Get a complimentary copy of Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia

Get a complimentary copy of Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia

Would you like to read the first Weeia Marshals in Paris book? Are you on my subscriber list? Then don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

If you follow my posts and promos you know I occasionally offer free copies. To celebrate the release on my new book, An American Weeia in Paris, until the end of April 3, 2020 you can get a free ebook (mobi or ePub) copy of Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia (click the title in blue to read the blurb), book one of the Marshals Series with four stars in the Midwest Book Review.

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New! Cover reveal for An American Weeia in Paris

New! Cover reveal for An American Weeia in Paris

Check out the cover for my newest book An American Weeia in Paris due out very soon.

Know exactly where in Paris the white structures in the background are? You are invited to leave in a comment with your best guess.

An American Weeia in Paris

While human residents are delighted with the new superhero in the City of Light Danni, acting head of the Paris Weeia office, is tasked with apprehending the unidentified person her superiors believe is Weeia. Will she succeed before a well connected upstart beats her to the goal and steals her job?

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“This Paris is likely to feel real to all but the most Parisian of readers,” says reviewer

“This Paris is likely to feel real to all but the most Parisian of readers,” says reviewer

Author David Higgins read and reviewed the first book in the Paris Marshals Series.

I recommend it to readers seeking an urban fantasy thriller that relies on character and investigation more than magical abilities

Dave Higgins

Boca mixes the shock of moving to a new culture, the frustration of being a cop with a boss who won’t support them, and an urban fantasy world that isn’t filled with the usual creatures to create a tale of magical investigation that is driven by character rather than special effects.

Near identical but gifted with magical abilities, Weeia have always lived among humans in secret. The Marshals exist both to capture criminals and ensure the secret remains. When Danni is offered a placement in Paris straight out of training, she can’t believe her luck. However, with her predecessors dead, the Marshals’ office near derelict, and her boss only interested in her not getting in the way of his life of decadence, she realises her posting might not be what it seemed.

This novel is set in the same world as Boca’s Unelmoija series. However, it neither relies upon nor reveals events in those novels. As such, it both is suitable as an introduction to the world, and can be read in parallel to the Unelmoija arc.

Unlike the focus on mystical heritage and secrets of Unelmoija series, this novel is akin to an urban fantasy detective or police procedural. While it has a large dose of the same unique metaphysics, a substantial part of the plot revolves around using—or subverting—procedures, analysing evidence, and investigating rather than wielding strange abilities and unravelling prophecies. By creating a police service that is similar to those of Western nations but different in a number of key ways, Boca skilfully balances the reader’s desire to solve along with the characters against the use of magic for investigation.

Boca weaves a detailed but not obsessively so thread of Parisian life through these mysteries, adding to the firm foundation created by mundane detection, creating a parallel series of challenges, and rounding out characters. While she admits to taking some liberties with reality, this Paris is likely to feel real to all but the most Parisian of readers.

Although there are—as might be expected of what was written as the first book in a series—some questions left unanswered, Boca resolves the majority of threads, providing Danni with victories that are not only satisfying but significant enough that the book could stand as a solo work.

Danni is a sympathetic protagonist. The daughter of Marshals who were disgraced by some unexplained event, she is torn between an unconscious desire to present herself as a good Weeia and many years of not letting bullies silence her; this opposition both drives and inhibits her efforts to undertake her posting efficiently despite the rest of the Marshals’ presence wanting her to stay quiet and leave thing alone.

The supporting cast are similarly shaped by internal contradictions, making them, Weeia and human alike, feel like real people living lives beyond the plot.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I recommend it to readers seeking an urban fantasy thriller that relies on character and investigation more than magical abilities.

Dave Higgins, speculative fiction author
(see it and other reviews on his website at https://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/unelmoija-paradox-by-elle-boca/

Author says Paradox is “an engaging take on time travel”

Author says Paradox is “an engaging take on time travel”

Author David Higgins completed the final book in the Unelmoija Series. Below, with his permission, is his review.

Dave Higgins

Unelmoija: Paradox by Elle Boca

Boca balances the mutability of the past with temporal inertia to create a time-travel story that is neither burdened with the irrevocable nor rendered insipid by the opportunity to redo things until they are right.

This book is the fifth in Boca’s Weeia series. Potential spoilers for previous volumes ahead.

Convinced that Amy’s father, Thomas McKnight, is responsible for the death of his father, Klaus threatens to blow up a nuclear reactor and expose the Weeia unless he is handed over immediately. Still reeling from the death of her mother, Amy attempts to use her timeshifting powers to discover the truth. With both Klaus and McKnight having memories of places and events that never happened, it is clear the past has changed. But what is the true past and will trying to restore it do more damage than good?

As with the previous volume in the series, the narration is full of explanations and short reprises of past events. While this does not create an overwhelming feeling of objective reportage—and might even assist readers who have not read the previous books recently—readers who prefer a more immersive point-of-view might find these ‘speeches to camera’ distancing.

In contrast, the other half of the narration—that of fresh events—is mostly free of these expositions, maintaining a greater sense of tension and subjectivity.

The plot is an engaging take on time travel: building on the idea that the past can be changed but only with risk that she introduced in Timeshifter, Boca provides the reader with character statements and images of history that do not all fully fit together, along with clear signs that both key figures in the inciting incident are suffering symptoms of having been affected by a change in their timeline. This evidence of at least two different pasts both undermines the reader’s usual certainty that if one person is telling the truth another is lying and conceals the original past, making judging the cost of restoring it (or not) more of a gamble.

Unfortunately, these threads do not explain why Klaus waited as long as he did to make his threat rather than attempting something during an earlier encounter with Amy; While readers might be able to guess possible reasons, the absence of explanation in a book where there is a clear explanation of many other matters stands out, creating a slight sense of author-driven rather than character-driven action.

In parallel with these unravelling timelines and the various threats, metaphysical and character-driven, that they pose, Boca also reveals more about Amy’s powers and place in Weeia society. Providing both a plausible explanation of the Unelmoija and a reason Amy’s impact will not continue to grow as she comes to better understand her powers, this is likely to provide readers with a satisfyingly certain conclusion to the series.

Amy is consistent with the previous books. As before, her powers grow beyond her experience, making her challenge more how to access her ability than whether she has the ability. Her compassionate and truthful nature both make her sympathetic and create further obstacles; while Klaus has treated her badly on several occasions and her father continues to act poorly, she rejects the easier courses of foiling Klaus or abandoning her father in favour of trying to uncover the truth and save both of them.

The supporting cast, both Weeia and human, each display a mix of commendable qualities and understandable frailties, providing alternate perspectives to Amy’s that both showcase her virtues and her imperfections.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I recommend it to readers who enjoyed the previous volumes in the series.

Dave Higgins, speculative fiction author
(see it and other reviews on his website at https://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/unelmoija-paradox-by-elle-boca/

Next book update

Next book update

If you have been following the adventures of Danni Metreaux in Paris and reached the end of book three there is good news. An American Weeia in Paris, book four of the Paris Marshals Series, is coming along nicely.

Beta readers (that you for your feedback) have shared their input. More news soon!

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Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia

Weeia on My Mind

Weeia on My Mind

Smells Like Weeia Spirit

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Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia (The Weeia Marshals Book 1)

Weeia on My Mind (The Weeia Marshals Book 2)

Smells Like Weeia Spirit (The Weeia Marshals Book 3)