The Cozy Paranormal

chalicexlgDo you enjoy cozy mysteries? Were you enticed by the latest vampire love story? Maybe it’s time for you to try a Cozy Paranormal.

Cozy Paranormal is a new sub-genre of paranormal / fantasy fiction where the gore and tension are downplayed and the characters represent one or more groups of magical creatures like vampires or shape shifters. Here are some things to help you understand the genre.

  • The main character is an everyday person with a charming appeal to the reader. Kimie and her best friend Sydney met in college and instantly shared a “gut feeling” connection that built a special bond between these mischievous best friends.
  • Gore and tension are downplayed.
    Find out why Vampires turn to dust when they die.
  • Magical creatures feel like they could be someone you know.
    Owners of construction companies or gyms, these people are your neighbors.
  • Magic can’t solve everything.
    Life isn’t scripted and like humans, magical creatures can die. Being a vampire has its own laws and life limits. If you are evil, there are consequences.
  • Good must always triumph in the end.
    You have to read the book if you want to find out how the ending happens!
  • Romance, especially in a series, keeps the hope for better times alive.
    Love comes in all forms and takes patience. When humans and magicals fall in love, there are always complications.

Check out Chalice Moon for a good example of a cozy paranormal. This is the first book in the new Chalice Princess series by Pat Sawtelle.

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Coming Soon!

returneasaxlgReturn To Easa
By J. L. Mulvihill

Death is losing its hold in the land of Authora. As the dead rise and sleepers awake, the weaving of webs begins and the lines blur between the two worlds as memories fade from one to another. Elsie Lind is slowly remembering and regaining her past, but in doing so, she has become an outlaw and now the most coveted woman in Authora. As word of her return spreads throughout the land, a change has come and not even the dead will rest. The Spider Witch, now free of her prison, will not be deterred from her plans. She will stop at nothing to secure Elsie as a means to her own power. But, who else seeks the benefit of the heir to the throne of Easa? A benefit such as being able to control the dragons could make grand plans more than possible. What evil awaits? What plans have been set in motion?
Who will Return to Easa?

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New Release!!!

willowxlgWillow Of Ashes
By Ellie Raine

Reapers vs Demons

When he saves the Death king’s daughter from a yellow-eyed assassin, apprentice Reaper Xavier Devouh is thrown from a cliff and vanishes into the depths of the Ocean realm. His body, which may still be able to house life, is lost for years, while his soul remains trapped inside his twin.

Once the co-existing brothers surface in secret from Grim’s underground caverns to find Xavier’s missing mortal vessel, they find, in their absence, an ancient queen and her horde of demons have invaded. The Reapers find themselves unprepared and horrifically outnumbered in a foreign land that they are now unwelcome in.

One thing has not changed, they are Reapers!

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Free Dragons for Valentine’s!

dragon318Free on Kindle!  2.10.16 – 2.14.16

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Dragons are in a single word, fantastic! They are ubiquitous across the globe. They are featured in art and literature throughout the ages. Dragons can be the living embodiment of all that is dark, frightening, and evil. At the same time, they can represent harmony with nature, the wisdom of the ages, strength, bravery, and so much more.

Dragons can be great snakes or very small in stature. They can be huge reptiles or so immense that they are the very elements of the earth and heavens. Dragons are even immortalized in the stars.

Dragons mean so much to so many people. They fill our stories and teach our lessons in myth and fables. Dragons fly, walk, and swim through our daydreams and nightmares. Lose yourself in fantastic worlds where dragons are real!

 

New Release!!!

stonemaidenxlgThe Stone Maiden and Other Tales: from sorcerers to space captains, from common criminals to common housewives, this collection contains the stories of a variety of characters from a diversity of genres. Fans of adventure, suspense, humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction will find tales to treasure. Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects.

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*The Stone Maiden
“a creature protected beyond use.”
“I remember the days when I did things.”
*Gilbames the Unwise
“Came the Dark One, the Great Troll from the Northern Waste,”
*Acantha
“Why did you not take his foot like you took her arm?”
*The Hand of Darden
“Apprentice, heed my direction, walk carefully away from the light.”
*I Would Have My Bones in the Earth Facing North
“slain him, butchered him, and preserved him for later meals.”
*Nothing to Lose is Nearly Enough
“It takes ten days in the chamber to turn a physically fit man who is willing to give up the possibility of procreation into a steel-skinned warrior.”
*The Three Epiphanies of Seqeranc
“That is what the stones tell me. Be on your way.”
*A Fifty-Five Gallon Drum
“By the brilliant point of light coming from the tip of the welder, she saw a tiny, rotund form working away at some concave contraption.”
*Tell Me Your Dreams
“You murder me so gently.”
*The Fortunate Few
“You can’t escape the Dead King,” She clucked comfortingly to him as she dragged him into a dank, dark, stinking room.

Guardian Angel Warfare

OOTS Front Dark OakThe prophecy Davian’s people had forgotten has been fulfilled; Elysia is now slave to a tyrant. His mercenaries, the dreaded Black Guard, kill at will, casting a shadow of terror wherever they tread. Elysia’s enemies, the mornachts, have overrun Earth, and the human child prophesied to rid evil from both worlds may not survive their attacks-or impending world war.

Elysia’s only hope for freedom lies in Davian. Once a decorated officer, Davian now roams Elysia’s outskirts as an escaped fugitive. Armed with only a stolen sword, he and three loyal soldiers vow to somehow return to Elysia through a wilderness full of mornachts, Black Guard, and a nameless evil that slithers in the darkness, watching Davian’s every move. For Davian to succeed, he must gather an army and somehow convince the neutral races of dragons, unicorns, and gnomes to help him along the way. The closer Davian gets to Elysia, the more one thought haunts him: To free his countrymen, he must betray his country.

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Start the New Year off right!

APFGuardian Angel Warfare

When Major Davian, the most decorated soldier in the guardian angel military, is sent to earth to guard seven-year-old Tommy O’Connor, he thinks the assignment is beneath him. However, he soon discovers three alarming and critical facts.

*The fate of both Davian’s world and Earth is tied to Tommy’s life.
*The demonic forces his people have been fighting are intent on possessing the boy.
*A prophecy most of Davian’s people have forgotten indicates that the existence of the child will coincide with the rise of a traitor who will take over Davian’s homeland.

Davian is torn between protecting Tommy at all costs and preventing the conspiracy of his fellow soldiers to seize power.

The spiritual forces of legend are massing for war. The elite warriors of the Guardian Angels must act quickly to save those they protect and prepare for combat with their demonic enemies in the third great Battle for the City of Ezzer.

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