Scratching in the Dirt

Book One of the Written by Birds Trilogy
a dark urban fantasy adventure

A father in Hell, a dead lover, and a demon gangster on her tail. Today is the best day of Tazia’s life.

Demons are taking savage control of the disillusioned and down-at-heel. Half-vampire, Tazia, wants no part in it. She’s embracing her first taste of freedom in one hundred and fifty years. But liberty doesn’t come easily. When her celebrations are interrupted by a psychopathic angel, she is forced into a distasteful alliance to save the demon who was once her jailer.

Assisted by her best friend, a sex-addicted technomancer called Billy, she struggles to free herself from the angel’s evil plan. No easy task, when faced with resistance from a demonic terrorist, and pursued by her ex-lover—a human mercenary now out for her blood. If she fails, will Tazia ever regain her freedom or will she be forced back into a life of tortuous incarceration?

Scratching in the Dirt is the first in the Written by Birds trilogy, and is an adult urban fantasy novel set on the streets of modern-day Turin, London, and Detroit. It treads lightly in the darkness, with not a small amount of blood and gritty humor. Just ask the birds…

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What readers are saying…

Scratching in the Dirt managed to surprise me a couple of times, had me reaching for the tissues *sniff*, recoiling in horror at the brutality and chuckling out loud. Throughout this book, I found myself desperate to find out what would happen next, staying up late to finish just one more chapter, in other words I was gripped! *flora* [click for full blog review]

An unexpected gem of a hook! … The story is complex and twisty, with a rather shocking ending. Can’t wait to read the next in the series! Lisa

Rollicking good fun! Jacqui

Amazing! This has to be one of the best books in this type … the plot is tight, I found myself caring for the characters … Tazia is a character with a past, which makes you both love her and hate her … The thrills keep on coming, the action is palpable and the explosions are loud! … nomdeploom

Excellent dystopian fantasy! Alizarinred

Fresh take on a … predictable genre. Well written action, three dimensional characters and a flawed heroine equals a book that was devoured rather quickly… Mrs C Cooke

Take that, demons! It takes a lot of skill to take a tired concept … and craft a story that’s truly enjoyable. I might have said it was impossible to do so, until I read Scratching in the Dirt. There was just something about this book that pulled me and kept me turning the pages. I really dug Tazia’s whole character, BAMF to the max … Ben

Hiya, got hooked by book1 so just amazoned myself and bought the others. Book 1 rocked. Max

Loved this books the characters had depth and the story was well writen get this series if possible loved it. Hector

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