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USA Today bestelling writer Diana Pharaoh Francis has written several popular fantasy series. The Path trilogy, which includes Path of Fate (nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award), Path of Honor and Path of Blood, is epic fantasy. She has also written the Crosspointe Chronicles, including The Cipher, The Black Ship, The Turning Tide, and The Hollow Crown. She also writes The Horngate Witches series, Bitter Night (nominated for the RT Best Urban Fantasy 2010), Crimson Wind (Nominated for the RT best Urban Fantasy Heroine, 2011), and Shadow City (a Top Pick at RT), and Blood Winter. Her latest series is the Diamond City Magic books, beginning with Trace of Magic, which also earned an RT top pick and a nomination for Best Independent Urban Fantasy novel. The second book is Edge of Dreams, also a RT Top Pick, also nominated for Best Independent Fantasy Novel. Whisper of Shadows is the third book in the series. Diana has also launched the Mission: Magic series with the short romantic paranormal novel The Incubus Job.
Diana is a fan of the Victorians, sparkly things, yarn, crochet and knitting, and corgis. Especially corgis. She dresses almost entirely in Woot tee-shirts.
For a lot more information including a printable book list, maps of her worlds, updated news, and other odd and fun tidbits, go to www.dianapfrancis.com. You can also find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Pharaoh-Francis-Fantasy-Writer/163098893459 and on twitter at @dianapfrancis.
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Mallory Jade is about to do something very risky and undoubtedly stupid. It won’t be the first time, but it may be her last.
Reunited with the man she loves and enjoying a life of luxury and incredible sex, she should be happy. Except she and her boyfriend, Law, are both walking on eggshells as they navigate their complicated relationship.
It doesn’t help that her seventeen ghost companions are so bored they’re playing poltergeist tricks, or that she’s bound to a demon who delights in tormenting her. As if all that weren’t bad enough, she’s getting blamed for Law’s magical pet goat stealing the Housekeeper’s underwear.
When she and Law clash over her professional choices, Mal recklessly accepts a job she knows better than to take: working for an elf.
They say the definition of insanity is to repeat an action and expect a different outcome. The magical community says working for elves is insanity squared. But Mal has something to prove, and she’ll be damned if she’ll let anything like caution or reason get in her way…even if it kills her.
That's why six years ago, Mallory Jade gave up killing. Now she’s a fixer. Got a problem with a demon? She can help. Infestation of pixies? She’s got you covered. Kidnapped by an undead lich? She’s on her way. Anything you need, so long as she doesn’t have to kill. It’s her one unbreakable rule.
Aside from a few near-death experiences, her new life is good, until her job dumps her in the lap of the man she walked out on six years before. Law Stanger, her former partner and lover, wants her back in his life. He's not above playing dirty. But Mallory knows it can never work. She has secrets Law can never understand or forgive.
All Mallory wants now is to finish her job--track down an incubus and the precious box he stole--and get the hell out of town before Law shatters her heart again. But it wasn’t fate that drew her and Law together after all these years, it was cunning calculation. Now they must face an enemy more powerful than they can imagine, one that has no intention of leaving anybody alive.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PIXIE JOB WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS PART OF THE DIRTY DEEDS ANTHOLOGY THAT CAME OUT IN JANUARY 2021. DIRTY DEEDS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any sane being who sees a pixie should immediately run in the other direction. Don’t look back, don’t stop, not even if you happen to be having a stroke or spontaneously burst into flames. Get as far away as possible and maybe, just maybe, if you’re very lucky, you’ll get clear of the disaster zone before all hell breaks loose. Because hell will break loose, and when it does, even the mountains will wish they could hide.
Mal has been enjoying her extended vacation—aka recovery from near death—but tomayto tomahto, right?
Fortunately for her sanity, the vacation comes to an abrupt end when a flood of wedding guests, eager to see a pixie marry a giant, pour into the luxury hotel where she lives. Adding to the sudden excitement, her boyfriend’s pet goat drops a bloody hand in her lap.
