Page Last Updated: 17th February 2017

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About the Owner of this Website

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(Please note I am not the Daily Mail journalist of the same name.)

Barbara Davies lives in the English Cotswolds. She is a freelance writer and for more years than she cares to remember also reviewed Fantasy books for Starburst magazine (before it went bust and was relaunched under new management). See her page at Bedazzled Ink here.


Adventure, Fantasy, & SF

Now available: Licensed to Spy

Now available: Bourn's Edge

Now available: Into the Yellow and Other Stories

Historical

Now available: Christie and the Hellcat

Now available: Rebeccah and the Highwayman

Now available: Frederica and the Viscountess


What's New

Feb. 17

I've signed a contract with Bedazzled Ink to publish a collection of fantasy short story reprints. It will be called 'Dee's Gentlemen and Other Stories'. :)

Jan. 17

Yay! 2017 has got off to a great start. Neo-opsis SF Magazine has accepted my short story, 'Time Beasts', for publication. :)

2016

Dec. 16

My publisher Bedazzled Ink's end of year ebook sale includes all my books. :)

Jul. 16

My fantasy short story 'Wind Rider' is now up in the July issue of The Lorelei Signal.

May. 16

Yay! The Lorelei Signal has accepted my fantasy short story 'Wind Rider' for publication in its July 2016 issue. :)

Jan. 16

Happy New Year, everyone. Having finally finished my Restoration novel (you can find 'The King's Favour' on my Xena fanfic page), I'm back to writing and submitting short stories. 2015 ended with a flurry of rejection slips, but hey ho, onwards and upwards - I'm hoping 2016 will bring more success. :)

2015

Jul. 15

Yes, I'm still here, but there's been nothing to report except rejection slips. I'm revising a historical novel and it's taking me bloomin' ages. :)

2014

Dec. 14

Myth & Magic cover

My year has ended with a nice surprise! My fantasy story 'The Princess and the Frog' is in the just published BSB anthology: Myth & Magic: Queer Fairy Tales :)

Sep. 14

Yes, I'm still here. :) But there's nothing to report except rejection slips.

May 14

Far Orbit cover

Received my contributor copy of 'Far Orbit' this morning. Yay. It's now available in both ebook and print paperback format. Details here. :)

Apr. 14

The release date of the 'Far Orbit' anthology is imminent. It will be published on 29th April. However, Tangent have already reviewed it here. :)

Feb. 14

Far Orbit cover

World Weaver Press have now released the cover for the upcoming 'Far Orbit' anthology, plus a press release. Ooh! I've never shared a Table of Contents with Gregory Benford before! :)

Jan. 14

My fantasy short story 'The Dragonbird' is now up in the Jan-Apr 2014 double issue of The Lorelei Signal.

2013

Dec. 13

'Licensed to Spy' is runner up in the Rainbow Awards 'LGBT Romantic Comedy' category. Cool!

Oct. 13

Rainbow Awards Finalist Logo

Whee! 'Licensed to Spy' is a finalist in the Rainbow Awards 'LGBT Romantic Comedy' category.

Aug. 13

Three of my books now have spiffy new covers. They haven't percolated all the way through Amazon yet but they're getting there. :)

New Cover for Into the Yellow

New Cover for Christie and the Hellcat

New Cover for Bourn's Edge

Jun. 13

Yay! My SF short story 'A Trip to Lagasy' has been accepted for inclusion in the World Weaver Press anthology 'Far Orbit', scheduled for release as an ebook and trade paperback in April of 2014.

Whee! An acceptance at long last. The Lorelei Signal have accepted my fantasy short story 'The Dragonbird' for their October 2013 issue.

Nothing to report except rejection slips. A couple of short stories I submitted have made it through to the resp. publications' short lists, though, so I have my fingers crossed.

Jan. 13

Box of Licensed to Spy

A box of my author's copies of 'Licensed to Spy' just arrived from my publisher. Yay!

My adventure novel 'Licensed to Spy' is now available for purchase in ebook format here. The print version is due soon.

