Friday, July 30, 2010

Follow Up Book To Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!

So I'm nearly finished with my outline for the next book in Rand and Jolie's series. Exciting stuff!

I guess I need to have a secondary name for the series--as in the first book is Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble so what will the series name be?

I'm open to ideas if anyone has any!

I've given myself 6 months to get this puppy done!

If you would like to know when the next book comes out, send me an email on my website: www.urbanfantasynovels.com (contact page) to let me know you want to be added to the distro list and I'll make sure to add you.

OK, going back to outlining!

Seems I've irked people on a forum!

LOL

Well, I guess you can't please them all right?

So, I was trying to get some info about how people find books they want to read on Amazon--aka do they use forums, listmania, reviews, searches?

And I asked the question on an amazon forum. Of course you get those people who think you're only asking the question in the forum to sell your book. Well, I was legitimately asking the question for market research. Give me a break people!

Pretty ridiculous actually. It seems like authors can't get a break in the forums. If you get involved at all, you're accused of trying to sell something.

So, to all those who defend authors in forums, thank you!

Amen.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Indie Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Site Live!

This is an exciting day!
The website I've been working on, www.indieurbanfantasy.com, is now live!
Go check it out.
I haven't uploaded any of the indie author information yet as I'm waiting to do it all at the same time but I wanted to release the site so everyone can see what it looks like.
I'm hoping to have all the indie author information I've received thus far loaded by next week.
I still need lots of people to help out with this so if you're interested, please let me know.
I need:
Bloggers
Reviewers
Someone to manage a monthly newsletter
Someone to manage our facebook page
Someone to manage our twitter account

Yay!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Website Optimization 4

OK so it's been a long time since I posted about optimizing your site. Sorry about that! Was traveling all last week.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about a really important subject--analytics. Basically, analytics tell you what's happening on your site--how many people are visiting, where they are coming from, etc.

And analytics are crucial because you want to get an idea of what's going on on your site--are there pages that aren't working? Could other pages be set up better?

The good news is that setting up analytics on your site is pretty easy. Google Analytics is a free service. You can find it here: http://www.google.com/analytics/

You simply sign up for a new account by clicking "Sign up Now" under the "Access Analytics" button. Then it will walk you through the various items to fill out and then it'll give you a string of code that you'll need to paste in the HTML of your site. It will walk you through how to paste the code--basically, you just copy and paste it between your body tags of your HTML.

What are the cool things you can do with Google analytics? These are my favorites and the ones I use on a day to day basis:

Total visits to your site--this is the number of total visits coming to your site (inclusive of repeat visits one visitor might make). This is an important metric because it shows how many repeat visits you have--and someone who comes to your site more than once is showing interest which is a good thing!

Visitors--this is the total number of visitors (unique) who come to your site. This number is important because it represents how many people came to your site, not how many visits they made.

Pages Per Visit--This will tell you how many pages per visit (average) each person looked at. The more content you have, the more pages per visit you'll have in general.

Bounce Rate--This is an important stat also. It tells you how many people came to one page on your site and didn't look at any other pages (this will usually be your home page). You'll notice that as you get better ranking in the search engines, this number will increase because people will be searching on various keywords and your site might not be exactly what they had in mind when they get there. In general, you want the bounce rate to be decently low. A 50% bounce rate isn't good. A 20% bounce rate is better.

Average time on site--Tells you how long people on average are staying on your site.More content and more things to do on your site will equate to more time spent on your site--this is a good reason to offer things like sample chapters,etc.

My favorite metrics, though, are the traffic sources metrics. These tell you how people found your site---whether they were direct traffic (aka they knew your URL and typed it in), referring sites such as blogs or any other sites linking to you or search engine traffic (all search engines are included). The great part about the search engine traffic metric is that it gives you a list of all the keywords people used to find your site. Really useful to know!

Now, if you sell something on your site (such as your books), it gets even better because Google can track your sales. It will give you your conversion rate (your sales divided by your unique visitors to the site) and you can look into where people are dropping out of your sales path (which pages have the highest exit rate associated with them). And depending on where your traffic is coming from, you can figure out which traffic converts the best, good info when driving your marketing.

