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tljNew York Times Bestesller! The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. The few remaining who still wield the Force for good have been driven into exile or hiding. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire—as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader, targeted for assassination, from Coruscant to safety on a distant world. It’s a risky move under any circumstances, but Jax and his trusted crew aboard the Far Ranger, including the irrepressible droid I-Five, are prepared to pit their combat skills and their vessel’s firepower against all Imperial threats—except the one Jax fears most. Reports have raced across the galaxy that the dark lord of the Sith has fallen in a duel to the death with a Rebel freedom fighter. But Jax discovers the chilling truth when he reaches out with the Force . . . only to touch the dark, unmistakable, and malignantly alive presence that is Darth Vader. And Jax knows that Vader will stop at nothing until the last Jedi has fallen.

” I have to say that The Last Jedi was a damn fine novel. It explored some excellent emotional depths and touched upon some intriguing intellectual threads. The story really fired on all cylinders.” – Skuldren (Amazon)

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shadowgamescoverJavul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself—straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

“I’ll admit, its been awhile since Star Wars deviated from the Jedi Order and their Force powered, lightsaber driven storylines. And yes, they’re interesting, but sometimes the fact that there are billions of other beings in the galaxy is forgotten. This is one of the stories that leave the Jedi and Sith completely out of it and instead focus on smugglers, divas, and droids… [Dash] and his ship, the Outrider, and his droid companion Leebo vanished and deserved another shot. This is it.” — Guitarist of the Midwest (Amazon)

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MrTwilightIn a bookshop specializing in rare volumes, an avid fan of horror fiction seizes a tome too valuable and too incredible to fathom. In the end, the man was too curious to live. . . .

A few miles away, in a Manhattan brownstone, another man learns about the explosion that left a gaping hole in the fabric of reality. Colin–he has no other name–has been an unrelenting warrior against the dark, the demonic, and the damned. A man who has angels at his side and hell staring him in the face, he has devoted his life to solving magical crimes and tracking down–and neutralizing–the perpetrators of those crimes, human and nonhuman alike. Now Colin is about to team up with a beautiful Native American a long way from home and a tough NYPD detective who seems to be immune to magic. Together, in a funhouse of evidence and apparitions, they are chasing a killer and untangling a tale that leads from the infamous Vlad the Impaler to a dead twentieth-century occult author and his gorgeous daughter–who is as seductive as the devil himself.

Mr. Twilight combines the mystical and the mysterious, the supernatural and the primitive, in a rich, steamy brew of otherworldly adventure.

“A rare bookshop find sends an avid horror fiction fan into danger while a fighter against the demonic battles a hole in the fabric of reality. Connections between the two events will bring in an investigation team unique in their ability to chase a killer through an underground occult world in this gripping story perfect for dual fans of mysteries and science fiction.” — Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch for Midwest Book Review

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Bohnhoff_Spirit Gate 900x600The magic of Polia is broken, the delicate connection between its male and female elements, sundered. Blame for this and other calamities both natural and political has long been laid at the feet of the White Mothers–rare adepts who can handle both male and female elements. The young widow, Kassia Telek, is one such woman. Barred from the legitimate use of her talents, she peddles herbs in the town square to feed herself and her son, Beyla . . . until, one day, she comes to the attention of Master Lukasha, head of Polia’s foremost center of arcane learning. 

Lukasha sees in the young widow a chance to mend his broken and besieged land and save Polia’s king from the necessity of a disastrous political marriage to a daughter of the Frankish Empire. It seems his dearest hopes will be realized when Kassia’s native curiosity and talent lead her to discover a trove of hidden knowledge. But Kassia gradually discovers that not everything that can be known should be known. The magic to which she holds the key, thrusts her into a battle with forces that can save Polia from its enemies or destroy everything she holds dear.

“Bohnhoff’s attention to details of history, character and magic makes this book stand out.” — Dragon Magazine

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Book One of The Mer Cycle.

The Mer Cycle begins…

In the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Cyne Colfre, a fifteen year-old girl named Mereddyd-a-Lagan sought to wield powers reserved, until now, for men. Would she attain the station of Osraed … or die a heretic like the one who went before her?

REVIEWS:

“…I was pulled into the story and read it in a single sitting.” – Science Fiction Chronicle

“A gifted writer whose skillfully subtle use of language creates a beautiful reading experience…almost haunting in its intensity.” – Romantic Times

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Bohnhoff-Taminy600x900Book Two of the Mer Cycle.

They said Taminy-a-Cuinn was a sorceress, and that she drowned in the Meri’s Sea seeking a station denied her by tradition and nature. One hundred years have passed and Taminy has walked out of the Sea and back into the land of the living for a purpose only she knows.

Some call this a miracle—some call it a diabolical plot. Will the truth be known before Caraid-land is torn apart?

“…be sure to pick up Taminy, the enthralling continuation of Maya Kaathryn and powerful and evocative first book, The Meri. …this intricately wrought character study…set(s) the stage beautifully for the forthcoming Crystal Rose. Ms. Bohnhoff is a superlative talent with an exquisite gift for pure storytelling magic.” – Romantic Times

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Bohnhoff-TheCrystalRose600x900Book Three of the Mer Cycle.

