Jacey Bedford is a compulsive writer of science fiction and fantasy with a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic.Her first three-book-deal with DAW in the USA began in November 2014 with Empire of Dust, a Psi-tech novel. The sequel, Crossways followed in August 2015 and her third book, a historically-based fantasy, Winterwood, the first Rowankind book,is published in February 2016. She has a follow-on two book deal for the third Psi-Tech book, Nimbus, and the second Rowankind book, Silverwolf.
She lives with her songwriter husband, Brian, and Eska, a long-haired black German Shepherd dog, a thousand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a two-hundred-year-old stone house that takes the first hit when the wind howls off the moor. Though she's travelled extensively she's still a Yorkshire girl at heart. Born in Barnsley, deep in the South Yorkshire Coalfield (remember coalmines?) she's outsopken, practical, and has little time for pretensions. She'd rather have a cup of tea than a glass of champagne. She's also - as you might expect from someone Barnsley born - left wing with a streak of coal-coloured humour.
She began writing fiction at the age of six and hasn't stopped since, though she'll admit to not taking it very seriously until the late 1990s. He first short story sale was in 1998 and it took another fifteen years to make her first novel sale, mainly because - like many writers - she loves the writing process but hates the selling one. (She's getting better at that, honest!) In the summer of 2013 she finally got the phone call she'd been waiting half a lifetime for. Sheila Gilbert, from DAW said, "I want to buy your book." Shortly after that she hooked up with US agent, Amy Boggs of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and soon she had a three book deal, followed by a two book deal, and a lot of work ahead. Work she loves!
Britain, 1801. King George's episodic sanity is almost as damaging as his madness. First Consul Napoleon is gathering his forces in France. The disease of democracy is spreading. The world is poised on the brink of the modern era, but the rowankind, long a source of free labor, have shaken off their bonds.
Some have returned to laru to find freedom with the Fae; others are trying to find a place in the world, looking for fair treatment under the law. The course of the industrial revolution may change forever.
Wild magic is on the rise. Creatures of legend are returning to the world: kelpies, pixies, trolls, hobs, and goblins. Ross and Corwen, she a summoner witch and he a wolf shapechanger, have freed the rowankind from bondage, but now they are caught in the midst of the conflict, while trying their best to avoid the attention of the Mysterium, the government organization which would see them hanged for their magic.
When an urgent letter calls Corwen back to Yorkshire, he and Ross become embroiled in dark magic, family secrets, and industrial treachery. London beckons. There they discover a missing twin, an unexpected friend, and an old enemy—called Walsingham.
It's 1800. Mad King George is on the British throne, and Bonaparte is hammering at the door. Magic is strictly controlled by the Mysterium, but despite severe penalties, not all magic users have registered. Integral to many genteel households is an uncomplaining army of rowankind bondservants, so commonplace that no one recalls where they came from.
Ross Tremayne, widowed, cross-dressing privateer captain and unregistered witch, likes her life on the high seas, accompanied by a boatload of swashbuckling pirates and the possessive ghost of her late husband, Will. When she pays a bitter deathbed visit to her long-estranged mother she inherits a half brother she didn't know about and a task she doesn't want: open the magical winterwood box and right an ancient wrong—if she can.
Enter Corwen. He's handsome, sexy, clever, and capable, and Ross doesn't really like him; neither does Will's ghost. Can he be trusted? Whose side is he on?
Unable to chart a course to her future until she's unraveled the mysteries of the past, she has to evade a ruthless government agent who fights magic with darker magic, torture, and murder; and brave the hitherto hidden Fae. Only then can she hope to open the magical winterwood box and right her ancestor's wrongdoing. Unfortunately, success may prove fatal to both Ross and her new brother, and desastrous for the country. By righting a wrong, is Ross going to unleash a terrible evil? Is her enemy the real hero and Ross the villain?
Crossways is the sequel to Jacey Bedford’s space opera debut, Empire of Dust. Set against a backdrop of greed-fuelled mega corporations and star-spanning manhunts, Crossways the story of Cara Carlinni and Ben Benjamin, two humans implanted with telepath-enabling technology and renegades of the largest, most powerful corporations in the galaxy.