Si’Empra: The Storyteller and the Webcleaner Series
Book 1: Skyseeker Princess
Ellen flees from the abuse of her brother. Skyseekers mercilessly hunt Crystalmakers. Earthquakes threaten to tear Si’Empra apart. Events are interconnected. There are no easy answers and the consequences of actions often dire.
High born Skyseeker Ellen journeys through Si’Empra with Rosa, her faithful steed, companion and protector. Aided by her Crystalmaker grandmother and others who struggle to survive Si’Empra’s increasingly decrepit rule, Ellen comes to understand the nature of Si’Empra’s deterioration. The mysterious, bestial Cryptals, their tendrils on the pulse of Si’Empra, nudge Ellen towards her destiny.
Book 2: Ülrügh
Ellen’s attempts to continue her clandestine opposition to Skyseeker rule become increasingly dangerous. After a number of disastrous incidents, Ellen realises she will only be truly able to help others and resolve her personal traumas if she lets go of her dreams. The Cryptals, already busy enmeshing Ellen in their own schemes, bind her further to themselves.
Meanwhile, the Crystalmakers begin to question their own Order, with Guild Master Tharnie actively seeking out answers to the reason for the lowly status of the Webcleaners, upon whom Crystalmakers entirely depend.
Book 3: Virigin’s Lure
Si’Empra prospers but Ellen stares Time ever more in the face. She holds secrets that
she must share with others: some she must share to keep her promises; others she
must share but to do causes intense heartache. Virigins are not only beautiful, they
are utterly desirable and, for the weak, can cause their ruin – and Ellen’s ruin also.
In the Pipeline
I have a filing cabinet sitting in my front room that is full of story ideas. Some I’ve developed, such as the Si’Empra series, and others I’ve traced out elaborate outlines for. Periodically, I gather the outlines and push them together in various ways to develop a more cohesive story. A series and two books are currently in the process of becoming more coherent. On a much less “periodic” timescale I dip into my filing cabinet and frown at pages, wondering about the words I’ve scribbled down and what they might develop into.
Teenage girls at school think that Tania is “weird”. Tania herself would prefer that she didn’t have to go to school at all. Grandfather had painted a future for her that involved the overview of a thriving business, not messy adolescent relationships. But Grandfather is dead and Tania stumbles into a new kind of life, lurching from one misadventure into another before finally finding her feet, only to be thrown into an unexpected and nearly disastrous incident.
Jodi grows up in a hut along the Guy Fawkes River. She is bonded to this beautify land, staying there even after her parents leave. A lover stays a while but where she lives is too remote for him to endure. Family and friends come to stay with her and she cares for them as she cares injured animals she whispers into trusting her. She wanders the bush just because it enchants her.
Book of Memories
Three thousand years and still alive; “Someone should do something about it” mutters Estella.
She is the most powerful and the least powerful person on Earth. She draws the essence of life
from people who give it to her willingly, detects the liers in Parliamentary gatherings, has the
thoughts of people constantly buzzing in her head and would rather that her life was much,
much simpler. And, finally, it does become simpler.