Recent News & Upcoming Events:

Lies and Illusion: Pre-orders Available!

Lies and Illusion, the seventh book in the award-winning Magicsmith urban fantasy series, will be released on

June 28, 2024!

Diplomacy has never been Alex’s strong suit. . .

When the vampire council puts Alex and James on trial for exposing the species’ existence to the world, Alex's freedom and James's life hang in the balance, though Alex suspects James’s new daywalking ability is the real aim of their inquisition.

Any hope of talking their way out of hot water evaporates when one of the council members is found murdered . . . with James standing over the smoldering corpse. With every vampire looking to claim Alex’s power for themselves, she will have to team up with an unlikely ally, push her magic to its limits, and match wits against a powerful new foe if she hopes to come out unscathed.
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Live Event: 2025 Coastal Magic Convention

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be a featured author at the 2025 Coastal magic Convention -- a beachside reader weekend celebrating the magic of stories & storytellers! The convention's goal is to bring authors and readers together for a memorable weekend with friends (old and new) and to build TBR piles! The theme for 2025 is “Reading Is Timeless”.
Join me in in Daytona Beach, FL, Feb 20-23, 2025 for a weekend full of panels, interesting discussions, themed meet & greets, a lunch with the authors, book signings, and other fun activities.

Information about #CMCon25, including this year’s list of Featured Authors and how to register to attend, is on the website,

You can also get involved and have some bookish fun between now and February by joining the Reading Challenge Facebook group:

Personal Demons: Next Gen Finalist

Winners and finalists have been announced for the 2024 Next Generation Book Awards, and Personal Demons was named as a finalist in this year's Paranormal category.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!
You can see the full list and all the categories Here.
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When you sign up for my mailing list, you'll receive a free Magicsmith Universe novella as a special welcome gift!

Before Alex Blackwood embraced the long-dormant magic buried in her blood, before Mira Fuentes made a deal with a demon, Annabelle Margaret Hayworth fought for the rights of the fae.

Ann’s always wanted magic of her own, despite the fact that faeries are illegal. When a routine blood test reveals a dangerous family secret, the teen outcast pits herself against the human authorities in the hopes of finding a place where she truely belongs.

A story of hope and sacrifice, this YA Magicsmith prequel is set at the dawn of the Faerie Wars.
Discover the Magic:

New to the Magicsmith universe?

The Magicsmith urban fantasy series follows half-fae metalsmith Alex Blackwood as she works to unite the warring factions of her world while at the same time struggling to accept the disparate parts of her own existence in a world where magic is feared, persecuted, and controlled.

There are currently seven books and several short stories in the Magicsmith series, with more scheduled.

Start this series with Book 1: A Drop of Magic.

Want something a little different? Explore what it means to be a monster in the Rifter series

Dark, quirky, urban fantasy heaped with magic, mystery, and all the feels. Mira Fuentes shares her body with an irreverent incorporeal being (colloquially known as a demon). Together, they hunt down magical troublemakers that the human world is ill equipped to deal with, but a decade of hiding who she is in a world that would just as soon see her dead has left her with a mountain of insecurities—especially where interpersonal relationships are concerned.

Part urban fantasy, part paranormal suspense, the Rifter series currently has two books published with two more novels and one novella scheduled.

Start this series with Demon Riding Shotgun.
What Readers are Saying:

"I am so in love with these characters... This is urban fantasy how it should be, and I can’t wait to read more in this interesting world."
Penny N.

"My new "auto-buy" author. I love everything this woman writes."
J.D. Brown,
Award-Winning Author of the Ema Marx Series

“I LOVED this book. It’s got fun. It’s got depth. It’s definitely going to stick with me.”
Lydia R.

“L.R. Braden's Magicsmith series contains the best of all worlds--murder, mayhem and magic. How can you go wrong?”
Jeanne Stein,
Bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles

“Holy Wow!!! I absolutely loved this book!!! I'm dying for more of this world; it is incredibly compelling with vivid world-building and fascinating well-developed characters! This is a must read!”

“[Braden] delivers a perfect package. Complete when we read the last words, and assuring a next buy simply through great writing...”
Queen of Swords

“Braden delivers an expertly paced plot brimming with magic, gale-force fight scenes, and delicious romance.”
Hunter J. Skye,
Award-winning author of the Hell Gate series