Episode I: Answering the Call
After Louisa saves her employer’s life she finds herself stuck right where her mother left her — in limbo. Desperate to keep her job, she scrambles to please everyone but herself. That is, until she discovers something truly incredible in the dark of night…
Answering the Call is the first Episode in the Shadow Phoenix serial. This collection of short reads culminates toward a larger work (Volume 1).
Each thrilling episode comes to a satisfying conclusion while at the same time planting seeds for what happens next.
Follow Louisa through Victorian England as she straddles both the upper and lower class. With an increase in targeted crimes, it’s up to the Shadow Phoenix to cuss with the best of them and still be a lady.
Episode II: Syndicatus Evolutio
A police constable stalking Bennett’s front door sends off a zillion warnings in Louisa’s head. What she discovers inside churns her guts, and now she has to deal with an Inspector who sees her only as a nuisance.
Louisa knows there’s more going on than either gentleman is willing to reveal. She must don her alter-ego to eke out the truth. But can she save Bennett’s cloud-seeding experiment before his rival dominates the skies?
Episode III: Oubliette
With the rise of a new syndicate, crime has gone from petty thievery to organized corruption. While Louisa has earned a position as an inventor’s assistant and solidified her status as the city’s guardian it’s not exactly as she expected.
When Phoenix next faces-off against Scythe and Bug, they’re not alone. Bug has a new toy, and the thieves are on a mission of mayhem threatening to destroy Louisa and everything she’s fought for.
In the shadows of life’s oubliette only one thing keeps Louisa from succumbing to her worst fears—a dark secret threatening the Crown. But, without proof Louisa is hard-pressed to convince anyone of the truth as she balances on her own precipice.
Episode IV: Mettle & Bone
An unexpected letter heralds trouble as the past and Louisa’s curse play “hydra” while she desperately works to impress Master Bennett – or is it Mr. Bennett, now that she’s no longer a maid? With the second cloud seeding test looming, the last thing Louisa needs is a black mark on her reputation …
… but that’s exactly what she gets letting a sociopath tinker with her lightning orbs. Shadow Phoenix’s guardianship falls under sharp scrutiny by the police, and her only ally marks her as a criminal, testing more than just her mettle.
As she goes in to strike each snake’s head, Louisa is left to grapple with their sinister offspring and a growing realization.