New Release Night Hunt (Necromancer for Hire Book 1) by Isa Mikaelson and Meet the Author

It was that ‘necromancer for hire’ that got me interested. And I was right to be.

Night Hunt by (Necromancer for Hire Book 1) Isa Mikaelson released on Thursday in the Urban Fantasy, Young Adult genre.

Betrayal takes a backseat to survival.

Called back to his small town in Washington for a funeral, Ezra Zaan finds himself exactly where he doesn’t want to be … in the middle of paranormal problems with the vampire ex who broke his heart. The new owner of the Book of the Dead, Ezra’s tasked with defending the town against the Night’s Huntsmen—a deadly group of ghostly hunters who run a magical competition that ends in death and ruin for all paranormal beings. It is set to begin, and the only way to survive is if the factions of witches, vampires, and shifters band together.

Which is easier said than done when their hatred has them at each other’s throats. Investigating the breaches in the veil between their world and the other, they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to tear them apart.

It’s a race against time and their own tangled past as they prepare for the battle of a lifetime.


Setting the wards is more than a walk around the perimeter, calling out to the elements. They’re keyed into the very being and require blood to take. Cutting my palm, I bring forth fire in the other hand and allow my blood to drip onto the ground.

By Fire I ward thee:

Guard this space from all ill will,

And those who wish me harm.

Heat engulfs me, blowing back the longish strands of my hair, and drawing a line of sweat onto my forehead. I’d never had manifestations like this. My stickh was with the dead. I continue on, ignoring the newly-formed desert in my mouth.

By Wind I ward thee:

Guard this space from all ill will,

And those who wish me harm.

Droplets of blood disappear into the earth as if the land itself is making a personal contract. The incense burning on the ground releases a thick puff of sage and cedarwood laden smoke. Maybe it is. A gust of wind threatens to knock me off my feet as its snags at my jacket with hungry hands. I stumble, swaying like a drunkard. The intensity fades to a gentle breeze, and I right myself.

By Earth I ward thee:

Guard this space from all ill will,

And those who wish me harm.

Rumbling from deep beneath my feet shakes the earth, pitching me back like a horse unexpectedly bucking its rider. Blinking, I find myself ass over kettle. I scramble up, and ride the undulating ground like a surfer on a longboard. Feet planted, I try to flow with the vibrations, instinctively knowing participation is required.

This is my time to prove myself worthy to inherit. Old magic such as this can be nearly sentient. Everything stops abruptly. I fall forward. A mound of dirt piles up beside me. I tense, readying to defend myself from a nocturnal rodent. A tree sapling emerges.

By water I ward thee:

Guard this space from all ill will

And those who wish me harm.

A streak of lightning slashes through the night angrily. A loud clap of thunder vibrates the ground, and the sky opens above me. Cool rain splatters against my clothes, soaking me to the skin. I finish the walk, completing the circuit. Heaviness slams into my chest. I hit the ground, dazed. My vision darkens, and I feel it. The house is built upon a ley line. The wards take their energy from the source in exchange for protection.

Storm clouds crowd in as rain continues to come in sideways. Thunder booms, performing a duet with the crackling lightning streaking across the night sky. I can taste the magic in the air. Mother’s succession of power has begun. Sitting in the mud, I tilt my head back and open my mouth, swallowing down water to quench my thirst as I try to adjust to the drastic changes my magic has undergone. Energy races inside of me, stretching and reshaping. My skin feels too tight.

AUTHOR BIO: Isa Mikaelson is a USA Today Bestselling author starting a new Penname for YA. She lives in Cincinnati with her two daughters and husband. She is known for her strong female leads, detailed fantastical worlds, and compelling romance infused plots. Her mind is a treasure trove of paranormal, historical, and various other random facts.

The Rules are… There are No Rules

by Isa Mikaelson

I’ve been a professional writer for about nine years now. Wow. It’s insane to say that. Looking back,  there are quite a few things I wish someone had told me when I first started. I’ll share a few of those with you now.

– The rules are, there are no rules.  People will try to tell you what you should do, but the fact is, some of the greatest stories are written when people throw caution to the wind. The same things don’t always work for everyone, and you can only find yourself by being true to your vision. Learn to take what people say and then decide if it really applies to you.

– Protect your love of storytelling.  We all start writing because we have something to say. We want to share the people living in our heads, and it makes us feel amazing when we get the words down or perfect that one thing that had been nagging us. We live to write. Once you lose sight of why you started, and disconnect from the source that fuels your muse, it can be a long road back, so be aware if you find your love or interest flagging. Feed the muse, and take the necessary steps to care for yourself.

– It’s a journey not a race. We don’t know where our writing is going to take us or when we’ll get there. That’s just part of the craziness that comes with this field. It can take years to reach certain goals, or it could all fall into your lap swiftly before you can bat an eyelash. Pace yourself. Be kind to yourself, physically and mentally. Take breaks, get sleep, stay inspired. Don’ t forget to make time to read, explore, learn, and live. Life is more than a computer screen. I say this because I’m guilty of holing away in my office like a troll.  Hi my name is Isa, and sometimes I get a little lost in my writing process.

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