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My name is John Nick Charles, but everybody calls me Jax. I’m not your ordinary run-of-the-mill detective. I’m a paranormal investigator. The kind who deals with witches, ghosts, alchemy, and the occult on a regular. My name doesn’t come up over cocktails at dinner parties. Most people don’t even know I exist. Unless they find themselves in a situation where they need my particular expertise. And even then, they don’t like talking about it.
That’s why I was shocked when famous explorer Sir Dwight Winston showed up at my office looking to hire me. But why? A wealthy man like him could afford a team of investigators. Simple. He wanted something done off the record. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I needed the money. And it seemed easy enough. My mistake.
Jax Charles will be the first in a series of novelettes about quirky paranormal detective whose life is anything but normal. Will be available on Amazon/Goodreads.
From Now On, the second edition of Book 2 in the It’s About Time series is live on Amazon and available for the first time in print!
Griffin has traveled across the centuries to reunite with the woman he loves, but he and Erin may not get their ‘happy ever after’. Not if Lady Isobeil has anything to do with it. Griffin has to leave Erin behind and travel to eerie Manx Island. When he goes missing, Erin and his friends set out to find him. Followed by his strong-willed sister, Kateryn, they ride to Swansea and secure passage with the notorious Captain Akin.
Erin sees firsthand how the island earned its dark reputation when she battles freakish weather, encounters a race of little people known as “Prowlies”, and experiences ghosts of the long departed. She discovers “ley lines” crossing the island’s mountain peak and that make time travel possible.
Yet these obstacles pale in comparison to the secret Erin uncovers while determined to rescue the man she loves.
I am a stranger to this world, even though I’ve traveled here before. Fate and not design brought me the first time. It took me from an existence dependent upon modern technology to a place where people feared such things and those who used them and hurled me into a distant future.
While searching for a way home from this harsh and sometimes violent place, my regard for its inhabitants who valued honor and duty above all else grew into admiration and respect. I found myself drawn to them. Sir Griffin, in particular. A man who saved my life more than once. I never expected to fall in love with him.
Torn between my feelings and a longing for home, I returned to my world with only vague memories of my experience. My life went back to normal, but part of me sensed the loss of something more precious than anything I’d gained. Until the day I saw him again.
This time I’ve come by choice, and it is where I’m going to stay. Fate willing.
Book 3 in the It’s About Time series. The love story continues…
2nd edition now available on Amazon – on KINDLE and IN PRINT for the first time ever!
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of traveling through time. Visiting another time. Getting up close and personal with characters and places in history. Seeing things the way they were or the way they will be someday. Just think of the possibilities. And what if you could decide whether you wanted to stay or go back home? What would you do?
Erin has met the man of her dreams, but it’s complicated. She’s in one of those long-distance relationships, and the man she loves is a little behind the times–somewhere around 600 years.
Along with her employer, March, Erin is transported to a time where chivalry and religion exist alongside brutality and superstition. Something is not quite right at the castle, and they are certain mysterious Lady Isobeil is involved. But Erin must cope with crop circles, ghosts, a kidnapping, and death while searching for the way home.
Posing as March’s nephew, she finds employment as handsome Sir Griffin’s squire. From the start, she’s attracted to him and grows to admire his courage, quiet nobility, and devotion to duty. Yet, she must deny her feelings. Erin misses her home that’s in a world centuries away, but she can’t stop thinking about her knight in shining armor.
From there, the story could have gone anywhere. Turns out, it did. I never planned for Not Long Ago to become a series, but when my daughter insisted there was more to the story, I realized she was right.
From Now On takes up where Not Long Ago left off. Some of my favorite characters are back. Arvo, the tall, gangly young man with a disreputable shock of red hair who becomes Erin’s good friend and confidant. Sir Edevane, Griffin’s fellow knight and friend, and Kateryn, Griffin’s feisty little sister.