2012

Dec. 12

Rec'd the proposed edits to my Ash and Jemma ms from my editor yesterday (21st Dec), so guess what I've been doing. My publisher is aiming to get the book (to be called 'Licensed to Spy') out in time for the Xena convention in January. Whoa - that's going to be tight! Guess I'd better get back to approving/rejecting the edits pronto. :)

Sep. 12

Just sent the ms. of my Ash and Jemma stories to my publisher. I seem to have been editing it for ages! - hence the lack of news updates. Sorry about that. Hopefully, now that's out of the way for a while, I can get on with something else. :)

Mar. 12

No news to report so far, I'm afraid. I'm currently knee deep in research for a novel set in Restoration England, and so have been neglecting my short story writing and submissions quite shamefully. Hopefully I'll remedy that later in the year. :)

2011

Dec. 11

Rainbow Award logo

Whee! Just learned that 'Bourn's Edge' has received two Rainbow Awards, winning the Sci-fi/Fantasy category, and coming 3rd in the Novel/Book category. Many thanks to Elisa Rolle and her jury of over 100 judges (especially Debra ;P ).

Nov. 11

Bummer! It looks like the Fae Publishing website has vanished, taking the short story archive and my WW2 fantasy story 'M-Day' with it. :(

Sep. 11

The year has slowed to a crawl. Nothing to report except rejection slips.

Jul. 11

GCLS 'Goldie' award

My Goldie award has finally arrived (though I had to pay the UK Border Agency to release it from their custody first - grrr!). Doesn't it look spiffy? :)

Jun. 11

Yay! 'Bourn's Edge' won a Goldie award for Speculative Fiction. To see the full list of winners go here. :)

May 11

Yay! My books 'Bourn's Edge' and 'Frederica and the Viscountess' are both finalists (in different categories) for this year's Goldie awards. To see the full list of finalists go here. :)

Mar. 11

Way back in the mists of time, the readers of British small press magazine Kimota gave my time-travel short story 'Time's Change' their 1999 Best Story Award. Kimota editor Graeme Hurry has now published a Kindle anthology, and 'Time's Change' is in it. You can buy the anthology from Amazon here. :)

Feb. 11

My WW2 fantasy 'M-Day' is now the featured short story on the brand new Fae Publishing website. :)

Jan. 11

My year is off to a great start. Fae Publishing have accepted my WW2 fantasy short story 'M-Day' for publication. Yay!

2010

Nov. 10

Travis Barrett has given my short story 'Irascible' a nice mention in his blog.

The paperback edition of 'Bourn's Edge' should now be available from all the usual bookstores. For example, you can find it on Amazon here. I have created a dedicated page for it here.

Oct. 10

My contemporary fantasy, 'Bourn's Edge', is peeking its head above the horizon. Yay! An eBook edition is now available from Bedazzled Ink and a Kindle edition is imminent. Print edition to follow very soon. Watch this space.

Work on the print version of 'Bourn's Edge' is getting closer to completion. Won't be long now, hopefully. :)

Sep. 10

I'm working on the edits of the print version of my contemporary fantasy, 'Bourn's Edge'. Apart from that, nothing to report this month except rejection slips.

Aug. 10

The print version of 'Frederica and the Viscountess' should now be available from all the usual bookstores. I have created a dedicated page for it here.

'Irascible' is now up in the latest issue of Sorcerous Signals.

Jul. 10

Nothing to report this month except rejection slips.

Jun. 10

Cover of Frederica and the Viscountess

My Regency novella 'Frederica and the Viscountess' (plus a swashbuckling bonus: 'The Adventures of Murdering Meg') is now available for purchase in ebook format here. The print version is due in a few weeks.

May 10

Nothing to report this month except rejection slips.

Apr. 10

Sorcerous Signals have accepted my fantasy story, 'Irascible', for their Aug 2010 issue. :)

My short story 'Shaitan's Daughter' is in the latest issue of Lacuna. You can read it for free here.

Mar. 10

Nothing to report this month except rejection slips.

Feb. 10

Bedazzled Ink have agreed to publish my Regency romance 'Frederica and the Viscountess'. Since it is a novella rather than a novel, we will be including 'The Adventures of Murdering Meg' (two short pirate stories) as well. Excellent!

Jan. 10

Cover of Tales of the Talisman Vol. 5 Iss. 3

'The Windseller's Gift ' is now in print in Tales of the Talisman, Vol. 5 Iss. 3. You can purchase it here.

2009

Dec. 09

Cover of Mystic Signals #4

'Spirit of the Glade' is now also in print in Mystic Signals #4. You can purchase it from Amazon.

Nov. 09

'Spirit of the Glade' is now up in the Nov-Jan issue of Sorcerous Signals.

Oct. 09

The new historical ezine Lacuna has accepted my female pirate story, 'Shaitan's Daughter', for publication in the April 2010 issue. Excellent!

