Magic isn't for sissies
WARNING: No good comes from a book with magic, mayhem, theft, murder, sass talk, demons, animals committing felonies, gleeful revenge, and bad things happening to good people for no particular reason. This story won’t encourage good habits and probably fine tune bad ones. The only lesson learned is don’t lie until you know the rules.
Teenager Peter Whistler lives at the Little Angels Home for Orphan Boys. Life in New Jersey is harsh in the Great Depression, but Peter has an exceptional ability to lie. He hones his talent, convinced it’s the ticket to easy fortune. He certainly doesn’t foresee the arrival of a murderous conjuror with mysterious designs on a little blind girl named Esther. Drawn into a nefarious plot to unleash a demon, Peter leads Esther and an enchanted terrier on a desperate escape to New Orleans and meets Amelie Marchand. Like all well-bred southern girls she’s trained in deadly martial arts, but with a murderous stepmother, Amelie has troubles of her own. Peter and Amelie’s one chance for survival is to head deep into the bayou and seek help from a mad shaman known as the Frog King.
Welcome to an alternate 1930s where both jazz and magic fill New Orleans’ air. Can a little luck, mystical lies, and a dash of Cajun crazy help Peter harness the power to kill an immortal demon? If not, the Depression will be a picnic by comparison when hell arrives on Earth.
Life ain’t so easy in the Big Easy.
Peter settles into life in New Orleans, but peaceful days are fleeting as new evil threatens the French Quarter. A mysterious ailment forces people to commit crimes in their sleep. Has someone found the Book of the Practically Undead? Legend states it has the power to turn innocent victims into obedient zombies; not quite living, not quite resting in peace. All that’s needed is a new zombie master willing to walk the dark road, and in the Vieux Carré of 1930’s New Orleans, wickedness is available for a price.
As Peter investigates, he meets opposition from both the local police and the League of Professional Shamans. To cross the League means banishment and the end of Peter’s life in New Orleans as a budding shaman. On top of that, an old flame of Amelie’s reenters her life. With all these distractions, how will he protect the good folk of the French Quarter when evil runs amok?
Even with magic, Peter’s life ain’t easy in the Big Easy. Zombie nuns, voodoo curses, and working up the nerve to ask Amelie on a first date. Which will strike the most fear in the heart of the intrepid young shaman?
Once you hear the Suicide Song, it’s too late to run.
There’s more trouble brewing in the Big Easy for budding shaman Peter Whistler and his friends. The Book of the Practically Undead is proving difficult to destroy. Meanwhile, someone mastered the Suicide Song, a particularly nasty bit of dark magic. Once a victim is trapped by the singer’s deadly tune, death by suicide is the only escape. Does this new conjuror also have something to do with a lovesick fifolet causing trouble in Bayou St. Gerard? Peter’s own love life could certainly use assistance. How can he concentrate on the upcoming Père Noël dance when danger lurks around every corner?
Fifolets, pirate curses, and deadly threats to New Orleans. Will Peter and his friends prevail and stop the Suicide Song before the conjuror claims the next victim?
“Life always has the possibility of bloody death. One simply must learn to duck.”
It’s Christmastime in the Big Easy and all budding shaman, Peter Whistler, wants is to find the perfect gift for Amelie, but a distraction arrives in the form of a mysterious stranger bringing a threat from abroad. What connection does this new evil have with a hideous painting that falls into Peter’s possession? And why is something that ugly so desperately sought by local criminal, Blinky the Dip? Meanwhile, the New Years’ first full moon means trouble in Bayou St. Gerard. A creature prowls the swamp with unknown designs on one of the Benoits.
Réveillon, rougarous, and ghostly voices from the past. Will the Law of the Claw make peace between ancient enemies or only hasten the destruction of Peter and his friends?
The Abracadabra Door
It’s Mardi Gras season in the Big Easy, and trouble is brewing along with café au lait. An unexpected warning of impending danger by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask involves Peter, Amelie, and friends in a hunt for the Abracadabra Door and the new keymaster’s deadly agenda. Meanwhile, the League of Professional Shamans will host the first magical parade in years. Their Krewe of Mon Dieu needs magical throws and Peter has the assignment. Enchanting throws is no end of trouble, but it’s difficult for a young shaman to concentrate with so many distractions. Reports of strange thefts in the French Quarter by famous people are increasing. Did Eleanor Roosevelt become a purse snatcher or is the reality more sinister? Everything seems to be putting a crimp in Peter’s hope to get closer to Amelie.
Curses, evil plots, recalcitrant ghosts, and magic gone horribly awry. With Mardi Gras fast approaching comes Peter’s most terrible ordeal when Amelie has an opportunity to leave the Big Easy. How can Peter convince her to stay?