BRIDE BY MIDNIGHT
Jones takes her Columbyana series to self-publishing with this new story featuring demons, witches and prophesied romance. It may take a few chapters for new readers to be drawn into the atmosphere, but once the story gets going, the action moves at a good pace without getting mired in details as some fantasies can. The romance is compelling, and the backstory is nicely sprinkled throughout without dumping a lot of exposition on the reader all at once.
Lyssa Tempest was told by a witch that if she didn’t marry before she turned 23, she would be alone forever. While she initially ignores the prophecy, as that milestone birthday approaches, she begins to panic. She finds Blade Renshaw literally as the clock strikes midnight — and he has his own reasons for wanting to marry in a hurry. What neither of them realizes is that their marriage has set things in motion they never could have imagined, including the development of strange powers and a war with demons. (LINDAWINSTEADJONES.COM, Apr., 240 pp., $11.99)