A Charm of Magpies series
The Magpie Lord
A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 1
Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.
Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.
Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.
“Charles begins a new gay Victoria fantasy series with this short but colorful novel […] Sexual tension between the men is sizzling…”
– Publishers Weekly
“This combination of magic, mystery, and mayhem will have crossover appeal for fans of several genres; an exciting new voice in the paranormal world.”
– Library Journal, Highly Recommended
“The dialogue between the heroes is fun and intense… The building steam combusts into heat that sizzles right off the pages.”
– Romantic Times (Top Pick for September 2014)
A Case of Possession
Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 2
Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.
Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.
The rats are closing in, and something has to give…
Joint winner, Best Gay Fantasy Romance, 2014 Rainbow Awards.
“This is a fantastic series … A treat for readers.”
Romantic Times (RT Top Pick for Jan 15)
Flight of Magpies
Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.
A Charm of Magpies, Book 3
With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.
Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.
When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.
“it had everything…great plot, excitement, suspense, superb characters, great chemistry, hot love scenes, grin inducing witty banter and humour, nicely placed conflict and angst, edge of your seat moments, just the right balance of romance and action and last but not least a fabulous conclusion that couldn’t have ended these ‘Magpie’ stories more perfectly!” Sinfully Sexy, 5*
Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards 2014, Best Paranormal, 1st Place
Voted one of ten Best of 2014 by Prism Book Alliance.
If you stop running, you fall.
This story is linked to the Charm of Magpies series, coming after Flight of Magpies, but can be read as a standalone if you must.
Jonah Pastern is a magician, a liar, a windwalker, a professional thief…and for six months, he was the love of police constable Ben Spenser’s life. Until his betrayal left Ben jailed, ruined, alone, and looking for revenge.
Ben is determined to make Jonah pay. But he can’t seem to forget what they once shared, and Jonah refuses to let him. Soon Ben is entangled in Jonah’s chaotic existence all over again, and they’re running together—from the police, the justiciary, and some dangerous people with a lethal grudge against them.
Threatened on all sides by betrayals, secrets, and the laws of the land, can they find a way to live and love before the past catches up with them?
A Charm of Magpies reading order:
Interlude with Tattoos (free)
A Case of Spirits (free)
Feast of Stephen (free)
Jackdaw (linked story)
Non-Stop till Tokyo
A man with a past is her only hope for the future.
Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.
Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.
Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.
Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.
Contains graphic violence, swearing, and implied sexual abuse.
Think of England
Lie back and think of England…
England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.
As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.
As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…
“Downton Abbey meets M/M romance ~ an absolutely brilliant historical novel with industrial espionage, murder, blackmail and two unlikely heroes up against the odds. What more could I wish for?”
– Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews, 5*
Winner, Best Gay Historical Romance, 2014 Rainbow Awards
#6, Best Gay Book, 2014 Rainbow Awards
Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards 2014, Best Historical, 1st Place
Voted one of ten Best of 2014 by Prism Book Alliance.
Best LGBT Romance in the All About Romance 2015 Readers Poll.
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
The tales of a Victorian ghost-hunter, Simon Feximal, and his narrator/sidekick/lover Robert Caldwell, to be published by Samhain in June 2015. This series began with ‘The Caldwell Ghost’, not currently available but to be included in the full book. The second story, ‘Butterflies’, is free on Smashwords.
Remnant is a free co-written adventure featuring Jordan L. Hawk’s characters Whyborne & Griffin meeting Simon and Robert in London some five years after the events of ‘Butterflies’.
Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards 2014, Best Free Story, 1st Place
(Butterflies and Remnant covers by Susan Lee.)
Society of Gentlemen series
This is my Regency m/m trilogy to be published with Loveswept. Lots of information coming soon!
Society of Gentlemen is set at a time of incredible privilege for the few and social turmoil for the many. Regency England is torn by war, poverty and social unrest, ruled by a draconian government. People are starving, rioting, rebelling. But the aristocrats dance on, in their glittering existence of balls, gambling, silks and scandal…
The trilogy covers three couples between autumn 1819 and spring 1820. A young Radical discovers his noble birth and is catapulted into a world of privilege, fashion and murder with a dandy as his guide. A government official and a revolutionary seditionist find common ground in their unconventional desires, under the threat of the gallows. And a lord in love with his valet struggles to find a way across the social abyss that divides them.
A Fashionable Indulgence (August 2015)
In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.
