The Flowers of Time has been a long time coming. I first started mulling the idea of writing about plant-collectors a couple of years ago when I read a newspaper article about Europeans stomping round the world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ‘discovering’ new plants. I knew I wanted Ella Fortune (from Lost in Time) to have her own book and it seemed like the kind of thing she might do in the 1920s after she’d finished being an ambulance driver in France and started a newspaper. Initially I thought this might be it.
then. Having dealt with the change in time-period, I started out with
Jones, who I knew was non-binary and Edie, who’s sexuality can best be
described as ‘pragmatic’. And as their journey over the mountains
progressed it became clear that Jones was probably demi/gray asexual, as
well. And then the paranormal intruded, which I find it often does once
I start writing. And by the time I got to the end, I was in a real
twist about how they were going to get their happy ending and be able to
come back to England as a couple and both be settled in their own skin.
It’s so pretty, I really love the the whole feel – it captures how I picture the protagonists and the world exactly.
I will be posting an excerpt tomorrow!
Newspaper reporter Lew Tyler and his lover, Detective Alec Carter, are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Meanwhile, time traveler Lew is trying to decide whether he wants to stay in the 1920s or find a way to get back to 2016, and Alec doesn’t know if he can bear the vulnerability of being in love with someone who uses such dangerous magic.
Fenn is a Hunter from the Outlands, come through the Border to search for the murderous Creature and its offspring at the behest of the Ternants, who maintain the balance between Fenn’s world and ours. Fenn strikes a bond with Sergeant Will Grant, Alec’s second in command, who is keen to learn more about his own magical abilities. As time goes on, Will grows keen to learn more about Fenn, as well.
Fenn has their own painful secret, and when they appear to have betrayed the team and goes missing in London, Will is devastated. He has to choose between following his heart or following his duty.
Moving through the contrasting rich and poor areas of post-First World War London from West End hotels to the London docklands, the men need to work together to capture the Creature … and choose who – and what — is important enough to hold on to and what they may need to give up to make that happen.
Look, here’s a thing! Yesterday, JMS sent me the cover art for The Gate, my new short story.
Matty comes home to the family farm from the trenches in 1918 to find his brother dying of an unknown illness that the local doctor thinks is cancer. Matty is convinced it’s connected to the mysterious books his brother has left strewn around the house. With the help of his friend and would-be lover, Rob, Matty needs to work out what killed his brother and prevent it hurting anyone else.
The story is set in the same universe as Lost In Time, my debut novel that is set for release in January. The Gate will be available from JMS Books as a freebie from the 23rd December.