It's so important to know what's going on on your site so you can address any concerns. So, set up Google Analytics--it's free and it will take just a few mins.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Indie Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Site!

So, I'm nearly finished creating my indie urban fantasy/ paranormal romance site. Just need to put a few more fixes on it.

That means, I need authors and readers!

If you write in either genre, just send me an email and include:
your cover art for all your books
synopsis of book/s
Author name and title of books
Author bio

I am really hoping to make this site great--going to optimize it for inclusion in the search engines, etc.

I noticed that there really aren't any website solely dedicated to indies in UF or PR. And it's really difficult to find indie lit on Amazon so this is the answer!

I also need people who are interested in blogging and helping out with a monthly newsletter.

And I need readers who might be interested in reviewing books and blogging about them.

Just send me a note if you are interested in either.

Will post more soon with the web address, etc.

Yay!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Forgot to mention this one

Here is another interview that might be of interest to you. Also lots of other great indie books worth discovering:

http://twoendsofthepen.blogspot.com/

Another interview!

Wanted to mention that there is a quick interview with me over at http://indiebooksblog.blogspot.com/ so check it out!

There are also quite a few interviews with other indie authors worth reading.

Hello from Hot Kentucky!

So I've been in Louisville, Kentucky for the past few days for business and it is incredibly hot!
Anyway, that's why I haven't been super vocal lately.
I've been thinking a lot about the follow up book to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and I've been plotting out what I think should happen.
I'm planning on doing a few writer weekend retreats where I just write, write and write some more, unfettered by daily demands.
I have been really excited about the responses from everyone who has read Fire Burn. I want to thank everyone for your very generous and kind reviews and for your excitement about the book.
This book really has a special place in my heart as I really identify with the heroine, Jolie.
Of course I love Dulcie, my heroine from To Kill A Warlock, but I don't identify with her in the same way I do with Jolie.
So, I'll be back home to California tomorrow and I'll start outlining book 2 in the Jolie series.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My first Press Release

Check it out:

http://www.free-press-release.com/news-h-p-mallory-author-releases-urban-fantasy-book-creatures-of-the-night-torn-in-response-1279651842.html

Glad I didn't sell out!

This morning I was thinking about the fact that before I turned indie, I was sending out queries by the hundreds and although I always got requests for fulls or partials, nothing ever panned out.
And this, mind you, is after having landed a major NY agent about two years ago and where did that go? All of nowhere.
The last response I had received from 2 agents who said they really loved my books fell along these lines: Love your writing, love your story but it's got too much humor in it. Urban fantasy needs to be dark. Rewrite and it will be considered more seriously.
Well, I never did rewrite it. I just couldn't bring myself to do it because it would completely alter my books. And I think the humor in them makes them totally unique and makes them fun to read.
And I'm so glad I stayed true to myself. The last few reviews I've seen have been from people who really appreciated the light tone and who made a point to say they liked the break from the ordinary dark and heavy urban fantasy.
So, thank you reviewers! You've renewed my faith in myself!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Website Optimization 3

Happy Monday to all!

Here's the next lesson in website optimization!

Last time we talked about how to code your on page content with keywords you selected from the Google Keyword Tool. If you haven't read the earlier posts, please do as they work off one another.

So, today I want to get a bit more technical and show you how you can add keywords to the meta data of your site. Before you ask, meta data involves various different tags that exist in the coding of your site and they tell the search engines what your site is about. Those tags are called the title tag, keywords tag and description tag.

Now, a little info on each of these tags. The keyword tag is the most unimportant of all three. Basically people spammed this tag way back when so Google doesn't really pay any attention to it anymore. Some other search engines will, though, so I think it's still good practice to use it.

The title tag is extremely important as it tells the search engine what each page of your site is about. For example, you might have a contact title page that tells the engines that particular page has something to do with contacting the website operator. You might have a bio page which would tell the engine they are now on a page about the author, etc. It's crucial to make sure that every page of your site has a unique title tag.

