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About Tammie Painter
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Okay, now for the bio....
Many moons ago I was a scientist in a neuroscience lab where I got to play with brains and illegal drugs.
Now, I’m an award-winning indie author who turns wickedly strong tea into imaginative fiction (so, basically still playing with brains and drugs) that's often set in an altered version of my hometown -- Portland, Oregon -- or the Pacific Northwest.
My fascination for myths, history, and how they interweave inspired my two historical fantasy series, The Osteria Chronicles and my second series, Domna.
But all those ancient myths and angst-ridden heroes got a bit too serious for someone with a strange sense of humor and odd way of looking at the world.
So, while sitting at my grandmother’s funeral, my brain came up with an idea for a contemporary fantasy trilogy that’s filled with magic, mystery, snarky humor, and the dead who just won’t stay dead. That idea turned into The Cassie Black Trilogy, which has turned into a fan favorite.
I'm currently working on a new series where dragons do the sleuthing when people start getting bumped off at a very unusual circus.
When I’m not creating worlds or killing off characters, I can be found gardening, dreaming of my next travel adventure, working as an unpaid servant to four cats and two guinea pigs, or concocting something in the kitchen.
Before you wander off, be sure to grab my FREE series starters, The Trials of Hercules: Book One of the Osteria Chronicles; and Domna, Part One: The Sun God's Daughter.
THE CASSIE BLACK TRILOGY (a humorous paranormal mystery sort of thing)
The Undead Mr Tenpenny
The Uncanny Raven Winston
The Untangled Cassie black
THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES (historical fantasy with a mythological twist)
The Trials of Hercules (FREE on most retailers)
The Voyage of Heroes
The Maze of Minos
The Bonds of Osteria
The War of Ares
The Return of Odysseus
DOMNA: A SERIALIZED NOVEL OF OSTERIA (historical fantasy with a ruthless female lead)
Domna: The Complete Series (omnibus)
Part One: The Sun God's Daughter (FREE on most retailers)
Part Two: The Solon's Son
Part Three: The Centaur's Gamble
Part Four: The Regent's Edict
Part Five: The Forgotten Heir
Part Six: The Solon's Wife
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"...a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe" --Sarah Angleton, author of Gentleman of Misfortune
Cassie Black works at a funeral home. She's used to all manner of dead bodies. What she's not used to is them waking up. Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.
Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he's been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she's been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny's true killer.
Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she's blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.
If you like contemporary fantasy with snarky humor, unforgettable characters, and paranormal mystery such as Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, you'll find it hard to pry yourself away from this first book of the Cassie Black Trilogy.
- Selected as one of Apple's Most Anticipated Books of 2021
- Winner of the Novel Excerpt Prize from the League of American PEN Women
- Finalist in the Yeah You Write Novel Contest
Ever have one of those weeks? You've taken an overdose of magic, you've just melted a twelve-year old girl, and Magic HQ has sent a letter "requesting" you come by to discuss your magic control issues.
No? Just me then?
I don't want to go. I've got a boss in a wheelchair (my fault), a zombie cat who demands his treats on schedule, and no interest in sorting out the quirks of another magical community.
But when someone slips me information tying my parents' disappearance to HQ, I can't pack my bags quickly enough.
I'm soon destroying historical displays, befriending befuddled ghosts, and focusing more on uncovering the truth about my past than on learning how to rein in my magic. Which, since HQ has a test for me that if I fail… Well, best not to think about that.
This second book of the Cassie Black Trilogy squeezes you through a magic portal, lodges you in a hidden corner of the Tower of London, and plunges you into a tale of mysterious mishaps, peculiar ravens, and TV-binging trolls.
If you like contemporary fantasy with unforgettable characters, snarky humor, and a touch of paranormal mystery -- or if you've ever wondered what those garden gnomes are really up to -- you'll find it hard to pry yourself away from The Uncanny Raven Winston.
What readers are saying about the trilogy so far...
Cassie Black has just lost two people through a magic portal. Her archenemy, the Mauvais, is threatening to destroy city after city if HQ doesn't hand her over to him. And HQ isn't exactly saying no to that offer.
As HQ debates her fate, Cassie refuses to sit by and watch the grass grow between the toes of the surveillance gnomes. Biting back her life rule to never get involved, she knows the only way to stop the Mauvais is to go after him herself.
Which is exactly what he wants. Because the instant Cassie falls into his hands, the Mauvais will gain the unlimited power he’s always craved.
So don't get captured, right? Easy for you to say.
Trouble is, there's a traitor within HQ who's proving to be more devious, more powerful, and to have more tricks up the sleeve than anyone could have ever guessed.
In this page-turning conclusion of the Cassie Black Trilogy, the curses are flying, the pastries are plentiful, and the magical batteries are charged to capacity.
If you like contemporary fantasy with unforgettable characters, snarky humor, and a touch of paranormal mystery -- and if you don't mind the slithering of a bookworm -- you’ll love what’s under the cover of The Untangled Cassie Black.
What readers are saying about the series so far...
- Wow and wow again! I absolutely loved this book! You get such a feel for the characters and the story is so fast paced you don't want to put it down.
