Romancing The Stone

When you write urban fantasy, you get the best of all worlds, really.  My first series featured paranormal detective Simon Canderous (Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter, and Dead Waters), so for that I got the awesome job of being a noir detective writer.  Plus it was a ghost/zombie/cultist/horror tale, too.  And because I am who I am, it was also quirky and funny in a Whedonesque.  And I even dabbled in romance for the series.

In The Spellmason Chronicles, I upped the ante on the latter.  In Alchemystic, Lexi Belarus, the last—and currently only—practicing Spellmason finds herself drawn to Stanis, an ancient family gargoyle sworn to protect them.  In the just released this fall Stonecast I reveal more of that unseen world of modern day magic in Manhattan where the potential for Lexi to meet likeminded sorts of men brings on its own strong sense of romantic potential..

So the question is: In a world of protective gargoyles and bad boy alchemists, who would you choose? 

In Stanis, we have a loyal protector.  Bound by rules set upon him centuries ago, this gargoyle is not what he seems, but he has spent the centuries watching over the Belarus family.  Alexandra is his latest charge and as more of his origin is revealed, that rule bound loyalty become a true protectiveness that Lexi finds hard to resist.

Not that she needs much protecting, but it’s always nice to have someone with you when your backs up against the wall.  Wait, that’s no wall… that’s just Stanis.

But his pluses don’t end there. Gargoyles such as Stanis take on much the properties that can be found in their stone make up.  They are sturdy, dependable and eternally watchful.  There is a comfort in that vigilance that Lexi finds definitely has its appeal.

But, you may be thinking, there are several downsides to it, right?  Something that is eternal and vigilant will watch you grow old, withering away as it stays unchanged, never growing older with you. 

And think about the logistics of trying to.. express love with a large stone golem. Ever fall down on the pavement and scrape your knee so hard you cried from the pain of it?  Now just imagine that during a more… intimate private moment…

Could that work?  Would romantic love be enough to be happy?

What if you met someone like-minded in your newfound love of alchemy and magic?  And what if they were human?  The familiarity of companionship from our modern world, the soft touch of skin on top of it all…could that work, even though this human might have bad boy tendencies and motives that may not by entirely pure… 

Choices, choices… say what you will, but romance is never boring.  It’s exciting and complex, leaving you with those tough choices among an embarrassment of riches to choose from… but yet you must choose.

Gargoyle and human would both be willing to either fight at your side or be willing to die for you… who would you choose?   Read The Spellmason Chronicles to find out how Alexandra chooses and tell me if you agree with her choices.

Thanks for reading,


Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

One comment

  1. Definitely choose the bad boy alchemist. Gargoyles remind me of the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys. And, I don’t care how old I get those flying monkeys freak me out. 🙂
    Thank you for introducing your books to us!
    Julie O