We’re very happy today to introduce you an author I (*Melliane*) really like. We therefore thank Suzanne McLeod for this amazing post that allows us to discover her books. If you haven’t read these novels, you really need to! It’s an amazing Urban Fantasy series. I hope you’ll enjoy this post and I hope it will make you want to learn a little more about the volumes.
Hello! I’m delighted to be here at Between Dreams and Reality to chat about my books and thanks for having me. I’m Suzanne McLeod and I write the Spellcrackers urban fantasy series set in London, England. The series features Genevieve (Genny) Taylor, a sidhe and one of the noble fae.
Genny works for Spellcrackers.com ~ making magic safe ~ and a typical working day could see her evicting pixies from Trafalgar Square – pixies love animating statues and they have a habit of making the four huge bronze lions that guard Nelson’s Column snap and roar, which thrills the tourists but causes a massive Health and Safety problem for the square’s wardens! Or Genny might have to remove a malicious hex from the changing rooms at Harrods; or issue a trading licence on behalf of the local council for spell ingredients so they can be legally sold – such as dried garden fairies; a sort of cross between a frog and a dragonfly that when sniffed can help you tap into the magic.
As you can probably tell I have a lot of fun making life interesting on the magical front in Genny’s world, and while her London is a city you’d easily recognise if you visited or lived there, it’s also a place where you can party the night away in Leicester Square with a celebrity vampire, ride the Underground with a goblin worker, buy a love charm or a bad-hair day remedy from the Witches’ Market in Covent Garden, walk the treetop walk with a dryad at their spiritual home in Kew Gardens, or hire Spellcrackers.com to get rid of that nasty hex your neighbour sicced on you.
Of course, Genny’s job sorting out magical hitches is only part of what the series is about, as there’s often someone who needs, or demands her help, and Genny isn’t the type of girl to say no when someone is in trouble, even when she knows the trouble is the sort better left alone. So she’s always ending up having to save her friends, and herself, from some tricky, and often life-threatening situations. (Author’s note: Magic can make murder so much more interesting! *g*)
In THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD (book 1) a celebrity vampire is accused of murdering his human girlfriend, and thanks to an old bargain, Genny is forced to prove the vamp’s innocence. This means her getting up close and personal with the local vampires, something which could mean her losing her job – Spellcrackers is run by witches, and witches and vampires just don’t mix – and her freedom, since unlike humans, Genny isn’t protected by law from the vamps’ less civilised attentions. Not to mention that consorting with the vamps is something that could blow the secrets Genny is keeping about herself sky high.
In THE COLD KISS OF DEATH (book 2) Genny finds herself framed for a magical murder and has to go on the run to find the real killer before they strike again. Oh, and she bumps into a few other nasties who are up to no good where she’s concerned along the way. Plus, she learns some things that make her look at herself, her past, and her friends in a different, and not always happy light. (Author’s note: I like to be evil to my characters! *g*)
And in THE BITTER SEED OF MAGIC (book 3) Genny is searching for a way to break the eighty-year-old infertility curse afflicting London’s lesser fae and threatening them with extinction. Of course, the lesser fae have their own ideas how Genny can break the curse, but their plans aren’t the sort she’s about to agree to. Then when dead teenage faelings (human/fae halflings) start turning up dead and bound with magic in the River Thames, Genny’s sure their deaths are due to the curse, and that they hold the secret to breaking it, so she sets out to prove it.
While each of the books are a self-contained ‘Whodunit’, they also tell the ongoing story of Genny and her friends, frenemies and the hawt males in her life :-D. One of her best friends is Hugh, a rock-steady mountain troll who is a Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Magic and Murder squad, who has known Genny since she was fourteen. Another is Katie, a level-headed, human teenager Genny used to babysit for, and who is like a younger sister to her.
As for the hawt males, well they cause Genny all sorts of emotional ups and downs. Finn, Genny’s co-worker, is a sexy satyr and someone who she comes to care deeply for as their relationship develops, but who blows hot and cold for his own reasons, confusing her. And then there’s Malik al-Khan, the mysterious, seductive vampire who keeps turning up like the proverbial bad penny. Genny isn’t sure what Malik truly wants from her, or even if she wants a closer relationship with him since she’s pretty sure getting involved with a vamp on a personal level isn’t the safe and sensible thing to do, but that doesn’t stop her being attracted to him; something that causes lots of fireworks when they hit the page together. *g*
Thanks again for having me, and if anyone wants to find out more about Genny and Spellcrackers, then do please visit my website – www.spellcrackers.com – where there are excerpts and more. And do feel free to contact me with any questions; I always love to hear from folk!