When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.
A Seditious Affair (December 2015)
A Gentleman’s Position (April 2016)
A linked story about two minor characters is included in the anthology Another Place in Time.
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh”
Lord Gabriel Ashleigh is a ruined man. Last night he lost everything at the card tables to his brother’s worst enemy, notorious gambler Francis Webster. Tonight, he’s going back for one more game. Ash thinks he has nothing left to lose. But Francis sets the stakes, and they’re higher than Ash could have imagined…
Two Regency bucks. One game of cards. Everything to play for.
This is a Regency short (about 10K) in a terrific collection of gay historical romance. All proceeds from purchase go to AllOut.org.
Hi KJ Charles
I am loving your Charm of Magpie series. But I cannot find “Interlude of Tattoos” anywhere on Amazon Kindle EBooks. Where can I find it?
I, er, was too technically incompetent to get it on Amazon. Ahem. Will do better next time. It’s here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382699 – glad you’re liking the books!
Loved, loved, loved “Think of England.” Please say that there will another *ahem/lots more/ahem* book(s) with Curtis and Daniel? I’ll pre-order right now. 🙂 Lisa
Oh, thank you! Lovely to hear. 🙂 I’m writing ToE2 now…
Is this still in the works? Would love to read more of Curtis and Daniel!
Unfortunately, it first got caught up in a no-competition clause with my trilogy, and now it’s entirely unclear what’s happening with the rights of the first book because the publisher is closing. I can’t do anything more until I know for certain what’s happening to book 1. Sorry. Hopefully will have news later (NB, my website has moved to kjcharleswriter.com, this one isn’t being updated.)
Will it be released this year or am I being unreasonable?? 😀
Unreasonable, sorry. 😦 I have to write the damn thing and then there’s all the edity stuff. This year there’s Magpie 3 in Oct, with a free short in Sept, and a new Simon Feximal Xmas story..,
I love your books and am very pleased that you have more planned for this year, where is the best place to stalk their releases, here or possibly amazon?
Thank you, how nice to read! I will announce everything here, and I’m also on Twitter @kj_charles or Facebook, where I have a group.
I’d just like to chime in. I’ve read ToE and the entire Magpie series twice. You have a real gift – beautiful writing, complex, interesting characters and plots, nice steamy factor (and the right amount of it), and great villains! So, basically, you’re an auto-buy (along with Jordan Hawk, Joanna Chambers, Jane Seville, Josh Lanyon, Damon Suede, and Jordan Castillo Price)! Thanks for all you do!
Thank you, what a lovely thing to say! 🙂
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I’m completely enchanted with Charm of Magpie series – Is there any chance for audio version of these books?
Rights are with the publisher so it’s out of my hands i’m afraid. Hopefully one day. Thanks for your kind words!
Great books – stalked with a vengeance for anything new or old – free, tasters – keep it coming -thanks
Thank you! And A Case of Spirits freebie is out on the 6th… 🙂
Ex pat living abroad – love the books, love the characters,love the language – re-reading all of them to date. Please keep them coming – stop me being so homesick.
Thank you! Very kind of you to say so, and I’m glad to be of service. 🙂
Where can I find the Simon Feximal books? striking out so far,
Butterflies and Remnant are both free on Smashwords. Then a complete set of stories, novel length and including Caldwell Ghost, is coming out with Samhain in June 15.
Hi. I just read your story Remnant and loved it! I downloaded Butterflies but I can’t seem to find The Caldwell Ghost. Where can I find it? Thanks.
It’s not currently avaiable but will be out as part of a complete Feximal story collection in June. Glad you liked Remnant!
Thanks. I will be on the look out for it. Can’t wait!
Just starting the Magpie series I love it so far. Thank you for your gift to all of us.
Thank you, that’s lovely to know!
I am so delighted to hear your are writing a ToE 2. One of my favorite books ever… I just love Daniel and Archie. We’re going to have a ToE 1.5. Let me clarify, we NEED to have a 1.5. Just to hold us over until it is out. Pretty please?
I stumbled across the Magpie Lord and was hooked from the start. Now I’m buying (and reading) everything you have shared! I really didn’t need another “must buy” author, but I’m so glad I found you.
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I just finished The Magpie Lord Trilogy and it’s so amazing. Thank you. Thank you so much. I know I’m years late but I just really wanted to thank you. It makes quarantine a whole lot better.