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A few content notes

I want everyone to be able to make reading choices that work for them. Some days, you may want to read about something specific. Others, you may want to avoid a particular trope or topic or event. These content notes are here to help.

You might also find the “Books that feature X” page on my authorial wiki helpful. It lists books that have particular elements of identity, community, type of magic, or other connections in common.

The paragraphs below share additional specifics about what happens in my books that isn’t always in the book’s description. They do include some implied spoilers for plot elements.

If you’d rather not be spoiled, but want to know if something is an issue in my books, you are always welcome to write to me and ask about your specific concerns. The fastest way to reach me is through the contact form.

Table of Contents

In general

Expect a happy ending. All my books have a happily ever after ending, with the couple continuing on together. No cliffhangers, though characters may appear in other books in the series, or other books may fill in some background details.

Most of my books have at least one character who lives with some kind of physical, mental, or social difficulty or disability that causes them some problem in the larger world. Some are also continuing to deal with traumatic events of the Great War in various ways.

In the notes below, I’m using our modern terms, but the characters may refer to them or think about them rather differently. The author’s note for the relevant book talks about why that is as relevant.  I’m always glad to send the author’s note along in an email if you’d like to read that first.

The amount of on-page sex varies. In most of my books, there are one or two scenes, relevant to the plot and how the characters learn about and love each other. A couple of my books have more, a few have none, which is noted in the description as “no on-page sex”.

None of my books focus on sexual assault or abuse, nor are there scenes focusing on it but it is the 1920s, and it’s a thing a number of my characters think about or have some concerns about at different times. 

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Mysterious Charm Content Notes

Outcrossing

Brief references to and ongoing implications of family deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic as well as in the Great War. Post-traumatic stress disorder including flashbacks. Kidnapping and implied violence. Death of minor characters (off screen). 

Goblin Fruit

Post-traumatic stress disorder including disassociation. Addictive magical drink that causes dreams of distant places. Miscommunication leading to emotional difficulties. Secondary character who has survived tuberculosis. 

Magician’s Hoard

Anglo-Egyptian main character who deals with bias and some (mostly implied) bigotry. Discussion of widowhood. Threats of violence. A stigmatised magical ability and the implications of keeping it secret. Secondary character who is African-American, and another who is of mixed background. 

Wards of the Roses

Hero was blinded during the War by magical gas. Vulnerabilities of relying on others for certain tasks (especially financial). Class and gender issues when dealing with people of higher status. 

In the Cards

Main character survived tuberculosis, but spent a decade in and out of sanitaria, including surgical treatments, all of which is referenced. A murder (of someone rather unpleasant, discussion of the method as part of the book). A secondary character has major facial injuries from the War. Class issues. Discussion of past addiction (due to the events of Goblin Fruit).

On The Bias

Autistic hero. Cock-fighting (not described in detail, but includes a character getting injured). Treason (stealing swans). Criminal acts leading to a dangerous and potentially lethal attack on a secondary character. 

Seven Sisters

Autistic hero. Attitudes of immortal or extremely-long-lived beings being rather different than ours. Secrets kept by a main character. Secondary character who is deaf and relies on sign language (she would not self-identify as part of Deaf culture). No on-page sex.

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Mysterious Powers Content Notes

Carry On

Set in 1915, early in the Great War: multiple discussions (non-graphic) of injuries, new kinds of injuries, and other implications of the war. Hero was injured in the First Battle of Ypres in late 1914, the heroine has had a traumatic brain injury and continuing migraines. Both are new to dealing with these issues. Various attitudes of healers and nursing staff, some of whom are much more helpful than others. No on-page sex.

The Fossil Door

Heroine was born in London to Bengali parents, orphaned at 8 and grew up largely disconnected from her culture. Her apprenticeship took place largely within the London Jewish community in Spitalfields. Hero comes from significant social privilege, has what we’d identify as ADHD, and suffered a life-changing injury (not in the Great War). Discussion of other War deaths and injuries. Some bias from others on the basis of background and presumed orientation.

