October Daye series
Rosemary and Rue
A Local Habitation
An Artificial Night
One Salt Sea
Ashes of Honor
The Chimes at Midnight
There are definitely at least three more after these:
The Winter Long
A Red-Rose Chain
Once Broken Faith
Rosemary and Rue (September 1st 2009, DAW) introduces us to October
Daye, a fae half-breed, former street kid, and self-exiled
knight-errant from the Duchy of Shadowed Hills. Her friends—the few
friends she has left—call her Toby. After getting burned by both sides
of her heritage, she's retreated entirely from the fae community,
spending her nights stocking shelves at a San Francisco grocery store
and her days asleep in her apartment downtown. It takes two to really
make an exile work, and when Countess Evening Winterrose is murdered,
Toby finds herself yanked abruptly back into the world she thought she
was leaving behind. It's going to take everything she's got just to
stay alive, and the stakes are higher than anyone has guessed...
A Local Habitation (March 2nd 2010, DAW) finds Toby still reeling from
her return to fae society when her liege lord, Duke Sylvester Torquill,
comes to her with a request she can't deny. His niece, January, lives
in a nearby fiefdom called Tamed Lightning, and has stopped checking
in. Taking Quentin, a teenage Daoine Sidhe courtier from Shadowed
Hills, Toby heads for Tamed Lightning on what looks like a simple
baby-sitting run on the surface, but underneath, has the potential to
turn dangerous for everyone involved...
An Artificial Night (September 7th 2010, DAW) brings Toby into
unavoidable, disastrous contact with the darker realities of the fae as
Blind Michael, Firstborn son of Oberon and Maeve, begins claiming the
children of the Mists as his own...including several that Toby
considers to be essentially family. Time is short and the rules are
stranger than any she's ever played by, dictated by a mad Firstborn and
his private army, but failure isn't an option. If she can't get there
and back by the light of a candle, she may not get back at all...
Late Eclipses (March 1st 2011, DAW) finds Toby still reeling from her
encounter with Blind Michael, but beginning, gradually, to recover...a
recovery that is endangered when an old enemy makes an unexpected
appearance. Has Oleander de Merelands returned to San Francisco? If so,
why? And what part does the Queen of the Mists have to play in all of
this? With the stakes getting higher by the hour, Toby must finally
find a way to sort truth from lies, and learn more about her place in
Faerie than she ever dreamed...
One Salt Sea (September 6th 2011, DAW) begins as Toby is getting her
feet under herself in the wake of Oleander's return. She's running her
county, getting a grip on the management of her knowe, and heading for
a world of trouble as the sudden threat of war with the local Undersea
looms. Can she find the missing sons of the Duke and Duchess of
Saltmist before people start dying? Or is it already too late? The
fight is more personal than it's ever been before, and not everyone
will be standing when the tide rolls out...
Ashes of Honor (September 4th 2012, DAW) picks up in the aftermath of
the conflict with the Undersea. Toby's life has changed forever, and
she's still trying to figure out how she's going to deal with what she
can't deny. But when an old friend encounters an unexpected problem,
she can't allow her grief to interfere with her job—and maybe more
importantly, she can't allow her inaction to endanger Faerie. Doors
that were never meant to open are being unlocked, and roads long
abandoned are being used once more. It's a race for the life of a
little girl, and there can only be one winner...
Chimes at Midnight (September 2013, DAW). Details to come.
The Winter Long (September 2014, DAW). Details to come.
A Red Rose Chain (September 2015, DAW). Details to come.
Once Broken Faith (September 2016, DAW). Details to come.
"Through This House," published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition
(August 2011). This story takes place between Late Eclipses and One
Salt Sea, and features Toby, May, Danny, and Quentin as they make their
first entrance into the reopened knowe of Goldengreen.
"In Sea-Salt Tears," released in August 2012, available for free
download on this site. This story takes place before Rosemary and Rue,
and features the Luidaeg before she became a part of Toby's story.
"Rat-Catcher," published in A Fantasy Medley 2 (December 2012). This
story takes place in the late 1600s, and follows the final adventure of
Rand, Prince of Cats, before he was forced to stand and acknowledge his
inevitable destiny as King.
For more information on the October Daye short stories, and to download
the free stories for your reading pleasure, please visit the October
Daye Short Fiction page.