It soon becomes clear that someone not only wants to stop the wedding, they want to change the I-do into I-dead.
Mal must investigate a murder while pixies spread mayhem and giants reveal a rather dangerous secret about themselves. With the help of her ghost companions and demon frenemy, Mal and her witch boyfriend race to find the culprits before they can kill the bride and groom, not to mention annihilate the eastern seaboard.
But there’s more at stake than marital bliss. An ancient curse and a revenge plot guarantee nothing is quite as it seems.
Mal doesn’t mean to end up in a life-and-death struggle, but then again, she never does. The question is, has she recovered enough from her previous near death experience to survive this one?
For every hero trying to save the world, there’s a villain trying to tear it all down.
In this can’t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains' point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today’s most popular series.
The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher (the Dresden Files), Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Lilith Saintcrow (Jill Kismet), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville), Joseph Nassise (Templar Chronicles), Domino Finn (Black Magic Outlaw), Steven Savile (Glasstown), Caitlin Kittredge (Hellhound Chronicles), Jeffrey Somers (The Ustari Cycle), Sam Witt (Pitchfork County), Craig Schaefer (Daniel Faust), Jon F. Merz (Lawson Vampire), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), and Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches).
“What’s better than a story about a stubborn, likable heroine thrust into events fraught with danger, wizards, and gods? Well, all of the above, plus a goshawk” (Kristen Britain, New York Times–bestselling author of the Green Rider series). Experience the complete epic fantasy trilogy set in a unique magical world, where an orphaned healer becomes a guardian of her land and fulfills her ultimate destiny.
Path of Fate: When a goshawk named Saljane swoops into her life, young healer Reisil discovers she can communicate telepathically with the bird of prey, an undeniable sign that she has been chosen by Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, to become an ahalad-kaaslane—a guardian of the land. At first, Reisil resists accepting her call to service, but when a kidnapping threatens to trigger war, she embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the traitors in order to save two kingdoms.
“This delightful debut . . . intrigued me . . . and swept me away.” —Carol Berg
Path of Honor: As a deadly plague ravages the country, Reisil is horrified to find that she has lost her ability to heal. Without power, and with only the companionship of her goshawk, she is determined to figure out what is truly ailing the land. She soon realizes she must seek out the wizards she once fought against in order to defeat the scourge.
“Likable characters and plenty of action keep things entertaining.” —Locus
Path of Blood: Accompanied by her sentient goshawk, Saljane, and her loyal lover, Yohuac, Reisil travels across a war-torn land into a realm of dark sorcery. She is the only one with enough power to gain entrance to the spellbound city of Mysane Kosk and close a magical rift that threatens to consume everything and everyone she loves.
“Generates a lot of page-turning.” —Booklist
The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and the Darkness was won and lost. TRIALS takes fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of BLOODRING. These stories, set in Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.
If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans, dragons, and their creatures before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider. TRIALS features new short stories from nine authors—including Faith Hunter—and vignettes from the Rogue Mage role playing game.
TRIALS will be followed soon by TRIBULATIONS, and then by the omnibus TRIUMPHANT.
TRIALS Authors: Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Lou J Berger, Ken Schrader, Spike Y Jones, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Christina Stiles, Tamsin Silver, Melissa McArthur.
TRIBULATIONS Authors: Faith Hunter, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, and Lucienne Diver.
When the FBI uses an anti-magic law to arrest and torture Riley's boyfriend, they have no idea what hell they are about to unleash. If Riley can't rescue Clay before he breaks, the result will be a disaster of epic proportions.
With time running out, Riley and her family must rely on two people more likely to stab them in the back than actually help. And, even if Riley manages the rescue, she's still got to deal with two kidnappings and the return of her dad from the dead--the same dad who'd been willing to see her dead to protect his secrets.