Eclipse

Hero served in the Great War, with lasting curse damage and deep regrets about some of the actions he took (not described in detail). Issues of class, particularly around what family background, and privilege mean for education and opportunity. Academic politics, including an unpleasant faculty meeting. Friends to lovers trope.

Fool’s Gold

Hero is a villain redeemed (he features in Seven Sisters). Heroine has a hereditary curse she has complicated feelings about. Discussion of gender roles and family obligations. 

The Hare and the Oak

Heroine survived an emotionally abusive and restrictive marriage (ended by the death of her husband). Hero’s wife died unexpectedly in childbirth (referred to, but not in any degree of medical or explicit details.) Later in life romance.  

Point By Point

Hero dealing with past major changes in his family (related to In The Cards). Heroine trying to make her reputation as a journalist. Class differences. Dangerous ritual moments. Secondary character with major facial injury. 

Mistress of Birds

Both hero and heroine have what we’d now describe as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) though with different causes and experiences of it. Includes (in chapter 31) a paragraph of brief direct reference to 1917 treatments for shell-shock, which to be blunt, were brutal torture. Gothic romance, with higher levels of spooky tension than my books usually run to (but I promise a happy ending). No on-page sex.

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Charms of Albion Content Notes

Pastiche

Arranged marriage to lovers trope. Main character dealing with what we would call fibromyalgia (and they called fibrositis). Main character who is part of the Guard, Albion’s equivalent of a police force (among other things) and ongoing discussion of his current work and duties. Duelling. Secondary character who is an amputee due to war injuries. 

Sailor’s Jewel

Main character is a healer: discussion of her work (without extensive medical detail) throughout. A secondary character is a widower whose much-loved wife died in childbirth. Nasty gossip and references to bigotry about characters who are not entirely human, or do not fit neatly into societal expectations.

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Land Mysteries Content Notes

This series takes place before and during World War II, with all the inherent content notes about that war. (Specifics included for each book, as well as dates). The plots are more intense, in terms of interaction with history, than my other series.

Best Foot Forward

M/M enemies to “it’s complicated”, with one aromantic and asexual protagonist and one bisexual protagonist (also polyamorous). Takes place in 1935, including in Nazi Germany. Contains mentions of past deaths, trauma from the Great War, emotional neglect in various forms, as well as injuries and PTSD. Both characters have moments of emotional crisis in the book. References to the current state of minorities in Germany in 1935, including homosexual men. Only one bed trope. One character is French-Egyptian, with references to the implications while in Germany. On-page sex in the included epilogue novella, Intimacies of the Seasons but not in the novel itself.

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Novellas Content Notes

Complementary

Lesbian (f/f) romance. Includes a main character who is neurodiverse (ADHD, though she doesn’t have the words for that) and who is of Malaysian, Dutch, and English ancestry and visibly brown. A significant character treats a long-term partner badly, including gaslighting. Includes a late-term pregnancy and off-screen healthy birth of a baby. No on-page sex. Only one bed trope.

Casting Nasturtiums

(collected in Winter’s Charms)

Polyamorous MMF romance. One character was paralysed due to injury in the Great War. He also has ADHD (or as he would say, bees in his head.) Includes brief nastiness from a family member, and familial neglect of one character.

Country Manners

(collected in Winter’s Charms)

Established relationship (characters met in Wards of the Roses, this takes place between their engagement and marriage and has brief spoilers for the events of that book). Hero blind due to a gas attack in the Great War but generally very independent. Nasty familial comments, ableist assumptions, and class-related nastiness with a happy ending.

Chasing Legends

(collected in Winter’s Charms)

Established relationships (Two characters from Eclipse, two from Magician’s Hoard, brief references for events of those books.) Includes stigmatised abilities, guilt and shame about actions during the War, and rebuilding community.

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