Trusted Talents

Trusted Talents

Trusted Talents cover. Art by Elizabeth Person

Trusted Talents – Book 2 of the Bayou Talents series by Edward J. Branley

We are pleased to announce the scheduled release of Trusted Talents, by Edward J. Branley. Trusted Talents is the second book in the Bayou Talents series.

Here’s the back-cover blurb:

Someone’s stealing magickal artifacts – in the middle of Mardi Gras!
Daniel Sumner McCain is a Dark Adept of the Council. His desire for power has led him to New Orleans, city of secrets. McCain desires a set of magickal artifacts that have been hidden for over a century. If McCain succeeds, he can restore his family to a position of incredible power.
Renard Alciatore’s Talents are no longer Hidden, but they’re no match for an Adept of McCain’s ability. His mentor, Fr. Michael O’Donnell, has entrusted him to Mary Margaret FitzRyan and Tara Rodrigue, Witches of Celtic Bayou Coven, for further training. They come together under the umbrella of The Assembly, the shadowy group that helped Ren in his duel in Metairie Cemetery.
Ren and his friends are strong, but the Opposition does not respect the centuries-old Accords in place. Ren wants to enlist the help of Brooks Stirling Sumner, McCain’s cousin and the granddaughter of a powerful enemy. Their relationship strains the trust of his colleagues. The Coven must patch things up and keep the search going for the artifacts.
McCain believes in victory at all costs. Can “Angelic” assistance help The Assembly defend their city, while bullets fly, cops harass, and parades roll?

So Mote it be!


Series: Blood Bound by Edward Branley (Book 2)
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: Elysian Fields Press (June 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1717386830
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Cover art by Elizabeth Person

June Release

The book’s release date is June 18, 2018, as a Kindle Direct/Kindle Unlimited ebook, and as a trade-size paperback. So, we’re putting the final touches on the ebook file this week. When Lady Duchess of the Red Pen is satisfied with the file, we’ll distribute it for preview to bloggers and booksellers. Therefore, if you’re a reviewer or seller, please drop us a line, and we’ll gladly get an e-copy of the book to you.

The second book introduces a number of new players to the cast of characters in the Talents Universe. We’re very excited about these folks! Ren’s journey so far has been very Catholic, but now he works with Witches of a local Wiccan coven. It’s culture shock for someone raised Catholic at first, but, well, you’ll see.

Hidden Talents

If you haven’t read the first book in the Bayou Talents Series, Hidden Talents, you should pick it up now! It’s available at all the usual suspects. Reviewers and booksellers — let us know, we’ll get both of them in your hands. Most sword-and-sorcery fiction takes place in medieval settings. Bayou Talents books are listed as “Urban Fantasy”, but they’re not werewolves and vampires. Check them out!



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