Spotlight, Excerpt & Author Interview: The Jealousy of Jalice + Giveaway

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The Jealousy of Jalice
by Jesse Nolan Bailey
Series: A Disaster of Dokojin #1
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Fantasy Horror
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 368
Published: June 22, 2021
Publisher: Jesse Nolan Bailey (Self Published)

The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame.

It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem.

Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land.

Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.

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Content/Trigger Warnings:
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Manipulative relationships (romantic and platonic)
Body horror
Demonic possession
Kidnapping (adult)
Disturbing imagery/monsters


“Get your stupid ass up now!”

Annilasia jolted awake at the calloused voice. She stumbled to her feet as her vision focused. The fire’s flames endured, which meant she hadn’t slept long. Her eyes fell on a lone figure standing at the edge of the fire.

“Stay back and name yourself!” she shouted.

The stranger snorted and took a couple strides forward. The dim light revealed a man with ebony skin, dressed in brown garments and furs. Dark facial hair—graced with grey roots—formed a rounded beard that faded up to a bald head past the mutton chops. Commanding eyes glared back at Annilasia.

“We don’t have time,” he said. His voice was like boots on gravel, pressed with a tone of permanent impatience and disapproval. “We need to—”

“Name yourself,” Annilasia repeated. She waved her knife, hoping it would discourage him from coming closer.

He groaned. “Look, we’ve got maybe a minute before our guts are spilled.”

“Who are you?”

“I’m your reluctant savior. Now listen—”

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write this book?
The Jealousy of Jalice spawned from a need for queer rep in fantasy. As the story fleshed out though, I decided to center more on the character of Jalice rather than her gay brother (the original plan). It started with a line of thinking along the lines of, “What if I had a Disney-type story with two gay princes instead of the typical prince and princess tale?”, which then led to “And what if the villain was actually one of the princes’ sister?”, which led to “What if the sister puts a curse or something on one of those princes?”, which finally led to “Well, her story and exploring her motivations for such a decision are far more interesting for a debut.”

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
I learned that I have a propensity to infuse horror elements into my writing. This was new to me, since I’d never envisioned my stories on the darker side, but as TJOJ evolved, I found the horror elements accentuated the dreary themes explored, such as betrayal of family and the consequences of selfish decisions.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
I was surprised that my original goal, which was to feature prominent gay characters, fell to the wayside as my interest focused on Jalice’s story and her arc. The gay characters do eventually come to the forefront in the sequel, but the idea of the ‘princess’ type character taking on a more sinister role rather than the (problematic) damsel in distress role really captured my attention.

4. If it’s not a spoiler, what does the title mean?
Jalice makes an incredibly selfish decision in her youth, and that decision is fueled by a strong sense of jealousy at the time. This decision ends up setting into motion events for everyone around her, and the story explores those consequences as well as her need to confront her decisions that led to this outcome. The title captures the original motivation behind current affairs in this book’s world, which can be traced back to Jalice’s jealousy.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
No, not real people. Jalice was inspired by Sansa from Game of Thrones—a character that most people couldn’t stand for most of the series. But I found her compelling, and I really enjoyed her character arc, so I wanted to put a similar type character as the main focus for a fantasy series.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
Sure, though it’s certainly not a requirement to gain that from reading it. Jealousy can be a nasty beast. It’s origins may have evolutionary basis, but it can be the root of all sorts of selfish mindsets and decisions. Additionally, I think the story underlines the brave necessity to face one’s mistakes, especially when those mistakes caused harm to others.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
My favorite scene is probably Annilasia’s encounter down in the bunker. No spoilers, but readers will know what scene I mean. Her character trajectory takes a wild and insidious turn at that point, and it only gets worse for her after that.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
Probably the dokojin (Dardajah and Inzerious). They’re these demonic entities that technically have texture and bodies and motivations, but they’re not like human villains that can have redeeming or empathetic qualities. Readers won’t in any way root for them, which creates the danger of these entities being over the top or one-dimensional. I had to write them in a way that brought out their malevolence to such a degree that their horrific motivations and actions were simply too compelling to dismiss as predictable.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
I’m working on finishing up A Disaster of Dokojin. It’ll end up as a trilogy, and I’m writing the last one as of this interview. I’ve also written some initial drafts for a couple of novellas in a separate cosmic horror series that will release at the end of the year. What I’ve found during my writing journey is that horror seems to be my strong suit, so likely any fantasy series that I write will end up with a dark or dreary tone. For now, I’m leaning in hard to my fascination with the specific subgenre of cosmic horror, and I’ll see where that takes me.

Author Bio & Information:

Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut fantasy series, A DISASTER OF DOKOJIN, released to the masses, he can now feel validated in his growing sense of imposter syndrome. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally-gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats and two mini-aussies.



