The Stillwater Files

The Stillwater Files: Asylum

TSFAdigitalcoverShe is Oscar, the Oscar that would not have been if Amelia did not die.

For the dream of living in a world where love is not a crime, Lord Oscar Stillwater stole her dead brother’s name, clothes and title, pouring his wealth and her sanity into the creation of a sanctuary where the queer convicts of Southport can live in peace—and plot glorious revolution.

Oscar’s lover, Sydney Cliffhall, is forced to watch as the person she adores throws away her life and health in the desperate, maddened pursuit of a dream that cannot be, but what can one whore do to rescue a psychiatrist who refuses to admit her behaviour is anything close to self-harm?

Isabelle Chandler rots in Southport’s jail with no trade, no family and no future beyond enduring predation and degradation, all for the crime of loving another woman. Oscar can offer her a chance at freedom and something even stranger, if Isabelle can learn to trust her. Oscar just has to convince her without arousing the suspicion of two curious prison employees … or angering Sydney.

The Stillwater Files is an episodic series exploring what it means to be queer and gender non-conforming in a world even bleaker than our own—and what people will risk to change it.

Note: Trigger warnings are listed here.

Purchase: $3.99 (US) from Smashwords (epub, mobi, PDF, html), Kobo, Apple (epub), Amazon US (AZW for Kindle)
Purchase: $4.47 (AU) from Amazon AU (AZW for Kindle)

Epub ISBN: 9781311917058
ASIN: B00NWRR6WS

The Stillwater Files: Sanctuary

Now home from her failed mission to Iscal, and with her latest rescue Isabelle Chandler in tow, Oscar Stillwater hopes for a chance to regroup, recover and reflect, beginning with finding a new backer to finance a revolution. She can write letters from her bed and still keep her promise to Sydney and Grandmamma that, this time, she’ll give her knee a chance to heal.

A letter from Governor Easthaven throws a spanner in the works when he requests a personal tour of Stillwater Asylum—with Edward Blackwood in tow. Oscar made promises, yes, but how is she supposed to sit back and watch Blackwood poke about her home and be there for Isabelle, who walked away from Southport Prison in the company of a long string of demons? Why can’t Sydney understand that Oscar doesn’t have a choice?

Oscar can save her relationship or save the Asylum—only if her own demons stay buried. As Isabelle knows, however, demons have a way of not remaining buried for long…

The Stillwater Files is an episodic series exploring what it means to be queer and gender non-conforming in a world even bleaker than our own—and what people will risk to change it.

(Novella. Currently completing first draft.)

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