08/07/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
New British fantasy author Suzanne McLeod has become the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency.
McLeod's novel sequence, which begins with Spellcrackers.com, features Genevieve Taylor, one of the noble fae, a Sidhe. The Sidhe are a reclusive race, uncomfortable in the modern world, preferring to live in The Fair Lands and follow the old traditions. So Genny is unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population.
Genny is a rising star at Spellcrackers.com where she finds the 'M' in magic. Mischief. Malice. Murder. Spellcrackers is affiliated to the Witch Council, whose ancient tenets prohibit any contact with vampires. Genny also works as a volunteer at a clinic which treats victims of vampire attacks. Then there's her extra-curricular activity, extracting vulnerable fae lured by the local fang gangs. Genny neither wants nor needs any closer involvement with the vampires.
But when one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, Mr October, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, a longstanding obligation means Genny can't refuse to help prove his innocence. Initially, she agrees with the police that he is guilty. But as events unfold, Genny begins to have doubts.
McLeod (a pseudonym) lives on the South Coast about a mile away from the sea along with her husband and their two dogs.
'Having read the first three pages, I was instantly drawn into the characters and the story,' said John Jarrold. 'Very occasionally, one sees a new author and knows immediately that they have got it. Suzanne has got it. The book is romantic (not to say sexy), fast-moving and very witty.'
Contact John Jarrold for further information, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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