Now, the description tag is probably my favorite because it allows you to tell what each page is about in a sentence or two. The title tag is more of a phrase and the description tag allows you to be more lengthy in your description. It's also an important tag because many times the search engines will use this tag in the results pages so it's important to make sure it really summarizes your page nicely because this could be the deciding factor for someone on whether or not they are going to click and come to your site.

So, first step, lets look at the coding of a site. Let's use my site as an example. Go to www.urbanfantasynovels.com and once there, go up to the navigation at the top of your screen and click "View" then click "Page Source". You should see something that looks like a page with a ton of words all over it. Don't worry, you want to see that!

Now, if you look a little bit closer, you'll see the meta data I've created for my home page:

Title tag looks like this:
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Author HP Mallory

Keywords tag looks like this:
Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, vampire books, witch books, warlocks, werewolves, fairies, netherworld, underworld, fire burn and cauldron bubble, to kill a warlock, vampire romance, vampire book series, vampire book, sensual paranormal romance stories, demons, ghosts, ghost stories, werewolf

Description tag looks like this:
H.P. Mallory is the author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy books including witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and fairies.

So, basically, the idea is to use your keywords and to feature them into these
three tags.

For each page, you should be focusing on no more than 3 keywords and if those
keywords show up in your meta data, so too should they show up in your page
content. So, let's say you have a page about witch books, your keywords on the
page should also reference witch books and so should your meta data.
It creates themes for each page this way.

So, how do you add your meta data? Well, that depends on which platform you are
using to create your website. I used dreamweaver and as such, I'm able to go
into the code and cut and paste these tags. Many other website software packages
will specify areas where you can create your meta data without having to touch the
code of the site. If you have this type of site, consider yourself lucky!

If you are working with the code of the site, it's easiest just to cut and paste
my example above but, of course, change your keywords and sentence structure and
make sure you include the proper formatting (carrots and name of tag, etc.--to get this code, just go to any website and view source, then find the three tags and copy the html code and then just paste it into the coding of your site, making sure to change the wording for your own).

If you are working with a program that allows you to specify what each tag will
be without going into the code, leave off the html code (such as the carrots and the name of each tag) as this will look ugly and confuse people.

When creating your tags, just go by the following:

Title tag: short and pithy--no more than 8 words. Each page of your site needs
a unique title tag.

Description tag: complete sentence. Try to use calls to action (read, join, learn,
etc.) because calls to action will help tell the visitor what action you expect
them to take on your website. Remember that the description tag will most likely
be the first thing a searcher will read upon seeing the search results and you want
to make sure your description stands out and tells them exactly what to expect upon
visiting your site. Each page also needs a unique description tag.

Keywords tag: Try to aim for no more than 20 keywords or keyword phrases. Each page
can share the same keywords tag.

Let me know if you have questions!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm being interviewed at Urban Fantasy Land

Hello,
Just wanted to mention that I'm being interviewed over at Urban Fantasy Land.
Here is the link if you are interested:

http://www.urbanfantasyland.com/

Indie Urban Fantasy Web Site

OK so I've been rolling the idea around in my head of creating a one stop shop for indie writers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

This would be a website/ blog whereby all indie authors of these two genres could list their works, talk about them, connect with fans, etc. The beauty of this site for readers would be that all indie authors of this type would be in one location as opposed to having to search for them on Amazon, etc.

If anyone is familiar with Fangs, Fur and Fey (www.fangsfurandfey.com), this would work in much the same way only it would be for indie authors.

I've purchased the domain name indieurbanfantasy.com earlier today so I'm definitely going to make a go of this.

With my online marketing and search optimization background, I think I can make it a win.

I haven't figured out the basics on how I want it to work yet but I'm nearly there.

