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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. Her urban fantasy Requiem for the Devil (2001) won the National Writers Association Novel Contest and was a pioneer e-book for Time Warner’s electronic publishing venture.

Jeri’s debut print release, romantic fantasy Eyes of Crow (Luna Books, November 2006), won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Fantasy and the Write Touch Readers Choice Award for Best Paranormal.  It was also nominated for two Rita awards.

Jeri keeps her head in the real world by fostering dogs and puppies for animal rescuers Tails of Hope. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and shouting at professional athletes. 

 Find out more about Jeri’s life, books, and delusions of grandeur at


Eyes of Crow, Luna Books, November 2006

Voice of Crow, Luna Books, October 2007

Wicked Game, Pocket Books, May 2008

The Reawakened, Luna Books, November 2008

Bad to the Bone (tentative title), Pocket Books, Spring 2009


Fantasy & Science Fiction
Eyes of Crow

[A]n absolutely delightful coming-of-age novel...There's an abundance of riches in this book, and Smith-Ready handles them all so well. The cultures and customs are well thought out and rendered, the connections with the spirit guides are wonderfully magical and filled with Mystery, and the complicated relationships of the tribes people are handled with a realistic flare. --Charles de Lint

Eyes of Crow

The first installment in this magical series is an emotional, engaging, and appealing fantasy. Smith-Ready is a born storyteller.

Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award winner
Eyes of Crow

Jeri Smith-Ready's lyrical prose brings to life unforgettable characters and a poignant story that haunted me long after I finished the novel. She has a remarkable gift for making the reader care about her world and its people. Highly recommended.

Barnes & Noble
Eyes of Crow

[A]ny fantasy fan who enjoys their novels strongly influenced by mythology and folklore will enjoy this genre-blending hybrid, which is so much more than just another romantic fantasy. The allegorical use of paganism and animism in particular underscores all-too-timely themes like religious prejudice, intolerance, environmentalism, etc...Smith-Ready's Eyes of Crow is just the first installment in what could be an entertaining and profoundly moving series. Jean M. Auel meets Mercedes Lackey. --Paul Goat Allen

Publisher's Weekly
Wicked Game

Smith-Readys musical references are spot on, as is her take on corporate radios creeping airwave hegemony. Add in the irrepressible Ciara, who grew up in a family of grifters, and the results rock.

The Plot Thickens (Mysterious Galaxy)
Voice of Crow

Jeri Smith-Ready's unique voice, magic setting, and setting all contribute to why I enjoy her tales of the Aspect of Crow. She is very successful at maintaining multiple POV charactes of both genders with unique characteristicsVoice of Crow is both a welcome addition to the Aspect series, and a fine novel on its own, if one hasn't read Eyes of Crow yet. --MaryElizabeth Hart

CK2's Kwips and Kritiques
Voice of Crow

VOICE OF CROW is a powerful second novel in a trilogy that has solidified Jeri Smith-Ready as a true force in the genre. Her powerful tale of magic and heroism is both poignant and unforgettable.

Rachel Caine, bestselling author of the Weather Warden series
Wicked Game

Jeri Smith-Ready has created a set of strikingly original, fascinating characters, rich with as much style and rhythm as the music her vampires love. Lyrical and uncompromising, WICKED GAME is a winner I'll be reading again.