*Formerly titled Marlboros & Magic*
Featuring Persephone Alcmedi's Nana, this short story explains exactly why Demeter Alcmedi was ousted from the retirement community and ended up living with Seph.
Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by reading Tarot cards, writing a syndicated newspaper column and kenneling wærewolves in the basement during full moons. Everything changes when one of Seph's friends is murdered. The high priestess of the local coven offers Seph an unbelievable sum to hunt down the killer, and Seph enlists the help of her wærewolf friends--including Johnny, the hunky 6'2" leather-clad singer for the techno-metal-goth band Lycanthropia. The attraction between them is dangerous, but nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them.
Persephone has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess, mostly to keep snooty Hunter Hopewell from ending up in the winner's circle. However, there are a few problems. The epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers--ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Can Seph keep her secrets, including her connection to the master-vampire Menessos, from the terrifyingly wise judges? Once the competition begins, a finalist turns up dead. It looks as if one of the contestants is willing to do anything to win.
There once was a time when Persephone thought her life was hard to manage, what with work, a live-in grandmother, a foster daughter, and a new wærewolf lover, Johnny. But that was before the fairies started demanding the death of Seph's frightening, unpredictable ally: the ancient vampire Menessos. Her mostly secret bond to Menessos not only causes serious strain on the budding relationship with Johnny, but, worse, if the other witches knew about the connection they could demand she be Bindspoken, locking away all her power--and a showdown with the fairies is growing more and more inevitable...
After facing down the fairies in mortal combat, Persephone Alcmedi is still dealing with the aftermath. Not only does she possess deadly secrets she must hide from the arcane and mundane world alike, but the dozens of magical creatures who've taken up residence behind her cornfield need food and shelter, and there's still her foster daughter Beverley's tenth birthday party to plan. Johnny has revealed himself as the Domn Lup, and the ruler of the wærewolf world is coming from Romania to see if he really is the "king" he claims to be.
Want a little alone time with your man? It may be too much to ask for if you're Persephone Alcmedi, foretold Lustrata of the witches, and your lover is Domn Lup of the wærewolves. The ancient and incredibly sexy vampire Menessos comes bearing bad news: the vampire council fears he is plotting a power grab. To hunt him down, they have awakened a trio of truth-seeking vampire sisters so dangerous they are usually kept locked in stone. Menessos needs Seph more than ever. And she find that she needs him.
It's tough being a modern woman but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn't easy either. Still her beloved foster daughter is causing more trouble than the two men put together. The young girl has been playing with a magical artifact that's far more dangerous than she realizes. Seph, Johnny and Menessos face threats from all sides--and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?
A horrific car accident put Jovienne in a coma. When she awakened months later, she learned that her family had died in the crash...and that she had been altered.
Raised by a stranger who trained her to use her new quintanumin abilities, she excels at every lesson and longs for her mentor to become much more. But after completing her final test -- a death-match against a demon -- she is transformed yet again. Having become a monster’s monster, Jovienne seeks a way to rescind this immortality and uncovers a terrible truth about the man she trusted. Her efforts to escape lure demons ever closer, and one of them claims to know a secret about Jovienne. A secret she doesn’t even know herself.
"Linda Robertson’s JOVIENNE is a unique and twisted journey of action, horror, and urban fantasy, packed with cool ideas. In a genre where so much feels the same, it’s a pleasure to encounter a writer who has found a different muse."
--Christopher Golden, NYT Bestselling Author
“Linda Robertson has created an intriguing world, a compelling narrative, and a strong, canny heroine you’ll be cheering on from the first page to the last. JOVIENNE rocks. Enjoy the ride.”
— David B. Coe, author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson
"Linda Robertson has written a masterful example on using religious lore and legend as inspiration for damn fine storytelling! JOVIENNE is both soul-soaring and heart-wrenching, a fresh take on high-octane Urban Fantasy."
—James R. Tuck - author of the Deacon Chalk series.
The trailer, created by Linda, features a re-arrangement of the track IMMANENCE from her CD.