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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Katarr Kanticles Press (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061559705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615597058
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,928,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...

Arcane Solutions is the first title in the Discord Jones urban fantasy series.

About the Author

Gayla (or if you prefer, G. L.) loves to write and entertain people. She writes scifi as G. L. Drummond, urban fantasy and other things as Gayla Drummond. 
One of her favorite pursuits is working to rescue animals, and as a result, a pack of eight has become part of her family. She loves to ride, and is happy to have two awesome horses. On the human side, two teens claim her as "Mom", and her life partner is a storm-chasing veteran of nearly thirty years.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hitch on May 2, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenster on June 18, 2013
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Before I read this book I never even heard of the author. I have bought a lot of indie books and unknown authors lately trying to broaden my "comfort zones" and also my budget. I have been really discouraged with all the editting issues the story seaming to go nowhere or be good and them bam the only way the solve to the crime is have sex all of the place with everyone.
Not so in this book. Yes there was some sex. This story was really good. I really like Discord ( what an awesome name). She was a likeable heroine who cared about her friends and the "good guy". If you like demons,shifters,witches,elf,vampires, physics and much more then this book is the book for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Name Withheld on November 3, 2012
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Drummond again masters the art of tightly knitting a Heinlein heroine with Whedonesque dialog in a world where paranormal seems normal. The elves, vampires, shifters and psychics are down-to-earth and presented with flaws, emotional depth and hidden backstories without being, you know, whiny. They're far from the tired cliches you might expect.

The first book in the Discord Jones series is dramatic and saturated with action but lightened up with considerable sarcastic and situational humor-- there's a self-defense scene that made me laugh so loud I woke the baby. (Once I started I was only able to put it down when his naps were over. I didn't even remember to eat!)

Hopefully the next one comes out ASAP because I still have a lot of questions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lost in Denver on June 17, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mcoursey on April 22, 2014
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I enjoyed the storyline and the characters for the most part. I didn't and never do like when everyone falls madly in love with the main character so that was the only drawback for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wiggiemomsi (Wiggie) on February 18, 2014
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I enjoyed this story; light reading, with an interesting take on different paranormal beings -- vampires, elves, weres. I intend to by the next book in this series ... and the next ... and the next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dbs on May 9, 2014
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A fun read w lots of great supporting characters. Can't wait to read more from this author and see what abilities Discordia develops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Gearagh on May 8, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It has a different perspective on paranormal characters. It is enjoyable but also has a good plot which held me throughout. A really good mix of lighthearted and thriller
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