shafter like her has little hope of achieving the dream. Her personality puts her in situations no other shafter would end up in, but it also opens possibilities that should be out of reach.
As the series continues, you'll meet a wide variety of people from many cultures who must learn to work together if they're going to succeed in the Spacer Guild and elsewhere.
This is a clean and wholesome adventure series for readers of all ages who are looking for determined and honorable characters trying to find their way through a complicated world without losing their core strength.
Sweet historical romances that follow unusual young women and men trying to navigate the requirements of love and society in Regency Era England. These books are appropriate for romance readers of all ages and offer a clean and wholesome read with characters you will want to succeed even through the worst of their stumbles.
Samantha Marsdom plans to expand the starship she inherited from her father into a profitable indie trader fleet. She has much to prove to herself and her father’s crew, but the path has not been easy. Still, her reputation is growing, and when a prime job comes her way, she’s eager to show the crew, and her childhood friend, she has what it takes to secure their freedom with hefty profits.
Superstitious sailors, demanding machinery, and a delicate balance between the truth and what is right make this an entertaining, thought-provoking alternate history Victorian steampunk adventure for ages 14 and up.
The box set contains Secrets, Threats, and Gifts (books 1-3 of The Steamship Chronicles).
From the edge of a forest brook all the way to London, a baron's heir and the landholder's daughter he loves must overcome misunderstandings and familial pressure to earn happiness in a Regency Era sweet romance where a secret childhood friendship matures into true love.
A Steampunk Alternate History set in the Victorian Era with sentient machines only a select few can hear, and for that they're considered monsters.
Samantha Crill is determined to enjoy every moment she has left with her best friend Nathaniel Bowden and a crew of sailors she's come to love even though they will cost her everything when they abandon her at the next populated port.
Sworn to protect her sister from unjust laws in steam-driven Victorian England, Lily’s wayward heart settles on the one man she cannot have: a police officer. Safe Haven is a sweet romance focusing on a complicated courtship in a time of social conflict and change.
A cabin boy with aspirations for a captaincy of his own and a Natural who can bend the aether to her will and transform machinery struggle to survive and succeed as they cross the Atlantic in the weakest of the British merchant steam-sail hybrids in this Victorian Era steampunk adventure. This is the second in a tightly knit series.
Unthinking criticism, bad timing, and a young lady's stubborn nature turn the perfect match into a recipe for disaster. A Regency Era sweet romance appropriate for all ages, A Country Masquerade begins with Lady Barbara Whitfeld overhearing the man she's infatuated with criticizing her and anger drives her to show him just what frivolity looks like.
A Victorian Era steampunk adventure with steam, sail, and troublemaking sentient machines. Join Samantha Crill, a Natural able to transform machinery, and Nathaniel Bowden, nobleman turned cabin boy, in their harrowing adventures as they try to find a balance between his ambitions, her talents, and the fears of those around her.
Published: November 7, 2013.
Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Melnae grew up on tales of fire-eating demons and even fought in the shahran's army. Now, a demon force approaches her home while her daughter bears the mark of a fire-eater. Can she protect her daughter without betraying her people?
In the flash and glitter of the Regency Era, a young noblewoman craves to dance not in the ballroom but on stage, blending music, movement, and soul. Will these scandalous dreams destroy her family, or gain her a loving patron?
Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse.
Curve of Her Claw tells the tale of a young elf trying to earn a place in the tribal memory. The elves in this dark fantasy, however, have little in common with the tall, beautiful faerie kind who often condemn humanity for brutal natures.
Kat Among The Pigeons
on June 01, 2011
Kat Among the Pigeons is a whimsical tale of a Fae who knows her limitations and enjoys her simple life in an unimportant corner of the world where she maintains the border between Fae and the human world. She can talk only to birds and cats, a limitation no other Fae seems to share, and her inner pool of magic is quite small. However, when one thing after another goes wrong and the Fae world is too busy with events they think are more important, Kat figures out how to solve each and every problem with the help of her allies, both cats and birds of all shapes and sizes, and one lone human who gets thrust into magic against his will, but embraces it…along with Kat.
Now by that description, it might sound like the current trend in urban fantasy, but remember the word “whimsical.”
Is the world threatened by a disaster well beyond what the other Fae imagine she’s dealing with? Is she fending off magical creatures both large and small that are supposedly well beyond her ability?
It’s more how she’s doing it and how she remains blind to her own skills because of a lifetime of being patted on the shoulder as consolation for her limits that carries the story. She tries to put her life on hold, and that doesn’t work out so well. Kat doesn’t trust herself and comes up with explanations that, while plausible, are not the true ones.
Though at times Kat’s blindness seemed a little too strong, it fits with her character. She’s extremely clever, but only when pressed with her back to the wall. Kat downgrades her abilities and fails to recognize how skilled she has grown with avoiding the clash of technology and magic. She can see her cousin’s sloppy waste of magic, but not how much she has accomplished with fewer resources.
Blend that in with funny moments of Kat trying to keep David, the man she’s interested in, from discovering just what she’s able to do, and a hilarious byplay on a recorded tape between two birds that the humans cannot understand, but Kat can, and you have a fun read. It might not race from crisis to crisis, nor solve world hunger, but Kat Among the Pigeons gave me a good number of enjoyable hours.