“A Murmuring of Bees” makes a Publishing First for me!

Yes, that’s right, I can now officially put Published in front of Authoress in my bio (well I could if I had room) because my Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson short story Tales from the Riverbank has been published in the anthology A Murmuring of Bees, the latest offering from Improbable Press.  Look at how lovely it is and how smiley it’s made me:

This is a tiny little extract of my story, the first few sentences in fact, just to whet your appetite:

        ‘Let’s walk,’ Sherlock says as they exit the tower block into the pre-dawn gloom of the street.
John doesn’t say a word, simply falls into step. Sherlock notes the way John is clenching and unclenching his hands, his furious focus on the pavement beneath his feet, the hitch in his stride, and he fervently wishes – just this once – that he he hadn’t woken John to accompany him.

And how should I describe A Murmuring of Bees overall? Well the books own synopsis does a pretty good job:

Think of Sherlock Holmes and you think of mysteries, John Watson…and bees. While Arthur Conan Doyle sent the great detective to tend hives in retirement, here bees are front and center in stories of love and romance, war and hope, of honey on the tongue and a sting in the tail. In tales of rare nectars, secret diaries, and the private language of lovers, bees may be the buzzing heart of the story…or as ephemeral as a murmur. What you’ll find in every tale are John Watson and Sherlock Holmes helping one another, wanting one another, loving one another.

There are 24 stories of varying lengths, styles and topics, from 22 authors all of whom share a love of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson and love writing about the love they see between the two of them. All of the authors, myself included, believe in a world where such love is seen for the precious thing that it is. Who believe that love is love is love is love is love and that no one should ever have to feel ashamed, frightened or wrong for loving another human being. As such all profits from the sales of the book will be donated to the It Gets Better Project, whose mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

If you fancy owning such a glorious anthology there are many ways you can do it. The paperback copies are available for pre-order and the e-books are already available (so you can zoom straight in) and the links to allow your purchase are here:

If you do buy a copy I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have!


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