Jeffrey, welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?
I have been publishing fantasy novels since 2017. The actual writing began when I was six, a few decades earlier.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was raised in a rural town in northern Virginia, bounced arund the country a bit from Texas to Missouri, and then landed back in a different small town in central Virginia. Life is funny like that.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
If it sticks in my mind after the notion / dream / inspiration strikes, and I want to find out more, it’s a keeper.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My beta readers have helped spur a marked improvement in my writing. My first book was a hot mess.
What is the name of your book?
My new book is The Scion’s Delight, the prequel to my Mage Conspiracy series. It was inspired by a dream about a haughty princess trying to repair her broken death maze to torture rats. When I realized she was the younger incarnation of the evil empress in my main series, I knew I had a good story brewing.
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
A cunning trap. A whiff of magic. A burst of steam.
Princess Cordelia has steel plate ambition, a mind like twisting brass gears, and the political might of tin foil. The girl aims to ratchet the Iron Empire into a glorious new day of gears and steam. The entire palace is arrayed against her. The chambermaids disdain her. The emperor ignores her. The mages, championed by Lord Oriolanus, lead a brisk campaign of lies and coercion. Those evil magic users threaten to tighten their grip upon the land even though machines are clearly superior. By the gods’ oil-stained hands, why can’t anyone else see her vision of the ideal future?
Just when Cordelia’s future threatens to slip back into medieval quagmire, a lone stranger with ice blue eyes and flowing blond hair arrives from the savage north. The handsome barbarian is destined to make both the hearts of the empire and the princess tremble. Does this spell doom or salvation for the girl’s fragile dream?
Explore The Scion’s Delight, the fantasy romance prequel novella of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of adventure and intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
In this new book, I think Cordelia’s retiring servant Fortinbras is my favorite. His name is an homage to a character from one of my favorite fantasy authors growing up (email the correct guess who to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free ebook!), and his deadpan pissing contest with the ruler of an empire was a joy to write.
Here is the other books in the The Mage Conspiracy
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I write to edify and enlighten, but most of all to entertain. I think Erin Kahn said it much, much better than I can: A book by Jeffrey Bardwell is always a good time: exciting, dangerous, gritty, and multi-layered . . . fast-paced, entertaining, and psychologically intense.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out there. Your first book will probably suck. Write another. I went back and rewrote the first book in my Artifice Mage series three times before I was happy with it (and the book truly deserved the title “epic” fantasy.)
ancient feud that spills from the realm of the Gods. Four desperate
agendas that cross the line. And a boy with a mysterious box is the
worldâ€™s only hope.
demi-goddess of the underworld has but one true desire, a young man
named Genii. But Genii belongs to her sister star gazing sister,
Obsessed with possessing Genii any way she can, Helga
sets herself against her siblings. The vicious rivalry sets brother
against sister and flesh against spirit, as they battle each other
for ultimate control of the souls of the dead.
Helga summons a
great evil, spawn of the underworld, which left unchecked, will sweep
all life into the depths of the underworld, where Helga rules
In the epic battle that ensues, only one will be left
standing, and if it is the wrong one, how will the world
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time for hiding is finished. The dead are restless. Fate and destiny
Cayden and Avery Tiernan have grown up in isolation on the fringe of
the realm. Gifted with forbidden skills, they hide their growing
magical powers. Ancient prophecies speak of the ones with the power
to depose the queen.
protect her throne, Queen Alcina scours the land for evidence of
magic, while the darker force she serves threatens the land with
chaos. She is not the only huntress however. Primordial seekers
discover the twins first but before they can escape, the death of a
queenâ€™s guard puts the entire village in jeopardy. To save their
town, the twins flee, only to be dragged toward an unknown
by her gift, Avery senses lies and treachery where others see only
truth. Dare she trust her instincts? For Cayden, an irresistible
voice whispers to him. Does it belong to the souls of the dead and
are they calling him home?
Seer of Souls and plunge into the first book of the Spirit Shield
temple awakened. The forbidden mountain stirs.The dead are
from her home by a Primordial Seeker, seventeen-year-old Avery is
imprisoned by the people she intended to serve. In a desperate bid
for freedom, she escapes, only to find herself racing against time to
save those who seek to use her.
by jealousy, the lust for power and the stain of ancient crimes,
conflicting factions struggle to gain control of the magic of a
Spirit Shield. Avery must dodge all who cross her path, for each
group vies to control her actions.
by the mythical creatures of her native land, she discovers that a
true Spirit Shield is much more than a simple priestess. She must
fight for control of the souls of the world, and in doing so must
face her worst fear of all: family.
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underworld writhes. Terror unleashed. Souls enslaved.
