Magic after Dark
mythology, fantasy, folklore
(4 Mar. 2019)
Dive into the darker side of magic
Enter the underbelly of city life, where werewolves, demons, and vampires stalk the streets. These six bestselling urban fantasy novels plus bonus novella will submerge you in a page-turning world of modern magic.
Half Wolf by Aimee Easterling: When half-werewolf Fen is cast out of her home pack, she and an unlikely ally are forced to shore up her waning power in an effort to save half-shifters everywhere.
Unquiet Souls by Christine Pope: When the hosts of the new Project Demon Hunters show investigate a demon-infested mansion, evil follows Audrey Barrett home...and she learns why her co-host is the last man she can trust.
Dark Hunt by Kim Richardson: Tasked with tracking down a demon that's killing humans, hunter Rowyn is forced to partner with an angel-born warrior who has an ulterior motive. But Rowyn's own dark secret could upend everything...
A Fistful of Evil by Rebecca Chastain: Madison actively avoids her soul-sight—until she witnesses ethereal monsters feasting on a stranger's soul...and the monsters notice her. Thrust into a dangerous new world, Madison must master her atrophied abilities fast if she has any hope of survival.
The Wolf Within by M.J. Scott: Ashley Keenan just wants to be normal. But then her ex-lover, now werewolf, turns up with a lead on the vampire who murdered her family. To survive, she might just have to leave normal behind and embrace her inner monster.
Vampire Midnight by Gary Jonas: Kelly Chan agrees to kill a vampire, but finds herself under his spell. How do you kill something you've been commanded to protect?
Sylphide by K. Gorman: When a private investigator breaks into Allish Statia's apartment and threatens her with a gun, she is able to use her Wind Elemental powers to subdue the man—but he is only part of something much bigger. Something that wants the destruction of her, her husband, and every single Mage in the city.
A set of 7 stories – with 2 particular stories by authors
that I followed up into their series.
The first stories were excellent – and really only 1 was not
so good, Sylphide. I liked the Kelly Chan series, and Aimee Easterlings’ Half
Wolf. She is an author that I like anyway.
Magic after dark
Half wolf – Aimee Easterling is one of my new favourite authors, and I am happy to read 99.9% of her books and series.
A fistful of evil – this became a very interesting series. Soul sight was more than that it seems, and acknowledging it means that Madison learns to use her lux luminis – which is what she called soul sight, in defence of her territory. This defence meant fighting creatures invisible to norms but ones which feed on their souls and drain their good, sometimes replacing it with evil. These creatures can kill Madison and she has to learn to defend herself in a number of unusual ways that seem puzzling to normals. And she has grate difficulty explaining her new job to her family as she can;’t tell them the truth. I enjoyed the books I have read in this series, but have come to the end of my enjoyment after A Fistful of Frost.
The wolf within –
Vampire midnight – This story I found unusual and followed it up with another in the series. The idea of a heroine who is magically enhanced so that she is the most kick-ass of all was interesting. What was disturbing was that she came by her magic because she has been sold by her parents to warlocks; who repeatedly killed her so she could be brought back to life, and who removed her ability to feel pain – thus beig able to fight on when seriously injured. However, she now teaches abused women how to fight and also rescues abused women from their dire situations. So a good heroine who learnt from her experience that abusing women was not on… It did get rather graphic in places and the detail of some of the fights and the numbers killed were rather too much at times.
Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets
(The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries) #2
humour, fantasy, female sleuths
(24 Dec. 2018)
Amanda Cadabra, asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch with irascible feline familiar, always said that was no place for a research centre. The lost village in Madley Wood, where the leaves don’t grow, and the birds don’t sing.
An old secret. A new build. A body. Only one witness. Only one person who can see that witness: Amanda Cadabra.
Only one place that can tell the story: the Cellar of Secrets, in 1940. And only one person who can go there: Amanda Cadabra. With, of course, only one grumpy cat.
Only one person who might help: the personable but intractable Inspector Trelawney. But this is a peaceful English village … who would do anything as criminal as murder? Will she find them before they find her?
Please note that to help the reader to be immersed in Amanda's world, this British-set story, by a British author, uses British English spelling, grammar and usage, and includes accents, dialects and a magical language.
Well not abracadabra of course… What a strange name, but of course, one that is very memorable.
So we have a cosy mystery novel set in a strange village with ghosts and witches and hidden secrets.
At times, I thought I was reading a book for teenagers or for US readers who wanted to have a traditional English village with all the traditional English characters in it. Including funny names and so on.
That said, it was an enjoyable and humorous tale with engaging lead characters – Amanda herself and her feline familiar and the detective who can’t know the real truth about witch-craft, but sort of knows about ghosts.
