Cross-genre books that combine fantasy elements with other genres continue to sizzle. But there are many pitfalls to avoid on the road to a publishable book. On Thursday, January 7, at 7:00 PM, join Kris Neri, author of High Crimes on the Magical Plane, teacher and bookseller. Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon described High Crimes as, “...delicious; a funny, pell-mell romp of an adventure rife with psychics, FBI agents and clowns.” Kris will share the secrets of combining fantasy with other genres, providing a checklist of considerations to bring to your planning and noting mistakes you'll want to avoid. She’ll also address how fantasy writers can bring more mystery into their writings. Kris is also the author of the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award nominated Tracy Eaton mysteries.
the surprise of Samantha Brennan, scam psychic and fake ancient
deity when she encounters the real thing. That's right --
an honest-to-heavens Celtic goddess, hidden beneath the steely
exterior of FBI Special Agent Annabelle Haggerty. And more
than goddesses abound in the everyday world, Samantha discovers;
there are leprechauns posing as mischievous schoolboys, banshees
patrolling parks, and gods working as lounge singers. How
had Samantha missed all those super-heroes living right before
her eyes on LA's mean streets?
Yet their powers might not be enough when the City of the
Angels falls prey to a crime spree the likes of which it's
never seen. When America's sweet and sexy movie star, Molly
Claire, is taken hostage, no one could imagine how she'd be
made the centerpiece of a gangland siege, as worlds collide
in a struggle to claim the treasures of the ages. But if Agent
Annabelle Haggerty and her family of deities are no match
for the Demon of Darkness that Annabelle believes is masterminding
LA's own Armageddon ? what chance does a poor little fake
like Samantha have?
Mystery novelist Tracy Eaton's series is in jeopardy unless she rewrites her latest whodunit in two days. Okay, that pressure she can handle. But when her mother, the aging yet beautiful film goddess Martha Collins, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a celebrity litigant, Tracy must save her mom from jail -- if, that is, she doesn't strangle her exasperating mother first.
The victim, Vince Sperry, had ties to both Tracy's attorney husband, Drew, and her eccentric dad, aging Hollywood heartthrob Alex Gainger -- and both had reason to want Sperry dead. But did good ol' Mom help out? Clearly, Martha's attemps to impede Tracy's efforts at every turn only convince her long-suffering daughter that Martha has pulled a doozy this time. The clues all lead to the past, to a string of Hollywood scandals and buried secrets, old screenplays and even older grudges. What is Martha Collins hiding? And with the truth kill her daughter?
Meet Tracy Eaton, the beleaguered daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars. Tracy is no stranger to wacky people, especially within her family. So when her sister-in-law's wedding becomes a three-ring-circus, Tracy takes it in stride, even when the bride is kidnapped.
Her snooty, bickering in-laws refuse to call the police and insist on paying the ransom, but Tracy knows that if justice is going to prevail, it will definitely need her help. Because...the groom takes to ridingaround in a gangster's bulletproof limo; sweet, loveable Uncle Philly -- a conman if there ever was one -- has disappeared and there are strange happenings at the engaged couple's upscale restaurant, The Gypsy Princess. It will take all of Tracy's innate noisiness and nerve to get to the shocking truth -- and the Eaton family secret.
So much fun it ought to be a crime!