Learning new magic isn’t as easy as Zoe expected, especially when the mages at Gorgon University seem dead set against teaching. Add in some necessary late-night sneaking about, and Zoe is almost certain to be kicked out. As for exploring the intriguing mysteries across the border in Wendal, well, it has more teeth than she ever imagined.
There’s an ill wind blowing, and it’s touching every witch Adriel knows, including White Feather, who is far more important to Adriel than just any warlock. Adriel will do what she must to keep those she loves safe, but if she lures the enemy away, will she be able to save herself? Her only hope is to use earth magic to hide from the very air she breathes as she hunts down an untenable evil.
When a spell goes wrong, can Zoe unwind it before it’s too late?
This e-book contains the short story, “Snitched, Snatched” in English and also the fully translated Spanish version. (Translation by Gustavo Bondoni)
Book 3: Sedona O'Hala Mysteries. Steve Huntington had a way of offering jobs that were too good to be true. Mark Huntington made offers too good to turn down. Sedona had a habit of being caught in the middle; somewhere near bad guys with guns and family members she was trying to avoid.
Under Witch Moon is the first in an urban fantasy series: When dead bodies start turning up Adriel has no choice but to talk to White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, Adriel is a witch and White Feather isn't convinced she's innocent of wrongdoing. She's going to have to talk fast--and set spells even faster if she expects to survive.
After solving one case of corporate crime, Sedona expected to get her peaceful life back. Problem: She is still a manager at Strandfrost, and there is still rampant jealousy over her promotion. Is the danger of being railroaded by her not-so-illustrious colleagues worse than taking a new undercover job from Steve Huntington?
Book 2 in the Sedona O'Hala series. "Executive Lunch" is the first.
By Maria E. Schneider
Published: April 8, 2010.
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
"Get Smart" meets "Ghost Busters!"-- A humorous urban fantasy. Five case files from Max Killian Investigations:
Max is hired to expel a ghost from a mansion, counteract an ancient curse, investigate a graveyard mystery and figure out which secrets are worth dying for.
All in a day's work--assuming he survives!
Sedona is given the opportunity of a lifetime: play an up-and-coming executive with all the trappings of wealth with someone else footing the bill. The catch: find out who is stealing company funds before the criminals find out that their program is being debugged.
Sedona runs into danger, the corporate glass ceiling, and an occasional chance at romance in her quest.
By Maria E. Schneider
Published: September 7, 2009.
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
An Indiana Jones-style caper across the desert of New Mexico; high-tech gadgets, a mystery and a romance.
Alexia must protect the crystals that power the city of Haven. Going undercover and stealing the crystals seemed like a great idea--until a real thief showed up. Confessing her duplicity might help Chris, the attractive new security chief, but it would cost Alexia everything she holds dear.
By Maria E. Schneider
Published: August 29, 2009.
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Sword and Sorcery meets Agatha Christie: Three novellas introduce the Kingdom of Sage and those who protect its boundaries.
Toil, Trouble and Rot: Sage is under attack from a deadly and mysterious enemy.
Dungeons and Decay: Find out how far a mother will go when her child is in danger.
Call to Arms: Every hand is needed when a ghost invades the kingdom demanding old wrongs be righted.
This is a very well-written, political irony piece. I admit, it grabbed my attention--which side of the issue...there's some...let's call it global warming thrown in for good measure. I imagine it was written to make people think a bit--It resonates. But if you don't like polarizing issues, this may not be for you.
Cleverly done piece.
on Sep. 12, 2009
I don't like horror, but this is well-written and well-formatted. It is, as the description promises, rather gross (not an overdone thing, just horror.) It is...every boy's nightmare.
You Better Run
on Sep. 12, 2009
A quick read, kept me turning the pages. There's some minor issues with characters talking followed by a capital: "Blah, blah." She said, instead of-- "Blah, blah," she said. Sometimes an action other than speaking also follows the speaking part, "Blah, blah," she walked away.
