for stories written
as J.B. Dane.
Book 1 of
The Raven Tales Novels
September 16th, 2019
October 1st, 2019
THE PRIME CRONE'S LEGACY
A Nick Claus, Pole Security Case
CASE FILES Spring Anthology
May 23rd, 2019
LAST DRAGON FLYING
SAVING PLANET MOM
GETTING RID OF MURRAY
A PARCEL OF PUPS
a Nick Claus, Pole Security Case,
Winter Holiday Anthology
THE DRAGON'S TALE
A Raven Tales Prequel
e-book and trade paperback
THE RAVEN AND
THE PHILOSOPHER'S PET)
A Raven Tales Prequel Novella (#2)
e-book and trade paperback
RAVEN FOR A SONG
a Raven Tales Prequel
e-book and trade paperback
"The Dragon's Tale"
appeared in MOTHER GOOSE IS DEAD
an anthology from Damnation Press, 2011
"Getting Rid of Murray"
appeared in the 2006 Fall/Winter edition of Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine
Book Two of The Raven Tales
Arrives in 2020
RAVEN'S MOON is now available for Kindle
and in trade paperback
at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Raven Tales Book One, An Urban Fantasy Mystery Comedy Novel
Bram Farrell, private investigator, has starred in twenty bestselling novels by writer—and witch—Calista Amberson. Her fans love the tall, dark, and handsome PI who uses magical powers to vanquish supernatural bad guys. So, when Calista uses her magic to pull Bram from his fictional world into real-world, modern-day Detroit, she rocks both worlds. Now Bram must track down and destroy otherworld evil
before it destroys him.
Don't miss The Raven Tale prequels!
Scroll down for details and links
Bits from Reviews of RAVEN'S MOON
(Tried to keep the excerpts varied)
"In this first installment of a meta urban fantasy, Dane (Getting Rid of Murray, 2018, etc.)
slathers on the silliness, thick and often...Memorable characters aid and abet this agile narrative...
Fabulous in its own right is the way Bram takes the reigns of identity from his author
and solidifies this fresh concept for further escapades.
Urban fantasy fans should savor this confident series opener
that questions the writer-character relationship. Kirkus Reviews
"A superpowered fictional PI gets pulled off his book’s pages and into reality to probe into
supernatural crimes plaguing modern-day Detroit in this promising metafictional series opener.....
Dane gradually lays the groundwork, but picks up the pace...to keep the whole narrative gripping." Publishers Weekly
"I actually really enjoyed this book! It's a bit quirky and a mash up of some of my favourite genres -
it's like Sam Spade met up with some really cool PNR characters...Raven is kind of rough
around the edges but that kind of appealed to me. There are a few unusual shifter types,
not just your usual weres and vampires and demons. There's treachery afoot though and not all of Bram's allies are actually there to help... I am looking forward to the next book in the series in the hope that PT & Bram might get ...Closer? I really enjoyed this book from a new to me author!" Vine Voice
"Best of all though is a Hellhound masquerading as a Dachshund ! Totally a bizarre idea but one I very much enjoyed. Expect Demons, Witches, Trolls, Vampires and of course a very unusual portrayal of the Devil himself."
"Lots of unusual creatures. Lots of conflicts. A little confusing at times but overall a good book."
"An unusual and excellent urban fantasy, engrossing and entertaining.
I appreciated the well written cast of characters, the great world building and the gripping plot.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Recommended!"
"...very well written, since [from] the first page you can dive deep into the storyline."
"This book was very good. A lot of twists & turns you don't see coming!...Did I mention there is an adorable hellhound the size of a dachshund that helps him fight when he gets in trouble? " 5* too!
"Raven's Moon by J.B. Dane, a fun quick read. Raven has been called forth from his books
and quickly comes to realize that not everything is as he thought it was."
"Dane has a fine comedic sense. The hell hound side kick provided by Callie
takes the form of a red eyed dachshund. Trolls own dive bars,
succubi are street walkers, vampire assistants are known as renfields,
and best of all Satan morphs from a s[t]ag into [a] beer drinking laid back guy.
The writing is face paced; the dialog crackles. ...
The author['s] superior sense of style bode[s] well for this new series. I look forward to book 2"
“This first volume of the saga is a total declaration of intentions about its future…
[it has] a good ending with a huge twist I wasn’t expecting…
Bram is comedy gold if you happen to enjoy sarcasm, dark humor and caustic comebacks.
