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On New Year's Eve 2000, the stroke of midnight returned magic, both light and dark, to the world.
Discordia Jones missed it. 
Struck down at that same instant like a cut-rate Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty mash up, she awakened three years later to a far stranger life, and saddled with psychic abilities.
Working as a private investigator for Arcane Solutions only brings on more strangeness.
At least there aren't talking mice...

Discord Jones Series:
1. Arcane Solutions
2. Something to Curse About
3. Save the Last Vamp for Me 
4. Frost & Bothered
5. Black Magic Shadows
6. A Little Street Magic

About the Author

A puppy rescuer and equine slave who loves to write and entertain people. She writes scifi as G. L. Drummond, urban fantasy and other things as Gayla Drummond.

Visit her author website at GLDrummond.com (gldrummond.com), follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/G.L.Drummond) or on Twitter (twitter.com/Scath).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Katarr Kanticles Press (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061559705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615597058
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was one of those books that had a lot of good ideas but that just didn't bring them together well. I liked the main character, but her power set seemed really random. She's a psychic who can teleport? And has telekinesis? Uhm, what?

Then there was the supporting cast. The romance felt arbitrary (sometimes even to the main character), and the boyfriend had no real personality besides "protective." Honestly, the dog could say the same thing. To be fair, none of the rest of the secondaries had personalities either.

After a lot of repetitive fight-followed-by-hospital-or-other-convalescence sequences, the book's big finale really felt anti-climactic, and I just couldn't find anything to draw me into reading the second book.
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(N.B.: I received this book from the author. The "gifty-ness" of it has not affected my review one iota.)

As a professional producer of eBooks, I have a rule that no one at my shop can write reviews of the books we format and convert, so I don't get to write them very often. I received this book as a gift from the author, whom I'd met on the KDP forums, and did not expect to genuinely like it.

The joke, it turns out, is on me. If you liked the EARLY Anita Blakes, and loathed the latter, or at least yearned for some titles similar to LKH's first four AB's, then you should definitely give this book a spin. The protagonist, Discord Jones, works at a supernatural detective agency as a psychic and PI--but her abilities are a bit off the beaten path, and I shan't ruin the book for you by revealing them here. Suffice to say, she's not a necromancer, and, thank heavens, she's not a sex-goddess/-elf/-fae/three- and four- and eight-somes-something, either. This doesn't mean she lives like a nun--but unlike far too many AB's and AB-imitators, there's actual plot in here, and it's a good one. The author does have some romantic plot elements, (romances aren't my personal fave), but she handles them deftly, and I didn't feel at any point that the mystery/supernatural plot elements were sacrificed just to cram in a sex scene.

Discord's story starts out seeking Zoe, a missing 16-year-old girl; has she been abducted, or has she taken off with a vamp? The bereft parents apparently expect Discord (Discordia) to produce the girl out of thin air, but the PI senses something else is amiss. Add to this mystery another client--a yummy elf--with a missing "book," and, just like tapioca, the plot thickens.
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I recently finished Kim Harrison's The Undead Pool. I have loved that series. I'm looking for a new series to feed my addiction for paranormal mystery/horror/thriller/romance for when Harrison's series comes to a close this September.
I picked this up. Kim Harrison it is not. It's not even early Laurell K. Hamilton.

Drummond is clearly a fan of both Harrison & Hamilton. She creates a rather mediocre combination of a post-Melding (read: Turn) society in Santo Treuno (read: New Orleans - I don't have a clue where Santo Trueno is) complete with shifters (wolves, lions, and tigers so far) and vampires of the "lacy cuff" variety. Her main character, Discord Jones (seriously, that's her name) is bland at best; there's nothing special about her except these powers that just keep coming. Drummond is clearly a fan of the "I'll just add another magical/psychic power to fix it" brand of plotting. That means - light on character development, heavy on action. Discord is also surrounded by gorgeous men who all desire her, although I'm not sure why.

All-in-all, I was not impressed. Drummond will not feed my Harrison addiction (so she better crank out a new series soon). I'm not even sure someone who was a fan of early Hamilton (I was) would like Drummond, although it's certainly more in that range. If you want something that won't stimulate you & requires little to no engagement, this will be right up your alley.
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***Contains Minor Spoilers***

This book had a lot of potential. I wish it had gone another round or three with beta readers before being published though. The plot was decent at the beginning, but by the time we hit the end of the book there was just sort of a rush to be done with it. The final fight scene instead of being dramatic and full on tension made me go "are you for real?" instead. And the "romance" in the book was really bad. I mean basically she's with him because she was horny the first night and after that it really seems like she just doesn't feel like telling him that she's not as into him as he's into her. It was horrible and I wish she'd told him to go away and leave her alone. And instead she allows him to make all these claims on her she doesn't like, but in the end just goes along with for no reason that I could see.

This makes the appearance of another potential boyfriend annoying. I don't mind love triangles if they're done well and the personalities of all the characters support it, but in this case there is literally no reason for our main character to be with the first love interest. And the second love interest is a much better fit, and someone that actually pays attention to her and her feelings.

Then there were her powers. While most humans with magical powers have one or two, she apparently has all of them - sometimes not even mentioned until they are conveniently needed. Obviously the main character of a fantasy novel is usually going to be more powerful or talented than other people, but this was handled in a ham handed fashion.
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