Sep. 09

Nothing to report except a rejection slip for my female pirate story. Dang! What am I going to do with it now?

Aug. 09

On the down side: 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' didn't win a GCLS award. On the up side: I've been inducted into the Royal Academy of Bards' 'Hall of Fame' for my Xena fanfiction. Whee!

Jul. 09

Sorcerous Signals have accepted my fantasy story, 'Spirit of the Glade', for their Nov-Jan issue. Yippee! :)

Cover of A Time To

The anthology, A TIME TO ... Volume 3 - The Best of The Lorelei Signal 2008, is now available from Amazon. It contains my story, 'A Tinseltown Fairytale'.

Jun. 09

GCLS Finalist Logo

Just heard that 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' is a finalist in the Historical Romance category in the Fifth Annual GCLS Literary Awards. Whee! :)

May 09

This month I've been writing a story for an anthology about female pirates. It's not specfic, so if they don't want it, Lord knows who will! (The historical fiction mag I had in mind for a good fallback market has folded.) Oh well. Fingers crossed, eh? Apart from that, nothing to report except yet more rejection slips.

Apr. 09

'Orc for Hire' is now up in the Apr-Jun 2009 issue of The Lorelei Signal.

Mar. 09

Tales of the Talisman have accepted my fantasy story, 'The Windseller's Gift', for their December 2009 issue. Yippee! :)

March has got off to an excellent start with another nice review of 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman', this time at Just About Write here. :)

Feb. 09

More rejection slips this month - flattering ones, but still rejections. However, a nice review of 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' has been posted in Rainbow Reviews here. :)

Jan. 09

My publisher Bedazzled Ink is now offering eBook versions of my three published books. To celebrate, they are offering a 10% discount on said eBooks purchased upto and including 23rd Jan '09. (Just enter BBPWELCOME where it says "Redemption Code" on the checkout page.)
The eBook online bookshop can be found here.

2008

Dec. 08

Whee! An acceptance at long last. The Lorelei Signal have accepted 'Orc for Hire' for their Apr-Jun 2009 issue.

Oct. and Nov. 08

I've received notification from Alexandria Digital Literature that they are discontinuing their 'unprofitable conversion and distribution business' and terminating the contract for six of my short stories. Four of them ('Eye of the Beholder', The Horror Within', 'Morris and the Mermaid', and 'The Princess and the Barbarian') were posted only on Alex Lit's own site and had been unavailable for awhile, but this means that the remaining two, 'Option: Everest' and 'Time's Change', have been removed from Fictionwise. Bummer!

3rd November: This morning my mother died. God speed, Mum.

Mum and me.

Aug. and Sept. 08

My mother's in hospital, at the moment. As I'm the kind of writer who can only be creative when she's not stressing about other things, my writing's come to a grinding halt, I'm afraid.

On the writing front, Fictionwise are now stocking an ebook version of 'A Goat Has Two Horns'. Scrybe Press, who published it in chapbook form, have arranged this without consulting me and I doubt very much if I will see a penny of any royalties, but I'm glad people will be able to get the chance to read it here anyway.

Jul. 08

Nothing to report on the writing front this month (though I did give my mother a solar-powered frog fountain for her birthday, which she seemed to like. ;P). Not even rejection slips. Sometimes getting replies from editors is a loooong-winded process!

Jun. 08

'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' is getting some nice reviews. There's one from a blogger here, and one in the latest Just About Write newsletter here. :)

May 08

Received my contracted copies of 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' from my publisher this morning (19th). Whee! :)

Apr. 08

'Rebeccah and the Highwayman' has now been published and is gradually creeping into the online bookstores. So far it has been listed on Amazon US and Barnes and Noble.
I have created a dedicated page for it. Go here.

Mar. 08

Cover of A Time To

The anthology, A TIME TO ... Volume 2 - The Best of The Lorelei Signal 2007 is now available from Lulu.

There's a nice review of it and of my story 'The Witch's Revenge' in this blog. :)

Feb. 08

No acceptances to report this month, alas. In the meantime, I've been proofing 'The Witch's Revenge', which will be appearing in the anthology, A TIME TO ... Volume 2 - The Best of The Lorelei Signal 2007 in March. I've also approved the cover of 'Rebeccah and the Highwayman'.

Jan. 08

A good start to the new year. The Ystrelan Ambassador is now up on the Khimairal Ink website, as part of their January issue.

'A Tinseltown Fairytale' is now up in the Jan-Mar 2008 issue of The Lorelei Signal.