What's a girl to do? Kick ass, take names, and protect those she cares about at all costs.
"The characters and the world building are fantastic." --Book Junkiez on Edge of Dreams
"Good pacing, a complex and layered plot, and intriguing characters illustrate why the author delivers such amazing reads!" --Jill Smith, RT Book Reviews on Edge of Dreams
"A kickass thrill ride with magic, sex, guns, and mystery."--John Hartness, Bestselling Author of The Black Knight Chronicles on Trace of Magic
Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT's Best Urban Fantasy. Whisper of Shadows is the third book in her exciting new urban fantasy series--The Diamond City Magic Novels.
Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in order to protect what’s left of Horngate, their coven’s home. Max would do anything for Horngate—even give herself over to a mysterious otherworldly creature in the nearby mountains in exchange for his help. But first, she intends to save the mortal family she left behind. And Alexander, the Shadowblade warrior who could be her closest ally or her deadliest enemy, is going with her.
On a road trip into the unknown, Max and Alexander face wild magic, desperate enemies, and battles that bruise both body and soul. But the greatest challenge will come from unexpected revelations that test everything Max believes about who she is—and where her loyalties lie. . . .
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your perspective. To survive, I’ve become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in short supply—tampons and peanut butter. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, but anything’s better than risking my secret.
Except, old habits die hard. When I discover a murder scene screaming with signs of black magic ritual, I know my days of hiding are over. Any chance I had of escaping my past with my secret intact is gone. Solving the witchkin murders is going to be the hardest case of my life, and not just because every second will torture me with reminders of how much I miss my old life and my partner, who hates my guts for abandoning the department.
But it’s time to suck it up, because if I screw this up, Portland will be wiped out, and I’m not going to let that happen. Hold on to your butts, Portland. Justice is coming, and I don’t take prisoners.
"The Witchkin Murders is a supernatural police procedural with interesting characters who are full of secrets and a plot that is full of twists and turns. A fun read." --Anne Bishop, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Country
About the Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT’s Best Urban Fantasy. The Witchkin Murders is the first book in her exciting new urban fantasy series—Magicfall.
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"Best book of the year!" --Faith Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Jane Yellowrock series
Even the most powerful tracers can't track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I'll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.
Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she's on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.
"Diana Pharaoh Francis has crafted a winning paranormal mystery that mixes sizzling sex, magic, and a decades old search for artifacts that could change their world." --Jeanne Stein, Bestselling Author of The Anna Strong Chronicles
"Trace of Magic caught me up fast and pulled me in tight for a fun, action-and-sass adventure full of deadly magic and dangerous romance. Diana Pharaoh Francis delivers a downright terrific read." --Devon Monk, nationally Bestselling Author of Hell Bent
Riley's lost the last damned thing she's willing to lose. She's declaring war and prisoners are optional.
After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price's newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.
With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley's psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.
But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming . . . .
Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen fantasy and urban fantasy novels. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT's Best Urban Fantasy. Shades of Memory is the fourth book in her exciting new urban fantasy series--The Diamond City Magic Novels.
Max always does her job, no matter how brutal and bloody. That’s how it’s been ever since she was enslaved by a witch, turned into a supernatural warrior, and assigned to protect the coven of Horngate. But her job just got harder. . . .
Waves of wild magic have returned much of the world to a time when fairy tales were real and danger now lurks behind every tree and bush. As winter descends and food, heat, and water are harder to come by, many have turned to Benjamin Sterling for protection. Leader of the Earth’s Last Stand cult, Sterling claims to be the Hand of God, but his power and charisma secretly come from a dark and terrible source. With devout followers eager to do his sadistic bidding, he has his eyes on Horngate and its magical inhabitants. To save those she loves, Max will knowingly walk into a trap. But when the cult strips Max’s soul bare for all to see, will even Alexander—her lover and her strength—remain? And if she were to lose him, what does it matter if she gains the whole world. . . .