It's been a blustery four days here in Vancouver, as the wet winter weather rains down on the city. A good time to stay inside and curl up with a book. Today we have author Gail Z. Martin here to tell us about her latest and answer a few questions for us. Welcome!SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.
GZM: Cassidy Kincaide is a psychometric, which means she can read the history and magic of an object by touching it. She runs an antique shop in Charleston, SC which is really a cover for an alliance of mortals and immortals who work together to save the world from supernatural threats.Cassidy has a circle of friends and allies who also have varying types of magic or paranormal abilities, and we often meet new people who become part of this ‘found family’ as the series goes on. She’s been dating Kell Winston for a while, and in this new book, they move in together, at least temporarily. Kell runs a paranormal investigation group, which is how he and Cassidy met. So fortunately, he already believes in the supernatural when he gets pulled into some of the dangerous situations that Cassidy and her friends deal with.
SC: I have tried reading objects before. I need more training. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?GZM: I think there are things we don’t understand about the universe, or phenomena we understand incorrectly. It seems very possible to me that some energy could be left behind when people die, and that other people might be able to perceive that energy. Whether or not that is paranormal or scientific, I don’t know. But the name you put on it doesn’t make it any less real.
SC: What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?GMZ: Sellsword’s Oath is the next book in my Assassins of Landria series, which is buddy-flick epic fantasy about two snarky medieval hired killers who work for the king. It is currently in audio production, and will be coming out in ebook, paperback and audio soon. We’re also working on the second in our Wasteland Marshals near-future post-apocalyptic series, and I plan to soon be writing CHARON, the second in the Night Vigil urban fantasy series (about an ex-priest and a former FBI agent hunting supernatural threats in Pittsburgh).
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Deadly Curiosities Series
Gail Z. Martin
Genre: Urban fantasy
Publisher: SOL Publishing
Date of Publication: October 23, 2019
Number of pages: 222
Word Count: 66000
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Tagline: Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
Book four in the Deadly Curiosities series.Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curio shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and she teams up with friends and allies who use magic and paranormal abilities to get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.
Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
Excerpt 1 from Chapter 1 484 words
“I have a problem antique I’d like you to take a look at.” The man on the other end of the call sounded rattled. I recognized his name—Alfred Stone, from Stone Auctions—but I didn’t think we had ever spoken, let alone met.
“What kind of ‘problem’ does it present?” I asked. A number of possibilities came to mind. “Questionable provenance? Not sure how to authenticate?”
“I think it’s trying to kill me.”
Well, damn. That kind of problem. “All right, Mr. Stone. Try to stay calm.”
“I just told you, it’s trying to kill me. I heard you…know…about these things. Please, help me.”
Across the store, Teag Logan glanced up to make sure everything was all right. I nodded, and he went back to helping a customer.
“I can come now. Are you at the showroom?”
“Yes. Thank you. And…please…hurry.”
I ended the call and sighed. This might be the first time Alfred Stone had an antique try to kill him, but that made it just another day here at Trifles and Folly.
I’m Cassidy Kincaide, and I own Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina. The shop has been in my family for more than three hundred years. While we’re known as a great place to buy high-quality antiques, the shop is also a cover for the Alliance, a coalition of mortals and immortals who save Charleston—and the world—from supernatural threats. I’m a psychometric, which means I can read the history and magic of objects by touching them. Teag is my assistant store manager, best friend, and sometimes bodyguard—and he’s also a talented Weaver witch. Sorren, my business partner, is a nearly six-hundred-year-old vampire. Together with some other friends with very specialized abilities, we do our best to keep the world safe from dark magic and things that go bump in the night.
“Problem?” Teag asked when the customer left.
“I’m not sure,” I replied. “Alfred Stone just called—from the auction house. He says he’s got an item that’s trying to kill him.”
“You want me to go with you?” Teag pushed a lock of dark hair out of his eyes. His skater-boy haircut and skinny jeans made him look younger than his late twenties. “Maggie can handle the store.”
On cue, Maggie—our lifesaver of a part-time associate—waved to agree from the other side of the store. She was sporting a new bright pink streak in her short gray hair, and it matched her sweater, a reminder—as if I needed one—that she believed in taking risks and living large.
I reached up to slick my humidity-frizzy strawberry blond hair back into a ponytail and shook my head. “Let me go see what the problem is, and I’ll figure out what to do from there. It’s not far away, in case I need to give a shout.”
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, Worldbuilders Press and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Reckoning, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, CHARON, Wasteland Marshals. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include The Rising, Flame and Ash. Find her at
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