Urban Fantasy

Nillu writes fantasy under the pen name N. Z. Nasser, published by her imprint Hanora Sky Press.

She loves the balance that the two strands bring to her work. Literary fiction is often about surviving the world. Fantasy is about saving it. It’s atmospheric, magical and escapist, and a whole heap of fun to write.

Books 1-3 of the DRUID HEIR series are now available for purchase. The remaining four books will be published at short intervals in 2022. If you’re a fan of Paranormal Women’s Fiction, Urban Fantasy and magic-wielding heroines over forty, you’ll love this series. 

MIDLIFE DAWN: A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (DRUID HEIR BOOK 1)

Shivers of excitement shot up my spine. It was time to draw a line under the past and find a new me.

By forty, Alisha thought she’d be living her best life. When her idiot husband gambles away their savings, she divorces him and throws herself into teaching her night class in godforsaken London. That is, until her mum dies in a car crash and Alisha suspects foul play. To top it all, the Metropolitan Police don’t seem to have heard of the detective investigating the case. Alisha’s first instinct is to have a nap and hope it all goes away, but she’s her mother’s daughter. Secrets set her off like a bloodhound.

When a mysterious man tells her she’s the last of an ancient magical druid lineage, she laughs in his face, but she’s intrigued. She wants to believe there’s more to life than a messy divorce and a dead-end career. It doesn’t seem crazy to follow him into the undergrowth in Crystal Palace Park. Not even when she hears her cat telling her to stop.

To avenge her mum and survive a new magical world, she just needs to pull on her control pants and hold on for the ride.

Get MIDLIFE DAWN (DRUID HEIR BOOK 1) here

MIDLIFE TREMORS: A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (DRUID HEIR BOOK 2)

“You have neither your grandmother’s talents, druid, nor her beauty, but you can make something of yourself yet.”

Alisha and her friends might have saved the day against a vengeful god, but she still doesn’t know the first thing about the Otherworld. There’s training sessions with her mentor Ezra, history lessons with the vampire Orpheus, plus her haunting dragon dreams. It’s not easy to stay on track, especially given how distracted she is by Ezra’s crinkly eyes and hot bod. Who knew that a new love at forty would give her dewy skin and a renewed zest for life?

When a series of earthquakes hits London, the Prime Sorcerer advises Alisha to focus on her upcoming magical trial at Wildwoods. But she’s her own woman, and her instincts tell her to dig deeper even before the goddess Gaia invites her to tea. It’s not like she’s going to pass the trial anyway. She’d already made enough enemies in the Otherworld to fill a granny annex. 

To find her place in the Otherworld, all Alisha has to do is gather her allies and trust herself. How hard could that be?

Get MIDLIFE TREMORS (DRUID HEIR BOOK 2) here

MIDLIFE NEWS: A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (DRUID HEIR BOOK 3)

“You are an accomplished woman, but even you cannot withstand a current that has been churning for centuries.”

One minute, Alisha is just your average forty-year-old Londoner, past her sell-by date and going nowhere. The next, she has animated a dragon, kicked a few godly backsides and become an overnight sensation. Her head is spinning. What she needs is peace and quiet to catch her breath and enjoy the first flushes of her relationship with half-werewolf half-wizard Ezra. What she gets is a taste of being a celebrity. And she doesn’t like it one bit. 

As if mid-life couldn’t get more challenging, dark omens appear quicker than Alisha sprouts grey hair. First, Ezra is called in to investigate dead wolves found on pack land. Then the last raven leaves the Tower of London, provoking fears that Crown and country will fall. But the senate couldn’t care less, and their breezy indifference means Alisha’s middle finger gets a workout.

As enemies close in, the goddess Gaia is too busy in pursuit of the perfect cup of chai to be of any use. Alisha can’t deny that she’s a druid with a flair for magic, a nose for trouble and a drawerful of big knickers unlikely to impress a new lover. Will she put her own needs aside and prove once and for all that she’s a match for anyone in her path?

Get MIDLIFE NEWS (DRUID HEIR BOOK 3) here

A FIRST DATE IN PARIS: A Druid Heir In Between Story (1.5)

A short story between Midlife Dawn and Midlife Tremors, written from Ezra’s perspective.

Ezra and Alisha go on their first date and we find out a little more about the werewolves.

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Cover Art by D. Robert Pease

THE TOMBSTONE MAN AND THE COMING OF THE TIGRESS (Standalone Short Story)

Available in e-book.

Nillu’s fantasy short story ‘The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress’ originally appeared in UnCommon Origins (June 2016) and UnCommonly Good (April 2017).

Jermaine Wyoming lives in a cemetery, isolated from the world, obsessed with the idea of replacing the memories of his harrowing childhood with new ones. 

Lana Norse is seventeen years old and suffers from a debilitating disease that promises to rob her of her future. Jermaine and Lana’s fates intertwine as the boundaries of their worlds blur and it becomes difficult to tell what’s real from what is not.