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!

 

Making Monsters Anthology!

Very pleased to be part of the Making Monsters anthology, published by The Future Fire, and alongside a wonderful list of talent. Lots of new names (to me anyway) here, as well – so some fantastic things to check out!

The anthology pulls together modern retellings or re-imaginings of classic myths, and I’ve written a contemporary and (sub)urban take on one of my favourite tales, the Hades/Persephone love story. The anthology is edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayed, you can get your mitts on the myths this September!

‘Lonely Gorgon’ cover art by Robin Caplan.

Full line up: –

Introduction – Emma Bridges
Danae – Megan Arkenberg
The Last Siren Sings – George Lockett
Field Reports from the Department of Monster Resettlement – L. Chan
Calling Homer’s Sirens (essay) – Hannah Silverblank
Aeaea on the Seas – Hester J. Rook
To the Gargoyle Army (poem) – H.A. Eilander
Water – Danie Ware
Monsters of the World (essay) – Margrét Helgatdóttir
A Song of Sorrow – Neil James Hudson
Helen of War (poem) – Margaret McLeod
The Vigil of Talos – Hûw Steer
The Monster in Your Pocket (essay) – Valeria Vitale
A Heart of Stone – Tom Johnstone
The Banshee – Alexandra Grunberg
The Giulia Effect – Barbara Davies
Caught in Medusa’s Gaze (essay) – Liz Gloyn
The Eyes Beyond the Hearth – Catherine Baker
Eclipse – Misha Penton
The Origin of the Different (essay) – Maria Anastasiadou
Justice Is a Noose – Valentine Wheeler
Siren Song (poem) – Barbara E. Hunt
The Tengu’s Tongue – Rachel Bender
Ecological Angst and Encounters with Scary Flesh (essay) – Annegret Märten
When Soldiers Come – Hunter Liguore
Afterword – Mathilde Skoie

Children of Artifice – Publication News!

Over the bloody MOON to be able to announce that Fox Spirit Books will be publishing my novel ‘Children of Artifice’ later this year.

Artifice has been a very personal journey. One central character draws on my experiences with my mother and with the relationships of my past – I guess he’s about as close to ‘me’ (a younger ‘me’, perhaps, and necessarily stylised) as anything I’ve ever created. The other is a concept that I’ve been wrestling with for a very long time – he’s been the subject of various forms of exploratory fiction, on and off, for many years, and I’ve never been able to get him quite right…  until now.

It’s not some sweeping saga – I kinda did that. It’s a love story with a sharp edge, an urban fairy tale. It’s a science fantasy with a metallurgical bite and a volcanic undertone. It’s about barriers and expectations, and what happens when you break them; its about family, and why it matters, and what happens when it goes wrong. And, (going to toot my own for a minute, here), I’m really rather proud of the intricate weave of its story.

I’m also really, very pleased that it’s being published by Fox Spirit Books, where I think it’s found the right spiritual home!