Title: Dark Energy
Josephine uncovers an important secret
about the Valituras, a power-hungry organization that has lived in secret for
centuries. They have amassed powerful dark magic and infiltrated all levels of
the government. Now that their existence is publicly exposed and Josephine’s
discovery leads to the capture of more Valituras agents, they decide to make a
big move and declare war against the country. Josephine scrambles to protect
herself and her loved ones from this powerful foe.
As she uncovers more clues in her search to
expose the hidden identities of the Valituras leaders, her boyfriend grapples
with his new talent of white magic which proves to be a potent yet unreliable
source of power. Even as Mark’s abilities expand, he struggles to avoid burnout
which will lead to a coma and reversion back to mainstream magic. When the U.S.
government’s MADA department hires him to attempt restoration of an ancient
historical site, American Stone Henge, the Valituras target him for
As Josephine’s psychometry brings her
closer to the truth about the Valituras, she fears the answers will come too
for a New Take on Immortality
I’m very excited to talk about a new take
on immortality and what helped to spark my imagination towards shaping this
idea which is my grandmother. I loved my visits with her as I’m sure most
people can relate who are close to their grandparents. My grandmother had a
group of friends who played cards practically every day. Their enthusiasm and
sometimes amusing antics over the game tickled me. They could get pretty
lively. I remembered it well when I began outlining the first book in my Grumpy
Old Wizard series.
Some of the things my grandmother said to
me stuck in my mind. For example, she told me that her mind always felt young
but when she reached a certain age, her body didn’t cooperate. She said she
would always be young at heart. It was very interesting to see the world from
her perspective based on a life-time of experience. It gave me ideas for
incorporating certain elements in some of my characters that would hopefully
provide readers with a different perspective on immortality and to some,
perhaps a more realistic take on it if they had similar experiences. My
grandmother has moved on to a better place now but I like to think that a piece
of her lives on through the Grumpy Old Wizard series.
Energy is a contemporary fantasy and I strive to
continue to make the storyline a fun adventure like the previous books in the
series. I toss in bits of subtle and not-so-subtle humor to add entertainment
and to help breathe life into the characters. The story takes place in sunny
Florida about fifty years after a catastrophe that turns virtually everyone
throughout the entire world into a wizard.
Enchantments are commonplace so the magical
community no longer needs to hide their abilities. The protagonist, Josephine
O’Connor, is an immortal woman in her eighties with a body of a young woman in
her twenties. She’s a powerful wizard but there are laws against people like
her using magic. She measures at the top of the scale as a category six which
is the same type of wizard that caused the catastrophe that transformed
everyone into wizards worldwide so she fits into an unfortunate stereotype.
Here is the complete series in order:
Grumpy Old Wizards (Book # 1)
Corruption (Book # 2)
Dark Energy (Book # 3)
“Hello, Josephine,” Lorcan said.
“This isn’t a social call, Toadstool,” Josephine snapped.
“What did I ever do to you?” Lorcan’s expression was hurt.
“You tried to curse me twice, you turned my best friends into a
vampire and a succubus, and you almost killed my grandson.” Josephine’s
beautiful brown eyes glittered with hostility.
“It’s hard to believe I did all that.”
“You’ve done that and more, Toadstool.”
“Why are you calling me that?” Lorcan regarded her with puzzlement.
“Because that’s the nickname I gave you when I met you and realized
what an ass you are.”
Josephine closed her eyes so she could focus and to discourage any
further conversation. She awakened her psychic receptors which unfortunately
made her more susceptible to the dominant psychometric energy inhabiting the
room which stemmed from the boredom, anger, and sick thoughts of the many
previous occupants. She reached out with her mind to access Lorcan’s. It took
her several moments to find the memory suppression enchantment which was
programmed to mutate its energy signature to blend in with Lorcan’s when
detected. Josephine made sure not to probe at it too closely so she wouldn’t
have to hunt for it again. She wasn’t an expert on this type of spell so it
frustrated her to try and reverse it. She examined the details of the
enchantment which was slow and tedious work. When she finally made her first
attempt to disarm it, the spell immediately mutated and slipped out of her
grasp. She managed to keep track of it for several seconds before it vanished
from her sight.
Josephine heaved a frustrated sigh and tried again. When she found
it, she noticed it had once again changed its configuration. It reminded her of
a network of veins deeply entrenched throughout Lorcan’s mind.
John O'Riley has been writing as far back
as he can remember. He is an author of novels and an award winning writer of
screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction
and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay
Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed,
Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as
Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay
Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros
International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel
Authors International Breakout.
He was raised in California then Washington
state and has lived in Missouri, Oregon, and Florida. He has a Bachelor’s
degree in Spanish and French and worked in a variety of bookstores including
Borders and was the manager for one of the bookstores in Florida that was
actually owned by Goodwill.
He loves reading fantasy, science fiction,
and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim
Butcher, S.J. Viehl, Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz,
and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a parakeet
named Amy who helps inspire him.
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