W5 with Chris Bedell

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Next in my series of 5 questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Chris Bedell!

CJ Bedell IntheNameofMagic

Who is the star of your book?
17-year-old Maximillian is the star of IN THE NAME OF MAGIC.

What is your story about?
IN THE NAME OF MAGIC is about fascism in a Contemporary Earth-like fantasy/fairytale setting–Nonmagical people are being persecuted, and Maximillian must save his nonmagical best friend, Katherine, after her parents are murdered by Queen Vivian’s regime. Meanwhile, Maximillian is also pursuing a burgeoning relationship with Vivian’s estranged, younger brother, Prince Stefan.

When is it set?
It’s set in a time period that is modeled after the 1930’s–so there’s cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. but no internet.

Where is it set?
It’s set in the country of Magnifico which is modeled after Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Stalin’s USSR and Fransisco Franco’s Spain.

Why this story?
I always wanted to write a YA Dystopian novel, but could never find the right story to tell.


Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such nonmagical person. In a bid to keep her safe, Maximillian turns to the queen’s estranged younger brother, a man thought to be dead until recently.

Prince Stefan is nineteen years old and has been in hiding from his family for years. He has no desire to resurface in the political world, but Maximillian must convince him that the country needs him before it is too late.

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Buy IN THE NAME OF MAGIC on Amazon or directly from Ninestar Press

About the author:

My previous publishing credits include Thought Catalog, Crab Fat LiteraCJ Bedell picry Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Short-Story.me, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chicago Literati, The Vignette Review, Teleport Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Inklette Magazine, Sprout Magazine, and The Drunken Odyssey. I’m also a contributing blog writer to Moledro Magazine and YAtopia. I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2016.

Thanks for joining in, Chris!

W5 with Sara Codair

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Welcome to the next in my series of Ninestar Press authors answering five questions about their work.
This time it’s Sara Codair!

Power Surge by Sara Codair

Who is the star of your book?
Erin Evanstar (they/them/their) loves Star Wars and thinks they’re a monster. Life would be so much easier if they didn’t get every possible negative side effect when they took antidepressants and stimulants.

What is your story about? 
Coping with mental illness, being lied to, learning to forgive, fighting demons, and saving the world.

When is it set? 
Present day.

Where is it set?
In and around Portland, Maine. Some of the streets and landmarks are more or less based off of real places, like Portland Head Light; others, like St. Patrick’s, are completely made up.

Why this story?
This is the story I needed to read when I was teenager. These are characters that lived in my head for years before I started writing and refused to leave when I thought I’d given up on their story.


Erin has just realized that for the entirety of their life, their family has lied to them. Their Sight has been masked for years, so Erin thought the Pixies and Mermaids were hallucinations. Not only are the supernatural creatures they see daily real, but their grandmother is an Elf, meaning Erin isn’t fully human. On top of that, the dreams Erin thought were nightmares are actually prophecies.

While dealing with the anger they have over all of the lies, they are getting used to their new boyfriend, their boyfriend’s bullying ex, and the fact that they come from a family of Demon Hunters. As Erin struggles through everything weighing on them, they uncover a Demon plot to take over the world.

Erin just wants some time to work through it all on their own terms, but that’s going to have to wait until after they help save the world.

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About the author:

Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When Sara Codairnot lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Find Sara’s words in Alternative Truths, Helios Quarterly, and Secrets of the Goat People, at https://saracodair.com/


Thanks for joining in, Sara!

W5 with Casey Wolfe

who what when where why bannerNext in my series of five questions with Ninestar Press authors, it’s Casey Wolfe!

A Mages Power by Casey Wolfe

Who is the star of your book?  
A Mage’s Power stars master mage, Rowan, and his love interest, Shaw, who works for the Inquisition.

What is your story about?
The magical races (known as magicae) are disappearing, and many suspect the Inquisition are behind it.  Shaw is trying to figure out what’s going on.  Rowan’s just trying to pass his next masters exam while staying out of the path of a dark mage.  And the both of them are wondering if any sort of relationship between them could truly work.

When is it set? 
It’s contemporary, set in modern day with all it’s conveniences, however…

Where is it set?
The trilogy is set in the world of Eiocha (named after the Celtic creation myth), though the first book takes place solely in the country of Osterian.

Why this story?  
There was just something about these characters (all of them in the trilogy, not just Ro and Shaw) and the world that spoke to me.  I’ve enjoyed spending time with them so much, getting to tell their stories, and make this whole, broad world come to life.  It’s challenging, no doubt, but years into this project I’m still fascinated by it all.

Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic.

Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors.

When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late.

Buy Links:

Ninestar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/a-mages-power/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FF9ZK5T/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

About the author:

Author of gay romantic fiction, from contemporary to paranormal and everything in between.CAsey Wolfe photo

For Casey, existence equals writing. History nerd, film enthusiast, music lover, avid gamer, and just an all-around geek. Add in an unapologetic addiction to loose-leaf tea and you get the general picture. Married, with furry four-legged children, Casey lives happily in the middle of nowhere Ohio.
Pronouns: They/Them
Website: www.authorcaseywolfe.wordpress.com

Thanks for joining in, Casey!


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Next in my series highlighting the work of Ninestar Press authors, it’s Riina Y.T. with

Paradise Lodge by Riina YT

Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago.

Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever.

Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed.

Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen.

Buy PARADISE LODGE direct from Ninestar Press here.



Riina currently resides in Germany. She spent countless exciting days in the UK and US and lost her heart in Tokyo.Riina YT photo

She would be thrilled if one day her stories could brighten someone’s day in the way those beautiful romances always lighten up her dull everyday life. Riina is looking forward to sharing many more stories with the world.

When she doesn’t daydream about boys in love, and isn’t glued to her Kindle, Riina loves to travel the world and explore the unknown.

Visit Riina’s website here.



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