Jillian Maria enjoys tea, pretty dresses, and ripping out pieces of herself to put in her novels. She writes the books she wants to read, prominently featuring women who are like her in some way or another. A great lover of horror, thriller and mystery novels, most of her stories have some of her own fears lurking in the margins. When she isn't willing imaginary people into existence, she's pursuing a career in public relations and content marketing. A Michigan native, Jillian spends what little free time she has hanging out with her friends, reading too much, singing along to musical numbers, and doting on her cat.
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There's Magic Between Us
Title: There's Magic Between Us
Age Range: Young Adult
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published: Summer 2021
Length: 324 pages
Print ISBN: 978-1733863513
Keywords: faerie, forest, magic, treasure
Triggers: implied (offscreen) assault
Rep: f/f, pansexual MC, sapphic love interest, genderfluid secondary character
Carefree city girl meets determined small-town girl in this young adult fantasy romance packed full of faerie magic and giddy crushes.
City girl Lydia is expecting a boring week in her grandmother’s small town of Fairbrooke. But that changes when she meets Eden, a curious girl hunting fae treasure in the forest.
A diehard city girl, 16-year-old Lydia Barnes is reluctant to spend a week in her grandma’s small town. But hidden beneath Fairbrooke’s exterior of shoddy diners and empty farms, there’s a forest that calls to her. In it, she meets Eden: blunt, focused, and fascinating. She claims to be hunting fae treasure, and while Lydia laughs it off at first, it quickly becomes obvious that Eden’s not joking—magic is real.
Lydia joins the treasure hunt, thrilled by all the things it offers her. Things like endless places in the forest to explore and a friendship with Eden that threatens to blossom into something more. But even as she throws herself into her new adventure, some questions linger. Why did her mom keep magic a secret? Why do most of the townspeople act like the forest is evil? It seems that, as much as Lydia would like to pretend otherwise, not everything in Fairbrooke is as bright and easy as a new crush…
The Songbird's Refrain
Title: The Songbird's Refrain
Age Range: Young Adult
Genres: Supernatural Suspense
Published: September 3, 2019
Length: 241 pages
Print ISBN: 978-1733863506
Keywords: curses, magic, witches
Triggers: Body horror, character death, kidnapping, child abuse, emotionally abusive relationships
Rep: f/f, lesbian MC, bisexual love interest
A captive girl fights against a sadistic witch's curse in this young adult suspense novel full of insidious magic and mysterious dreams.
Elizabeth is rarely noticed—until she’s noticed in the worst way, by an evil witch who kidnaps and curses her. Will she find the strength to break free? Can she find the courage to even try?
When a mysterious show arrives in town, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Brighton is both intrigued and unsettled. But none of the acts capture her attention quite like the blue-eyed woman. Locked in a birdcage and covered in feathers, the anguish in her voice sounds just a little too real to be an act—because it isn’t. The show’s owner, a sadistic witch known only as the Mistress, is holding her captive.
And she’s chosen Elizabeth as her next victim.
After watching the blue-eyed woman die, Elizabeth is placed under the same curse. She clings to what little hope she can find in the words of a fortune teller and in her own strange dreams. The more she learns, the more she suspects that the Mistress isn’t as invulnerable as she appears. But time is against her, and every feather that sprouts brings her closer to meeting the blue-eyed woman’s fate. Can Elizabeth unlock the secret to flying free, or will the Mistress’s curse kill her and cage its next victim?
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