Spirit Shields with memories returned are plunged into a conflict
older than mankind. The pending battle pits family against spirit and
flesh. The godlings face off for ultimate control of the souls of the
dead, each with their own agenda, for there is no love lost between
goddess of the underworld, tightens her hold on those who hold the
key to ultimate victory. Meanwhile, Avery struggles to convince her
sister Artio that unless they become allies they will fail in their
misaligned quest. Cayden, with the aid of Brimstone, struggles to
fulfill a destiny prophesied since their original deaths long
four warring siblings find peace and forgiveness? Or will they battle
to the end of the world, sacrificing all living souls in the
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Dante Rossetti First In Category, Chanticleer Reviews (2018)*
of the Dante Rossetti Grand Prize for Best Young Adult Fiction of
2016 (Seer of Souls, Chanticleer Reviews) and First in Category,
Dante Rossetti Best Young Adult Fiction of 2017 (Soul Sanctuary,
Chanticleer Reviews) Susan loves to bring new worlds and fantasy
adventures to young adults and inspire them to join her on her
make-believe journeys. She is actively crafting stories that sing in
your memory. You can find Susan at www.susanfaw.com, on twitter
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Kenton Morley and
Lawrence Derrickson have hated each other since they were feuding
border lords in medieval England and Scotlandâ€¦seven hundred years
When their bloodlines
were cursed, birthing the worldâ€™s first vampires.
Their feud has carried
through the centuries based on an old argument: Kenton seeks to
destroy the Cheldâ€”the only line of humans capable of killing their
kindâ€”while Lawrence seeks toÂ saveÂ them.
Itâ€™s said that men
can forget, but never forgive. Itâ€™s also said that true love knows
When the vampires move
to Stone Haven, Pennsylvania, Alessandra Fiore will find out
firsthand which of those old adages is true.
It doesnâ€™t matter
whether she believes in vampires or notâ€¦
Because they believe in
her. And sheâ€™s on the very cusp of discovering her dormant powers
as a Cheldâ€”a potential vampire hunter.
With both of these
strangely wealthy newcomersâ€™ storming into her sleepy, peaceful
town, warning her to stay away from the other, what is a girl to do?
Especially when Kentonâ€”the one that supposedly wants to kill
herâ€”has a devilish twinkle in his eyes that she just canâ€™t
sayÂ noÂ to?
No matter how dangerous
she instinctively knows both men to be, strengths and powers of her
own are beginning to bubble to the surface, encouraging her that she
can take care of herself, thank you very much.
Love and Hateâ€”two
sides of the same coin. Literally.
The only thing left to
do is flip that coin and hope for the bestâ€¦to see which old saying
is true. And how many innocents bet the wrong way.
Mecca is the author of historical and paranormal romance that
transports readers to another time and place.
heroine, from Lady Sara in the Border Series to Alessandra Fiore in
Bloodwite, is your best friendâ€“ the one who kicks ass and takes
names. When these ladies meet alpha-males who try to take control,
sparks fly until the very last page.
writes the bestselling Border Series which takes readers to an
admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles in 13th century
Northumbria along the Anglo-Scottish border. Sheâ€™s also currently
jumping into a new world which tests the patience of even the most
steadfast romance heroine. After all, dealing with the ultimate bad
boysâ€“ sexy, wealthy and swoon-worthy vampiresâ€“ is not for the
faint of heart.
Highlander-loving, vampire-writing author can be found in Northeast,
Pennsylvania, chai in hand, thinking up new ways to tame both
medieval and paranormal playboys. She is firmly House Stark and
the Author of Drown the Heart and Creative Spark, this is where the
Society stories all begin with a dimming of the lights.
the Society keeps humanity blissfully ignorant of the dangers that
lurk within every shadow.
Detective Algiers Stanton and his fairy partner Ophelia Dupre have
been working together for quite a while. One serious, one not so
much, they make a perfect team; complementing each other even as one
grates on the other’s nerves.
they’re called upon to investigate a grisly murder thought to be
committed by a shapeshifter, it looks like a routine case of clean &
close, everyone happy. But the complications of a millennia old
organization refuse to go quietly under the rug and when the past
rises up to shake the very pillars of the Society, the two
detective’s lives may change forever in the process.
the Author of Glamour & Shadows, Drown the Heart and Creative
Spark comes a vampire story with heart, soul and a twenty-sided
Presaro has it made. A newly created vampire, he owns the hottest
game store in town, wiling away his nights with role playing and
graphic novels. His life would be idyllic if not for his terrible
luck with romance and the vivid, disturbing dreams he has every
couple weeks. They seemed like mere fantasy so he did his best to
write them off (the dreams, sure but also the chances of being near a
woman without her nervously eyeing the door).
latest nightmare came in the form of an apocalyptic scene complete
with rivers of blood, pieces of people and a demonic girl dancing
amongst the carnage. When she comes walking into the store, heâ€™s
faced with the possibility that he could be having premonitions and
not a chemical reaction to bottled blood.
