This is what happened: I was reading through some short stories and other stuff, looking for things to possibly post on Wattpad. One such short was Goofer Dust Blues, the story that really kicked off the Roxie Mathis urban fantasy series. From there I went to the books, Mojo Queen, Red House, and the never published Hoodoo Woman. And I had a blast reading them. Those were fun books to write. First published by Lyrical Press (MQ in 2011, RH in 2012), I’ve had the rights back for a while now but never did anything with the books. Just about everyone in publishing said paranormal was dead, nobody wanted urban fantasy anymore, no vampires of any kind (even quirky ones like Daniel), and definitely no witches. (I love witches, but apparently I’m in the minority. *shrug*.) So the Roxie books sat on my hard drive, collecting digital dust because I thought the genre was dead and there was no point to self-publishing the series.
But now, after re-reading them, I’ve decided to go ahead. I have no idea if urban fantasy is well and truly dead, or if there are readers like me who still enjoy the genre. I definitely hope for the latter. 🙂 I’ve done some editing and revising on the first two books. Hoodoo Woman will need a bit more work and I’ll be starting on that shortly. Oh and the books have all new covers, of course.
Here’s a little bit about the main characters:
Roxie can see auras and spectral entities. She practices hoodoo folk magic and a smattering of whatever else works, and mostly she is in the business of evicting ghosts. She’s a huge music lover (something she has in common with her creator, ahem.)
Daniel is her bestie. Also her ancestor. And a vampire. (When I first wrote these books, love triangles were all the rage. I didn’t want to do that and didn’t want readers to think that’s where the relationship was going, so I made Daniel her ancestor.) He enjoys helping Roxie with her ghost eviction jobs and is an ardent fan of classic country music, which he can be heard warbling loudly and off-key whenever the mood strikes.
Blake is Roxie’s shady boyfriend. They meet in Mojo Queen. He is a chaos magician/sexy sorcerer/all around trouble. Roxie really should know better, but hey, he’s hot, and has a beautiful starfield aura that hints at greater depths than he’s comfortable showing. Plus he accepts her for who she is, so he can’t be all bad.
Mojo Queen is now available. Red House will be out in December, followed by Hoodoo Woman in February.
Hoodoo and high magic are on a collision course.
Not only can Roxie Mathis mix herbs and roots for spells to do good or ill, she can see auras and spectral entities. Her magical gifts allow her to help people with their supernatural problems, but when she’s hired to exorcise a demon from a young woman, Roxie discovers the limits of her powers.
If that weren’t challenge enough, a handsome sorcerer on the rebound has set his sights on Roxie. All sexy smirk and dark temptation, Blake Harvill is nothing but trouble. But he’s also in danger from the very demon he conjured, and that’s something Roxie can’t turn away from. In way over her head, it’s not going to be enough for her to just be a paranormal investigator and old school root worker – she’s going to have to be the Mojo Queen.
Read the first chapter here.