Cover Reveal – Summoned Chaos

May 8th, 2014

I’m so pleased to present the cover for SUMMONED CHAOS, the second book by author and friend Joshua Roots.


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If there’s one thing Warlock Marcus Shifter hates it’s the Delwinn Council, the governing body of the magical community. Between the grudges many on the Council harbor because he walked away from magic, and his suspicions that someone is working to undermine a twenty-year peace with the non-magical Normals, they really don’t get along.

Marcus has spent months hunting the traitor, infiltrating the Council and helping with “menial tasks” like repairing unstable rifts in the fabric of reality. But when he accidentally thwarts an assassination attempt at Delwinn HQ, the Council does the unthinkable: they appoint him the poster child for the peace movement.

Now Marcus has to not only figure out how to control his resurging powers but also navigate the potentially fatal waters of fame. Between the growing number of protestors, news-hungry paparazzi, and nightmarish beasts hounding his every move, he’ll need more than a camera-ready smile to uncover the traitor and keep the peace.

And don’t miss Undead Chaos, available now!



We dove into the woods at a full sprint, each in a different direction.

The creatures paused, sniffing the air as if trying to decide which one of us they wanted to pursue first.

Half of them chose to follow me.

“Stupid, stupid, stupid,” I said, huffing as I raced through the woods. I’d been so shocked by my experience with the rift that I’d completely frozen.

A better Warlock would have had combat spells at the ready.

A better Warlock wouldn’t allow himself to get distracted.

Running, however, loosened my mental constipation. I quickly flipped through my mental list of spells before settling on an oldie, but goodie. I scooped up a hunk of dirt, spun, and hurled it at the lead predator like a fastball. The mud-ball solidified, slamming into the beast’s head with a crack.

The puma didn’t even flinch.


If you’re new to this urban fantasy series, it’s FUN. Undead Chaos and Summoned Chaos feature an earnest hero with the moves and the attitude…and magical skills that come and go at inopportune times. Marcus has strong family support and a hilarious and varied fleet of friends – including my hands-down favorite minotaur IN ALL THE VERSE. But it’s his enemies that spur the considerable action and intrigue.


This is an adventure story full of magic, but it also has a twisty political mystery. Summoned Chaos releases on July 28th, but you can get to know Marcus Shifter and his merry peeps now in Undead Chaos. And you can catch Josh (hopefully not literally) in person at the Romantic Times Convention in NoLa next week!



UC Cover Lg 2Joshua 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 is still waiting for his acceptance letter to Hogwarts and Rogue Squadron. He and his wife will talk your ear off about their bees if you let them.




Cover Reveal: UNDEAD CHAOS

September 17th, 2013

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:


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Available 10.28.2013

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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.


86,000 words.



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.


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