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The true infant Jane was replaced with a mischievous, occasionally malevolent, fey changeling in 1976, who grew up contemplating how she could use her powers without divulging her true nature. In 1995, she tricked human James Baxter into marrying her, and then meticulously began to write down the chronicles of her ancestors. Disguising her work as fiction, the creature known as Jane Timm Baxter finally achieved her goal of infiltrating the world of publishing when she decided to publish and market her work in e-book format. Currently, she is continuing to encode secret messages to her kin in the form of “novels,” and believes that world domination is just a few more words away.
In her rush to “fit in” among the humans, Baxter unfortunately chose a human vessel that is less than efficient in the realm of health. Having not expected such an ongoing battle with her vessel, Baxter is currently limited in the time and energy she can apply toward her goal of world domination through art and writing. To aid her in her schemes, she employs the mischievous help of “The Chi-Baxter Pack” – four fairy spirits inhabiting the tiny bodies of canis familiaris chihuahuas. At this time, nothing else may be revealed concerning the true nature and mission of The Chi-Baxter Pack, under penalty of death.
Those who are familiar only with Jane Timm Baxter in her human disguise, frequently describe her as any and all of the following: interesting, weird, amusing, annoying, talented, dark, disturbed, sick (as in physically ill,) sick (as in mentally ill) and unique. Whether or not any of these words are accurate descriptions of any part of Baxter remains to be proven
on Feb. 11, 2014 :
Book reviews are not one of my stronger points, but this is an excellent novel - taut and gripping, with well-drawn characters. Ms Baxter writes a very good paranormal thriller.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh
on Feb. 02, 2014 :
A new voice has risen from the vampiric realm. Her maker has no idea of her great power. Lila Bishop herself has no idea about her true origins yet, but her writer –Jane Timm Baxter- starts her story with an important fact: pissing off Lila Bishop is tantamount to a death wish, and Max, Ebonadrakry or not, will pay the price.
Lila’s maker, Victor, was beheaded by vampire hunters during World War II on the eve of their wedding. Lila hasn’t been really involved with anyone since his death until meeting Max. Unfortunately Max, or whatever his name is, has other plans, or more exactly no plans at all. He is an Ebonadrakry who doesn’t follow any rules, an experiment about to infuriate his maker.
You could say that the Ebonadrakry are the gentry, the queens and kings of the vampires. Lila Bishop will meet some of them before the end of her road trip, the road trip she started when she found out that Max had faked his death and swapped bodies to opt out of their relationship.
Jane Timm Baxter had me hooked on Lila Bishop and Whispers the mysterious hummingbird (reality or delusion?) flying about the vampire’s hair.
‘Shadows of Dawn’ is an intelligent novel that sucks you in with attaching characters, characters you want to be friends with, characters you wish to see again. It is the first installment of a vampiric trilogy, released recently and currently available as an e-novel on the Smashwords website.
It is more than about time than Jane Timm Baxter releases this novel, after showcasing her talent in various anthologies, and spreads her wings beyond the limitations of short stories and flashes. Personally I can’t wait to read more of her addictive writings.
‘Shadows of Dawn’ is a captivating novel written with dark humour and sensitivity by a writer wealthy with imagination.
(reviewed the day of purchase)