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Christmas Grotto – Null City books by Barb Taub

Christmas GrottoToday the books in the Null City series by Barb Taub with Hannah Taub as co-author in book one. As you will see from what the readers say there is every reason to buy all three of the books together as a gift this Christmas for lovers of traditional fairy stories, humour and lovers of time travel and adventure. Book two – Don’t Touch in particular with its roots in traditional Austrian Christmas myths and legends would certainly get the party started.

About Null City – One Way Fare by Barb Taub and Hannah Taub.


Null City is the only sanctuary for Gaby Parker and Leila Rice, two young women confronting cataclysmic forces waging an unseen war between Heaven and Hell. Gaby and her younger brother and sister are already targets in the war that cost their parents’ lives. Should they forsake the powers that complete their souls and flee to Null City? Meanwhile, Leila has inherited a French chateau, a mysterious legacy, and a prophecy that she will end the world. Gaby and Leila become catalysts for the founding and survival of Null City.

It just would have been nice if someone told them the angels were all on the other side.

A thrilling chase through time and space, Null City is only a Metro ride away, littered with slick rock stars, stoic warriors, and Nephilim – the descendants of angels.

One of the excellent reviews

Baristas in Hell By Juliet Waldron on October 4, 2013 Format: Kindle Edition

Preamble: I don’t ordinarily read modern fantasy or watch “The Princess Bride”, but I knew the author of this funny, intricate tale must have a younger, hip co-author, and so Ms. Taub does–her daughter, who is fluent both in current media and the funny, flip lingo of her generation.

The heroines, Gaby and Leila, have super powers. Each has a special gift and a pivotal connection to the fate of the universe. They don’t know each other at the beginning, but the danger which comes rushing into their lives like a runaway train soon brings them together. Paths through space and time lead our heroines into permanent pod-like (think whales) relationships, where each character is important. Accompanied by the requisite strong, reliable good-looking guys who share their gifts/superpowers (derived from angelic ancestry–or, is it demonic?), they begin the hectic journeys which will take them back and forth (and round and round) through time, even into the off-the-wall places we feeble humans have traditionally called “Hell” and “Heaven”. Let me just say that both are a lot more amusing than the official version.

This is a craftily-written, well-edited page turner, with a plot twist and/or nail-biting cliff-hanger around every corner. Big fun for Time Travelers of all ages.

About Book Two -Don’t Touch


Hope flares each morning in the tiny flash of a second before Lette touches that first thing. And destroys it.

Her online journal spans a decade, beginning with the day a thirteen-year-old inherits an extreme form of the family “gift.” Every day whatever she touches converts into something new: bunnies, bubbles, bombs, and everything in between.

Lette’s search for a cure leads her to Stefan, whose fairy-tale looks hide a monstrous legacy, and to Rag, an arrogant, crabby ex-angel with boundary issues. The three face an army led by a monster who feeds on children’s fear. But it’s their own inner demons they must defeat first.

What the readers are saying.

Unique and special By Sonoma Lass on December 10, 2013

Humourous and heart-breaking – a terrific read! By Georgia Rose on February 1, 2015

Totally bonkers, but in the best possible way! By Terry Tyler, author on December 27, 2014

About Book Three – Novellas – Just for the Spell of it –  Payback is a Witch


In the world of Null City… Superpowers suck. If you just want to live a normal life, Null City is only a Metro ride away. After one day there, imps become baristas, and hellhounds become poodles. Demons settle down, become parents, join the PTA, and worry about their taxes. But outside of Null City, now that the century-long secret Nonwars between Gifts and Haven are over and the Accords Treaty is signed, an uneasy peace is policed by Wardens under the command of the Accords Agency.

Just for the Spell of It

Liam is an ungodly soccer-playing card sharp on a mission from God. Eirie is a beautiful punk fairy princess with her own daytime radio talk show. They’ve worked cases for the Accords Agency before, but with war between realms looming and her baby sister as the bargaining chip, partnering just got personal.

Payback is a Witch

Claire Danielsen is a young witch whose goddess is house cat of unusual size. Peter Oshiro is a Warden policing a delicate truce between those who are human and those who… aren’t.

It just would have been nice if someone told them the angels were all on the other side.

What the readers are saying.

Fabulous fantasy that manages to be both life threatening and light-hearted! By Georgia Rose on February 8, 2015

Fiends with fangs and casting of spells By Lizanne Lloyd on January 19, 2015

Charming and sassy. By Eat Sleep Read Review on January 20, 2015

Buy all of Barb Taub’s books via her Amazon Author Page.

About Barb Taub


In halcyon days BC (before children), Barb Taub wrote a humor column for several Midwest newspapers. With the arrival of Child #4, she veered toward the dark side and an HR career. Following a daring daytime escape to England, she’s lived in a medieval castle and a hobbit house with her prince-of-a-guy and the World’s Most Spoiled AussieDog. Now all her days are Saturdays, and she spends them consulting with her occasional co-author/daughter on Marvel heroes, Null City, and translating from British to American.

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