Shades Below Grimoire: Banishing Spells

First published on ParaYourNormal (November 2,2015) **NOTE: Although based on existing spells, the spells in the Shades Below series were created for entertainment only. They are not intended for use in performing actual magic.** In a city like San Francisco, there’s no shortage of things that go bump in the night. In my urban fantasy…

A Sense Of Place: The Columbarium

Originally posted on Urban Fantasy Investigations (October 30, 2015) The stern neoclassical building looked distinctly out of place in the pastel-hued residential neighborhood. It sat in all its somber glory at the end of a small cul-de-sac, surrounded by neatly-trimmed hedges and small, geometric patches of grass. Purple-leaved trees shaded a small parking area just…

Featured Character: Darius deCompostela

Is it weird for authors to fall in love with their own characters? I hope not, because I’ve always been a little bit in love with Darius de Compostela. Ever since he swaggered onto the scene in A World Apart and declared he doesn’t get involved with “hokey bullshit”, he’s had a special place in…

September, 2017: It’s Witching Season

September in California means one thing… …Hot, hot HOT. The air gets dry. The hills turn from gold to nearly white. The spectre of wildfire is always right around the corner. Just when everyone in the state is ready to cry “uncle”, the heat breaks, and the Bay Area tumbles into true fall. For me,…

Shades Below Is Leaving #KU!

Announcement time! Shades Below is leaving the Kindle Unlimited program! For the first time, the Shades Below series will be available on iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and other ebook retailers! If you get your reading material from sites other than Amazon, now you’ll be able to find the Shades Below books at your online shop of choice….

Shades Below Got A Facelift!

Happy New Year! In honor of 2017, the Shades Below tribe got a makeover! Seriously though, I’m too obsessed with these new covers. Is that weird? Probably. Whatever. Feast your eyeballs on these pretties…   “There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It’s my job to bump back.” Private investigator Jesper MacMillian…

It’s A Valentine’s Day EXTENDED EXCERPT!

Happy Heart Day, crazies! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a hot moment between my two most recent love birds, Georgia Clare and Darius deCompostela of Season Of The Witch (Shades Below, #1.5). I usually keep the good stuff under wraps, but hey, it’s love day. Happy reading! † † † † †…

Season Of The Witch Blog Tour Links Roundup

Another one down! Season Of The Witch’s blog tour wound down earlier this week, and it was every bit as fabulous and fun as the tour for A World Apart.  For posterity: I once again set up the tour through Roxanne Rhoads and Bewitching Blog Tours.  I cannot recommend her highly enough! In case you missed…

It’s Witching Season, Bitches

Happy Launch Day! In honor of my new book’s birthday, I thought I’d post the prologue for you guys to read.  That’s right. The whole thing.  🙂 Happy reading! † † †  Before  † † †   It was not accustomed to being summoned. The night began like any other, not that it normally had…

Season Of The Witch: TEASER #5 (Extended Version)

  Darius didn’t look up.  “You’re late.” “You’re lucky I came at all.”  Kristof glanced around again.  “Of course you had to pick the dive-y-est dive bar this side of Market.  I think that door handle just gave me a venereal disease.” Darius coughed, and signaled the bartender. Kristof glanced at his empty glass.  “Little…

Season Of The Witch: TEASER #4

  He was fairly sure he’d bruised a rib. Darius sat perched on the edge of Georgia Clare’s faded sofa. In front of him were the shattered remains of what he guessed had once been a coffee table. It was little more than kindling now; a sad, splintery mess. He stared at it, his brain…