Sedona O'Hala Series:

Executive Dirt

Dragons of Wendal Series:

DragonKin

Moon Shadow Series:

Ghost Shadow

Now Available:

Soul of the Desert

About

About Bear Mountain Books

Maria E. Schneider

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I gathered up my computer, memory cards (because you definitely want to back this stuff up!), and dictionary. It’s a slow journey, one with pitfalls, cliffs, boulders and every now and then a peaceful meadow with a clear brook. Surprisingly, the peaceful meadows aren’t publishing credits, they are just moments where I’m doing what I want to do, where the writing is clicking, where my characters are fascinating and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

All that said, here’s a few things I’ve accomplished so far:

Note: My books are available at many retailers.

  • Amazon
  • Amazon UK
  • Amazon Spain, India, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and so on!
  • Smashwords.com (Not all my books are on Smash due to upload restrictions.)
  • Barnes and Noble
  • BMB Online Store
  • Kobobooks (See the icon on the sidebar for a scrolling list of all my books on Kobo!
  • SCRIBD
  • GooglePlay
  • Apple Istore
  • Here are my books currently available at Apple:

    And, on to some other links and more descriptions!

    Fiction – Sedona O’Hala Series

    Book 1: Sedona O’Hala Mysteries

    execlunchcirc_15Executive Lunch is a humorous mystery series.

    Sedona is given the opportunity of a lifetime: play an up-and-coming executive with all the trappings of wealth with someone else footing the bill. The catch: find out who is stealing company funds before the criminals find out that their program is being debugged.

    Book 2: Sedona O’Hala Mysteries
    Executive Retention is the second in the Sedona O’Hala series. After solving one case of corporate crime, Sedona expected to get her peaceful life back. Problem: She is still a manager at Strandfrost, and there is still rampant jealousy over her promotion. Is the danger of being railroaded by her not-so-illustrious colleagues worse than taking a new undercover job from Steve Huntington?


    Book 3: Sedona O’Hala Mysteries
    Executive Sick Days is the third book in the Sedona O’Hala series. Steve Huntington had a way of offering jobs that were too good to be true. Mark Huntington made offers too good to turn down. Sedona had a habit of being caught in the middle; somewhere in the proximity of bad guys with guns and family members she was trying to avoid.

    Good thing the latest case involved a hospital. Then again, not all hospital personnel were interested in the lasting health of the patients…or that of their co-workers.

    Book 4: Sedona O’Hala Mysteries
    Executive Dirt – Available at most retailers!


    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Mystery – Moon Shadow Series

    Book 1: Moon Shadow Series
    Under Witch Moon is the first in the Moon Shadow Series — Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores’ death, but she wasn’t certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn’t believe in werewolves, and they weren’t going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

    She kept her eyes and ears open while she tried to help her latest client escape the clutches of a voodoo witch, but things went from bad to worse when more bodies turned up. She was greatly relieved when she met White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, he wasn’t convinced she was innocent of all wrong-doing.

    It was going to take every spell she knew and a few she hadn’t tried to solve the murders and stay alive.

    Book 2: Moon Shadow Series
    Under Witch Aura There’s an ill wind blowing in Santa Fe, and it’s touching every witch Adriel knows, including White Feather, who is far more important to Adriel than just any warlock. In search of answers, she delves into ancient magic, a family secret and dangerous religious rituals. Whoever is manipulating the elements appears to be after the ultimate goal: forbidden power over life and death.

    Adriel will go to the ends of the earth to keep those she loves safe, but if she lures the enemy away, will she be able to save herself? Her only hope is to use earth magic to hide from the very air she breathes as she hunts down an unseen and untenable evil.




    Book 3: Moon Shadow Series


    Under Witch Curse When is a blessing a curse? What if you curse a blessing? Adriel needs the answers, and quickly, because one spell will keep vampires at bay and the other will set something far worse free. Vamps aren’t her only problem, either. Zandy, the wily coyote, is back in town, and he’s out for blood. Someone had better find him fast because the body count is rising.

    With White Feather to help, Adriel expects life to get easier, but the relationship comes with new responsibilities and unpleasant surprises that put a price on friendship. This time, Adriel might just need more than solid ground beneath her feet and the wind at her back in order to survive.

    Book 4: Ghost Shadow
    Available at many retailers!

    A Haven Mystery

    Catch an Honest Thief (A Haven Mystery) was released for the Amazon Kindle, iPhone and iPod touch on August 8, 2009. Available at major outlets! Check the links on the left-hand sidebar.

    Who is the real thief? Alexia just wants to save the city of Haven, but that means going undercover and pretending to be a thief. Can she avoid being caught–by security–or worse, the real thieves??


    Fantasy

    Dragons of Wendal Learning new magic isn’t as easy as Zoe expected, especially when the mages at Gorgon University seem dead set against teaching. Add in some necessary late-night sneaking about, and Zoe is almost certain to be kicked out. As for exploring the intriguing mysteries across the border in Wendal, well, it has more teeth than she ever imagined.

    DragonKin Book 2: DragonKin (Buy at Kobobooks, Amazon, At B&N, and It is also available in the BMB Bookstore)
    Drissa needs a place to hide, and she needed it yesterday. Wendal, with its rumors of inhospitable shifters, unknown terrain and wild magic, is not a territory many want to explore, making it the perfect place to disappear. Now, the last thing Drissa needs is to adopt more trouble, but what can she do when it hatches at her feet and then insists she drag it and a half dead stranger to safety? But she’ll do whatever is necessary to survive, because her younger sister can’t wait forever to be rescued. Of course, Wendal and its inhabitants aren’t necessarily interested in her long term plans or her survival.



    Tracking Magic Five case files from Max Killian Investigations: Max is hired to expel a ghost from a mansion, counteract an ancient curse, investigate a graveyard mystery and figure out which secrets are worth dying for. Contains illustrations. Available at Amazon, Smashwords and all the outlets listed on the sidebar.


    sage80Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom

    Three tales from the kingdom of Sage, including: Toil, Trouble and Rot, which was first published by Coyote Wild, and two completely new tales, Dungeons and Decay and Call to Arms. Contains illustrations. Available at Smashwords.com in multiple formats including HTML, EPUB, Sony’s format, PDF and mobi. Also available at all the outlets listed on the sidebar.



    Short Stories

    Black-Tie Bingo A duo of shorts, done as an Amazon exclusive release: Black-Tie Dance: an undercover caper that sends an agent running for his life, dangling from a windowsill and visiting the morgue. Let’s hope he makes it out of there alive.

    Bingo: Not your ordinary deal with the devil.

    Snitched, Snatched – A short story in both English and Spanish in one download. When a spell goes wrong, can Zoe unwind it before it’s too late?


    2011 — Darwin’s Evolutions published “Year of the Mountain Lion” as part of their collection. It is also available on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble

    Cursed as a drought-bringer, Jolan lives a harsh life of nomadic exile in the desolate desert that surrounds her former home. Now, though, she is being hunted by those who have already cast her out for purposes she cannot fathom. Unfortunately for her pursuers, Jolan is not helpless and she is determined to survive.

    A gripping short story by skilled author Maria Schneider that shares a powerful woman’s refusal to surrender in the face of either nature or the society that abandoned her.

    2010 — OverMyDeadBody has published Secrets in the Sand, a short story about…well, Secrets. In the Sand.

    2009 — Over My Dead Body published Top Secret. This spy story will take you on a wild ride. This story is also available in the BMB Store as a free “Send to Kindle” download.

    2008 — One of my favorite stories–Toil, Trouble and Rot, a great little sword and sorcery story dealing with gardening and grandmothers–was published in June 2008 at Coyote Wild Magazine It is also part of the Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom available at all retailers.

    Around The Bend2008 — Around the Bend was published in Jan 2008 at Coyote Wild Magazine. A podcast version of Around the Bend is available from www.DuneSteef.com! This story is also available in the BMB Store as a free download.

    2007 — Haunting Clues was published by www.TheTownDrunk.org on March 1, 2007.

    December 2004, Palo Duro Vacation: Two Engineers and a Dad received honorable mention in the Writer Works contest. This story is also available in the BMB Store as a free “Send to Kindle” download.

    2003 — Secrets in the Sand a short story mystery won fourth place in the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition. This story is also available in the BMB Store.

    2003 — Soul of the Desert, a novel about an adopted child on the run, was short-listed by the Crime Writers’ Association for the Debut Dagger Competition. It is now available at all the usual outlets.

    Non-Fiction:

    My red and green chile recipes were published in “Chile Pepper Magazine” December 2004.

    If you wish to view an excerpt, or a review copy of any of my works, please use the email link to request them!

Posted: July 22, 2006
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Acknowledgements

Many people helped with this project and I am very grateful for their advice and expertise. Who else but my husband could come up with a hobby as interesting as home coffee roasting? Besides, he is my best friend and my hero.

Many thanks for suggestions and encouragement from Renee, April, Holly, Paula, Don–your self-published book was an inspiration, Tom, Cousin John, Cathey, LeAnn, Joan–and mom, who refused to be biased even though I told her she ought to be.

Amer, you’re a gentleman and a scholar. Marty, well, you’re just a font of useful information and wit.

Thanks much to the ladies at Amazon Cozy forum–ya’ll are wonderful!!! Dreams and Kevin, Jeff, Margaret, Leo, Karen, and Trace–all great people to hang out with. Sometimes you inspire me, but probably not the way you intend! Elisabeth, Heather, Dee, Burgundy, Irene, Margaret, LuvMyKindle, and all my other blog followers–you keep the lights on around here. Keep stopping by and commenting so I know someone out there is listening!

Special thanks to Kay Mitchell and Michael Jecks; both wonderful authors. John Levitt, Frank Tuttle, Janet Evanovich, Jim Hines, and Mark Van Name all took time out of their schedules to answer questions. If these authors are doing a book signing in your area, it’s worth a trip to meet them and the characters they write about!

Thanks to the entire team at the Cedar Park Public Library for scouring the countryside for books that I needed for research.

Any mistakes are my own. Many inspirations and eureka moments weren’t!

Posted: July 22, 2006
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