Here’s a taste of the books I write for young adults, with links to the publishers’ sites should you wish to read more or to order copies.
THE BLACK BANNER (writing as Helen Hart)
‘Gold and Glory!’ The pirates took up the chant. ‘Gold and Glory! Gold and Glory!’ Instantly our men surged from their hiding places, weapons primed… Between snatches of smoke and billowing sulphurous fumes I caught glimpses of fighting… Musket shot whistled through the air and splintered the deck timbers. A dozen pirates became two dozen, and then three as Logan’s men massed on the deck…
1719, and the high seas are plagued by the lawless. Pirates rule the crystal waters of the Caribbean, hunting heavily-laden merchant ships with savage ferocity. Entire crews are condemned to die beneath a cutlass blade unless they swear allegiance to the black banner.
Penniless Becky Baxter (13) is determined to escape a life of poverty. Cropping her hair and dressing in breeches, Becky leaves the backstreets of Bristol far behind to embark on a new life of adventure and fortune on the high seas. But when the ship she’s sailing on is captured by pirates, Becky faces a stark choice: join the pirates, or pay with her life…
THE VAMPIRE PLAGUES SERIES (writing as Sebastian Rook)
Emily’s eyes were pools of terror. “Jump!” Ben cried. And Emily jumped. The ground where she had been crouching was suddenly torn apart. Fragments of earth flew upwards and sideways and a corpse heaved itself out of the open grave…
Emily caught a flashing glimpse of movement as two men broke free from the shadows and began to run… For a moment Emily thought they were bandits. But then she saw their deathly white faces and claw-like hands. “Lampirs!” she cried.
London is free from the dreaded lampirs, but they have left a terrible legacy. And Jack and Emily have just three weeks to rescue Ben from a horrifying fate…
Vampire Plagues 6: Extermination
A hundred snarling lampirs had gathered across the pathway. Grey river-mist curled around their feet. Somewhere a wolf howled, and a bat dived to flit low across the surface of the water. And Jack saw, with a sickening certainty, that there was no way past the lampirs… They were trapped.
Ben, Jack and Emily are journeying into the Polish mountains, desperate to end the lampir plague that is draining the country. If they destroy the monstrous Count Lampirska, evil founder of the lampir clan, then Poland’s dead can rest at last. But the lampirs will do anything to stop them…
SISTERS OF THE SWORD SERIES (writing as Maya Healy)
I see you blink with surprise. A girl? You are thinking. Surely a girl cannot be a samurai!
Kimi and Hana are daughters of the Jito, a powerful samurai lord, but their privileged lives are shattered when their father is murdered. Hunted by his killer, it is up to the sisters to salvage what is left of their broken family-and avenge their father’s death.
Have you heard of the treachery, the terror and the bloodshed?
Kimi and Hana must flee the samurai dojo at which they have been hiding. Their father’s killer has found them and discovered the letter exposing their mother’s whereabouts. The sisters have to get to her before he does, for the family’s survival now teeters on a blade’s edge. Betrayal lurks everywhere in this thrilling second instalment of ‘Sisters of the Sword’.