J.B. DANE BOOKS

Be it urban fantasy or fantasy from another realm the one thing you can count on getting when picking up one of J.B. Dane's titles is a mix of both comedy and mystery.

The Raven Tales consists of novels but also of a set of prequel tales and "between the books" stories that are cases Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, takes on, well, between the novels. Don't be surprised to find new characters showing up in these who are on the payroll for the next novel to be released. 

But Dane has more than one snarky sleuth in her stable of heroes for Nick Claus of North Pole Security also has trouble brewing, and not only during the holiday season! Those naughty and nice lists don't write themselves, you know. Currently these are short stories but a novel is in the works, though no promises on when it arrives.

Rip Patterson isn't from around these parts, though the planet of his birth has folks just like us on it. They just don't call themselves "human". And as they are a Civilization III place, their tech is better than ours. Rip is undercover on Earth, saving us from things from other planets and dimensions as part of the Intergalactic Protection Corp.

Then there are the various dragons, cursed places, clones, ghosts, and reformed thieves that turn up too.

But let's get to the titles currently available as well as those soon to arrive!

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Raven's Edge

Book Three of The Raven Tales

It's St. Patrick's Day and all PI Bram Farrell thinks is on his blotter is downing quite a lot of Irish whiskey at the Enright Family blowout held at Naomi's Uncle Pat's Irish pub. The Irish goddess Danu is laying in wait for our hero though. Seems someone stole into Tara and made off with one of the Tuatha de Danann's treasures. A sword known as The Retaliator. She want's Bram to recover it and to remind him she wants this at the top of his To Do List, she leaves him with a green spot in his hand. The night isn't over yet though for Mack Enright, Nome's brother, has a best friend since childhood who hasn't turned up at the party and isn't answering his phone. However, when Bram and Mack arrive at the empty apartment, Bram catches the scents of both ghoul and vampire in the place. That's never good. But finding that the missing man just happens to be an Olympic class swordsman certainly makes it sound like these two cases are really just one. With his hellhound partner Beelze at his side, Bram goes into hunter's mode this March!

Release date: March 17th
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Speculative Short Stories set in the Old West
One of the many stories in
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is a new Santa Corp story, "The Tombstone Affair".

But this one takes us back in time to the close of the year 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, where Frank Claus, the third son of the Santa at the time gets the shock of his life! He suddenly has the power to know where on the Naughty and Nice lists someone lands -- which only the next son in line for the sleigh is supposed to have! But Frank can't deal with Santa Corp business right now. He already has a job as a deputy marshal in Tombstone, and a missing man to find!
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Marked Raven
Book Two of The Raven Tales

ISBN-978-1-7339806-9-2 and Kindle only E-book

It’s raining females at the Amberson Mansion but it’s the assassins Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, could do without, particularly since someone has been taking his shields down – which should be impossible. With a vampiress for a client and a dead ghoul baked in a non-traditional manner, Bram’s got his hands full and can use all the friends he can get to survive these cases!

What reviewers said of the first Raven Tales book, Raven's Moon:

“Bram is comedy gold if you happen to enjoy sarcasm, dark humor and caustic comebacks.”

“There's a lot to like in this book, the character is consistently and enjoyably written as an investigator.  . . . surprisingly fun and well-written.”

“A contemporary setting full of magical beings! Woo hoo. What a read!”

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Raven's Moon
Book One of The Raven Tales

ISBN-978-0-9995083-9-8 and Kindle only E-book

P.I. Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, had no idea that he was fictional. He used magic to take down Otherworlder misbehavers, but there were other sleuths doing it in his neighborhood, too. Except he lived in Detroit and most of them didn't. He was scraping by for a living, like many other noir detectives, but as long as he survived, that was copacetic.  

Then life changed. His creator, a witch with ancient talents, yanked him into real world Detroit and gave him a job to do. But so did the Otherworlder residents of the city that he was both surprised and relieved to find lived in this world, as well. It was actually really similar to life back in fictionland considering someone was trying to kill him here, too. 

Dane “slathers on the silliness, thick and often. . . Urban fantasy fans should savor this confident series opener," says Kirkus Reviews.

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Raven's Reward
A "Between the Books" Novella

Kindle only E-Book

P.I. Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, has only been on this side of the seam stitched binding for a few weeks but when a possibly apocalyptic horn goes missing, well, guess whose lap the problem of finding it lands in over the four day Thanksgiving weekend.

 

The story takes place after RAVEN’S MOON but before the second Raven Tales novel, MARKED RAVEN.

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Raven's Rest
A Raven Tales Prequel Novella

E-Book only

P.I. Bram Farrell's final case as The Raven in fictionland before crossing into the real world not only sends him searching for a missing Sherlock Holmes at Watson's request, it sends him into one of the places he'd prefer not to enter - The Brothers Grimm Forest, which is hungry...very hungry.

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Raven's Ancient
A Raven Tales Prequel Novella

Kindle only E-Book

It isn't often that a guy gets tracked down by a psychic, much less one able to send a client to the exact spot a sleuth drags himself out of Lake Erie where he's just finished putting down a kraken, but that's exactly how P.I. Bram Farrell, aka the Raven, gets his next case. 

Seems not only a priceless Sumerian artifact has gone missing from a small local museum, but so has the head of the foundation that runs it. Unfortunately, it is soon apparent that the missing man isn't just anyone - he's an ancient god from the city state of Ur. Just once, it might be nice to have a case that requires rescuing kittens from trees.

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Mock Raven
A Raven Tales Prequel Novella

Kindle only E-Book

As if test-flying a chicken wasn’t enough to kill a guy’s reputation, having a fellow who looks like him kill a harpy before witnesses is really going to do a number on P.I. Bram Farrell’s reputation. With his identity, both as The Raven and himself, stolen, a murder rap pending, and a family of harpies thirsting for his blood, it's definitely not a case that will be a paying job for Bram this time out.

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Raven for a Song
A Raven Tales Prequel Novella

Kindle only E-Book

Damsels in distress really muck up a guy’s day. Particularly when they think he’s just the schmuck to come to the rescue…whether he wants to or not. This teenage siren fears she's the next victim targeted by a serial killer known as The Leech. 

But can - or even should - P.I. Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, save her before her own powers blossom and she becomes a killer herself?

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