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In Graves Below - spotlight

Today, I'm shining a spotlight on In Graves Below, the first standalone paranormal romance I ever wrote. May 3 is the book's publication anniversary.

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The story came about because Amazon invited S.E. Smith (Susan) to participate in the Kindle Worlds program. Authors opened a story universe to other authors, and Amazon handled the details. I was flattered beyond belief when Susan asked me to be one of the inaugural authors for her worlds of Magic, New Mexico. Especially since up to that point, I'd only written scifi space opera romances.


In Susan's world, the magical town of Magic, New Mexico was founded in the 1700s as a safe haven for people who were different. As in, witches, werewolves, vampires, dwarves, and anyone else looking to live and let live, and enjoy each other's company without caring who—or what—they are. There's plenty of good fun in Magic.

This got me thinking about what the people who already lived there thought about this new town. Which led me down the research path (my favorite journey!) to find out who was in the area in that era. Various native indigenous tribes called west Texas and southern New Mexico home, but so did the Spanish conquistadors. They swept through and set up missions, more often than not enslaving the natives to build them.

Therefore, to dovetail with Susan's history, I created an earlier alliance between two historical but long-gone tribal groups. Their shamans and spider women foretold the coming trouble and convinced their people to move west. There, they magically claimed land and hid from the would-be conquerors. They thrived for a while, but time has a way of changing things. Today, the once proud clans have dwindled to one family.

In Graves Below stars Idrián Odair, the last shaman. Someday, when my to-be-written list is a little more manageable, I plan to write a second book in this mini-series.

🎉 To celebrate this book's anniversary, here's a 30% discount coupon for buying the book directly from me. Coupon code expires 31 May 2020. 🎉

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In Graves Below (Magic, New Mexico)

Cover for IN GRAVES Below - click to buy directly from Carol's websiteCan 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 renew the magical 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’s stuck with an obnoxious visiting star and a big donor with a mega sleaze factor.

When Idrián's grandfather insists they 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 can help it. But even spiriting Riya away to his New Mexico home won't save them if they can't figure out the secret of dreamwalk.

Get your copy of In Graves Below today, before hungry demons beat you to it!

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