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In Graves Below Coming Soon (Magic, NM)


A Magic, New Mexico Story

A few years ago, Amazon created the Kindle Worlds program, where authors could invite others to come play in their universe. Author S.E. Smith (Susan) invited me to join her Magic, New Mexico world, and of course I said “Yes!” Amazon recently ended the program, but the worlds of Magic, New Mexico live on, thanks to Susan's generosity.

To start, I'm republishing my Magic, New Mexico story, In Graves Below. One of the limitations of Amazon's program was that the stories were only for Amazon customers in the U.S., meaning readers in the rest of the world and with other ereaders missed out. Another limitation was that the stories were only in ebook, which disappointed people who love the kinesthetic feel of paperback books in their hands.

The re-release of In Graves Below will be at all major booksellers—Kobo, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play—plus Amazon. And soon, there will be a paperback version as well.

Special Note: If you already bought a copy of the original version of In Graves Below, you don't need to buy the new version. Nothing has changed in the new edition except a typo fix or two and where you can buy it.

P.S. By the way, the cover was designed by the excellent Melody Simmons.

In Graves Below coming soon


Idrián and Riya hold a special place in my heart, because In Graves Below was my first paranormal romance. It was supposed to be about 25,000 words, and ended up close to 50,000 words. I admit it—I have a tendency to write long

The book also got one of the best fan emails I've ever received. A reader wrote to thank me for creating a romantic male lead character with an amputation and scars, because it gave him hope he could find his own Riya.

Here's the updated blurb for In Graves Below, coming soon to your favorite bookseller:

Can a disabled veteran and a magical dancer learn the secret of dreamwalk, or will demons turn the world into an all-you-can-eat buffet?

Disabled, scarred veteran Idrián Odair is running out of time. If he doesn't figure out how to use earth magic renew the barrier protecting his tribal lands near Magic, New Mexico soon, they'll be vulnerable to marauders, thieves, and worst of all, tourists. Trouble is, his grandfather died before telling him the secret, and Idrián is the only dreamwalk warrior left. Except for the stunning dancer he saw only once and can't forget.

Riya Sanobal, mostly human dancer in Denver, is about to be named artistic director of a dance company. She can't stop thinking about the sexy, eagle-footed warrior she's been dreaming about for weeks. Especially since she has to deal with with an obnoxious visiting star and a big donor with an off-the-charts sleaze factor.

When Idrián's grandfather insists Idrián must drive to Denver to protect the dancer, finding her turns out to be the easy part. A powerful, greedy demon wants to invite more of his kind to town to make the world an all-you-can-eat buffet. He needs a dancer to do it, and he's targeted Riya. If the discovers Riya's gift for portal magic, he'll never let her go.

Not if Idrián has anything to say about it. But even stealing Riya away and spiriting her to his New Mexico home won't save them if they can't figure out the secret of dreamwalk.

In Graves Below is part of the worlds of S.E. Smith's Magic, New Mexico, where the creatures of fairy tales, myth, and nightmares are free to be themselves and find their happily ever after.

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Reader Note: This is a re-release of a story was originally published via the Magic, NM Kindle Worlds program. If you already have a copy, you won't need to buy this one.

in graves below coming soon