More to come later!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Writing Soundtracks

So I was thinking the other day about the music that has really influenced my writing. While I was living in the U.K. I wrote both Fire Burn and To Kill A Warlock. During that time, I listened to a few CDs that one of my husband's friends had graciously given us. Some of those songs really characterized my books. Now when I listen to the CDs, it reminds me not only of living abroad but it also puts me into the frame of mind I was in when I wrote both books.

So, if you're interested in what I perceive the soundtracks to my books to be, ponder no more!

Here are the songs that really shaped my writing and my books. Bands, if you want to send some royalties my way, I wouldn't argue. LOL

Westfall, Okkervil River


The Strokes, Electricityscape

Stone Roses, I wanna be adored

Si Hi to Your Mom, Blah Blah Blah (really like this one)

Cold War Kids, Hang Me Up To Dry

Sonic Youth, Teenage Riot (love love love)

Pinback, Syracuse

Of Montreal, Oslo in the Summertime

Digitalism, Pogo
(This one had the biggest effect on my writing. Absolutely adore this song)

TV on the Radio, Blues from Down Here

Ghetto Ways, Scissors for Lefty

Regina Spektor, Us

Fire Burn and Warlock two separate books

Good Thursday Morning everyone!
Just thought I'd clear something up because I've received a few questions about whether To Kill A Warlock is the sequel to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. It's not.
Both are urban fantasy/ paranormal romances but they involve different characters, settings and plot lines.
Both are series though and I'm working on the follow books for each.
If you are interested in joining my distro list so I can email you when each new follow up comes out, just shoot me an email and I'll add you.
Thanks so much!
HP

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Website Optimization 2

OK I'm back for the second installment of website optimization for authors! If you haven't read the first installment, website optimization 1, you should do so as this post will work off the first one. I posted the first one a few days ago so it should be easy to find.

Where did we leave off? Last time I talked about using the Google Keyword Tool and gave you some ideas on how you can not only find out how much traffic is associated with the keywords that describe your site, but also how to find other keywords that you might not have considered.

Today I want to discuss how you can use those keywords on your site. This will be a two phase conversation. The first phase will deal with using these keywords in the content of your site and the second phase will discuss using these keywords in the coding of your site. If that sounds scary, don't worry--it really isn't.

OK, so today let's talk keyword content. The number one thing to remember with the search engines is that content is king. Content is not only what the search engines are after but it's also what your visitors are after. It's not enough to have a beautifully designed site with millions of images (which the search engines can't read). We want to know about you, about your books, about your likes and dislikes, about where you are from, blah blah blah. And the search engines aren't any different--they want to know these same things.

What this means is that you want to create content that is informative and helps someone answer a question. That question could be as simple as--how do I contact you or what books have you written and what are they about? The fun part comes in optimizing that content with your carefully crafted keywords to ensure that your site comes up when someone searches on said keywords.

Let's take my website as an example again. I'm a writer of urban fantasy and paranormal romance books. I have written two books and at this stage of the game, I'm most interested in ranking for those two somewhat broad terms--urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Now, from my keyword tool example, I know that "paranormal romance" gets 200,000 searches which means my competition is going to be keen. "Urban fantasy" gets 33,000 searches so that's a bit more reasonable. Keep in mind that for most of you who are just starting on your website or maybe have had a website that's been up for a while but hasn't been optimized, this is not an overnight success game. It can take up to 6 months to see any movement in the search engines. Having said that, I've seen increases within a month or so on the various other websites I work on so don't lose total hope. I just wanted to throw that up there so you're aware of it.

OK, so back to my keywords and my website. I have some other long tail keywords (check my first post for a definition on long tail) that I am also considering but for right now, let's just focus on these two terms, "urban fantasy" and "paranormal romance." The idea is to use these terms multiple times on the page without the reader picking up on it aka don't sound like a robot wrote it.

Let's use my home page as an example: www.urbanfantasynovels.com

Here is the text:

~H.P. Mallory~
Author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Books

Welcome to the world of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy!
I've authored two books that span both romance and fantasy genres,
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock.
My books blend mystery, fantasy and romance with a touch of humor.

