It gives me immense pleasure to announce the publication of my urban
fantasy novel, BLACK MAGIC WOMAN.
It's in most bookstores, and available online from Amazon and other
Here are 13 things you didn't know about BLACK MAGIC WOMAN -- both
the plot and the book itself.
1. The hero (well, one of them), Quincey Morris, is the great-great-
grandson of the
Texan who died at the end of the original DRACULA. Contending with
supernatural evil has become something of a Morris family tradition.
2. The book was released in the UK and Australia on January 8th. The
American release date was pushed back to January 29th because of a
the North American printer.
3. African "muti" magic sometimes involves the use of human organs
which must be "harvested" while the victim is still alive.
4. "White" witch Libby Chastain, Quincey's partner in the
bisexual, and a devout practitioner of what she calls "serial
5. Jim Butcher, author of the "Dresden Files" novels, was kind enough
the manuscript pre-publication. As quoted on the book's cover, he
MAGIC WOMAN "the best manuscript I've ever been asked to read."
6. Quincey Morris is terrified of snakes, having almost died from
snakebite as a young boy. If only he knew
7. Simon R. Green, author of the John Taylor 'Nightside" novels, was
advance reading copy of BLACK MAGIC WOMAN and said, "This is a novel
that's packed with story and engaging characters, and I can't wait to
read the next one."
8. "White" magic cannot be used to do harm to somebody -- which
that you can't use it sometimes to kick somebody's ass, as Libby
Chastain knows full well.
9. Waterstones, the largest UK bookstore chain, has designated BLACK
WOMAN as its featured SF/Fantasy title of the month. It's got its own
in each of their 300-some stores. And if that ain't freakin'
awesome, I don't know what is.
10. It's possible to drive off a bunch of zombies without having
to "kill" them. All you need is the right magic and a skilled
magician to use it.
11. The South African national police really does have an Occult
Investigation Unit, although my character, Garth Van Dreenan, is not
based on any
12. Vampires really do hate sunlight. A lot.
13. When you make a deal with the devil, the notes come due in
Thanks for indulging me, everybody. I hope I've piqued your interest
you'll take a look at my novel. I'm kinda proud of it.