- ...a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe...
- …suffused with dark humor and witty dialogue…a fun read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced, somewhat snarky, somewhat twisted, fantasy adventures.
- I was unable to put this down when I started reading it. The author combines humour with a fast paced murder mystery all packed into a funeral home.
Convicted of three heinous murders, Herc Dion is sentenced to a series of trials that will pit him against formidable monsters, push his physical and mental endurance to the limit, and deliver him to the edge of Hades.
Throughout these ordeals, Herc endures the brutal cruelty of Hera, the goddess whose hatred of Herc has blinded her to the near ruin of her realm and to plans that will spell the end of her existence. Realizing Hera has done everything to destroy him, will Herc risk his own life to protect hers?
Vividly set in a future Pacific Northwest, this imaginative and absorbing retelling of the legend of Hercules teams with gods and heroes torn between love and jealousy, loyalty and revenge, and rivalry and honor.
If you like mythological fantasy fiction full of adventure, romance, heroism, and characters that come to life, you’ll love The Trials of Hercules.
This first installment of a page-turning series is a must-read for any fan of Clash of the Titans or historical fantasy fiction by authors such as Madeline Miller, Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, and S.J.A. Turney.
Grab your copy of The Trials of Hercules today to step into a captivating new world.
Soon after returning to Athenos to celebrate his father's recent marriage, Theseus learns his homeland must submit to the cruel demands of an unexpected enemy.
Goaded by his father’s new wife, Theseus volunteers to defend his land by entering a battle to the death in the pitch black depths of an ancient maze. A battle against a monster of the gods’ creation. A battle no other has survived.
Aided by the goddess Aphrodite, Theseus stands a stronger chance of triumph than his predecessors, but as ever, the gods’ kindness harbors ulterior motives. His bravery, his sacrifice, his struggle to push his world back from the brink of war only serves to further Aphrodite’s goals. Goals that will destroy the stability of Osteria and anyone who stands in her way.
The Maze of Minos delivers an exhilarating tale of deception and determination, hostile ambition and daring heroism in a world where the myths, gods, and heroes of Ancient Greece come to life as you've never seen them before. If you crave a blend of mythology, fantasy, and historical adventure, you'll love The Maze of Minos.
Dare to enter The Maze of Minos by picking up your copy today!
The war may be over, but the fight for Osteria’s future has just begun.
With the immortality of the gods resting in the hands of the titans, all of Osteria is at risk of annihilation. As their powers fail and their allies fall, the gods must put their trust in the unlikeliest of heroes in the unlikeliest of places.
As the weakened gods limp their way toward a final battle against the titans, one man simply wants to return home from the war in Demos. But getting home may just be the toughest challenge Odysseus has ever endured.
Captured by a vengeful foe who makes the brutality of war seem like child’s play, Odysseus faces torture, indignity, and despair. His only hope proves to be a cunning sorceress, but even she has tricks that keep Odysseus’s goals impossibly out of reach.
With Odysseus’s world about to fall apart, with Osteria teetering on the edge of ruin, and with titans on the verge of supremacy, can the gods band together and intervene before it’s too late?
For both gods and mortals, it’s a race against time for survival, for love, and for Osteria in this emotionally-charged final installment of the Osteria Chronicles.
If you crave the mythological adventure of Clash of the Titans and enjoy the blend of history and fantasy in books by S.J.A Turney, Bernard Cornwell, and Madeline Miller, you’ll love the Osteria Chronicles, the series that brings myths to life as you’ve never seen them before.
The Battle of Ares sees Osteria at its most vulnerable. It’s a time of life-shattering power struggles, shifting alliances, and characters going against their nature to protect their realm and those they love.
Tricked into starting a war with Demos by his power-hungry brother, Menelaus leads the Osterian forces to exact vengeance on the man he believes has wronged him.
With its capital in the hands of invaders, the polis of Demos now faces enemies on two fronts: the vicious warriors of Aryana and the Osterians who should be Demos’s allies.
Although the Osterians start off strong, clashing personalities within the Osterian camp soon crush any hope for a short battle and trust in their leaders erodes to nothing.
Meanwhile, the gods on Olympus refuse to heed dire warnings that the titans are inching ever closer to obliterating them. And the moment the gods cease to exist, the mortals of Osteria will soon follow.
For mortal and immortal lives to survive this threat, the gods must set aside their arrogance, their stubbornness, and their differences. A challenge they have never successfully met before.
If you crave the mythological adventure of Clash of the Titans and enjoy the blend of history and fantasy in books by S.J.A Turney, Bernard Cornwell, and Madeline Miller, you’ll love this powerful tale of vengeance, honor, and loyalty.
The Battle of Ares is the fifth installment of the Osteria Chronicles, the series that brings myths to life as you’ve never seen them before.
The titans gather. The gods plot against one another. And the mortals of Osteria become locked in a battle against nature, monsters, and one other.
When internal and external struggles push them too far, former heroes prove themselves unable to protect Osteria, and new heroes are forged as the bonds of family, friendship, and marriage are challenged at every turn.