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is the story of Jolie Wilkins, a witch who can
reanimate the dead.

To Kill A Warlock is the story of Dulcie O'Neil, a spitfire fairy who
also happens to be in law enforcement for the Netherworld.

Learn more about my urban fantasy books. (this is a link)

You can also read the first chapter of each of my paranormal books
by clicking here:

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Chapter One

To Kill A Warlock: Chapter One

So, if you'll notice, I repeat the words "urban fantasy" as well as "paranormal romance" and I also use variations of each, including fantasy and romance. Truthfully, my home page could have a bit more content but you get the idea.

So, once you've created your content and you've repeated some choice keywords without them sounding unnatural or invasive, what next? There are ways you can continue to optimize your page to show the importance of these keywords. Some such ways include bolding the keywords and featuring them in links. When you bold something, you do so to show emphasis and the engines perceive bold this same way. If you'll notice on my home page, I've bolded both of the keywords we've been discussing.

Also, when you link to another location using your keywords, that also beefs up the keyword in terms of importance in the search engines.

So, all of your pages need to follow this principal. Aim for around 200-250 words of content per page and don't optimize for more than 2-3 keywords per page. Employ bolding sparingly and use text links with keywords to other areas of your site.

Next post I'll discuss how you can use keywords in your meta data (the tags in the coding of your site) and how you can optimize images to ensure the search engines can see them.

Thanks!

Monday, July 12, 2010

I'm being interviewed on another blog!

Just a quick note to let everyone know I'm being interviewed over at Lori Brighton's blog. Here is the web address:

http://www.loribrighton.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 10, 2010

When are vampires and werewolves cliche or are they already?

It seems that lately everything is vampires and werewolves. I'm specifically talking about Twilightism and True Bloodism.
Don't get me wrong, I love vampires (more so than werewolves, I must admit).
But it got me to thinking--are people sick of vampires and werewolves yet? What about all of you?
In my second book, To Kill A Warlock, I was worried about reintroducing the same old same old so I, instead, went after less popular paranormal creatures like fairies and warlocks and the hero, Knight, is something I totally made up--a Loki or a creature from the Netherworld.
I couldn't quite break from the vampire norm though, so I did add the token vampire. LOL
Would love any comments as to what you think about this subject.
PS how funny is this quote I found:
Never moon a werewolf--Mike Binder

Friday, July 9, 2010

Website Optimization 1

I thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the ways that writers can optimize their websites in hopes of seeing increased placement in the search engine pages.

The first question you are probably wondering is: that sounds great but how does this person know what the heck she's talking about? LOL

A quick bio on me: During my "day job", I work as the Director of Online Marketing--I head up multiple websites and am in charge of the usability of the sites as well as the search engine optimization (from here on out referred to as SEO--this is the art of optimizing a site so it shows up in the results pages of Google, Yahoo, etc). I've worked as an SEO content writer for a major SEO company and I'm certified in SEO by the Direct Marketer's Association.

So, with that out of the way, I want to preface this post by saying that I'll be posting about SEO as well as usability (how user friendly a website is, how to aid in converting your visitors to whatever goal you have in mind, etc.) so be sure to check back if this interests you.

For my other readers, not to worry--I'll also keep posting about other stuff in urban fantasy and paranormal romance and other books I like, etc.

Ok, today I want to talk about one of the most important subjects in SEO--keywords.

Just what are keywords and why do they matter? Keywords are what your visitors use to find your website at a basic level. This means your keywords are like the bread and butter of your site. Important to say the least. Keywords are a huge topic in and of themselves so for this post, I want to show you how to select keywords that best exemplify your site. In subsequent posts, I'll show you how to implement those keywords into the content of your site and in your page titles, descriptions, etc.

So, for today, let's focus on which keywords you should be focusing on.

The best tool I've found that also happens to be free is the Google Keyword Tool. You can find it here:

Google Keyword Tool

You should see this:



So, how do you use this tool? Well, first think of an overarching keyword that you think someone would use to find your website or your book. Questions to ask yourself--what is my book about, what types of characters does it involve, what genre would I classify it in, etc.

