Books currently published or to soon be published by Loran Holt
THIRD TIME'S THE HARM
Jamie Whitehall Olivian has received a mysterious letter from her Uncle James. She is named after him, but she has never seen, met, or heard him mentioned in any way. Until now. And he has died and left her his entire estate.
But it seems Uncle James wants her to investigate a murder. His, that is. It also seems the estate is contingent upon her acceptance of this commission. Jamie wants no part of the investigation or of the estate. She gets along perfectly well, thank you very much, a fact she emphasizes to his lawyer, who just happens to be gorgeous, making it a little harder to say no.
Things take a strange turn when the victim himself asks her to reconsider. For reasons unknown, Uncle James has been unable to depart for the afterlife and is stuck in his Art Deco desk. Jamie decides to take on the job of niece and sleuth, with no experience at either, and she and Uncle James set out to find the killer. They are aided by the lawyer and a not-as-gorgeous and slightly rumpled homicide detective whose interest seems to be more than just finding a murderer.
“A paranormal mystery that is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and scary, by turns"-HOLLY KAMMIER, BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF Lost Girl, A Shelby Day Novel
Kelgan Defthand is used to being top dog at the Academy of Magic where he is Senior Apprentice Mage. Faster, more skillful, and well aware of it, than his peers, he is shaken to find himself beset by fearful voices, which come in the night, and ask fearful and unanswerable questions. He is further shaken when he is strangely “hired” by the aristocratic di Nerrill twins only to discover that the world outside the cloistered Academy is a bit different than he imagined. First of all, there seems to be women doing magic! Secondly, he is not the only one to hear voices. And lastly, it seems there is a terrifying need to confront those voices. A need which inexplicably centers around a truly unprepared, and most reluctant, Apprentice Mage. Kelgan and the di Nerrills will embark on a fateful journey which will draw others in and test his underdeveloped skills to the limit. The first book in a projected trilogy, Kelgan’s saga will continue.
“Author Loran Holt is sure to wow readers from 16 to 96 with her beautifully written NIGHTMASTERS. Untested mage Kelgan – along with a startling array of unique characters – faces life and death tests in this unparalleled fantasy journey.
The author’s world-building skills are evident from the get-go. Equally important, Holt’s grasp of good versus evil, honor versus dishonor, and the fine line between triumph and tragedy provides the underpinning of her creative efforts. Delighted readers will savor this five-star treat!”
~Laura Taylor – 6-Time Romantic Times Award Winner