The Many Travails of John Smith is a lighthearted urban fantasy series starring a San Diego private investigator who, thanks to a poorly written Yellow Pages ad, ends up taking a career detour into the field of supernatural mediation.
Book 1: Investigation, Mediation, Vindication
The stakes are real. The mediator isn’t.
“Investigation, Mediation, Vindication.” That’s how the Yellow Pages ad starts, and if it sounds like the sort of thing a drunk teenager might come up with… well, you’d only be wrong about the teenager part. John Smith might own San Diego’s smallest private investigation firm, but he doesn’t know the first thing about mediation. Or vindication.
On the other side of town, vampire Lucia Borghesi is not having a very good century. Stripped of her throne and banished from Italy, she’s somehow found herself in a dispute with the local demigod of nightmares and terror. And to top it all off, the long-time city mediator has been assassinated and her second-in-command just hired a human to fill that role.
Now, John will need to prove his value to Lucia and her people while keeping that demigod from sucking San Diego into an unnamed hell dimension. And he’ll have to work fast, because his beloved Corolla is parked curbside in Logan Heights, like an open invitation to the neighborhood’s graffiti enthusiasts.
What People are Saying…
“…[an] entertaining tale that’s sure to leave readers anticipating the protagonist’s next misadventure.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Do I recommend this book? YES! I recommend it to all readers looking for that perfect story. Literally, all humans or asparaguses or vampires or crab people in this dimension or any other. I am on my way to get another copy because I would like to share it with my husband. No one touches my copy.” – Kerri Davidson, author of A Soul’s Choice
“Thoroughly enjoyable urban fantasy that I devoured in a day.” – DJH, Amazon
“Hysterical, great plot, great pacing, page turner book. I cannot wait for the next book. Love Bill even though he’s a few stalks short of an asparagus. ” – ReadingTons, Amazon
“…an engrossing and entertaining read that made me laugh and kept me hooked.” – Annarella, Goodreads
Investigation, Mediation, Vindication, book 1 of The Many Travails of John Smith, is available in digital and paperback formats, and is also free-to-read on Kindle Unlimited!
Book 2: Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff
“Messy divorce? Check.
Emotional stability of the involved parties? Questionable.
Possibility of bloodshed? High.
Yep; it was definitely starting to sound like one of my cases.”
In addition to being San Diego’s supernatural mediator, John Smith is the city’s least successful private investigator. Those two careers collide when what was supposed to be a simple infidelity case draws the attention of the local werewolf pack. John soon finds himself pressed into service mediating a separation between the pack’s married leaders.
Even under normal circumstances, divorce is hell. But when werewolves are involved? It’s murder.
What People are Saying…
“Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff carries Tullbane’s original urban fantasy to new heights – unfortunately for his protagonist, who would much rather maintain (mostly) the position he’s found himself in.” – Reid Edwards, NetGalley
“Brilliantly written, the story has an engaging plot, exciting action-filled scenes, and a witty protagonist with a droll sense of humor.” – Susan Sewell, Readers’ Favorite
“What a discovery! A gripping, funny and highly entertaining story that I loved.” – Annarella, Goodreads
“I recommend this book to all humans, vampires, werewolves, Demigods, etc.” – Kerri Davidson, author of Soul’s Choice and The Chronicles of Henny
Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff, book 2 of The Many Travails of John Smith, is available in digital and paperback formats, and is also free-to-read on Kindle Unlimited!
Book 3: Ghost of a Chance
“”Broken-Neck spat forth a stream of Spanish which no doubt contained disparaging comments about my intelligence. Or my appearance. Or my fashion sense. The only Spanish words I knew were the expletives my friend Mike had taught me. Even so, I recognized insults when I heard them.”
The White Ladies of San Diego are one of the city’s supernatural powers, organized and led by Graciela. But now their leader is missing, and the Ladies have hired John Smith, mediator and sometimes-private-investigator, to find her. Which raises some questions: How do you track down a ghost? What if she doesn’t want to be found? And if foul play was involved in her disappearance like the Ladies believe, how exactly? It’s not like ghosts can be kidnapped… right?
John doesn’t have any answers. As usual. He also doesn’t have much time. The White Ladies aren’t known for their patience, and if Graciela can’t be found soon, he might just find himself permanently retired.
What People are Saying…
“Ghost of a Chance by Chris Tullbane is a fun and exciting fantasy novel. Filled with action-packed scenes colored with humor, blood, and guts, the reader goes on a captivating roller coaster ride of thrills and chills, with a side of laughter. John’s self-deprecating manner and inept and clumsy ways create a relatable and winning character.” – Susan Sewell, Readers’ Favorite
“The humor, the fun, yes it’s back! Once again paranormal can make you belly laugh. John Smith lives such a fun life. Even if it’s scarey weird and filled with creepy things.” – Renee W., NetGalley
“I hadn’t read the books that came before this, but other than brief mentions of things that had happened before, I did not miss anything. In fact, I’d like to go back and read about those mentions. I think John is adorable, and I want to pinch his cheeks. LOL! I loved this well-written book, and I am looking forward to future installments. Highly recommend.” – Penny N., NetGalley
Ghost of a Chance, book 3 of The Many Travails of John Smith, is available in digital and paperback formats, and is also free-to-read on Kindle Unlimited!
Book 4: The Italian Screwjob
It’s been several years since John Smith became San Diego’s supernatural mediator, and he’s as surprised to still be alive as anyone. A lot of the credit goes to Anastasia, the vampire whose relationship status with John can be safely filed under ‘It’s complicated.’
So when Ana’s boss, Lucia, informs John that Ana has been imprisoned for killing Tomas, King of the Italian Court, he drops everything to go to her defense. If he can find the real killer–and unravel a centuries-old mystery in the process–his trip to Rome might just have a storybook ending. Assuming that Anastasia isn’t the killer, anyway, which is far from a certainty, given both her career as an assassin and the very public blood feud between Tomas and Lucia.
John has survived a lot of things–divorces, conspiracies, even insane demigods–but politics can be deadly even before regicide is thrown into the mix. This case is looking more and more like an Italian screwjob.
The Italian Screwjob, book 4 of The Many Travails of John Smith, is available for pre-order!
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