Celebratory Post! Locus annual recommended reading list

The Life and Times of Angel Evans has made its way on to the Locus annual recommended reading list! The entire list is here. This post is basically the equivalent of me having a tiny, one person party. YAY! Thank you very much – I really did not think this would happen.

So anyway, in celebration of how far this story has come, I give you some photos of the very beginnings of it. Behold, the first six pages of The Life and Times of Angel Evans, as written on the note pages from my diary at the time. And also the notebook that I wrote the rest of it in. Thank you for reading it, reviewing it and enjoying it. And many thanks to the BookSmugglers, who love the story and edited and published it 😀

You can read The Life and Times of Angel Evans by following this link. There is an option to buy the ebook at the foot of that page; buying the ebook means you also get an essay and an interview with me 🙂 The Life and Times of Angel Evans is also included in Superheroes Reborn: Five Origin Stories (and all of the stories in there are fantastic!). Follow this link and scroll down.


Happy nine years to the booksmugglers

My lovely publishers turned nine recently – a very happy birthday to them! The shared post includes quite a few exciting announcements (and I am so looking forward to seeing what they publish this year – it all looks amazing), including an anthology of the Superhero stories! You can now get all five (including my story The Life and Times of Angel Evans) in one awesome anthology for $4.99 as epub and mobi. And for those of you who struggle with screens, I have heard that it will be out in paper edition at some point this year (date to be confirmed). Happy reading one and all!

HAPPY SMUGGLIVUS, EVERYONE! As part of our Smugglivus Celebrations, we took a retrospective look at 2016 yesterday. Today, as we turn 9 (NINE!), we look forward to 2017–and make a few exciting announcements! ALL THE PLANS FOR 2017 Gods and Monsters! 2017 is the year of Gods and Monsters! Like Subversive Fairytales, First Contact and…

via The Book Smugglers Present 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Artwork for ‘The Life and Times of Angel Evans’

So, you may have noticed from my repeated posting on this blog that I have been published! Apart from the total excitement of having my work picked up by the lovely BookSmugglers (who are fantastic to work with) and being paid for writing, one of the truly wonderful things about this was seeing Jenna Whyte’s fantastic cover art for The Life and Times of Angel Evans. In fact, I was so in love with it that I bought the original, and had it framed. This is me, having just got the original back after getting it framed, feeling very pleased indeed. Big shoutout to Jenna, who is a fantastic artist and who really captured the essence of Angel Evans – find out more about the artist here.

If you want to buy The Life and Times of Angel Evans, you can do that by clicking on the icon to the right. It’s about £1.50. If you can’t afford that, it is available for free on the BookSmugglers website.

Note: I just realised I am wearing the same jumper in these photos that I was wearing when I met Ana and Thea – what a coincidence!

A Smugglerific Cover: The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

It has arrived! Behold, the beautiful cover of The Life and Times of Angel Evans. Isn’t the art incredible? I know I love it. You can buy the ebook today, or wait until it’s available for free on the BookSmugglers website (which will be on the 13th Sept). I hope you enjoy this short story – in case you’re wondering it involves a) a heroine b) a friendly poltergeist c) some dead prophets d) MAGIC!

In which we reveal the cover for The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire! Today we are thrilled to share with you the final cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Doctor Who meets Good Omens in this new…

via A Smugglerific Cover: The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

Looooook! I met the BookSmugglers!

I was going to do a long, proper post and also put photos of the ridiculous amounts of books that I have acquired in the last week, but it turns out that a) my camera battery is dead and b) my boiler is also dead (and leaking…), so instead have these photos of me with the wonderful BookSmugglers at Nineworlds, which was very very fun. They were so lovely!

Also, I acquired truly ridiculous amounts of books…. In case you were wondering, that is a good thing!

Short review: Superior by Jessica Lack

All art belongs to the artist and the BookSmugglers

Hello! So this is one of the BookSmugglers superhero stories, but for some reason wordpress is not letting me share their original wordpress post as I have been doing with the others (which is sad)(also, anyone know why this might be?) so I’m just putting a link here to where you can read it for free on their blog. Obviously if you can afford the eBook, do buy it because supporting independent book publishers is good! And you will get a few extra things, like the author Q and A. Here it is: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2016/08/superior-jessica-lack.html

Now, this one I really want in hardcopy. Because, although I can and do read long stories on a screen it is a bit challenging and I really really want a copy that I can read again and again, maybe in the middle of the night, definitely on the bus and just about everywhere really.

