~ Barbara Russell ~
I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Rings and fell in love with fantasy novels. When I discovered cosy mystery, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
The Vampire Who Played Sudoku
November 30, 2019
Paranormal ~ Contemporary ~ Romantic Comedy
Yes, I’m a vampire. No, I don’t drink human blood. I feed from other vampires, and nope, I’m not super-fast, extra strong, or immortal. Only vampires who drink from humans have superpowers. What’s special about me? Well, I’m a biology teacher and if you think that’s not impressive, try keeping 25 kids quiet while talking about cells. And I play Sudoku, not well like my brother who went rogue and became addicted to human blood.
Now I have this Watcher officer, Evangeline, who wants my help to catch Hunter, the vampire who’s terrorising Auckland. I said I’ll help.
She doesn’t know Hunter is my brother.
A good vampire is a dead one. Vampires used me as cattle, and now it’s payback time for those suckers. That’s why I became a Watcher, to catch and kill vampires. Ash is different from the vampires I know though, but his nice, cute-boy attitude can be a clever trick. Vampires are evil, deceiving creatures, and I’m going to kill Hunter, whatever it takes.
*Paranormal romance with moderate steam level*
The Pact of the White Blade Knights The White Order #1
October 24, 2019
Paranormal ~ Historical ~ Suspense ~ Victorian ~ Gaslamp
While other twenty-seven-year-old, middle-class women think about rearing children and attending dinner parties, Hazel finds herself unmarried and unemployed.
The stuffy barons of the Royal Archaeologic Society don’t believe a woman can be an archaeologist, so they gave her the sack. Having slapped the leader of the society when he groped her breasts might have something to do with losing her job.
With bills to pay and a stomach to fill, she accepts a position as dealer in ancient artefacts. It’d be her dream job except that her new employer, Tyon Sancerre, has more secrets than an Egyptian tomb and is probably involved with the Whitechapel’s mob.
When he says he needs her to find his long-lost fellow crusader knights, she thinks he’s mad, a rich, handsome, but mad man.
Tyon claims to be a sin-eater, a human turned into an immortal to clean people’s souls from their sins. After he and the other sin-eaters—the knights of the White Blade—were cursed, they were separated and scattered around the world. Alone the sin-eaters don’t hold much power, and with their enemies—the sin-breathers—multiplying and causing wars and famine, the only way Tyon has to find his brothers is through a relic Hazel worked with at the museum.
It’s all poppycock, that’s what she says. But when sin-breathers attack them, a ghost appears to her, and she witnesses wounds healing themselves in a moment, she wonders if her beliefs need to be reconsidered.
And the worst thing? She’s falling in love with an immortal, cranky, too-many-centuries-year-old white knight.
****Due to the content of the book, this novel is for adult audience only****
Her Flame Auckland Steampunk First Class #1
August 26, 2019
Romantic Suspense ~ Steampunk ~ Steamy
The only thing twenty-two-year-old Bridie wants is freedom. Freedom to travel the world, do as she likes, and make her own decisions. Marriage? Finding a man? No, thank you. Besides, she’s a Supernatural, able to remember everything she reads, hears, or sees—a skill she can use to find an adventurous job.
But she doesn’t know that six years ago, her father secretly married her to Lord Aurelius Steward. A few papers, her father’s signature, and Bridie became Mrs Steward.
So when Aurelius asks her to leave with him for a trip, she wishes him bon voyage. Except that, the trip is actually a secret mission to stop a terrorist attack on the next Technological Exhibition of Auckland.
Gifted with unnatural strength, Aurelius is part of the Military Intelligence Seventh Division, and to prevent the attack, he needs Bridie and her superpower.
She accepts. Adventures, travels, and a gorgeous man—what could a girl want more?
A Damsel in Shiny Armor New Camelot#2
April 22, 2019
YA ~ Steampunk ~ Fantasy ~ Arthurian Fantasy
The Morrigans are rising.
After fighting dragons, wild Vikings, and clockwork monsters, Nathair is facing the biggest challenge of his life: proposing to Bryhannon. Apparently, flowers and a three-month salary worth ring aren’t enough because she doesn’t seem thrilled by the proposal.
Bryhannon loves Nathair; however, she has a devastating power to control, Reapers to face, and more importantly she has to find the courage to tell him she’s one of the deadly, feared Morrigans.
The Good Inside Me
April, 15, 2019
YA ~ Paranormal
Dragons, short-tempered archdemons, and hysterical damned souls—Shax is used to dealing with all that. He’s a young fire demon and lives in Hell, after all. What he’s not used to is being possessed by a human. A very good human and a pretty girl at that: sixteen-year-old Tolis. Despite still having control of his body most of the time, Shax can hear Tolis’s voice inside his head and feels what she feels constantly.
Shax’s mentor claims that Tolis hides an ancient, powerful grimoire, a book of spells, and proposes a deal: if Shax finds it, he’ll help Shax get work as a dragon keeper—Shax’s dream job. Tolis swears she doesn’t have the grimoire and asks Shax to help her father, whose soul is turning evil by the minute. Unless Tolis does something, her dad’s soul will end in Hell. Hoping to convince her to give him the grimoire, and not because Shax cares about the man’s soul, he agrees to help.
Goodness is overrated. Since Shax decided to help Tolis, his life has turned into a hurdle race. Thugs chase him, the scientists in Hell want to prod and examine the first possessed demon in history, and he can’t find the darn grimoire.
And the worst part? Due to the unavoidable presence of Tolis, who keeps intruding into his evil thoughts, Shax discovers an almost decent side of himself. In no time at all, he catches himself doing actual good deeds. Is he becoming—yuck—good?
The Heart Collector Auckland Steampunk#1
February 6, 2019
Romantic Suspense ~ Steampunk
While other aristocratic, nineteen-year-old girls spend time dancing and partying, Isabel trains hard to become an agent with Military Intelligence Seventh Division, MI7, a crime fighting squad run by Supernaturals.
As a serial killer dubbed the Heart Collector starts slaughtering Supernaturals, Isabel tries to recruit Murk, a dangerous Supernatural man who can turn himself invisible.
Being an empath, she senses other people’s feelings as if they were her own. Anger, lust, love, worry—souls have no secrets for her. If Murk wants to attack her, his feelings will broadcast his intention, and she’ll be ready.
What Isabel isn’t ready for is to meet the man who will collect her heart and to fall in love with him.
November 13, 2018
YA Steampunk, Romance, Historical Romance
Being a slave in Ancient Persia is bad enough. But being a disfigured, cursed slave is a tragedy. Every time Ashur listens to the moonshine song, he can’t stop himself—he must perform the Moonshine Dance. Only the kiss of a special girl will break the curse. As if girls would kiss a disfigured, cursed slave.
By accident, he dances around Chloe’s magic mirror, and his evil twin comes out and flees. Unless Ashur catches it, he’ll die. Ashur’s evil twin goes on a killing spree, and Ashur is accused of the crimes. As he and Chloe chase the double through the streets of Persepolis, he wonders if his skill as carpet racer will be enough to keep him alive before the Immortals kills him. And the worst part? He can’t stop thinking about kissing Chloe.
Also a clockwork jinni.
A Knight in Distress New Camelot#1
September 29, 2018
YA ~ Steampunk ~ Arthurian Fantasy
A knight in distress. A damsel in shining armor. A city to protect.
Knights are supposed to rescue damsels. So when Nathair, a knight in training, is rescued by the princess he's supposed to protect, he's annoyed. And when the princess proves she can fight like a knight? Well, that's enough for a boy to think about a career change.