New Book! I am currently marketing my new, and first US-based publication, The One Unspoken, in which a white girl and a free black boy collide and fall into forbidden love in antebellum Louisiana, awakening ghosts of past tragedy they battle to transcend. Some of you will have noticed that I have taken it off of Inkshares, where I was hoping to crowd-fund, because it wasn't a good fit. Cross finger that my fabulous agent, Lana Popovic, finds the right home for it elsewhere! Watch this space, and if you want to be included on my mailing list with info on this and other books I've writter or am writing, please email me. Address on the contact page or click here!

I’m delighted to share with you THE ONE UNSPOKEN, a sweeping historical novel about a Civil War-era love affair between a young white woman and a free African-American planter’s son, set against the brutal strictures of the Code Noir.

Sidonie Fontaine and Gabriel Saint-Martin are neighbors who live worlds apart. Born in western Louisiana in 1843, Sidonie is the last and only surviving child of an impoverished white Creole cotton planter, who has abandoned his pregnant wife. When her mother dies in childbirth, Sidonie is left to the care of Adelis, a midwife and former slave who has blackmailed her freedom from her mistress on her deathbed. The two develop an unlikely bond, which is cemented when Adelis realizes that they share a gift—the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. As she grows older, Sidonie also discovers that she has a singular talent for music, passed down from her mysterious and beautiful mother, Isobel Ballantyne. But when Sidonie’s father returns with plans to reclaim the plantation, forge his daughter into a proper Creole lady, and sell her into marriage to the highest bidder, Adelis and Sidonie’s fragile peace is shattered.

Meanwhile, on a neighboring plantation, Gabriel St. Martin is leading the privileged yet fraught life of a free black sugar-planter’s only son. He chafes under the expectation that he will inherit the plantation, dreaming instead of a career in medicine far beyond the confines of his remote, rural home. When Gabriel is sent to fetch Adelis for the birth of his mother’s seventh child, his orbit collides with Sidonie’s, leading to passionate, forbidden love and a tragedy that will destroy his family, revealing the tangled bloodlines that bind them all.

From the backwoods bayous of Louisiana to the corrupt, glittering decadence of antebellum New Orleans, THE ONE UNSPOKEN peels back the barbed layers of the Code Noir, which governed both free and enslaved African-Americans. It conjures a shimmering world of voodoo curses, extravagant affairs, and skeletons in family closets, and will appeal to readers of The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill and The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley. Though it stands alone, it also lends itself to a trilogy.