It wasn't noticeable until the last page. The story moves along quickly so the minor anomalies are easy enough to ignore.
I'd classify this as horror, rather than suspense. If you like a good vampire scare, this qualifies.
Everybody Loves Squirrels
on Sep. 12, 2009
A rather bizarre story that reads like an essay (there is no conversation at all--no speaking parts.) This story should clearly be filed under horror, rather than adventure. The "payoff" feels like a cheat since there are no horror elements until the end; merely a tale of growing old with a few eccentric ideas. There is no building of tension so that the reader has a sense of climax. There is really no foreshadowing. The story for me was a sad essay, rather than a twist of fate.
This story was okay, although I'm not fond of changing POV in a novel...and less so in a short story--but that is a personal preference. The cursing got in the way--too much of it, distracting. The formatting/editing was of good quality in this read.
Nary a wasted word or wasted moment, this book grabbed me from the first page and drew me in to the very interesting mystery that unfolded. At first I thought Barker, a used-to-be-a-reporter, might be one of those loser investigators who drank too much and ended up with luck and too many hangovers, but the story came through. While Barker threw back more than a beer or two, he had the better qualities of my favorite pulp fiction heroes. He's a stubborn sleuth, intent on earning his pay and solving his case. He may be the cliched loyal tough guy, but he follows his heart when it comes to loyalty.
This is a fast-paced, well-written tale, perfectly formatted and proofed. Well-done. Highly recommended for an entertaining afternoon read.
Self-defense is comprised of two parts--mental and physical. The author rightly spends significant time discussing the mental preparedness. Why? Because some women will never practice the physical techniques described in the book. Many women will never take a class. This book has several chapters dedicated to things ANY woman can do to prepare for an attack: Think about ordinary objects as weapons. Be aware of your surroundings. Have a PLAN in case of a break-in or an attack. Think about things you can do to prevent all of the above. I've had some training, and this book was a VERY GOOD refresher. There were several ideas I hadn't heard or thought of.
This is a good book for any woman thinking about taking a self-defense or karate class. It's hard to walk into a karate class because it's a CLASS with other people who will witness your clumsiness, your lack of aptitude...and in general, can be kind of embarrassing. This book pretty much lays out the types of exercises you'll be doing, the things you will learn and why. If you want to practice at home before joining a class, it provides plenty of instructions. If you, like me, want reminders or refreshers, it's an excellent guide. If you're elderly, young, disabled, small, weak--this book has techniques, ideas--and confidence builders.
On the downside, the pictures demonstrating the techniques are at the END of the book, rather than with the instructions. I didn't know this and had some trouble picturing which defense/technique was being described. Since I've had some training I was always able to figure it out, but the pictures are worth a thousand smacks to the side of the head.
There were a few sections where the bolding of paragraphs ran on longer or wasn't there (chapter headings) but that really only meant nice DARK text!
I know that in training, repetition is everything, but especially in the intro and first two chapters, some of the info was repetitious; some chapters could have been tighter. Later in the book the reminders/hints/repetitions were much more natural and the pace picked up.
There are some heartwarming tales, some harrowing tales, some good examples and some that didn't quite capture a real life situation. I suspect that the author has never walked alone in a dark parking garage--or maybe I'm just terrified of dark parking garages. He did the job though, in this example and others--providing good examples and reminders that can be readily applied.
I enjoyed the sections near the end where three other experts gave their advice. Even though the advice mimicked that in the book, it was interesting to read the advice/experience of other instructors.
Much of self-defense is a mindset and the strength of this book is the reminder to take self-defense seriously. It is in the idea of empowerment, the teaching that you can fight back, that you can be better prepared and that we all should be prepared.
I've read some of Nancy Fulda's short stories before; this one is every bit as stellar. Backlash grabs your emotions and doesn't let go until the last page. I felt the pain, the desperation, the hope. These characters want to survive and you'll be right there with them, hoping for a miracle. *Highly* recommended. This novella was a definite page-turner. There are interesting sci-fi elements, but it's the characterization and plot that really make it shine.