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Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic







Synopsis: I had new cupcakes to bake, a new treasure to hunt, and a new dragon in town — literally. Who wouldn’t be ecstatic filling their days with chocolate, trinket collecting, and martial arts training? Yeah … me. Because no matter how much chocolate I ate, I couldn’t fill the dark pit in my soul. A darkness born from blood alchemy. A darkness that reeked of the black magic I now knew I was capable of creating. Maybe it was time to walk away. But what if there were important things left to do? What if I was the only one who could do what needed to be done? I wasn’t sure I could handle the responsibility, but as long as I had my chocolate stash and a good friend to back me up, I was willing to give it a try.


Shadows is an adult/new adult urban fantasy. It is the fourth book of the Dowser Series.

Keywords: fantasy, magic, witches, werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, dragons, blood magic, funny, action

Categories: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Action-Adventure, Fiction

Book Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey



“Are your fingernails green?” Branson asked now, completely bemused.
“Jade is the new black, baby,” I said. “You should see my toes.”
Then I kicked him in the head. – Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic, Dowser 4, Chapter 1

The healer wants to bed you,” Drake said. His tone suggested he was mystified by this discovery.
“What? Did I use the expression incorrectly? The healer wants to take you to bed? To his bed?” the fourteen-year-old continued. “To have sex, you know.”
“Stop. Talking.” – Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic, Dowser 4, Chapter 1

We stared down at the black leather-swathed dragon at our feet. He was out cold. Everything about him was definitely broad — as in shoulders, chest, nose, cheekbones, and jaw.
“At least he’s damn cute,” Kandy said. “You know, if he’s here to eviscerate us.”
Kandy and I had very different opinions on what qualified as ‘cute.’ – Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic, Dowser 4, Chapter 2

Shadows (etc) ebook cover

First edition book  cover

Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Kym Lopez permalink
    February 22, 2015 9:56 AM

    Dowser 4 giveaway#2 spin-the-bottle champion t-shirt.

  2. Laurie Mix permalink
    March 10, 2015 10:32 PM

    I power read all 4 of the the Dowser books and the first of the Oracle series in 6 days… would have been 5 days but I had to sleep sometime. Can you please write faster…..I’m having withdrawals!

    • March 10, 2015 10:40 PM

      Damn sleep! LOL I’m so glad you liked the series!! Or I guess I should say universe. I lose sleep writing them, so I figure that’s a fair trade. 🙂

      I wish I could write faster as well. Even if just to get the stories out of my head!! But Dowser 5 is well on its way! Yay!

      Thanks for commenting. I’ll think of you when I chain myself to the computer tomorrow.

  3. Kristina permalink
    May 17, 2015 7:12 PM

    I plowed through the first 3 downer books, and was really sad when I thought the series was done. I just happened to wander on to your webpage and was delighted to see a 4th book! Absolutely love this series, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

    • May 17, 2015 8:38 PM

      💕 Glad you figured out there was a book #4! I do put links, etc in the backs of all my books, so you know what is coming soon 🙂 So pleased you like the Dower Series! 💕

  4. Jane Osborne permalink
    January 28, 2018 6:20 PM

    Loved the boxed set 1.


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