This is the blog for everything related to my first book, The Problem With Black Magic, and it’s forthcoming sequels in what I’m tentatively calling The Familiar Series. I wanted to call it The Modern Magic series to keep all my bets covered, but fortunately I was persuaded to abandon that dumb idea:).
As I write this, the book is going through a short waiting period before becoming available on Kindle. It’s priced at the lowest price point, $2.99, because I believe ebooks should be cheap in comparison to print copies. Plus, I’d rather price low in the hopes that more people will give the series a chance.
The book and series are urban fantasy in genre, similar in some respects to popular series like The Hollows by Kim Harrison, The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It also has some things in common with The Twilight Saga, although I hesitate to say that because that series can be so polarizing, but what can you do: it’s the truth. I like to think it’s a lot better, but of course I’m biased.
If you’re browsing here wondering whether or not to plunk down $2.99 to try the book, probably the most important thing for you to know is that I’m big on continuity and things making sense. That may sound Captain Obvious, but so often when I read fantasy books I find myself screaming “Wait, why can’t so-and-so just do the thing he did before to get out of this situation?” and even more often “Why doesn’t Mr. Powerful Villain just KILL HER ALREADY?!” so avoiding that sort of illogical plotting is very important to me. I try to avoid writing things that I know annoy me as a reader, so hopefully I’ll also steer clear of the things that may have annoyed you in the genre.
I consider the first book YA appropriate, but keep in mind the same may not be true of later books; I don’t want to take this series in an Anita Blake direction (and anyone who’s read that series should know EXACTLY what I mean!), but sex is part of life and it’s going to play a role in the story.
A print version of The Problem With Black Magic will likely soon be available from Createspace; I’m tempted to include extra content, but I should probably resist. There’s always more books:).