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Children of Artifice is about falling in love with someone you shouldn’t.


It’s about identity, and finding out who you are, and knowing who you want to be.

It’s about harsh parents, and their expectations. It’s about facing your family’s judgements, and winning.

It’s about being man, and facing an abusive relationship. It’s about being devoid of emotion, yet falling in love anyway.


It’s raw, and molten, and sensual. It’s an urban fantasy, a fairy tale, a metallurgical, magical love story.

It’s also between two young men – but that kind of wasn’t the point.

And it’s eligible for a Hugo.

Go on, you know you want to… — 

2018: A Year of Unexpected Changes

In many ways, 2018 has been a fantastic year.

Seeing Artifice published has been truly magical, plus having the opportunity to write for both the Black Library and for Rebellion/Judge Anderson has been a huge amount of fun. After a very long, fallow stretch, it’s been SO GOOD to be creative again.

I’ve gone away twice, caught up with long-unseen family, and taken my Mother back home. 2018 was the year I finally reached the Top of the Mountain, the End of the Quest, and was able to put the very last steps of the journey behind me….

For the first time in many years, I’m happy. I have no worries. I have a secure roof over my head. I have growing teen of whom I’m very proud. I have a good job, and we’ve had some fantastic events at the store. My writing is gathering pace, and going really well. And I’ve made a point, this year, of overcoming the inevitable (and slightly foolish) social reluctance and of going out – getting to the events, and the Cons. I’ve even started playing D&D again, after fifteen years.

But the year ended on a sour note, and one I’m still trying to understand.

I came down with a significant anxiety relapse in May, and it took me while to pick myself back up again – it was just so unexpected. (And seemed so utterly unfair). And as a part of trying to understand what had caused it, I took all sorts of tests – an MOT, more than anything else.

As we reach 50, we’re all getting to the point where we have to pay the piper, when those youthful excesses come back and catch us up. And I guess I was trying to brace myself for the worst. 

But the results were not what I expected – at the last, the year has thrown me a curveball. I don’t know where it’s come from – it may even be genetic – but I have an underactive (yes, underactive, that surprised me too) thyroid. I guess it explains why I’m so fucking TIRED all the time, why I get days of brain-fog so think that I can barely remember my name, and why – just sometimes – I find it almost impossible to get everything done. And it’s come with a couple of other complications, too, but I’m still working the kinks out of those.

It’s been a good year, and there will be many more. But the necessary sacrifices have been – and will be – very tough. ‘Fight Like A Girl’ is all very well on a battlefield.

This, though, may be a battle of a slightly different nature.

Children of Artifice – now on Audiobook!

Completing a book is a magical thing.

You’ve fought your way through the Labyrinth of Doubt, across the Waters of Panic, and up the Mountain of No Time, but you’ve really made something – you’ve crafted a portal to Another Place.

And then comes the tough part, the opening of that portal – and this is where you need your intrepid adventuring party…

Editor/s – there to ensure that your book is the best book is can possibly be.

Artist/s – there to see through your portal, and to bring its first images of it to life.

And actor/s – to hear your characters for real, and to conjure them into a new dimension.

So huge thanks goes to Joe Jameson for hearing all those voices in his head, and to Neil Gardner at Spoken World Audio for his phenomenal production and editing skills.

Seriously – listen to this…

The audiobook is now available from Spoken World Audio. It will be coming to Audible – but Bezos really doesn’t need the money that badly, and Neil has cats (and Muppets) to support…

Artifice Fun’n’Frolics…!

Lots of Children of Artifice goodness and events coming up…

If you’re at Edge-Lit on Saturday 14th, I will signing at the Fox Spirit Books table at 4pm, plus there will be loads of goodies to be had – including some truly fabulous biscuitage by (the one and only) MotherFudger.

I will also be in the bar, which is something of a rarity, these days, so I hope I can still hold my booze.

On Saturday 21st, I will be signing at Forbidden Planet Bristol at 1pm, so please brave the lofty (and possibly rather warm) heights of Clifton, and come and say hello. If you do want to throw things, buckets of ice water may be best.

From americanfag.tumblr.comAnd I’ll be reading. alongside Rebecca Ley and Micah Yongo, at this month’s Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, held at Titan Towers on the evening of Tuesday 31st. There will be vino and nibbles, and more goodies, and it would be lovely to see you there! 🌈

 

 

Book Birthday!


The new book, Children of Artifice is now available to order on Amazon 

Yes, it’s a love story between two young men.
No, there are no hot bare-chested werewolves.
No, it isn’t fan shipping, or eruri kitten-porn.
And no, it’s doesn’t involve being pounded in the butt by a dinosaur.

It’s just two people, who fall in love, even though they shouldn’t. They have their barriers to cross, but I wanted to stay out of closets and guilt, and make those barriers into something more modern and appropriate.

So, Artifice is a story of identity, and family, and politics, and science, and fantasy. But above all else, it’s an urban fairy tale – because, in this day and age, we need these things more than ever.

Synopsis: –

An ancient city, sealed in a vast crater. A history of metallurgical magic, and of Builders that could craft the living, breathing stone.

Caphen Talmar is the high-born son of an elite family, descended from the Builders themselves, his artistic career ruined when his ex-lover broke his fingers.

One night, gambling down at the wharfside – somewhere he shouldn’t have been in the first place – he meets Aden. An uncomplicated, rough-edged dockworker, Aden is everything Caph needs to forget the pressures of his father’s constant criticism.

But this isn’t just another one-night stand. Aden is trying to find his sister, and he needs Caph’s help. Soon, they find themselves tangled in a deadly game of trust, lies and political rebellion.

And, as Caph begins to understand the real depth of the horrors they’ve uncovered, he learns that Aden is not what he seems. And Aden knows more about the coming destruction than Caph could ever have guessed.

Cover by Sarah Anne Langton!

Cover quotes: –

“Danie does it again: a delicious tale that I didn’t want to put down. All the people, all the detail, all the story
– and none of the drag. A one-sitting read of pure joy.” – David Devereux

“Slippery, smart and sexy: an heady alchemical brew of high politics and low magic that’s strong enough to lay anyone low.” – Simon Morden

“A skilful alchemy of raw emotion, renegade sensuality and emboldened fantasy. Ware tears out her readers’ hearts and dips them in molten gold, making every one of us a willing child of Artifice.” – Kim Lakin-Smith

Children of Artifice has a fantastic story, one I would recommend to readers of any genre and age. It conjures beautiful imagery and puts you in a state of living dream, taking you on an emotional journey which stays with you. I am looking forward to the sequel. – Tej Turner

Thanks to Fox Spirit Books, you can also get your mucky mitts on the title at Edge-Lit, and watch out for the Forbidden Planet event, announcing soon!