Book one in an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance series for adults
"I would like to applaud the author for coming up with a story line that I had never seen before. Most books I read, while I enjoy them very much, are not something really new. This book crosses several genres. At heart it is a paranormal, but it is also a beautiful romance, and an exciting and intriguing mystery. I can't wait to read the next one!" - Amazon review.
Explore the magic of the circus!
The magical Jolly Carnival travels the country every summer, delighting audiences both young and old with their amazing acts, and granting the wishes of their punters. For every wish fulfilled, the magic within the Carnival grows stronger.
But something has happened to the cycle of prosperity within the Carnival - their magic grows weak, and their way of life is threatened. When her father, the Ringmaster, dies in suspicious circumstances, Rilla must not only convince everyone that she has what it takes to lead the Carnival, but also to uncover the perpetrator of the sabotage rocking their small community.
But she has an unexpected rival for the role of Ringmaster - an old friend of her father's appears, demanding to be considered. He and his outsider son Jack turn everything upside down, including Rilla's certainty that she's the right person to lead the Carnival.
To save her beloved Carnival, Rilla must do everything she can to find the saboteur. But if she takes her eye off the battle for Ringmaster - even for a second - she risks losing everything she's trained for her entire life.
Author Q&A with Trudi Jaye
What kind of book is this?
It's got a little bit of adventure, some magic to make it interesting, and of course two main characters who are not only strong-willed and smart, they're also made for each other. The specific genre is hard to pin down, but I think of it as a mix between paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and magic realism, with a bit of mystery thrown in.
What made you think of writing about a magic traveling carnival?
I've always loved the circus, and the amazing things that people can do in the name of a fantastic performance. When I was looking around for a setting for my series, it seemed a natural fit. There's a magic to the carnival, a feeling that more is possible than the eye can see. I was also attracted to the idea that there was more going on behind the scenes than the innocent audience members realised.
Who do you think would like the series?
I think anyone who loves a good romance story - with a twist - will enjoy this series. I can never write stories without something a little bit out of the ordinary ending up in them, so you need to be someone who enjoys reading about magic, with fantasy and paranormal elements.
Books in the Magic Carnival Series:
2. The Gift
3. Tilly's Secret (novella)
4. High Flyer (to be released in May 2015)