Let's use my book as an example--To Kill A Warlock--I think someone would search for my book under "urban fantasy" as a genre or maybe "paranormal fiction". There are fairies, vampires and warlocks in it as well as other creatures but I'll focus on those for now--so maybe someone might search for "vampire book" or "fairy fiction".

Just brainstorm and come up with some ideas on keywords you would use to search for your book.

By now you should have a list of maybe 5-10 keywords that you think describe your book. Now all you have to do is load them into Google's keyword tool as follows:

1. In the top left corner where it says words or phrase, add your keywords (one per line). Then hit Search.

For my keywords, this is what I show:



Look through your results and you'll notice that your original search words are in there as well as a bunch of synonyms Google thinks you might be interested in. This is why this tool is so great because it makes you consider other words that didn't occur to you before.

OK so look at all the words and then look at the numbers next to them, those numbers represent the amount of searches that people do for each particular word. This will help you decide which terms are the most popular.

Note--don't just pick all the terms with the highest searches associated with them! There are a few reasons why you shouldn't do this--first, your competition in the search pages will be much higher for the really high density search terms. Another reason, though, is that you want to have a balance of large scale search terms and terms that are much more targeted to your website.

Let me give you an example of how this works. Let's take my book again, To Kill A Warlock. It's a mystery, urban fantasy story about a fairy detective. Now, let's say someone searches on "urban fantasy" (which has quite a few searches associated with it) and finds my book. Who knows how likely they are to purchase said book. Now, let's say someone searches on "fairy fantasy mystery book". On this term, there will be way fewer searches associated with it because it's a way more specific search term than is urban fantasy. The person coming in on such a highly relevant term, though, will be much more likely to want to purchase a book like mine because it's right up their alley. We call terms like this "long tail terms" because they end up being more valuable in the long run because the conversion rate (or rate at which your visitor takes whatever action you want them to, aka buys your book, fills out your form, etc) is higher.

So practice around with this tool and see what words you come up with. Try to find a good balance of long tail terms and broad search terms. I aim for about 30 terms. You won't use them all on your website but it's better to have a broad variety of terms than not enough.

Once I decide on which keywords I want to use, I put them into an excel spreadsheet. Don't forget to list the searches associated with them!

On the next post, I'll explain how you'll use these keywords in your website.

Hope this was useful and would love any comments!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Graveyard Book

So today I was chatting with my son's nanny about good books she can read to some of the kids and I was reminded of one of my favorite kids books, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

I love love love this book and I bet anyone else who reads it will too.

It's great for kids and adults alike.

Here's the Amazon review:

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Although the book opens with a scary scene--a family is stabbed to death by "a man named Jack” --the story quickly moves into more child-friendly storytelling. The sole survivor of the attack--an 18-month-old baby--escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard's ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody ("Bod"), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod's progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (ages 10 and up) -–Heidi Broadhead

If you haven't read this book, get it! You will love it.

If you have read it, what did you think of it?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Social Media Madness

Is it just me or does it seem like there are five million platforms for social media?
I remember when it was just friendster or my space to contend with.
As an author, social media is really important because it's a great avenue to get your information out there.
It's just a bit overwhelming! Blogs and twitter and facebook and my space...where to start! LOL
Well, I've got a facebook account and I've got twitter and my space so I guess I'm off to a good start. And, hey, I've got a blog, right?
What are your thoughts on the social media explosion?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My First Post

So, thus starts my first blog post.
What to write about?
Well, I think the best place to start is to introduce my two urban fantasy/ paranormal romance books, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock.
Both books are available for purchase as ebooks. Just visit my purchase page on my website www.urbanfantasynovels.com
A little about both:
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is the story of Jolie Wilkins. Here is a summary:

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

Here's a summary of my other urban fantasy book: To Kill A Warlock:

The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

If either of these sound interesting, visit my website to read the first chapter of each. That's enough self promoting for now. LOL

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