Griffin travels to Erin’s world and brings her back to his, but before they can begin their new life together, Isobeil sends him on a mission to a strange island. When he doesn’t return, Erin assembles a group of his friends to search for him. Followed by his strong-willed sister, Kateryn, they travel to Swansea and secure passage with the notorious Captain Akin.
Erin discovers firsthand how the island has earned its dark reputation when she battles freakish weather, encounters a race of little people known as “Prowlies,” and experiences ghosts of the long departed. She discovers there are “ley lines” crossing the island’s mountain peak, creating all sorts of strange phenomena. And Erin uncovers a secret while trying to rescue the man she loves.
If you love a time travel adventure with a twist (and a love story) and haven’t read Not Long Ago, please do. You can continue Erin and Griffin’s story in From Now On. The third book in the series is To The Past. As the relationship between the two love birds grows, they encounter even more obstacles to overcome while they’re dealing with the caves in Wales, blood moons, and more ghosts.
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Do you like puzzles? Solving mysteries? So does Xander. He is a lot like Peter Falk’s character in the series Columbo, because sometimes he appears to be clueless, but that’s only a ruse. He listens to what people say, along with the things they don’t.
After a late-night visit to Battington’s marketplace, Princess Mena vanishes without a trace. Merchants are frantic when King Leander calls for a curfew and postpones the Spring Festival until further notice. Certain his former constable is the man for the job: the mayor hires Xander to investigate, hoping he can solve the mystery in a hurry so things can go back to normal.
But Xander’s not so sure that’s possible, because there’s romance involved, and he knows when that happens folks who usually are very sensible seem to lose all reason. In addition to sorting out truths, half-truths, and outright lies, he must deal with gypsies, love potions, and an illegal moonshine operation before he can get to the bottom of things.
This is what Xander has to say: For the past year I’ve been trying my hand at farming. Without much success I might add. Before that I was constable for the township of Battington, a job I dearly loved. That is until Cymon, the mayor, and I had some differences which led to a parting of the ways. That’s how I got into farming…and found out it wasn’t for me.
A few days ago I rode into town for supplies, and along came Cymon with an offer I couldn’t refuse. It’s only temporary, but he wants me to investigate Princess Mena’s disappearance. At double my former wages. With any luck I should be able to locate her, collect my wages along with the reward, and be home before harvest. Easy peasy…
I am pleased to announce Xander’s Tangled Web is available on Amazon in eBook, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback for the first time ever. Please check it out!
Need a change of scenery? An escape from reality? These days, it seems like we’re all looking for a change of pace. If you are, check out In My Own Shadow. Read all about the unexpected adventure Lara takes to another world.
Talk about the worst day ever! Lara lets her friend Carrie talk her into a blind date, only it turns out the handsome stranger waiting for Lara after work isn’t Carrie’s cousin after all. And, when they’re chased through a portal to another world, Lara realizes Rhys really is out of this world.
Lyra, her alternate in another dimension, has left clues to the whereabouts of the Book of Secrets, explaining the mystery of time travel in Lara’s subconscious. Or so Rhys thinks. Power-hungry telepaths will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means breaking Lara’s will. To complicate matters, Lara gets tangled up in her feelings for Rhys while exploring her connection with Lyra.
With Rhys as her guardian, a bear of a man named Azle to guide her, and the spirit of Lyra haunting her dreams, Lara must find the Book of Secrets before it falls into the hands of those who want its power. Only then can she return to her world safely.
I am very pleased to announce In My Own Shadow is available on Amazon in eBook, Kindle Unlimited and in paperback for the first time ever. Check it out!
After a late-night visit to Battington’s marketplace, Princess Mena vanishes without a trace. Merchants are frantic because King Leander has called for a curfew and postponed the Spring Festival until further notice. Certain his former constable is the man for the job; the mayor hires Xander to investigate, hoping he can solve the mystery in a hurry so things can go back to normal.
But Xander’s not so sure that’s possible, because there’s romance involved, and he knows when that happens folks who are normally very sensible seem to lose all reason. In addition to sorting out truths, half-truths, and outright lies, he must deal with gypsies, love potions, and an illegal moonshine operation before he can get to the bottom of things.
