The Clockwork Star

Things are not always what they seem at ten thousand feet in the air.

Young servant Christa dreams of going on adventures like the heroes in her books but is as close to a nobody as they come. When the famed airship the Clockwork Star arrives in her town, she seizes her chance, disguises herself as a boy, and runs away. There’s just one catch: After getting caught fibbing to get out of trouble, Christa is cursed to lie when she wants to tell the truth and tell the truth when she wants to lie. 

Against a backdrop of storm dragons, shapeshifters, and wayward magic, she finds more adventure than she bargained for. An attempt on the king’s life sparks a ship-wide manhunt for a spy, and the prince finds Christa just odd enough to be suspicious. Her curse has her rambling elaborate stories when asked simple truths or blurting her real name when she’s trying to maintain her disguise. To save the ship and stay ahead of her enemies and inquisitive friends, Christa must keep her story straight—and learn the difference between dreaming of adventure and what it really takes to be a hero.

[Middle grade fantasy. A 2019 Pitch Wars book! Shoutout to my mentor K.C. Held.]


The Hunter of Shades

Anya Herald would poison half the city to find the man who killed her father.

Years ago, her own mistake killed a boy who cared about her and left her father at the mercy of the Shrouded City’s dangerous, shape-shifting kingpin. Now, guilt-ridden and angry, seventeen-year-old Anya works as a shade runner, hunting and selling secrets in a world of criminal shadow guilds. 

When a philanthropist with shadow guild ties invites her to a masquerade, Anya has a chance at defeating her father’s killer, but finds herself at the center of a revenge plot dueling with her own. The boy whose death she thought she caused has returned with a terrifying ability to weave futures and a plan to send the city into chaos, starting with the shadow guilds. To save herself and her home, Anya must choose between avenging what she lost and defending what she has left—and either join forces with her father’s murderer or a boy who is checking off a hit list and saving her for last. 

[Young adult fantasy. An Author Mentor Match book! Shoutout to my mentor Jessica Bibi Cooper.]