Middle Grade Books
All Aventurine wants is to do is explore the world outside of her family’s mountain cave. But as a young dragon, her tough scales haven’t fully developed yet, so the outside is too perilous—or so her family says. Aventurine is determined to fly on her own and prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.
But when that human tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl—no sharp teeth, no fire breath, no claws. Still, she’s the fiercest creature in these mountains, and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is get to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time . . . won’t she?
A chocolate-filled, girl-powered fantasy with a heroine who learns what it means to be a strong, fearsome human (and a dragon, too).
To be published by Bloomsbury UK on February 9, 2017 and by Bloomsbury US on May 30, 2017.
The Kat Books
In Kat Stephenson’s Regency England, magic is the greatest scandal of all…
When Kat’s older brother gambles their family into debt, their stepmother comes up with a horrifying solution: an arranged marriage between Kat’s saintly oldest sister, Elissa, and a baronet who is twenty years her senior…and rumored to have murdered his first wife.
Elissa may be too much of a Gothic heroine to resist, but Kat is ready to do whatever it takes to rescue her sister and their whole family from ruin – even if that means dressing as a boy, fighting highwaymen and practicing scandalous magic along the way.
Kat’s stepmother drags their family to the fashionable city of Bath to remove Kat’s sister Angeline from a most improper suitor. But unbeknownst to Stepmama, Regency-era Bath is full of notorious rakes, Napoleonic spies, and dangerous wild magic!
When Kat uncovers a plot to harness the wild magic in the Roman Baths, she finds her brother Charles is unwittingly involved. Now Kat must risk her newfound magical powers as she defies the Order of the Guardians to foil the plot and clear her brother’s name.
When Kat’s family travels to a grand country house on the Devon coast for her sister Angeline’s wedding, Kat is stalked by a dangerous magical enemy – and finds everything she thought she knew about her late mother called into question.
With smugglers, romance, and an astonishingly interfering older brother in the mix, Kat will have to use all her wits – and her magic – to protect both her family and her country from ruin.
Courting Magic: a Kat, Incorrigible Novella
Five years after the events of Book 3, it’s time for Kat to be introduced to Society by her older sisters, whether she likes it or not…and to finally get a romance of her own!
(Of course, her true love is hopelessly ineligible. But when has Kat ever let Society’s opinion stop her? Once she realizes she’s found her perfect match, she’s not going to let anything or anyone stop her – even if she does have to solve a magical mystery, matchmake for an old friend, and break a few rules along the way!)
Art Notes: The cover artist for the U.S. editions of the three full-length Kat books was Annette Marnat. The cover artist for the U.K. editions of the three full-length Kat books was Anne-Yvonne Gilbert. The cover designer for Courting Magic was Patrick Samphire of 50 Seconds North.