I’m thrilled to present this cover reveal from debut author Joshua Roots, and not because we beta read for each other and share an awesome editor and publisher. Also not due to the fact that I love gritty urban fantasy with a male lead and a sense of humor.
This cover, guys. This cover is fan-freaking-tastic. It’s like my favorite PI stories and graphic novels rolled into one.
Want to know what happens when zombies aim to misbehave? You get:
The job was simple: decapitate the zombie, get paid, get out. Warlock Marcus Shifter followed the plan perfectly.
The corpse, however, did not.
Now there’s a body on the loose, accusations of illegal necromancy are flying, and the answers are waiting in the perilous alleys between the mortal and paranormal worlds. They’re no place for someone who gave up magic after a childhood accident. And given his tendency to shoot off his mouth and his Glock, Marcus is having a hell of a time digging up more than just bodies.
But when an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac threatens Marcus’s family, things get personal. Marcus will have to embrace the magic he’s been avoiding for years—and even that might not be enough to save the world from a hellish demise.
In all my years of squashing paranormal creepy crawlies, I’d learned two very important lessons. First, always keep a round chambered in your gun. Trust me, when you really need it, you don’t have time to load it. Second, never ignore your business phone. Mortgages are expensive and freelancer jobs hard to come by, so whenever that line rings, you answer it.
“I’m looking for Marcus Shifter,” the lady on the other end said in a hushed, hurried voice.
I paused Stripes and sat up. “You got him.”
“My name is Carly Banks, and my husband died a month ago.”
I pinched the bridge of my nose. Another Normal hoping to resurrect a loved one.
“I’m sorry for your loss, Mrs. Banks, but I’m a Warlock, not a Necromancer. I can’t raise the dead.”
“You don’t have to,” she said, quickly. “He’s on my front lawn with a shotgun.”
I arrived at her neighborhood twenty minutes later.
Joshua Roots is a former Marine, car collector, and beekeeper. He enjoys singing with his a cappella chorus, playing video games, and reading comic books. He and his wife will talk your ear off about their bees if you let them.