She is the sign of God on earth; she is the personification of evil. She is the rebirth of the religion of Caraid-land; she is its complete undoing. Some call her Taminy-Osmaer—Divinely Glorious. Some call her Taminy-Wicke and ward against her. Which of these is the petite seventeen-year-old who has fled with her followers to the high crags of the Gyldan-Baenn? This is the question that tears Caraid-land apart, splitting families, pitting the noble Houses against each other and throwing the religious order into chaos.

Daimhin Feich—the man who would be king—knows only this: Taminy-a-Cuinn, whether angel or demon, has something he must have if he is to redeem his own fortunes and that of his House. Among her devotees is the young ruler of the divided nation and Daimhin Feich means to get the boy back by any means, even if it destroys the land he hopes to rule.

“An author whose imaginative insights shine with a special beauty, Ms. Bohnhoff is becoming one of the great names in fantasy.” – Romantic Times

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Anala Nadim is a free woman until she travels to the planet Mehtar to procure supplies for her father’s mining operation on Mehtar’s impoverished sister world—the colony planet Avasa. When a twist of fate enslaves Anala to the Lord Prince Jaya Sarojin, Anala is engaged in a battle to free herself from slavery and her world from subjugation to a corrupt Mehtaran consortium. So begins a tale of greed, betrayal, political intrigue and love that threatens to tear Anala from her spiritual path, and introduces both her and Jaya to true darkness.

Laldasa is Sanskrit for “beloved slave” and I think it’s a fitting title for a story of class boundaries, racial prejudices and the one power capable of overcoming them. It’s the story of one small woman battling a political machinery over which she has no control and one supposedly powerful man who realizes that he is as much a pawn of the machinery as the casteless woman he befriends.

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Taco Del-900x600Some wizards have staffs, wands, or mediums. Taco Del has a tree…

The Kingdom of Embarcadero is under siege. King Elvis wants to steal its secrets, mysterious outsiders want to expel its citizens, an ancient and sinister Force threatens to devour their souls. Salvation rests on the slender shoulders of a young wizard named Taco Del and his unlikely allies — a red-haired Chinese girl, a ghosty tribe of Mission Indians and a small fir tree named Doug.

Taco Del’s story was first published as a novella in Amazing Stories magazine. My agent so loved the world and the characters that he asked if I could write an entire novel about them. Well, duh.

“The book charmed me. I fell in love with Taco and Firescape — and Doug. Bohnhoff’s prose is inventive, yet transparent: a dialect comprehensible to contemporary readers but also perfectly evolved for its near-future setting. It can also be very, very funny. When I had to put the story down, I looked forward to picking it up again. After I finished it, I kept expecting to be able to go back to it, because the characters’ lives extended beyond ‘The End.’ I hope I get to read those adventures, too.” — Vonda N. McIntyre

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Bohnhoff-Princess600x900Philadelphia, 1950‘s: a boy, a baseball, a cockroach. Unlikely place. Unlikely characters. Unlikely love story.

I grew up with tales of Old World magic. Fairy tales, ghost stories, legends of great Slavic heroes like Kralyevich Marko and his marvelous horse, Sharats. Living in the USA, I wondered where the magic went and if maybe just a little of it might have crossed the ocean from the Motherland.

A Princess of Passyunk is my answer…

“O. My. God, Maya. This is such a great book! I don’t get to read a lot of good new books these days. Mostly I read MSS I have to read, and then when they’re sucky I retreat to my old favorites ‘cuz I know I can trust them. WHAT A TREAT!” — Jennifer Stevenson, author of The Hinky Brass Bed

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3 thoughts on “Novels

  1. Hi

    I was a big fan of the latest jax pavan book “The Last Jedi”, and I wanted to ask: are there were plans to write more? It would be great to see more of him, perhaps trying to rebuild the Jedi Order on his own, or even looking again at the Force powers that use the manipulation of time.

    1. Hi, Josh,

      Thanks for the kind words about Jax and “The Last Jedi.” It was a challenge to write and a real roller coaster. I mean that almost literally—writing a novel with that much of an emotional core and action is a lot like designing a roller coaster.

      I’d love to write more about Jax, unfortunately, the way the Galaxy Far, Far Away is going, Disney doesn’t want stories written in the time period Jax lives in. They’re very much about their new characters rather than the “Legends” or legacy ones. And, I don’t know how JJ Abrams feels about time travel, but George Lucas absolutely forbade it.

      If I could think of a way to put Jax in the new timeline, I’d be sure to pitch the idea to my editor, but he’d be even older than Luke Skywalker at this point. Hmmm, maybe we could say he was this mysterious old Jedi who reappears with his droid sidekick to help take down Kylo Ren.

      Seriously, Josh, I may just have to pitch that to my editor….:)

  2. Over a decade after her high school experience of being pressured to choose between practical subjects and the arts of music and writing, Bohnhoff wrote an autobiographical essay “But My Mother Was a Singer”

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