Awhile back I tried a series of stories in a genre I call rural fantasy. You are all familiar with urban fantasy, I am sure. Rural fantasy is similar but it takes place out in the more remote areas. It is still mostly contemporary and still involves paranormal, otherworldly or fantastic elements. but the setting is the farms, ranches and wilderness, not city streets.
I actually wrote five stories in this ongoing series and hope in time to do a few more. I ended up calling the series The Thin Green Line. There was the thin red line back in the days of the Crimean War, those red-coated British soldiers who stood against the encroaching forces from the east. Well, my heroes are all members of the US Border Patrol but a new element of that organization that has been started to resist the invasion by out-of-this-world baddies. No one is even quite sure how they are entering! All the agents have special powers which they use in their jobs to apprehend and overcome or drive out forces of darkness and evil. Most of the present day Border Patrol agents wear dark green military style uniforms so I kept my guys in similar attire. Thus the thin green line.
The five stories are, in order of publication, Beyond the Shadows. Wings of Love, Runes of Revelation, Runes of Redemption and Druid in Drag. I believe I did write a bit about the first one a few posts back so I will move on to the Runes pair which really comprise one tale, that of Clay Chiles who is the head of the new department and Arondel, the Elvish male who comes to help him and gives him some surprising and shocking news about his own heritage. Runes of Revelation is story of secrets uncovered while Runes of Redemption is a tale ofrrors set right and bridging chasms in ways that heal. These were close to my heart in some ways since I am a big fan of Tolkein's Elvish folk and Clay is a kind of awkward tribute to a special friend from years ago. He also had gray eyes and although he had no Elvish blood--at least I do not think he did!--he certainly could have. He was that kind of person. Tomorrow I will feature Wings and Druid.
Here are the blurbs and the two covers--which I realy like--for these tales.