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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spotlight On: Crimes Against Magic by Steve J McHugh

Please welcome Steve McHugh to the Nook. Steve is another author who comes from Kelley Armstrong's board, though we only really started talking to each other on twitter, through mutual acquaintances. "Crimes Against Magic" is his first published book, but not his last, since it's the beginning of a series. I haven't read it yet, but someday, after I whittle down my existing TBR pile.

Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ (hmm, maybe Steve was influenced by the kids book, "A Boy, A Dog, and A Frog" by Mercer Mayer?) was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.

It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the results of which is now available to purchase.

He was born in a small village called Mexbrough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and two young daughters in Southampton.

Book Blurb (from author):

It’s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there. His only clue … a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.

Crimes Against Magic is an Urban Fantasy set in modern day London with Historical flashbacks to early fifteenth century France. It’s the first in a series of books called the Hellequin Chronicles, which shows the life of sorcerer Nathan (Nate) Garrett

By: Steve McHugh
Publisher: Hidden Realms Publishing
Format: EBOOK (Will be available in print at a later date, according to the author)
Length: 523 KB, 295 pages
Release Date: APRIL 27, 2012
Buying Links: Amazon US     Amazon UK     (coming to Smashwords eventually)

Steve has a prequel of sorts available on his blog. It's called "A Small Vengeance" and is currently not for sale. Click here to read. Want to find out more about Steve? Click here for a list of interviews.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I'm intrigued. Sounds like a fun read.

  2. This sounds interesting, will place on my ever growing never slowing wishlist!

  3. I am a mutual acquaintance of both Bea and Steve. As such my opinion is entirely biased and partisan, but I shall share it anyway and anyone is free to ignore it at their leisure.

    Bea is a nice lady - she reads a lot and writes well about what she reads, therefore I read Bea. You are reading this, so obviously you agree.

    Steve is a nice lad - he is kind and posts the first three chapters free online. They are racey and pacey. He named one daughter after the Joker's female sidekick - you have to admire someone like that. I shall read more Steve when I have cleared my TBR pile. He's getting good reviews, so maybe you'll want to do the same... ;)

  4. Thanks everyone for your comments. And thank you, Bea for letting me take up space on your blog.

    And like TJ said, I do indeed have a third daughter on the way who will be named Harley. I should hire you for my PR or something, TJ. :-)

  5. TJ, you are too kind. :)

    Steve, three daughters? Oh my. Best of luck!

  6. Thanks very much, I plan on using the fact that I'm never going to sleep or have money again, as a way to get more writing done. :-)

  7. I'm reading it at the moment and it's definitely worth getting! :) I wish I could have got a hard copy (as I don't have an e-reader) but the Kindle-for-PC free download works well.

    1. Before I bought an e-reader, I downloaded the Kindle and Nook free software. It was very handy. I ended up with a Kindle, but I still enjoy print and some books are worth having in print. I haven't read the story but I'll get to it some day. :)


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