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Coming soon: Paws and Claws


After monthspaws-and-claws-cover of writing, editing, rewriting, polishing and cover design, we’re proud to announce our third anthology, Paws and Claws. As the title suggests, it features animals as its central theme, but, well… it was written by the members of the Cake & Quill Collective, which means it’s not a collection of the cute and the cuddly – every paw hides a claw.

Between these pages, you’ll find out the truth about Adolf and his feathery friend and what it’s really like to be a country vet’s son. You’ll hear Bast speak and see animals gang up and fight back. You’ll meet stoned sheep and suicidal snails. Wild wolves and mongrel dogs, fluffy cats and a plague of frogs – we’ve gathered them all, for your enjoyment.

As usual, all proceeds will go to charity. In this case, we’ve found a lovely dog shelter, Bob’s House for Dogs, who do everything from offering hospice care for older dogs, to helping make senior dogs ‘more adoptable’, and to try and give more dogs who have found themselves without a home, a forever home.

Paws and Claws is coming on 1st of April – no joke – so watch this space for further announcements.

Our first donation!


Now that 2015 is long done and dusted and all the tax stuff finally sorted, we are proud to announce that our first donation went out today!

When we published Gifts from the Dark in October 2015, we didn’t really know if we’d sell much, or anything at all. None of us is particularly good at all this marketing mumbo-jumbo. Nevertheless, from October 31 to December 31, we managed to collect almost $100 in royalties, all of which was paid into the account of Step up on Second today. According to their website, this little bit of money will keep a mentally ill homeless safe and warm for 20 days.

Here’s the proof (and sorry for the German. That’s the sort of thing that happens if you let the Austrian handle your bookkeeping): Donation Step up on Second II

Here’s hoping we’ll sell a lot more in 2016!

New Release: Hearts & Other Dead Things


It’s here, it’s new, it’s beautiful, and we’re very, very proud of it: our new anthology, Hearts & Other Dead Things.hearts and other dead things final

What is waiting for you on those pages?

Here’s the blurb:

Jeremy wants Maggie back. Rosa hates Simon. Adam can’t get laid. Graham hates cats. Maisie brings her new boyfriend home to meet Mom and Dad. Yuki wants revenge. Jake really should get over his dead girlfriend. Bradley gets offered a donkey. Doris should know better. And Peter calls a number, hoping for a good time.

A handpicked collection of sad, mad, bad stories and poems from the realms of romance, sardonic or macabre, infused with woe or mirth, to make you glad you’re single – or wish you were.

Which charity will profit if you part with your hard-earned money to purchase this book?

All proceeds will go to HOME, a charity in Singapore which works for the rights of migrant and domestic workers, and against sex trafficking. Look here for what Charlotte Stirling, one of our writers who used to live in Singapore, has to say about why we chose HOME as the beneficiary.

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