Time travel, romance, dystopian worlds (and YA novels)

Hooray! A new book! (AKA an excellent reason to blog.)

9780995119642The Hidden Door is book five of seven in the Across Time & Space series. In the story, our intrepid hero/ines are getting pretty good at being time travellers and dealing with massive culture shock. But then Regency gentleman George receives some terrible news, and millennial Ash decides to ‘help’ by stepping through a mysterious gateway…

The Hidden Door available in print and ebook. In celebration of its release, the ebooks for the whole series are priced at $0.99 US each. The discount lasts till 1 December 2019.

Here’s a link to the blurb, excerpt and retailers where you can buy the cheap ebook or the not-quite-so-cheap paperback.

Also, my previous novel Unshakeable has a bright, shiny new cover for its mass-market paperback edition. Isn’t it lovely?9780995119697

Unshakeable is a YA novel set in the distant future, where an Earth-born teen is illegally conscripted into a Martian ruler’s private army. It’s sci-fi, drama, a bit dystopian and apparently it’s also a romance.

Here’s a link to the blurb, excerpt, retailer et cetera.

So those are my latest successes. As for my latest, um,  failures…

My master plan was to blog monthly. Considering my last blog was in April 2019, I may have slightly missed that goal. I also intended to release The Hidden Door in August. (It’s August, right?)

But more importantly, I was keen to release Tyger this December….


Best intentions and all that, but Tyger is still stuck firmly in the editing process, and won’t be seen till early next year if we’re lucky. (It makes me think of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory getting stuck in the tube between the chocolate river and the marshmallow room, or something).

Anyway, it’s currently out of my hands but I’ll assume that like Augustus, it’s marinating and growing better in every possible way.

Tyger WILL appear, and I promise I’ll tell you all about it as soon as there’s a firm release date. I might go wild and even do a preorder.

Until next time 😊


Free, free, free: ebook sale!

Yes, again. But this time ALL my YA ebooks are either free or seriously discounted, and it’s thanks to Smashwords.com’s ‘read an ebook week’.

Now I got into reading ebooks mainly because they were cheaper, you could find obscure writers easily (like myself) and because you get immediate gratification – click, and they’re in your hands. Or your laptop/kindle/phone, et cetera.

Anyway, feel free to immediately gratify yourself with the entire Across Time & Space series – three time periods collide in a universe not quite like our own, where science meets the supernatural. A fast-paced adventure.

Rose Red cover only 15.7Or the Fairytale Memoirs series – not-so-traditional fairytales with realism, humour and of course, happily-ever-after. Each story takes place in the same universe, but can be read on its own. Check out Cinderella’s not-so-ugly stepsister, Rose Red, or as per my previous blog post, Beauty and the Beast (a novella).

BGS cover only for digital 1Last but not least, Breaking the Glass Slipper is half price. This standalone story is told from the point of view of Valentina, a girl who arrives at a luxury island resort to meet her fiancé, and instead has her entire reality turned upside-down. YA, futuristic, drama/romance, twisted fairytale. (This book also has my favourite cover. What do you think?)

The sale ends midnight 9 March Pacific time.


Free fairytale ebook! (AKA a girl, a beast and a really awkward arranged marriage…)

Gifted front cover only REVERSED 2019If you’re like me and appreciate free books, then get your own copy of my newest release, ‘Gifted: a Fairytale Memoirs novella’. It’s a small but perfectly formed story inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Sure, the idea’s been done before, but definitely not with a cute but height-challenged refugee, a shapeshifter mysteriously stuck in half-shifted form, and the world’s weirdest arranged marriage.

‘Gifted’ is part of a loosely connected collection of fairytale-inspired novels. The series also includes stories based on Cinderella’s notorious stepsister and the more obscure (but no less awesome) Snow-White and Rose-Red. They’re full of fantasy, adventure and light romance, and are definitely safe to read in public. If that’s your thing, click here for a list of retailers stocking the free ‘Gifted’ ebook.

The Eternity Stone cover 2019If you’re not really into fairytales but still want a free read, check out ‘The Eternity Stone’, the first novel in the ‘Across Time & Space’ series. It’s kinda sci-fi, kinda fantasy, with loads of action, humour, and just a touch of romance. I’m a big fan, but as I’m the author I may be just a little biased. You can find links to the free ebook here, as well as an excerpt.

Both books are available in paperback (but not free, because I’m just not that generous).

As for what’s coming next:

Because I find it really hard to stick to one genre, ‘Unshakeable’ is a standalone sci-fi/action/drama/romance about a girl who’s conscripted into a private army in the distant future…on Mars. Yes, really, but I promise it works. First person perspective, a villain you “want to punch in the face” according to one of my beta readers, and a happy ending. Currently in its final stage of editing – expect to see this available by April 2019 at the latest. You can check out the cover here.

Next up after that will probably be ‘The Hidden Door’, which is the latest in the ‘Across Time & Space’ series. This one rounds out Ash, George and Anne’s storylines, and it’s just finished its first edit. No cover yet because I’ve been lazy, but expect to see this in the next little while.

And then, because I’m an overachiever with nothing else to do, there’ll be ‘Tyger’ (spelling intentional). This is another standalone sci-fi/fantasy/drama/romance. It’s my current favourite, but that’s because I’m still writing the perfect ending. A gorgeous cover is just around the corner, and I’ll post it when it’s ready.

There’s more, but I think I’ll stop there. Thanks for reading, please do check out the free ebooks (and the paid ones too, hmm?) and if you’re inclined, look out for the next blog.


M. Marinan