Dark Energy, is the third installment in the Grumpy Old Wizard series. It takes place in a contemporary setting in Sarasota, Florida. Like the other two books in the series, this story offers plenty of adventure and fun. In the Grumpy Old Wizard series, Josephine is a special type of wizard called a category six which involves very slow aging. Even though she is in her eighties and retired, she enjoys the body and vitality of a twenty year old. Unlike other immortals you may read about, she doesn’t behave like a youngster but instead, as an individual whose accumulate a lifetime of experience. Her two friends have recently become immortal as well so the fact that they are young forever hasn’t quite sunk in with their preconceived beliefs that they are elderly.
Josephine has a lot more fire power than the normal wizard and a few extra abilities thrown into the mix. One of her rare talents that gives her an edge with police investigations is her psychometry which is so sharp and finely tuned that she doesn’t usually have to touch an object to receive psychic impressions from it. Her best friend, Helen, is the cool-headed member of the group while Alice is a spitfire with her own area of expertise that helps Josephine to crack her cases.
In Dark Energy, Josephine discovers secrets about the Valituras that put her in harm’s way as she is a threat to their plans. The Valituras have spies everywhere and infiltrated all levels of the government. They have amassed powerful enchantments over centuries and have decided that now is the time to make their move.
Series: Grumpy Old Wizards (Book #3)
Author: John O’Riley
Formats Available In: Digital and Print
Publication Date: November 16th 2013
Blurb: Josephine uncovers an important secret about the Valituras, a power-hungry organization that has lived in secret for centuries. They have amassed powerful dark magic and infiltrated all levels of the government. Now that their existence is publicly exposed and Josephine’s discovery leads to the capture of more Valituras agents, they decide to make a big move and declare war against the country. Josephine scrambles to protect herself and her loved ones from this powerful foe.
As she uncovers more clues in her search to expose the hidden identities of the Valituras leaders, her boyfriend grapples with his new talent of white magic which proves to be a potent yet unreliable source of power. Even as Mark’s abilities expand, he struggles to avoid burnout which will lead to a coma and reversion back to mainstream magic. When the U.S. government’s MADA department hires him to attempt restoration of an ancient historical site, American Stone Henge, the Valituras target him for termination.
As Josephine’s psychometry brings her closer to the truth about the Valituras, she fears the answers will come too late.
About John O’Riley:
John O'Riley began writing at a very early age. In fact, he's been writing for as long as he can remember. He is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.
He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper (Bishop Files/ psychic detective thrillers), Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a very friendly parakeet named Amy who helps spark his imagination.