Publishing is a funny industry. You might think that because Veiled Menace, the second book in the Veiled Magic series, is my eighth published novel, that would mean it was the eighth book I wrote—but you’d be wrong. (Ha!)
In fact, Veiled Magic was my third book (and the one that got me my agent) and Veiled Menace was my fourth. But at the time, we couldn’t sell them, so I went on and wrote a few more books, including Wickedly Dangerous, the first Baba Yaga novel, which finally got me a contract with Berkley.
Luckily, after I’d written the first few Baba Yaga books, my then-editor read Veiled Magic and loved it, so it finally got to see the light of day. Berkley decided to put it out as eBook only, and then continue the rest of the series the same way. In fact, I’m working on the third book, tentatively titled Veiled Mysteries, right now! (I’m not sure if the series will end there or keep going…I guess we’ll find out.)
This series has a special place in my heart. First, because after many rejections (really, many many rejections) I had finally written a book that an agent fell in love with and wanted. In fact, she loved it so much, she had me go ahead and write the second book in the series right away, which you usually don’t do. Which meant that when Berkley said, “Hey, we liked the first one enough to continue with the series,” the second one was magically all ready, and just needed some revisions!
Second, I really like the protagonist, Donata Santori. She’s a witch, like the Baba Yagas, but she is more of “real world” witch, meaning she has more restrictions to the magic she can perform, and has to use spells and things instead of just waving her hand as Barbara and the others do. She also has terrible luck with guys, something I can identify with, and a well-meaning but critical family where she doesn’t quite fit in. I also had fun creating the world the stories take place in, which is much like ours, with a few twists, like a bunch of paranormal races, including Witches, Dragons, Fae, Ulfhednar (a kind of Norse shapechanger), and Ghouls.
The Veiled Magic books have more of an urban fantasy feel to them than the Baba Yaga series, which is more like paranormal romance. (Although really, the two genres are very close to each other.) For one thing, poor Donata doesn’t get her happily ever after in the first book. Does she get it later? I guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out.
I hope you like these books as much as I do!
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
A spellbinding new novel from the author of the Baba Yaga novels. Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…
Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.
But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
About the Author:
Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and the Veiled Magic books from Berkley, and has published nine books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide as well as a tarot deck. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.
Veiled Menace goodie set, including a notebook, a $10 Kindle gift card so you can buy the book (both of them, if you haven’t read Veiled Magic yet, since they are each $4.99), a cute stuffed dragon, a broom pen, and a few additional bits and pieces like a magnet, postcards, and chocolate.