Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there s not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat. Babylon Steel: a heroine who gets really up close and personal.
Gaie Sebold began writing shortly after learning to read, and has produced a large number of words, many of them different. Her debut novel introduced brothel-owning ex-avatar of sex and war, Babylon Steel (Solaris, 2012); the sequel, Dangerous Gifts, came out in February 2013 and a steampunk novel, Shanghai Sparrow, is due in 2014. She also has short stories in a number of current anthologies including the David Gemmell Memorial Anthology 'Legends' and the World War Cthulhu anthology.
Gaie is a member of London-based critique group T Party Writers. She has worked as a cleaner, secretary, till-monkey, stage-tour-manager, editor, and charity administrator. She reads a lot, gardens a lot, and sometimes runs around in woods hitting people with latex weapons. She lives with writer David Gullen and a paranoid cat.
Events and short fiction from Babylon Steel's world can be found at www.scalentine.gaiesebold.com and Gaie also blogs at www.gaiesebold.com.