J-L Heylen is a quirky antipodean who writes speculative fiction, science fiction and Steampunk with a smattering of gender politics and left-leaning ideals. She lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with her wife and dogs.
Note I mentioned the wife before the dogs, there. I hope dog-lovers will understand why I did that.
Having now published her first in a new series of books in the Steampunk genre, with gender-blending hero Phyllida Thorn, and her companion, Mrs Hilary Templestowe, J-L is half way through Part Two of 'The Deception Engine'. Look out for The Deception Engine - Part Two on Amazon later in 2013.
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In this, the final book in the Wisdom series, Carla and Ariel are back in New Sydney, beating the odds (and each other), trying to cope with reconciliation tribunals, a newly organised free press, and several inexplicable events that are causing death and disruption for no apparent reason. Note: this book contains adult themes, coarse language, sex scenes and possible psychological triggers.
The Deception Engine - Part One A Gender-Blending Steampunk Adventure This is the first part of a series featuring gender-blending hero Phyllida Thorn and her companion, Hilary Templestowe. In this volume, Phyllida and Hilary meet for the first time, and share a rollicking adventure in and around Colonial-Steampunk Sydney-town. Warning: Sex & Adult Themes
The year is 2149 and Carla, dressed in white, is getting ready for her graduation to the position of Elite in the post-apocalyptic New Sydney City. No different to any other 19 year old learning to navigate their way in the new workplace, Carla has an interesting path ahead of her ...
The Ties that Bind is the second book in the 'Wisdom' Series After two years of enforced separation, Carla and Ariel are thrown back together by circumstances they find hard to control. Please note: this book contains adult themes, occasional coarse language and sex scenes that reflect a diverse range of sexualities and gender identities.
Have you ever dreamed of living your life over again? When 67 year old Ariel Connolly participates in an experiment to capture the brain functions and memories of 20 ordinary Australians in 2017, she thinks nothing will come of it. So when Ariel wakes up 192 years later, in a new 19 year old body, in a post-apocalyptic underground city, her scepticism isn’t all she's forced to re-evaluate.