Hello fellow book-a-holics. Today, I’m delighted to welcome Los Angeles resident and best-selling author, Jeri Westerson. I’m really enjoying her urban fantasy series, Booke of the Hidden and so happy that she agreed to this fun little Q&A.
Jeri’s latest book, Shadows in the Mist (Booke of the Hidden #3) is available to pre-order NOW and will be released on 14th May 2019. I’ve already had the privilege of reading it and loved it. Read my review HERE.
Keep reading to find out more about Shadows in the Mist and Jeri herself. Plus find out what Jeri’s favourite reads are in my fun Q&A.
Shadows in the Mist (The Booke of the Hidden #3) by Jeri Westerson
Small town tea shop proprietor Kylie Strange already has a lot on her plate. The last thing she needs is more trouble to spring up from the mystical Booke of the Hidden.
Keeping one step ahead of a scheming demon, supernatural assassins, and Baphomet―an angry god hellbent on stealing the Booke―it’s all more than enough for one person to handle. And that’s without mentioning her competing affections for the demon Erasmus Dark and the handsome, human Sheriff Ed.
But soon enough, Kylie and her coven hear whispers of new disturbances in Moody Bog. Strange creatures have been stalking the townsfolk and rumors of violent encounters confirm their deadly intent. Worst of all, the Booke of the Hidden is not to blame, and no one is sure what is.
Kylie and her coven of Wiccans need to prioritize. Which is worse? The mysterious and lethal creatures or Baphomet, who―if he gets his way―will unleash Hell upon Moody Bog…and beyond.
Keep reading to find out more about Jeri herself. Plus find out what Jeri’s favourite reads are in my fun Q&A.
Hi Jeri and welcome to Flora’s Musings…
Flora: I fell into the world that you’d created in Booke of the Hidden and lost myself in Kylie Strange’s adventure.
What story have you lost yourself in recently?
Jeri: I’ve really been getting heavily into HP Lovecraft lately. I think we all recognize some of the tropes from his stories (Cthulhu, for one, and the whole mythos of something strange and anxiety-inducing about something so terrible we can’t even put it into words.) So his work–from which I borrow the ancient language of R’lyehian that he completely encouraged authors to do in the cleverest twist, making it more real the more people share it.
Also, I’m currently enjoying the precursor of the genre we now call cosmic horror, The King in Yellow, a book of short stories by writer Robert W. Chambers in 1895. It concerns a forbidden play called the King in Yellow and a mysterious and malevolent supernatural entity also known as the King in Yellow. I thoroughly recommend it to those who enjoy the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft said he was influenced by Chambers’ writings.
Flora: I haven’t read any of Lovecraft’s stories myself but funnily enough, one of the bloggers I follow – Duke De Richleau’s Nocturnal Revelries – is currently re-reading theses cult classics and posting his thoughts about them; perhaps it’s about time I do. lol!
I am always interested to know what authors read during their down time. I’d love to know what your top 5 favourite books are?
Jeri: My top favorite books include series, like The Lord of the Rings that introduced me to the notion that you can create an entire world of your own that steals from history, myths and legends (hey, I discovered it in high school in the 70s when it was getting a resurgence of interest).
Which leads directly to the Harry Potter series that does the same thing, only in a contemporary setting.
After that, The Maltese Falcon, a little book by one of my favorite crime writers of all time, Dashiell Hammet. It is so jam-packed with unforgettable characters it’s truly a study of how to write characters.
Fourth on my list is a little-known Daphne DuMaurier book called House on the Strand, a time-travel story that blends the lives of 14th century English people at the same locale as the contemporary traveler, with the 1960s themes (when it was written) of psychedelic drugs…and their consequences.
And my fifth has to be The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer…speaking of 14th century England. I write another series of medieval mysteries set in Chaucer’s London, and he shows up in a few of the books, having been the friend of my disgraced knight turned detective protagonist, Crispin Guest. The Canterbury Tales are a true slice of life out of the time period, and we see the foibles and concerns–and a lot of bathroom humor–that brings people so distant from us, down to earth, right where we are ourselves.
Flora: I must confess that I haven’t read all of your chosen books, but I do have fond memories of watching the old black and white film version of The Maltese Falcon (1941) staring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor with my Nan; I loved it every time.
Thank you for visiting Flora’s Musings today, Jeri and answering my questions. I think you’ve added a few more titles to our ever-growing TBR piles, you’ve certainly added to mine. 😉
So what about you, fellow book-a-holics, have you read any of Jeri Westerson’s favourites? Have you added any of the above books to your TBR pile or wish list like I have? As usual, I’d love to hear from you, just leave a comment below.
Jeri’s latest book, Shadows in the Mist (Booke of the Hidden #3) is available to pre-order NOW and will be released on 14th May 2019. Keep reading to find out more about the series and Jeri herself.
Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson
A girl. A mysterious book. Misfit Wiccans. A Baphomet biker gang. And a handsome demon. What could possibly go wrong?
Booke of the Hidden is four book adult urban fantasy series. The series is set in the beautiful, rural fictional village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA.
Our key human characters include: Our heroine, Kylie Strange. A local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle-aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen-year-old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan. Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families.
There’s no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements. So, the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic Mr Erasmus Dark, are more of a generic amalgam rather than from a specific belief system.
Books in the Series
This quirky-humorous yet edgy-romantic urban fantasy series is set in a small town in Maine. Booke of the Hidden is a completed urban fantasy series. Click on the titles to find out more and read my review.
- Booke of the Hidden (Booke of the Hidden #1) (2018)
- Deadly Rising (Booke of the Hidden #2) (2019)
- Shadows in the Mist (Booke of the Hidden #3) (2019)
- The Darkest Gateway (Booke of the Hidden #4) (2019)
The Booke of the Hidden titles are available in print, eBook and audio formats through the usual sources, including:
Keep reading to find out more about Jeri Westerson herself.
Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of fourteen Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 13 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. Her first in the series, Veil of Lies was named Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Review, her third The Demon’s Parchment received a coveted starred review by Library Journal, and her sixth, Shadow of the Alchemist, was named Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. Also in 2013, her fifth novel Blood Lance was named one of the Ten Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days by Kirkus Reviews.
Booke of the Hidden, Jeri’s urban fantasy series released in 2017, Romantic Times Magazine gave it Five Stars and called it “…A flawless tale of adventure, mystery and saucy romance. The page reverberates with passion, and absolutely no wrong can come from vivid characters and a hero to die for.” It finaled for the Seal of Excellence from RT Reviews. Her second, DEADLY RISING was released in 2018, her third, SHADOWS IN THE MIST was released in May 2019, and the final book, THE DARKEST GATEWAY, was released October 2019.
Her historical fantasy/steampunk novel, THE DAEMON DEVICE—in her Enchanter Chronicles trilogy—released October 2019 as well. And the first in her other paranormal werewolf mystery series–MOONRISERS–released March 2020.
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Thanks you for visiting and taking the time to read this fun Q&A with Jeri Westerson. If you haven’t read any of her books before, I hope I’ve sparked your interest.
Bye for now. X