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MindyKlaskyMindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. When Mindy isn’t “traveling” through writing books, she quilts, cooks and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. You can read excerpts of Mindy Klasky’s books at her website.

Jane Madison (Red Dress Ink)

Jane Madison — (2006-2016) Publisher: Which is more unlikely? Meeting a single, straight, reasonably attractive, willing-to-commit man? Or discovering a secret cache of magic books? For good girl Jane Madison, neither has a shot in hell of coming true — until the day she finds a hidden room…. Now she’s done a bit of experimenting and found a spell that makes her irresistible to men — even those who have previously ignored her. And another that turns a cat into her witch’s familiar (a snarky, critical, self-absorbed man — pretty much a typical male). Though her impulsive acts of magic have brought a warder (sexy, grouchy, elusive and determined to stop her from using magic) down on her, Jane’s not willing to let go of this fantastic new life. Though she wonders about having things that aren’t “real,” she’s having too much fun to stop. After all, no one ever said being a witch was easy…

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Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft: Give me more!

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Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky

Jane Madison has always thought of herself as "plain Jane" and — let's face it — her life does leave something to be desired. A low-paid, overworked librarian of an obscure resource library in Washington DC, Jane fills her days mooning after her "imaginary boyfriend" Jason Templeton, a professor at one of the local universities who does his independent research in her section of the library every week.

One day however, her boss calls her into her office to give her some bad news: the library's funding is so bad that she is going to have to cut Jane's pay…by 25%. But there's an upside! They library has agreed to let her live in the guesthouse behind the main building rent-free, utilities included. Though it might be dull work at times, Jane couldn't imagine leaving her beloved library (or Jason for that matter) and quickly agrees to the de... Read More

Sorcery and the Single Girl: Great chicklit!

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Sorcery and the Single Girl by Mindy Klasky

It's been almost a year, but Jane Madison still hasn't mastered this whole "witchcraft" thing. True, she managed to turn the Potomac River into ice, and can make small whirlpools in the sink…but those things aren't really helpful in real life…right?

Things are looking up for Jane's love life, however, after a handsome Brit randomly walks into Melissa's bakery asking for a plateful of Lust. Floating on her prospects of a new beau, Jane's euphoria is short lived when David, her warder, tells her that the Coven wants to meet her.

The Washington Coven — the sisterhood of witches in the local area — is run by the formidable Teresa Alison Sydney, a powerful witch who grants access to the Coven only to those who the sisterhood deems worthy. On her first meeting, Jane is set a task to be completed by Halloween night. If she fails... Read More

As You Wish

As You Wish — (2009-2010) Publisher: Kira Franklin is a stage manager with more ability than luck. When her longtime dinner theater job evaporates, she thinks her professional career is over — but then she discovers a magic lantern and a wish-granting genie. Kira’s first wish propels her into a production of Romeo and Juliet like nothing you’ve ever seen before. In short order, Kira’s life is turned upside down with backstage intrigue, a healthy dose of romance, and a strong supporting cast of friends and family. HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH is certain to entertain fans of the Jane Madison series.

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How Not to Make a Wish: Good, but not as good as Jane Madison

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How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky

A year after the fact, Kira Franklin is still recovering from a breakup. Thirty pounds heavier, practically jobless and in need of a miracle, she unexpectedly gets one in the shape of a genie. That’s right, a real rub-the-lamp genie named Teel. Kira’s troubles are over!

Or so she thinks. As it turns out, her wishes make her life anything but easier. She wishes for a new job that turns out to be a huge fiasco, and after she wishes away her extra thirty pounds, her friends and family start to think she’s anorexic.
But Kira doesn’t regret her wishes, and besides, it’s not like she can take them back…right?

Did I like How Not to Make a Wish? I’m on the fence. I like Mindy Klasky. I’m a huge fan of her Jane Madison Read More

More books by Mindy Klasky

Glasswright’s Guild — (2000-2004) Publisher: If you want to be safe… mind your caste. In a kingdom where all is measured by birthright, moving up in society is almost impossible. Which is why young Rani Trader’s merchant family sacrifices nearly everything to buy their daughter an apprenticeship in the Glasswrights’ Guild — where honor and glory will be within her reach. But being in the wrong place at the wrong time places Rani in the middle of a terrible conspiracy that leaves the Royal Prince dead – and her guild torn asunder. Branded a traitor, she slinks through the city streets, changing her identity to avoid being caught. And as Rani rises from the city slums to the royal household, she uncovers an elusive brotherhood whose deadly venom reaches out to stain the heart of her guild, the heart of her family — and the heart of her king…

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Mindy L Klasky Season of SacrificeSeason of Sacrifice — (2001) Publisher: When two children from the village of the Headland of Slaughter are kidnapped during spring celebration, Alana Woodsinger must use her powerful connection to the village’s Great Tree to guide villagers on a rescue. But they soon discover they are up against more than a mere act of cruelty and must sacrifice everything to save the children — who in a bizarre twist of fate do not want to be saved.


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FanLit Asks… About Style (Part 2)

Here's another installment of FanLit Asks. Instead of asking one author several questions, we’ve asked several authors just one question. Please leave a comment or suggest a question for us to ask in the future. We’ll choose one commenter to win a copy of Jack Vance's The Eyes of the Overworld (one of my favorites!) on audio CDs (or, if you've got bad taste, something else from our stacks).

Question: Which speculative fiction writer has had the greatest influence on your own writing style and what, specifically, do you find most inspirational about that writer’s style?

Alex Bell: Definitely Terry Pratchett... Read More

FanLit Asks: October 23, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Morgan Keyes (Mindy Klasky)Darkbeast hit stores on August 28 -- it's a traditional middle grade fantasy novel about a girl who has to choose between saving her best friend (a raven) and following the religious expectations of her people. I'll be making a number of personal appearances (check out my website -- and I am always happy to make school visits (in person, if close enough, or by Skype.)


Michael J. Sullivan: I'm pleased to announce that I'll have a new series coming out from Orbit called THE RIYRIA CHRONICLES. These will be prequels that explore how Royce and Hadrian first met an... Read More

FanLit Asks: November 6, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Jesse Bullington: My third novel, The Folly of the World, will be released by Orbit on December 18th. I'm really excited about this one, which is more of a late medieval crime novel with some weird flourishes than a straight-up fantasy along the lines of my first two projects.

Rachel Aaron: My final ELI MONPRESS novel, Spirit's End, comes out November 20! This the conclusion to the series, and I think readers are really going to like it. At least, I hope readers are going to like it, otherwise December is going to be a rough month of angry emails!




What are you working on these days?

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FanLit Asks: December 4, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


What are you working on these days?


Morgan Keyes (Mindy Klasky): I just finished the sequel to Darkbeast, which is tentatively called Darkbeast Rebellion. (It should be in stores about a year from now.) Next up, I'm working on a totally new fantasy series, about a boy born without magic in a society where everyone else has special powers.

Stephen Deas: Edits to my next dragon book and the first draft of the one after. Other things I can't talk about just yet, but I can say that I'm putting ideas together for a collaborative Space Opera series.

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