But will their valor be enough in a world where even love can lead to war amidst the gods’ battle for supremacy?
If you like the mythological adventure of Clash of the Titans or the blend of history and fantasy in books by S.J.A Turney, Bernard Cornwell, and Madeline Miller, you'll love this captivating tale where love battles cruel deception, and honor struggles against blind ambition.
Get captured in The Bonds of Osteria by grabbing your copy today!
A compelling adventure of fidelity, treachery, corruption and duty The Voyage of Heroes is the second installment in the Osteria Chronicles, a captivating series in which the myths of Ancient Greece come to life as you’ve never seen them before. Perfect for fans of Clash of the Titans, as well as historical fantasy fiction by Madeline Miller, Bernard Cornwell, Mary Renault, and S.J.A. Turney.
After being tricked into believing the possession of a well-guarded treasure will prove his right to rule, Jason, Prince of Illamos Valley, leaves his realm in the hands of his uncle to embark on a perilous quest. While his uncle viciously takes control of Illamos Valley, Jason finds himself the pawn in a battle that pits god against god, titan against man, and family against one another.
With time running out to save his homeland, Jason finds himself struggling through treacherous waters, being held captive in an aggressively fortified kingdom, and getting trapped in a dangerous love affair.
But even if Jason makes it out of the kingdom alive, controls a rebellious crew, and fights down doubts of his own worthiness to be king, can he survive the betrayal of the one person he never expected to turn against him?
Vividly set in a future Pacific Northwest, The Voyage of Heroes is a page-turning blend of fantasy, history, and mythology in a series that breathes new life into the myths of Ancient Greece. If you like fast-paced adventure, perilous romance, heroes battling monsters within and without, and gods behaving badly you'll love The Voyage of Heroes.
Continue your Osterian adventure by picking up your copy of The Voyage of Heroes today!
- "I can't emphasize enough how good this book was and how much I enjoyed reading it."
- "…kept me turning pages the whole way through like any guilty pleasure."
- "…satisfying, from beginning to end."
- "I strongly recommend this series..."
If you crave the mythological adventure of Clash of the Titans and enjoy the blend of history and fantasy in Games of Thrones as well as books by S.J.A Turney, Bernard Cornwell, and Madeline Miller, you’ll love this collection of the first three books* of a captivating series in which the myths, gods, and heroes of Ancient Greece come to life as you've never seen them before.
This set includes…
- The Trials of Hercules: In a world where mortals contend with the gods' vengeful whims, one man must ask himself if he will risk his life to defend the goddess who has done everything to destroy him.
- The Voyage of Heroes: In a dangerous game that pits god against god, and family against one another, trust proves to be the deadliest weapon.
- The Maze of Minos: With the gods as your allies, your life, your world, and your sanity have never been in more danger. Adventure, betrayal, and passion are waiting.
- Exclusive Bonus Content: From the creation of the series to a tour through the world of Osteria, this collection includes a wealth of bonus material not available in earlier versions of the books.
As a realm teeters on the verge of rebellion anything is possible, except one woman’s freedom to choose her fate.
If you like the political intrigue, adventure, and love triangles of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Bernard Cornwell, and the mythological world-building of fantasy fiction by Madeline Miller and Simon Scarrow, you'll love Domna.
Sofia Domna has her future planned. She'll follow in her father’s footsteps and lead the Temple of Apollo. She’ll marry her childhood love, Papinias. She’ll have respect, status, and power.
So when her father bitterly forces her betrothal to a stranger and orders her from the life she’s always known, Sofia is thrown into a new world where any wrong move could mean her demise.
Refusing to give up her home, her future, and her love, Sofia immediately plans her escape, but she soon learns exactly how cruel destiny and the people surrounding her new husband can be.
Set in a world brimming with political turmoil and violent ambition, Domna is a six-part serialized novel that tells the tale of Sofia Domna, a woman whose destiny is abruptly changed when she reprimands the wrong man.
As Sofia's life moves through the trials of a forced marriage, motherhood, and yearning temptation, she learns that destiny isn't given; it's made by cunning, endurance, and, at times, bloodshed.
Grab your copy of Domna, Part One: The Sun God’s Daughter to begin this highly-anticipated tale of passion, ambition, and betrayal today.
Domna is a six-part serialized novel. The titles include:
"The chills and the mystery really kept me going, and I loved that ending! Definitely worth a read if you're in the mood for a haunting!" --Jaunts & Haunts Book Review
Arlen Hall is known to be troublesome, but that doesn't stop one author from purchasing the estate the moment it goes on the market.
With her history tied to the manor house's past and her heart tied to a man who died within its walls, the writer has devoted her life and her savings to owning the estate.
But when she moves in, the ghost of the man she's determined to love plays hard to get. It's only when she confronts him that she realizes Arlen Hall's secrets should have remained in the grave.
The Ghost of Arlen Hall delivers a chilling ghost story of misguided love. Feeling brave enough to cross the threshold of Arlen Hall? Download your copy today!
Note: The Ghost of Arlen Hall is a short story of approximately 3700 words, or about 15 pages in a standard paperback format.