This is a lovely story, with a good sense of humour and wonderful narration, that plays on all sorts of superhero tropes very effectively. The perspective is also great – superheroing from the intern’s point of view, including boring kidnappings, a worried mum and no small amount of danger and dullness. Sometimes, the danger and the dullness happen at the same time.

I’m finding it hard to review without spoiling it, so I’ll just say that this is a warm, very real feeling (despite all the superheroes) story that made me cry, laugh and smile. Definitely worth reading (I know I’m going to be re-reading it later), and a great addition to the YA QUILTBAG romance arena (arena is not the right word, is it? I can’t think of the right word. Canon?)

Note: I also got to meet the BookSmugglers last weekend! I think I managed to speak coherently… Photos to follow 🙂


And she’s back!

Hello! how lovely to see you all again! How are you? Spiffing! etc etc etc

You may have noticed my absence, you may not have. As I am not fantastic at this whole blogging thing anyway, I won’t be at all offended if you didn’t. I was once again hijacked by LIFE, which got so busy that I forgot all about the existence of this lovely little bloggage.

So, here is a speedy update of what I’ve been up to:

Writing: two very exciting short stories, one high fantasy, one almost-high-but-not-really fantasy. A series of poems about a year in my life… I may never show that to anyone ever, I’m not sure at this point.

Editing: The Life and Times of Angel Evans, which will be published by the BookSmugglers in September, and let me just take a moment to be extremely excited about the cover art. ^.^ It is sooooooo gorgeous and I can’t wait until you all get to see it (I am buying the original – I intend to frame it and put it on my wall and spend hours admiring it because the artist is a genius). I’m a bit more scared about people reading my story, but hopefully most of you will enjoy it – it has magic, strange romance and the end of world (possibly)…

On the backburner: oh wow, so many things here…. Superheroes and sci-fi and giants, oh my!

Recently read: Now this is a looong list, but let’s just go for it. In no particular order we have:

  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips (re-read)(SOOOOOO FUNNY)
  • Love & Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
  • British Fairy Tales by Alan Garner (research)
  • The Wicked and the Divine big pretty doorstop edition by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles (why? Why did I do that to myself? My poor poor heart)
  • Kaleidoscope edited by Alicia Krasnostein and Julia Rios (re-read)
  • How to Piss Off a Failed Super Soldier by John Chu (part of the BookSmugglers Summer of Superheroes, well worth a read people and you can read it for free, visit this link )
  • ODY C: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (re-read)
  • The City and The City by China Miéville
  • Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (I cried)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (re-read)

Current reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (at least the fifth re-read), The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal and If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie, The Secret of Laughter by Shusha Guppy.

Given up on reading for now because I am too damn scared: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville…. I want to read this so much – I love the language and the world building and the intriguing intriguing story. However, it is also scarily as if China Miéville has a list of everything that triggers me and makes me lie awake at night and has put it in this book, using the kind of language that makes me want to keep reading. Nightmare fodder, but in the best way.

Humming and Hawing about: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (do I have to tell you who the author is?). I sort of want to, for the sake of completion. But then again, I thought it was over. I was okay with it being over. I’ve had ten years worth of fan conspiracies and theories and fanfiction and making my peace (or not)(more pretending it never happened if I’m honest) with the epilogue. I mean, I will eventually end up buying it because I hate having incomplete collections, but I’m not actually very excited. I’d like to go see it at the theatre, but alas I am not made of money so that’s unlikely.

On the note of Harry Potter, you may remember that me and my partner-in-crime were re-reading this with the genders all flipped. Again, this is something that has gone on hold because of LIFE, but if we start it up again I’ll update you on our thoughts about it. (I want to carry on because I am very excited about gender-swapped Voldemort).

Also, Star War: the Force Awakens! I know it was ages ago, but I am still swooning.

Hopefully, I’ll get some reviews up soon. If you look at any of those recently read titles and think ‘oh yeah, I’d love to read a review of that’ then leave me a comment and I’ll at least attempt to write one. Otherwise I’m just going to review whatever takes my fancy, whenever I have time.

And finally, enjoy this picture of me in the dress that I bought with some of the money from The Life and Times of Angel Evans – it is definitely the best dress that I own.

Meredith Debonnaire - fancy dress

Singing along to ‘Shia LaBeouf’ by Rob Cantor – if you do not know this song go and look it up now. I mean now. Right now. The live version.

Ciao for now!