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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Shepherd and the Horned Girl + Giveaway

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The Shepherd and the Horned Girl

by Breanna Bright

Genre: Fantasy Horror


Ivas Sbarg has seen a monster…

In the small seaside Scottish town of Loch Lomond, an eerie fog rolls in. The locals know it. They know dark things hide in it. They know the fog is growing thicker…

When Ivas enters the fog to find a missing girl, he comes upon the knowledge that something much worse than the monster-filled mist is coming for them all.

And it hungers…

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“Listen to me, little human, The Dead God consumes and
destroys. He feels the little spark of belief you humans have
for him. Yes, even your fear and superstition are enough to
draw him. When he comes, the seas will flee, the light will
die. Everything will decay under his touch. You will go mad
at the sight of him. Your bones will crumble along with the
stones of your houses. He is not a god of death, he is not an
employee of Hades or Hell, he is simply…dead. And all will
die with him.”

Breanna Bright is the author of many paranormal books, as well as short stories in various genres. She grew up in the backwoods of Missouri where she was inspired to write at a young age. Hollow trees, creek beds, and frog eggs were the sources of her early stories. Breanna holds a Master’s degree in English, and has several publications in the independent market. When she’s not writing she’s traveling and looking for new adventures to inspire her.


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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Winter Of The Owl + Giveaway

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Winter Of The Owl
Seasons Of The Likoi, Book 1
By Iris Foxglove

Sava has the best house in all of Lukos. He built it himself, dreaming of the day when he and Milan, the man he loved, could live there and brave the harsh winters of Lukos together—only to be devastated when Milan was found dead in the spring. Fraught with grief, Sava resigns himself to spending his winters alone.

Then a stranger appears on his doorstep, and everything changes.

Victor is a scholar from Gerakia, a land known for its long summers and vibrant history, and he has never been more unprepared in his life. Abandoned on the inhospitable island of Lukos after a disastrous relationship, Victor has to adapt quickly to survive. It helps, of course, that he’s taken in by Sava, who has the biggest heart of any man Victor has ever known. Victor and Sava start to make a home together, growing close as snow falls outside, but the true danger of a Lukos winter is closer than they suspect…

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“Ah, Snow-Walker. You’re home. Good.” Dragan Wolf-Breaker, kuvar of the Lukoi, stood on Sava’s porch. He was a man of indiscriminate age, with thick, dark hair worn pulled back and braided out of his face and the pale, ice-blue eyes possessed by all those of his line. Wolf eyes, they were called, and according to some they was a sign he was meant to rule the Lukoi. He was clean-shaven, as most of them were before the snows, and dressed in simple leathers and fur, with high, sturdy boots topped with fur, a knife sheathed at his side.

Also at his side was a slight man Sava had never seen before. He had lovely reddish-brown skin, curly dark hair that was blowing about in the wind, and huge brown eyes flecked with gold and green—they reminded Sava of the hills right before winter took them, the faded grasses that looked so lovely in the light of the setting sun—over which he wore two pieces of round glass connected by a wire. He was shivering, dressed poorly in what appeared to be threadbare fabrics and a pair of boots that were too big for him. Sava thought he’d seen Elena—the kuvar’s daughter—wear those boots a time or two.

“Zora found a man,” Dragan said. “Let us come in before he freezes on your porch, Snow-Walker.”

Sava nodded and stepped back, and the pair entered the house. The shivering man with the messy hair looked longingly at the fire but seemed to shy away from going closer.

“Go and get warm.” Dragan pointed toward the fire, sounding perhaps a bit exasperated. His dominance was heavy enough that even Sava could feel it, and it made the young man sway a bit before he moved.

“Zora found him?” Sava asked, curious, as the man walked over and knelt before the fire, muttering in a language Sava didn’t know. “Where?”

“On the beach.” Dragan shrugged. “He was left by a boat. He’s a book-writer.”

“No, that word is wrong that I am,” the man said, glancing up, like he couldn’t help himself. He winced the second Sava and Dragan looked at him and immediately lowered his gaze, muttering something to the floor.

“Why would a boat leave a book-writer?” Sava asked. “It is soon to be winter. Snow says nothing; it is silent.”

The man’s head snapped up again, and he said something in a language Sava didn’t understand. At their blank looks, he added, “Those words pretty are.”

Sava glanced at Dragan, who shook his head. “He is from a place, Zora said, where they sit around in rooms and talk about other people.”


“I don’t know,” Dragan said. “But he said he would be here unless another boat comes for him.”

“No boat will come here anytime soon,” Sava said, as the sky rumbled above them. “Only snow.”

“Yes. I think he was a problem. So, you know the laws, Sava.”

Sava did know the laws. There weren’t many, but one that all Lukoi adhered to was the one that kept their civilization in existence long after the country that exiled their ancestors to this snow-covered island had fallen into ruin: those exiled to die, survive. If someone had sent this man here to die, he was now one of them.

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Iris Foxglove is a shared pen name between two authors, Avon Gale and Fae Loxley. Together, they’re writing fantasy with an emphasis on biological imperative kink (“BDSM alternate universe” or “D/s-verse”), complex worldbuilding and unforgettable characters.

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