Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.
When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.



Irene Kerry has grown up with the memory of her mother’s suicide, and has been in love with her best friend Rain for as long as she can remember. She thinks she’s dealing with both just fine until the day her best friend falls in love with a much older man. A man who knew her mother, and believes Irene is a magician like her. In order to protect her friend and family, Irene goes on the hunt for an ancient magician who steals and eats magic, and discovers that the things she thought she knew about her mother’s death were all lies.

The Books of  Oreyn:

When the Sea is Rising Red

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. In Cat Hellisen’s When the Sea is Rising Red, Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system—and the whole city along with it.



House of Sand and Secrets

Sometimes playing to lose is the only way to survive the game of Houses.

Trapped in a hasty marriage to lower-caste Jannik and trying to make the best of their exile, Felicita is immersed in the machinations of the powerful ruling families. MallenIve is worlds apart from Felicita’s native Pelimburg, and her family name and standing will not help her here. Haunted by her past and those who died because of her, she attempts to regain her status as the scion of a once-great House, while confronting her true feelings for her distant husband.

If MallenIve’s leaders have their way, Jannik will soon have no more rights than an animal, and a union that once seemed to offer a solution to Felicita’s problems is now a dangerous liability. Felicita’s feelings are conflicted and it is all too easy to fall into the prejudiced mindset of the higher castes…until faceless corpses begin turning up on the rubbish tips, and Felicita might be the only hope Jannik and his people have.


Short Stories:


This Reflection of Me–  Jabberwocky 3

The Subtle ThiefSomething Wicked Issue 4

Jack of Spades, ReversedSomething Wicked Issue 17

Mother, Crone, Maiden –  Tor.com

Waking Apex Magazine 58

The Girls Who Go BelowFantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2014.  Reprinted in Best of Weird Fiction 2, 2015

Mouse TeethTerra Incognita

Counter-Curse – A Beastkeeper prequel.

SereinShimmer Magazine 26

Golden Wing, Silver EyeGhost in the Cogs, steampunk anthology

I’m Only Going Over – Daily Science Fiction

The Worme BridgeWater, Short Story Day Africa Anthology 2015

A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding DeathThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction






Consider this cut footage for the Books of Oreyn, like extras on a DVD


The Aftermath

Four Drabbles from When the Sea is Rising Red

Heirloom Dreams, a Hobverse story. (Or, how Harun and Isidro ended up together, a love story in reverse.)







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