Revised version on Amazon coming soon!! In the frenzy of last-minute purchases, before Battington Marketplace closed for the night, no one seemed to notice someone creeping silently along the edges of darkness, dodging pools of light shining down from the streetlamps. As the last of the shoppers gathered their parcels and left, merchants were free to close up shop.
Only then did the cloaked and hooded figure emerge from the shadows and head straight for Mercury’s apothecary shop in the center of the market. The figure stopped, darting a glance in both directions before rapping on the weathered door.
Mercury spoke, his voice thin and reedy. “I’m closed for the night. Come back in the morning.”
After a brief pause, the knocking resumed. Louder and more persistent.
Amid the rattle of the lock, squeaking hinges, and mumbling protests, the wisp of a man opened the door far enough to peer outside. He pushed spectacles up on his nose and squinted, his eyes widening with recognition when he glimpsed the velvet cloak bordered in gold and fastened with a broach bearing the royal emblem.
“Oh. It’s you.” He poked his head out the door and swallowed, glancing nervously around the marketplace.
“Well? Are you going to stand there gaping or move out of my way?” With a snap of her cape, she brushed past and stepped inside.
Dark shadows made the workshop gloomy despite the flames dancing on top of dozens of beeswax candles clustered in the middle of the worktable.
“If you’ll give me a moment, I’ll light a lamp…”
“Don’t bother. Is it ready?”
Mercury wrung his hands. “My humble apologies for the delay, my lady. I didn’t get the ingredients needed until late this afternoon.” He wrung his hands. “Truth be told, after your father found out about your visit, I was unsure whether I’d ever see you again.”
“Enough of your prattle.” Her voice crackled with impatience. “Give me the potion. And be quick about it!”
Mercury pressed his lips together in a thin line as if to keep further explanations from escaping and pointed at the glass beaker filled with pale amber liquid, sitting on his worktable. “I finished mixing it only moments ago.”
The princess thrust a hand full of gold coins at the apothecary, but Mercury hesitated.
“Are you certain you want to go through with this?”
She forced words through gritted teeth. “Of course, I am. Why do you ask?”
“This spell is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill love potion. Perhaps you ought to reconsider.”
“We’ve been through this once already. Nothing you say will make me change my mind. Now, hand it over.”
Mercury picked up a sheet of parchment sitting next to a beaker of amber liquid and cleared his throat. “You must follow the directions exactly as written. Make sure you understand them.”
The princess inhaled sharply, snatched the paper from his hand, and held it close to the candles, muttering under her breath while she read. “Midnight… candle… strand of hair… recite the verse and drink only a drop. Got it.”
“Make sure you follow the directions to the letter.”
“What happens if I don’t?”
Mercury shrugged. “Love potions can be tricky. No telling what might happen if you don’t.”
Without another word, she grabbed the beaker, bolted out the door, and vanished into the shadows.
If you haven’t read Xander’s Tangled Web, you’re missing a delightful visit to the little town of Battington, where everything isn’t quite as picturesque as it seems. Just ask Xander.
My author page on Amazon is a little bare these days. And will be for a while. I’m doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I got the rights back on all my books and plan to self-publish from now on. Needless to say, there’s a lot more work to it than just taking my books down off Amazon and putting them back up listing me as a publisher.
I’ve been working with Suzan Safi, the brilliant artist who did the cover for my first book Not Long Ago. She’s doing a fantastic job revamping my old covers and creating new ones. I highly recommend her. She’s easy to work with and does her best to see your vision. Check out more of her work. http://www.suziedesigns.net
You can teach an old dog new tricks. It just takes longer. So, please be patient. I have a lot of work, but once I’m done, there’ s more to come. Erin and Griffin’s story is far from finished. I have a ghost story that takes place in the sixties. And a a fun story about a family of witches living in a small town in east Texas.