STEEL MAGIC: Parisii, City of Light and Darkness

With clues leading to the old world of Europa ahead of them, and enemies behind them, Toria and Kane cross an ocean to reach Parisii. This ancient city has changed hands multiple times over the centuries between Roman and British control, with occasional bouts of independence.

Will the warrior-mages find what they’re searching for in Parisii? Or will they find a hell of a lot more than they expected?

Clockwise from top left: Delicious tea and pastries at Laduree, bones within the Catacombs beneath the city, Victor Hugo’s house, and the obligatory Eiffel Tower picture.

How did the name Paris turn into Parisii in my world? Per Paris’ Wikipedia page: “Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name.” In an alternate history, as much as things change, sometimes they stay the same.

The pictures above are from a trip to Paris in January in 2014. I was always one of those girls who thought that other girls who were obsessed with Paris were silly. Then I visited Paris and completely understood as I fell in love myself. Several aspects of this trip fueled major inspiration for Steel Magic, which at that point was just a ball of nebulous ideas in the back of my head. It’s funny how some things just fall into place after you have certain experiences. Or maybe it’s just a writer thing.

Remember to check back here tomorrow for the official Steel Magic cover reveal, along with the link for pre-ordering the book!

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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