Back in 2012, my first novel, Babylon Steel, was published.
That seems a long time ago, and, well, it is. A great deal has happened, in the world and in my personal life, some of it great, some…not so much.
But back then, in the Before Times, my newly-hatched novel hit the shelves. It got some nice reviews, but didn’t quite find its audience.
Last year, my publisher, Solaris, decided to give it another chance. Babylon Steel has a new name, and a new cover. On 4 January 2022, nearly ten years after its first appearance, it will burst upon the world (again) as Bad Gods, with cover art by the splendid Stephen Player, who has also done Discworld art (be still my fannish heart!) as well as a great deal of other wonderful work.
Due to personal circumstances, I haven’t been doing as much promotion as I should have. I hope that despite this, Babylon, Laney, Bitternut, Flower, the Twins and the city of Scalentine will garner some new fans. I’m very fond of these characters, and I look forward to seeing how they fare.
If you’ve already read the book in its original incarnation, and know someone who hasn’t and might like it, I’d appreciate you mentioning it. If you haven’t read it then…please do, and enjoy!
All tastes! All species! All currencies!
You can find anything in Scalentine, the city of portals, but you won’t find a better brothel than the Red Lantern. And its proprietor, Babylon Steel (ex-mercenary, ex-priestess, ex… lots of things), means to keep it that way.
But a prurient cult are protesting in the streets, sex workers are disappearing, and Babylon has bills to pay. When the powerful Diplomatic Section hires her – off the books – to find a missing heiress, she has to take the job.
And then her past starts to catch up with her…