Where I’ve Been and What I’m Doing

Hello hello! It’s been a minute since I posted here. Almost a year, in fact. I didn’t mean to neglect my blog for so long, but I started a newsletter to replace it, and this place fell by the wayside. So it goes. The first half of this post will be where to find me, and the second will be a wrap-up of my recent releases.

I have a newsletter that I’m using for all my publishing news. New books, cover reveals, sales, and, starting next year, bonus content including extra scenes—these things all hit the newsletter first, and in the case of the bonus content, maybe exclusively. If you’re following this blog but aren’t signed up for my newsletter, I super highly recommend joining, because it’s the most up-to-date place to find me, and this blog really…isn’t. As you’ve probably noticed.

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Eventually, I’m going to start using this place as an actual blog, maybe to collect my thoughts on craft, or the process behind writing specific books. I think that would be fun, but it’s definitely lower-priority compared to writing the books themselves. So go sign up for my newsletter instead!

I’m still on Twitter, but, well. We’ll see how long that lasts.

And finally, you can follow me on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you only want to be notified about my new books and absolutely nothing else.

As for the books that have come out in the last year:

If you’re not on my newsletter and if you missed me on Twitter, you might not have heard from me at all since last January when Winter’s Dawn was up for preorder. So, let me get you caught up!

(Content warnings will be hidden; highlight them to read.)

WINTER’S DAWN came out in January. It’s the darkest of the Flos Magicae series, set in a gothic prison in northern England. It follows a professor of theoretical magic falsely accused of treason who is awaiting trial in a cell next to an Irish rebel awaiting execution. It’s anti-colonial, anti-monarchy, and features my first male/non-binary pairing, which, as a non-binary author, was very satisfying to write. (It’s due for a new cover to match the style of The Solstice Cabin and the newly re-covered Botanist’s Apprentice. That will happen at some point in Dec or Jan and it’ll be beautiful. I love illustrated covers.)

CW: isolation, weight loss due to malnutrition, thoughts of suicide, animal harm

Amazon (Free to read in KU) || Goodreads

OBSIDIAN ISLAND came out in the summer. It’s my longest book to date, over 90,000 words, and is an action/adventure fantasy romance with horror elements. Four 18th-century sailors lose their ship in a storm and wash ashore on an island that is as deadly as it is beautiful. There are giant insects, carnivorous trees that want to eat your soul, endless cave systems, and a volcano on the brink of eruption. It’s multi-POV, with two MM pairings and a trans man as a supporting character. I love this book and I’m still trying to get it in front of its perfect audience.

CW: graphic descriptions of gore and violence, including several surgical scenes, animal harm

Amazon (Free to read in KU) || Goodreads

THE SOLSTICE CABIN just came out yesterday! The newest entry in the Flos Magicae series. It’s a cozy fantasy winter holiday romance set in northern Canada, in a snowed-in cabin. MM friends-to-lovers romance with ghosts, snow magic, huddling for warmth in bed, and a giant fluffy dog.

CW: suicide of a supporting character before the story starts, themes of loss, including loss of parents

Amazon (Free to read in KU) || Goodreads

I’ve also had a number of short stories come out over the past year! Most of which are either trans and/or sapphic, which is fun, especially because I haven’t explored either of those identities very much in my longer fiction (yet).

MR MARIGOLD RESHELLS AN AUTOMATON: a flash fiction piece about gender and autonomy, free to read online from Baffling Magazine. (Oops, this was actually published Oct 2021, not this year at all! What is time.)

ZEN SOLARIS AND THE GOD-CHILD: a science fiction/eco-fantasy dystopia about the end of the world and the start of a new one. Inspired by Mad Max and Danger Days, and featuring an intersex trans masc character with a knife and a fuck-you attitude. Free to read online at Lightspeed Magazine.

CW: medical intervention in trans/intersex bodies, discussion of forced pregnancy

THE DAY AFTER YOUR FUNERAL: Southern Gothic horror about a teen lesbian calling down the biblical apocalypse to avenge her girlfriend’s death. Trans and sapphic. I’m told it made people cry.

CW: queerphobia and violence against trans women, religious themes, suicide ideation

Available in the Skulls & Spells anthology from Artemisia’s Axe: Ebook || Hardcover

SEAGULL GIRLS: a moody short story set in Nova Scotia about a girl, a seagull, and a dying whale. Also sapphic.

CW: themes of death and loss

Available in Issue 07 of Wizards in Space: Paperback

BESS AND THE THRASHER BIRD: a sapphic retelling of Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman, set on a Georgia slave plantation. A dark revenge story about forbidden love and prophecy. This just came out at the end of October in the much anticipated queer Gothic anthology Unthinkable from Haunt Publishing.

CW: violence, themes of sexual assault and abuse, incest, slavery, suicide

Ebook || Paperback

(And you can read the original Highwayman poem it’s based on for free HERE, if you want to understand all the prophecies in Bess and the Thrasher Bird)

And that’s what I’ve been up to in 2022! I hope you’ve all had a good year and read lots of great books, and I’ll be in touch again soon (probably via newsletter, wink wink nudge nudge).

All the best from your friendly neighbourhood queer-SFF writer—

Arden

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