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©2019 by Deborah J. Natelson.

Welcome to the official website of Deborah J. Natelson, fantasy writer, editor, and CEO of Thinklings Books, LLC.

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Available in paperback and e-book . . .



When she agreed to work for Carina’s greatest and strangest cryptanalyst, Mercedes didn’t realize she’d be playing cloak-and-dagger with aristocracy.  But once her boss uncovers a grotesque plot against King Emil II’s life, she doesn’t hesitate to dive into a world of deceit and trickery.  


Her plan might have worked, if the would-be assassins hadn’t had dark magic up their sleeves.  Soon, Mercedes has not only treacherous lords and ladies to deal with, but also both the beautiful, vicious personification Deals & Bargains and a horrifying pair of weapons ready to devour the king, bones and all.

Why I Write

You know that feeling when you've just finished a really spectacularly good book?  That sigh of utter contentment?  That warm fulfillment?  That joy?

I do, and I love it.  I feel so blessed for having been given that feeling so many times through such wonderful books, and that is the first reason I write: to bring joy as I have been brought joy.

There are many other reasons, of course.  I write because I love stories.  I write because I've always written, even before I could put down the words myself and had to have my mother transcribe.  I write to teach, to share, and to work through my ideas.

But most of all, I write to bring you joy.  And so I say to you as you pick up one of my books: Enjoy.

“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”

C.S. Lewis in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe