Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Wickedly Magical and Wickedly Dangerous

Our own Deb Blake has two reissues coming out. As she explains, “This month Iโ€™m releasing the prequel novella to my Baba Yaga series, “Wickedly Magical” [for only $.99], and the first novel, Wickedly Dangerous . . . . The remaining books will be coming out one at a time, every other month. Ebooks everywhere, and print on Amazon.”

Wickedly Magical: Long ago, in Russia and its neighboring countries, legends told of a witch named Baba Yaga. Some of the stories portrayed her as a frightening old crone who lived in a log hut that stalked through the forest on chicken legs. Others said she was an elemental goddess who was guardian over the natural world and the doorway into the mystical Otherworld.

As with all stories, some parts were true and others … a little less true. The Baba Yagas were powerful witches; that much the tales got right. But there was never just one, and they were neither good nor evil. Just very, very powerful. And very dedicated to doing their jobs, no matter who got in the way.

These days, the United States is home to three Baba Yagas: Barbara, Beka, and Bella. Each of them powerful, beautiful, and magical, and each with her own story – for of such women and deeds are legends made …

WICKEDLY MAGICAL is the prequel novella that introduced the world Barbara Yager, the oldest and most powerful of the Baba Yagas. Along with her dragon-dog Chudo-Yudo, she travels the Eastern United States in an enchanted Airstream trailer, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding normal humans, until one comes to her with a request she can’t turn down. See how it all started, in this story of debts owed, promises kept, and justice administered the Baba Yaga way.

Wickedly Dangerous: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned by a woman desperate to find her missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart.

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Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), as well as the Broken Rider Series, the Veiled Magic series and the cozy mystery Catskills Pet Rescue series. She has written over a dozen books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide, along with a tarot and an oracle deck. When not writing, Deborah also works as a tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

37 thoughts on “Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Wickedly Magical and Wickedly Dangerous

  1. Thanks Jenny! Just to be clear, it is only the novella that is .99 cents. The ebook of the first novel is a bit more, but I hope you think it’s worth it! These books are paranormal romance, based on the Russian mythological witch (or witches) called Baba Yaga. Updated, of course…

  2. Congratulations! This has been a long time coming. I’m glad you were able to do this.

    1. It has been. Berkley was literally selling one copy a week at best of each book, and they’d sold through years ago, so it wasn’t as though they were either gaining money or losing money. Thank goodness for agents.

  3. I actually have all three on my bookshelf in paperback! Thanks for the reminder – I’ll go and reread them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Yay! Did you read the Broken Rider books too? (Berkley marketed them as a spin-off series, but really, they’re a continuation and interwoven with the Baba Yaga books.) I put out the third and final Broken Rider book after Berkley discontinued the series, then wrote another Baba Yaga book, a novella, and some short stories. So there’s lots more to read if you haven’t read them all already.

  4. I looked on Amazon, and I have the Kindle collected three Baba Yagas, and Wickedly Magickal is the first one of that. Now, I see that there are others that are not part of that collection and are also numbered. They are not yet on Kindle. I’m confused!!

    1. The collection has all three novellas that I got the rights back to. They had been put out separately by Berkley, but I decided to just put them out together rather than pay for new covers for all three. I redid the prequel on its own because I’m hoping to pull people into the series. Which ones are you seeing that aren’t on Kindle? Because the novellas I put out myself later on should be.

    1. Thanks, Gary, but that is just too small to do me much good, even with a magnifying glass. What would really help is a chronological list of the novels in the order they should be read. Ah! I see the correction is much easier to see! Thanks!!!

      1. I didn’t mean to link the whole post, just the pic linked below. However, just as a future feature (I mean, a present feature you can enjoy in the future), if you click on any picture in any of my posts on my blog, it will take you to a full size display. There are symbols to click on to see all the pictures in the post, and enlarge arrows to fill the screen. I’ve stuck some very small thumbs of very large pics in my posts.

      2. Here you go, Jan!
        The Baba Yaga/Broken Rider Series
        *Wickedly Magical (.5) โ€“ novella
        Wickedly Dangerous (book 1 โ€“ Baba Yaga series)
        Wickedly Wonderful (book 2 โ€“ Baba Yaga series)
        *Wickedly Ever After (2.5 โ€“ novella)
        Wickedly Powerful (book 3 โ€“ Baba Yaga series)
        Dangerously Charming (book 1 โ€“ Broken Riders series)
        *Wickedly Spirited (3.5 โ€“ novella)
        Dangerously Divine (book 2 โ€“ Broken Riders series)
        Dangerously Fierce (book 3 โ€“ Broken Riders series)
        Dangerously Driven (3.5 โ€“ Broken Riders novella)
        Wickedly Unraveled (book 4 โ€“ Baba Yaga series)
        Tiny Treasures (collection of four short-short stories)
        Baba Yaga Collected Novellas (4 novella omnibus)
        *Included in the Baba Yaga Collected Novellas Book

      1. I have had good luck with cover artists. This one is a woman named Cait who does stellar work. I couldn’t believe she managed to find the right classic BMW motorcycle, and a perfect white pit bull for Chudo-Yudo the dragon-dog.

  5. Congratulations on getting the rights back! May this help finance your home repairs and renovations, plus keep the kittehs in nip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Iโ€™m so glad you got the rights back! I loved the series when it first came out. Must be time for a reread.

        1. Well, part of the problem was that the five books had four editors. The first editor, who loved the series and bought it, put out the first two books. Then she left, and her former assistant editor, who also loved the books, did the third one. The fourth landed with an editor who had never read them and as far as I could tell, barely skimmed the one she was editing, so she wasn’t invested at all. By book five, I was on editor four, and she wasn’t invested either. Plus the numbers had started slipping, so I was doomed.

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