Born of Nothing
(The Fae Games #4)
Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication date: March 5th 2019
It was over before it began. A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be. Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected. My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time…
Questions for Authors:
Can you tell your readers something about
why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about
it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
Games Series encompasses a number of genres. The duet that started the
series is more traditional Fantasy Romance, however, each spin-off evolved into
its own story. When I began to write Ashley and Cat’s books, I wanted to be
true to their characters rather than write a story that “fit” in the exact same
style as the first two books. That makes my series a bit tricky to categorize
because the books vary as the series progresses. Cat’s story in Born of Nothing is substantially more
emotional than the other books while her love story is more tender and sweeter
than Rebecca and Ashley’s. Similarly, the same action-packed adventure would
not have befitted Cat as it did the other ladies. I think this makes my books
somewhat unusual because most series tend to stick to a certain formula. Fortunately,
as an indie author, I have the freedom to dictate my own path, and I love how
the series has unfolded.
How long do you think about a topic before
deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you
write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this
time? How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this
I haven’t been at this long, but so far, I
tend to focus on one story at a time. I do have a collection of story ideas set
aside, but I only delve into an idea once I’ve decided on it as my next
project. I thrive on organization. Developing multiple storylines at once
sounds entirely too chaotic for my taste. I spend a couple weeks developing a
story, then a couple more fleshing out the outline and researching. Born of Nothing came together faster
than any of my other books; it practically wrote itself. I had the book fully
outlined in about a week! I’ve started outlining the next book, but its plot is
more complex, and the outline process is taking substantially more time.
Would you recommend self-publishing and
building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do
you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? Does writing provide
sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
I don’t have any experience with acquiring an
agent or traditional publishing, so I can’t speak on that endeavour. However,
I’ve quickly become well-versed at self-publishing. What I would tell a new
author is to enter publishing like you would any other business—come with
start-up capital. There are so many options out there for readers, you will
have to spend money to get your work in front of those readers (not to mention
production costs). I’ve been extremely fortunate that at six months from
publishing my first book, I am covering my expenses—that is to say, I’m
breaking even. While money is coming in, it’s not going in my pocket. AMS
sponsored product ads are crucial in my experience, and I would recommend
keeping your prices low to encourage sales, which boosts your rank (helps your
placement in Amazon algorithms). There’s so much involved in publishing, it’s
definitely an art in itself.
What do you read when you are ill in bed? What
is your favourite genre?
I love all things romance. I often quit
reading a book if there’s no obvious romantic thread. I’ll read historical,
contemporary, new adult, erotica, paranormal… However, I’m not a fan of
insta-love or super sweet romance. I love a bad boy, anti-hero and complexity
to my characters.
What have you done with the things you wrote
when in school?
I had no aspirations of writing earlier in
life, so I have no secret manuscripts tucked away from school. That would be
nice, but no. My parents were stunned when I called to tell them I’d written a
book and planned to publish it myself. At 40, I did an about-face and changed
careers from university contract attorney to romance author—who would have
Do you have any pets?
If so, what are they?
And what are they called?
Do they help you write?
What is the funniest thing they have done
while you are writing?
Do you want to add a photo of them to this
German Shepherd/Poodle mutt—Harley
Siamese cat brothers—Batman and Robin
(pics below and thanks for having me!!)
The picture below is Joker. He’s a giant baby, always in need of
attention—he even carries around whatever he can fit in his mouth like an
offering. Look what I have brought you,
please love me.
This is Robin, my momma’s boy. He is super affectionate and often
interrupts my work for cuddles.
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.
Cheetahs Never Win: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #5
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
2 Jan 2019
Witnessing a double homicide dumps Aaron Clinton into the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. To stop the budding serial killer from striking again, Aaron’s forced to join forces with a reformed cop and a colony of cranky cats.
Warning: this novel contains cats, murder, more cats, mayhem, cheetahs, mischief, felines, a serial killer, romance, humor, puns, generalized hilarity, and whipped cream used in inappropriate fashions. Proceed with caution.
story with lots of sniggers and a cherry on top!
know a lot more about Texas than I did before, not necessarily to its benefit
of course, and oh Fire Ants! I suspect I have been a victim of these ants or
their relatives in India when I once sat down in a woodland – certainly
something nasty bit me several times on my behind! And it hurt…
‘universe’ that I am not familiar with and it took a while to understand the
creatures that inhabited it, and I must say that angels that are missing their
heads sounds very creepy. Maybe the author was inspired by The Winged Victory
of Samothrace a famous statue where the head has been lost, or the fables
that say that good deeds result in angels being born – but without heads,
wings, faces etc. Whichever, I found their idea disconcerting.
above, I liked the story and it was long enough to satisfy me, – a lot of these
fantasy novels I find are rather short, but this was a good length which meant that
several of the characters could be developed as well as the two main
This was book 5 in the series and so I went back to book 1 –
Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.
A fun and light-hearted ghost romance. The ghost being particularly ‘naughty’ and very much a bad boy hunk. Yes, being a Viking gives him that – but cosy stories give you romance. Light reading.