He uses all of that as a self-defense mechanism and a way to cope with
all the crazy expectations thrown into his shoulders.”
5* "A contemporary setting full of magical beings! Woo hoo. What a read!”
"Interesting! The story line is one not often used, but the writer makes it fun
with nifty characters and good world building!"
"Otherworld evil is loose in the real world where Bram Farrell, private eye,
must track down and destroy it before it destroys him.
Dane’s characters jump off the pages.
It’s a job he’s done before in twenty books.
Believe me, he’s up to the challenge in this new series."
Marianne Guess, New and Olde Pages Book Shoppe
J.B. DANE is a pseudonym of a multi-published, multi-genre novelist who goes by many names. Not because she is in Witness Protection. Really not in Witness Protection. Really. She may start hiding from citizens of Detroit since her Raven Tales urban fantasy comedic mysteries have populated their fair city with neighbors who might be supernatural, paranormal or legendary beasts…or not so beasts…but probably ARE beasts. They could be
Of course, there are those visits to the North Pole to see how Nick Claus is doing as head of Santa Corp's security division.
She might (or might not) be found at the website , but leave a message to be picked up by a disguised courier and delivered
to a secret location.
Ditto on Facebook via
or @JBDaneWriter on Twitter.
Nick Claus, North Pole Security Stories
It's spring at the North Pole and in Nick Claus's security office thoughts are turning to...trouble.
A problem that the Claus family was supposed to take care of and then lost track of centuries ago.
It's up to Nick to sort out
"The Prime Crone's Legacy"
Find this 2nd Nick Claus mystery/comedy short story in CASE FILES: CREATURES
Available for Kindle NOW!
Just finished a 3rd Nick Claus tale for the 3rd volume of THE CASE FILES, due out in Spring 2020
But you can find the 1st Nick Claus
story, "A Parcel of Pups", in the Winter Holidays CASE FILES -- click on either CREATURES or WINTER HOLIDAY covers to be whisked magically to the spot on Amazon where acquisition can be made without writing a letter to Nick's dad. You know, Santa.
BUT WHAT ABOUT
THE RAVEN TALE PREQUELS?!!!
The Raven Tale Prequels are serialized (at first) novellas detailing cases Bram solved between the 20 volumes the totally fictional Calista Amberson wrote. These begin "life" serialized in the blog, but not all of them. Still, once a serialized tale is complete, it will join the others at Amazon. Swing by the blog (link in Menu) to see what tale might be in progress.
It's not only prequels to look for, but now that RAVEN'S MOON is available, there will be shorter, novella length stories that fall between the novels to show Bram's not just sitting around catching up on his movie watching. I'm calling those "Between the Books" tales to differentiate them from the Prequels. Right now, we just have prequels though. The first "Between" story is "The Raven: Demon Sale" and will available Spring of 2020...to get everyone fired up for the second novel's release, naturally.
Anyway, this means while Bram's still in Detroit in the prequels, it's the Detroit he "used" to live in and his finances aren't in...well, he's scrounging for cases, which is the way Calie wrote him.
Here's what's currently available:
RAVEN FOR A SONG A teenage siren fears she's the next victim targeted by a serial killer known as The Leech. Can -- or even should -- PI Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, save her before her powers blossom and she becomes a killer herself?
MOCK RAVEN (previously titled THE RAVEN AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S PET) provides yet another Otherworlder or so that needs to be taken down via Raven style justice...which tends to mean not only magic, but sarcasm will be in play. It's a given. But there's also a killer masquerading as Bram and there's only room for one Raven in Detroit.
RAVEN'S REST This is the prequel that falls just before RAVEN'S MOON. Bram's stuck looking for a missing Holmes -- yes, Sherlock -- and sorting out why the world's only consulting detective had stray fairy wings and elf shot in his laboratory. The trail leads to a place our hero would rather not visit -- a woods that is very, very hungry.
And the new serialization has begun with
THE RAVEN AND THE ANCIENT It isn't bad enough that paranormal, supernatural, and legendary beings gone wrong fall under Bram's long list of things to track, now one of the guys from ancient Assyria has arrived in Detroit. What's a guy to do when one of the old gods comes knocking?
Find it under "JB Dane Blog" in the "More" section of the menu above. New episodes before the end of the year (2019, that is) -- Bram and I hope!