reaches out to investigator Ophelia Dupre to help him understand his
revelation. Unfortunately, she has some trouble with Vampires so
their working relationship is strained to say the least. Armed with
pop culture references, preconceived notions and a couple big guns,
these two very well may be the only thing standing between the world
and the end of days.
the Author of Glamour & Shadows and Nightlife Interrupted comes
the third book set in the world of the Society.Â
Bowan has seen a lot. A former war correspondent turned struggling
journalist, she has been searching for the one story which will
satisfy her ambition, to be part of something meaningful. When she
rushed down for a coveted TV spot covering a gas main explosion, she
never dreamed it would put her on a dangerous path of
Chabrier lives in a world of demons and mysticism, where vampires are
real and shape shifters stalk the night. An independent wizard
trained by an esoteric group outside the bounds of reality, he tries
to keep a low profile out of the supernatural spotlight. When he
saves Lillian from a demonic incursion and tries to erase her memory,
he finds something far more insidious than a random invasion.
St. Claireâ€™s novel The Midnight Turn became a big hit when it was
initially released. Her meteoric ride to genre fame brought her to
various conventions, talk shows and workshops across the country.
When a movie producer decides to option the book for a big budget
movie, her head spins with the possibilities, especially since she
canâ€™t claim the rights to her first book, a well-known horror novel
published in 1818â€¦
second dive into literature was inspired by her vampire creator,
Christian Lark, an unpredictable and romantic figure sheâ€™s polished
into something a modern audience can tolerate. Enter the proposed
leading man, Jacob Moran, wizard and descendant of the Lark line. His
semblance is uncanny, his youth intoxicating but thereâ€™s also Allan
Taylor, the handsome screenwriter hired to adapt the book.
half a dozen lives intermingling amidst the chaos of film production,
The Midnight Turn explores a human experience through the eyes of the
seemingly normal family is murdered, their home turned into a
horrifying scene of torture and chaos. Their deaths follow a pattern,
an extreme version of three serial killers terrorizing the country.
The Society steps in to explore any supernatural angle the case may
present and begin to work with Special Agent Rebecca Marsh of a newly
formed FBI group code named The Park. Versed in all manner of
paranormal creatures, she is to act as an ambassador to ensure humans
and monsters can work together.
a dramatic change comes as quite the shock to Incubus detective
Algiers Stanton and his fairy partner Ophelia Dupre. They land the
case and the task of playing politics with their new human colleague.
After spending years ensuring humans never learn about them, this
goes against everything they know but theyâ€™ll need all the help
they can get to stop the murderers before they strike again. For
these fiends are not merely ending lives, they are collecting
ingredients for a sinister plan, one which may destroy the world as
we know it.
Martin lives a simple life. As a hitman for a Society bigwig, he
takes on targets the former Cleaners used to handle. As a graduate of
the infamous Lark sanctum, heâ€™s a dangerous and irreverent person
who has no desire to remain beholden to anyone. After his family was
brutally murdered, he thought he lost them all but then he heard a
rumor. His sister Victoria may still be alive and the vampire Marius
Sontag promised to help him find herâ€¦for the price of becoming an
Dellacroix never got to live for herself. The ward of an ancient
vampire, every event of her existence has been carefully planned,
governed and censored. This has not left her without guile, however
and once she discovered the grim fate her guardian had in store for
her, she took drastic action. Stepping out means incredible risk and
so she turns to the only person she can in her carefully designed
world: a certain Society hitman looking for something dear to
will Renard prove too unpredictable and harsh for her needs? Holding
leverage over his head might well be the most dangerous thing sheâ€™s
ever done but desperate times call for desperate measures. Without
him, sheâ€™ll be an unwilling sacrifice, killed for a chance to claim
ancient power but if she can keep her protector on track and under
control, she may just get the fairy tale ending sheâ€™s always hoped
Lark comes from a long line of curious and reckless wizards. Her
father, Henry Lark, runs a strict sanctum where students are taught
through a brutal curriculum of harsh consequences and cruelty. He
seems to have some nebulous purpose for her in mind but his
dispassion and formality have kept them apart, master and student
instead of parent and child. With no friends, no recourse and no
sanctuary, she steeled herself for a life of service to a cause she
would probably never understand.
Dampton started at the Lark Sanctum at the end of his education. A
brash, charming wizard, he comes with a wealth of necromantic
knowledge. Henry assigns him to partner with Ruby, who instantly
takes a dislike to his overly familiar, roguish personality. But he
may just hold the key to her salvation, even as he begins to defy the
edicts of her father, sending them both on a course to their
Hazelton has been writing short fiction, novels and music his entire
life. As the founding member of Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society
and a long time member of the band Abney Park, he has traveled
extensively and performed countless shows in exotic locales.Â
writes in a variety of genres but keeps drifting back to modern
fantasy/horror. He considers Elizabeth Moon, Frank Herbert, and
Steven Pressfield to be his biggest influences.