You know I love urban fantasy. I’m usually into werewolves. But Shanna Swendson’s debut mainstream novel, ENCHANTED, INC. (Ballantine Books, May 31,2005) sounds like a lot of fun.
It’s a magical story featuring Katie Chandler, a 20-something, small-town Texas girl who moves to NY City. Katie loves the energy of Manhattan. The downside is her nightmare boss. Then she gets a fantastic offer to work for a mysterious company, MSI, Inc., where she meets some of the magical folk who live among the ordinary residents of the city. And the fairy-tale life she has longed for begins to come true in surprising ways. Katie always thought of herself as ordinary. What Katie didn’t realize is how rare and important being ordinary can be. In fact, it is her ordinary characteristics that make her the perfect secret weapon for MSI, Inc. Suddenly the very qualities she thought made her average are what make her special! Now she has magicians and fairies meddling in her attempted romances and a secret life she needs to keep hidden from her non-magical friends, not to mention that dangerous pull she feels for Owen, an attractive but shy wizard who might be the most powerful magic man since Merlin.
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With ENCHANTED, INC., Shanna Swendson offers a new twist on chick lit for the-now-grown-up fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In addition to writing fiction, Shanna is a freelance marketing consultant and writer specializing in technology and telecommunications. She is single and lives in Irving, Texas, with her many pet plants, including a vicious attack bougainvillea and a Christmas cactus that has outlasted three homes, three jobs and three boyfriends, yet still faithfully blooms every Christmas and Easter. She’s looking for a man that reliable.
Here’s what some others have said about the book:
“A totally captivating, hilarious and clever look on the magical kingdom of Manhattan, where kissing frogs has never been this fun.”
-- Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Au Pairs and The Fashionista Files
“With its clever premise and utterly engaging heroine, Shanna Swendson has penned a real treat! Enchanted, Inc. is loads of fun!”
-- Julie Kenner, author of Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom and The Givenchy Code
"I am giddy! I found an enchanting (pardon the reference) book and therefore, have a new author to read. Bridget Jones, move over. Shanna Swendson is offering up fantasy for the Buffy, Sabrina and Bewitched crowd. This is a delightful romp through the world of magic with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. There are characters you'll love and remember. If you want to escape the stress and busyness of life, join Katie for an enjoyable frolic into the world of make believe.”