Book One of the Djinn Chronicles
Originally published as His Master’s Bride.
My novel has progressed from Slushpile to Longlist to Shortlist and is now an Official Semi-Finalist for the Paranormal Book Awards for Supernatural fiction — Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs).
Wish me luck!
A world of mysterious powers and tumultuous intrigues comes to life in Regency England as a djinni, burdened with a dark secret, is thrown into a love triangle fraught with subterfuge.
Will he defeat his nemesis or be betrayed?
A troubled djinni seduces his master’s young wife, forcing her to make a fateful choice.
The djinni Yasir, imprisoned in an urn by a jealous magician, searches the centuries for his lost love. He finds Lavinia reborn in 1811 England, only to discover she’s his new master’s bride.
Desperate to have her, Yasir spell-casts Lavinia’s husband to forget he is master and give her the urn. When she opens the ancient vessel, Yasir emerges, terrifying in his magnificence yet somehow familiar, but she fails to recognize him. She distrusts this djinni even though his very presence enchants her.
Yasir’s spell is fading. Lavinia’s husband has changed. Now he’s violent as he struggles with returning memories of when he possessed the urn. Lavinia strives to keep the two from encountering one another, while torn between fidelity for her husband and her increasing attraction to the djinni.
Impatient to win Lavinia’s confidence, Yasir must convince her of her true identity so they can reclaim their life together. He dare not reveal a deeper reason: Only with Lavinia can he regain his freedom and exact revenge on the magician who confined him to the urn—
If she does not go mad from the spell to awaken her memories.
If her husband does not escape the djinni’s magic and discover her secret.
If the magician does not find them first.
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Praise for Obsessions of a Djinni
“A fascinating premise, mysterious power, tumultuous relationships, a memorable cast of characters, and an introduction that hits the ground running. Even in the first few pages, the dark and gripping world comes to life—one I think effectively captures what it must be like to live as a djinni. The distinctive writing beautifully describes the setting, creating a mysterious and edgy tone.” — K. Zakhar, literary agent
“Obsessions of a Djinni is a great read. Loyalties and loves change in a whiff of smoke. Fantasy wrapped in romance and exotica.” — M. P. McElroy, Ed.D.
“I haven’t been able to put Obsessions of a Djinni down. I love love love it! Very well written and very smart.” — K. Curtain, DNP, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, CNL
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Book Two of the Djinn Chronicles
Lady Lavinia Bramley is Master of a Djinni.
Lavinia runs away from her husband to make a life with the djinni Yasir, but it’s not what she thought, not pearls and flying carpets and wishes come true.
Her desperate efforts to find happiness with Yasir are foiled by her husband’s reappearance, murder attempts by the jealous magician who cursed Yasir to the urn, and Yasir’s desire for revenge.
Lavinia finds love, and loyalty, are as ephemeral as ties of smoke.
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Book Three of The Djinn Chronicles
Lady Lavinia fears that her husband, Lord Peter Bramley, will ferret out her secret — she’s master and lover of Yasir, a djinni from an ancient urn.
An urn Peter gave her, unaware it was enchanted.
Since 1816, three years ago when the djinni came back into her life, all has gone smoothly. Yasir is protecting her and the children from his nemesis who is hunting him. Her husband believes the children are his, but one son is Yasir’s and has magic, which Peter mustn’t see. She is unsure about her toddler daughter.
As disasters occur, Lavinia commands Yasir to remedy each one with his magic, until the day he doesn’t appear in response to her summons.
Searching for her djinni, she happens upon Peter in a meeting of his secret gentleman’s club. Shocked at their depravity, she is blindsided as she realizes her husband knows her secret. What Peter has done about it will have dire consequences, more than he knows.
Alone and forsaken, Lavinia must separate deceptions from truth in her quest to rescue Yasir and save her children.
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The Bargain: A Short Story
An enigmatic messenger with a hidden agenda, and a devoted Marquis who has a pact with his Lord, use an innocent young man as a pawn.
The Bargain was selected to be in Tides of Impossibility, an anthology of 18 fantasy short stories by different authors in The Houston Writer’s Guild.
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Short List: Books I Love
• The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
• Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
• The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (yes it’s an “e” in O’Brien)
• If Noboby Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
• Caravan by Dorothy Gilman.
I read this a long time ago and the characters and story made a big impression on me. When I wanted to read it again I couldn’t remember the name or author. But I recalled that finger puppets played a key role. I googled the phrase and there it was. I’ve never been so happy to find a long lost book, and upon rereading it was thrilled to find I liked it even more than I remembered.
• Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
• Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin