Work at a funeral home can be mundane. Until you start accidentally bringing the dead back to life.

If you like contemporary fantasy with snarky humor, unforgettable characters, piles of pastries, and a little paranormal mystery, you’ll find it hard to pry yourself away from the Cassie Black Trilogy…a fish-out-of-water tale that takes you from the streets of Portland to the Tower of London.

Early Praise for Book One: The Undead Mr. Tenpenny

  • …a clever, hilarious romp through a new magical universe —Sarah Angleton, author of Gentleman of Misfortune
  • Man oh man, did I love this book! —Jonathon Pongratz, author of Reaper
  • Wow and wow again! I absolutely loved this book!—Goodreads Reviewer
  • When I saw the book title…my first thought was, “another zombie apocalypse”. A wonderful surprise greeted me with an entertaining story that was written with humor, a great story line and new twist on the undead. —J. Tate, Eugene Reviewer
  • …suffused with dark humor and witty dialogue, of the sort that Painter excels at.—Berthold Gambrel, author of Vespasian Moon’s Fabulous Autumn Carnival


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The Undead Mr. Tenpenny

Release date: 23 February 2021

Cassie Black works at a funeral home. She’s used to all manner of dead bodies. What she’s not used to is them waking up. Which they seem to be doing on a disturbingly regular basis lately.

Just when Cassie believes she has the problem under control, the recently-deceased Busby Tenpenny insists he’s been murdered and claims Cassie might be responsible thanks to a wicked brand of magic she’s  been exposed to. The only way for Cassie to get her life back to normal is to tame her magic and uncover Mr. Tenpenny’s true killer.

Simple right? Of course not. Because while Cassie works on getting her newly-acquired magic sorted, she’s blowing up kitchens, angering an entire magical community, and discovering her past is more closely tied to Busby Tenpenny than she could have ever imagined.

The Uncanny Raven Winston

Release date: 13 April 2021

Ever have one of those weeks? You’ve taken on an overdose of magic, you’ve knocked a hole in someone’s wall, and you’ve magically melted a twelve-year old. 

No? Just me then?

See, after absorbing a megadose of power from an object that can control life and death, my magic has been a tiny bit out of control. And Magic HQ has just sent a letter “requesting” I pop by to fix that.

I don’t want to go. After all, I’ve got a boss in a wheelchair (my fault, of course), a cat who demands his treats on schedule, and a strong desire not to be Freak #1 in a new magical community.

But when someone slips me information tying my parents’ disappearance to HQ, I can’t pack my bags quickly enough.

It doesn’t take long before I’m destroying historical tourist attractions, befriending befuddled ghosts, and focusing more on uncovering the truth about my parents than on studying.

At the same time, some strange things are happening in HQ, including missing files, mysterious ravens, and mind control. And don’t forget the magic tests that if I don’t pass…well, best not to think about that.

This second book of the Cassie Black Trilogy squeezes you through a magic portal, teaches you the true secrets of garden gnomes, and lodges you in a hidden spot of the Tower of London.

The Untangled Cassie Black

Release Date: 11 May 2021

Cassie Black has just lost two people through a magic portal. Her archenemy has developed a pesky habit of destroying cities until Cassie hands herself over to him. Plus, there’s a traitor within HQ working against her.

And you thought you were having a bad day. 

As the magic communities of Portland and London try to root out the traitor in their midst. Cassie refuses to sit by and watch the grass grow between the toes of the surveillance gnomes. 

Biting back her life rule to never get involved, Cassie knows it’s a race against time to find the Mauvais and that the only way to stop him is to go after him herself. 

Which is exactly what he wants.

Because the instant Cassie fall into his hands, the Mauvais will have unlimited power. And, as should be obvious, that would be bad. Very bad. For her and the world.

So don’t get captured, right?

Easy to say. Trouble is, the traitor within HQ is proving to be more devious, more powerful, and to have more tricks up the sleeve than Cassie could have ever dreamed.

In this page-turning conclusion of the Cassie Black Trilogy, the curses are flying, the stakes are soaring, and the spellbound batteries are charged to capacity.

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