Archive | December, 2013

Book Two March Release Confirmed

Rough Artword for Queen of the FaeQueen of the Fae (Book Two in the Fae Unbound Series) is right on track for an early March release. To the left is the rough artwork for the cover, courtesy of my fabulous cover designer (and treasured friend), Peter Dahl-Collins.

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED BOOK ONE (MAGIC UNBOUND). DO *NOT* READ MORE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RISK KNOWING TOO MUCH ABOUT THE ENDING OF THE FIRST ONE!

I’M WARNING YOU! REALLY, DON’T DO IT!

I apologize for the shouting. If you’re still reading after all of that, here’s a peek at what goes on in Queen of the Fae:

One month after Fae Day, Lizbet faces down tough times as she tries to adapt to being half-fae. More than anything she just wants to go back to being a normal girl.

Although she doesn’t know it yet, she’ll soon be fighting a battle with the fae Queen for control over her own body. Tanji, James, and Eamon team up to help her, but in the end it’s going to take everything she’s got to take her life back.

Tanji, James, Thomas, and Bobby all have larger roles in the second book, and the second book is longer than the first one. I’m really excited about Tanji playing a bigger part. She’s my personal favorite character: you can expect her to be even more important in the third book.

You’ll also meet elves, gnomes, wisps, and a dryad before the story is through, and all of the newly half-fae characters jump right in getting up to speed with what their magic can do. From healing potions to control over the elements, magic has definitely been unbound!

That’s it for now.

Jill
12/29/2013

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Magic Unbound – Available Now

Magic Unbound: Book One in the Fae Unbound SeriesNot-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation — and she gets what she’s expecting until a fifteen hundred year old Fae named Eamon shows up in her backyard disguised as a down-on-his-luck garden gnome. When Eamon slips an ancient amulet around her neck, the memories of Lizbet’s many past lives, including her first life as Morgan Le Fae, come slamming back to her to change her summer plans in a way she could never have expected.

Forced to go on the run when murderous monks show up at the back door, Lizbet hops a plane to Scotland accompanied by Eamon, the whispering voices of her past lives, and geekily cute James, the college boy from next door. Not only does she have to dodge the monks, but she’s racing against time and greedy land developers to prevent the entire race of the Fae from being destroyed.

The only thing Lizbet knows for sure is that if she fails and can’t produce a few live fairies at the end of her journey, she is going to be grounded for life…and probably for her next life, too.

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Pixies! What a pain. (Tanji’s blog)

Pixies
Pixies have really sweet, human looking faces. Like babies with wings – close to the way they’re pictured in this old illustration. Except that you DO NOT want to be sitting that close to them. Pixies definitely aren’t user-friendly. (Just one of the many ways people who wrote all those fairy tales got it wrong.)

When you see them come at you with their mouths open to show the very pointy teeth they hope to sink into some tasty part of your body, you better catch on pretty quick…pixies do not want to be your bestie!

Adult pixies are from two to five inches tall, and most pixies are no bigger than three inches high. They keep their “baby” faces for their entire lifespan, which is about three years.

Pixies live in nests that look a lot like hornet nests, but pixie nests are much larger, often measuring two to three feet across. Up to thirty of them may live in the same nest, all of them related through one mated pair. When the young are old enough to breed, they will start their own nest with a mate if the female’s nest is already too full of family. Pixies will usually keep the same mate for their lifetime unless their mate is killed.

They are “fae” only in the sense that they are magical creatures. Kind of like humans and monkeys are related because we look a little bit alike and we’re both mammals. Pixies are also about as intelligent as monkeys: they can’t talk, they don’t have complex societies, and they don’t use tools like humans do. So, by both human and fae standards, pixies are considered to be animals, not fae.

Pixie bites are nasty – really nasty. If one bites you, you need to immediately apply a poultice made of fennel. It’s most effective with the fresh stuff. You can tell fennel is fresh if it is slightly green in color. If it’s brown, it may not  give you much relief.

If you think that pixies are setting up house near you, I recommend you prepare or buy some reliable pixie salve and keep it handy. If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, you will be able to purchase magic-enhanced pixie salve through my shop for a reasonable price. I expect to open up for business in the next couple of months.

You can also find non-enhanced fennel at any grocery store. It’s a common spice, but pixies hate it, and it pulls the venom out of the wound. We also sell pixie wards that should keep them away after you’ve cleared an infestation.

Ron Ross’s Human Gnome Removal and Magical Pest Control Service has reasonable rates for helping you remove a pixie infestation. My dad and his helpers will humanely and safely remove and relocate the pixies and provide you with enough wards to keep them from returning. Just give the service a call. (Now serving the entire state of Ohio!)

More about magical creatures next time when I talk about everybody’s least favorite garden pest — gnomes. I’m also in the middle of some research on the uses of pixie dust in magic, and I’ll let you know what I find out.

Tanji Ross, Sorceress
One Month, One Week, and Three Days past Fae Day

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