Crossroads of Bones, Luanne Bennett

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Katie Bishop would have taken her secret to the grave, but… a bunch of fat cat society folks smelled her out and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Katie just wants to run her tattoo business quietly under the radar. But when a man walks into her shop and hands her a drawing of the same tattoo she’s been dreaming about for weeks, things start to spin out of control. The last two people who tried to apply that tattoo are dead.

Only half human, it’s her other half that an elite group wants to hire — a group of Savannah’s more privileged citizens, including the city’s reigning coven of witches.

There’s a rogue god on the loose, and Katie is the only one who can send him back to hell before he breaks open the crossroads and lets the underworld waltz right in — if he manages to get that deadly tattoo inked onto his back.

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Live Fae or Die Trying, Jenna Wolfhart

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I’m a fae without a court, but that suits me just fine. Kind of.

For years, I’ve hidden in my shabby East London flat, working as a private investigator for romantically-scorned supernaturals. The pay? Total rubbish. I’m broke as hell and almost homeless. But I’m stuck in this life. If anyone discovered my dark past, I’d end up dead.

But when a serial killer starts picking off London’s fae, it seems fate has other plans for me. Balor, a dangerous and sinfully enticing fae prince, wants me to help him hunt down the killer. Apparently, my mind-reading abilities would be an asset. Now, I’m being whisked away into a court of wealth and magic.

Problem is, I can’t read his mind, and I’m not sure I trust him. Worse, he knows I’m keeping a secret of my own, and he’s determined to figure it out. Despite his allure, I start to wonder if he’s behind the crimes.

If he is, I’ll never make it out of his Court alive.

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The Alchemist and an Amaretto, Annette Marie

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As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything — mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds — and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus… and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students.

And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

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Enchantress Under Fire, AC Spahn

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It’s time to risk everything.

Adrienne has lost more than she ever imagined. Friends lie dead. The man she loves has been captured. The alliance she worked so hard to forge is close to breaking. She might have a plan to rebalance the world’s chaotic magic, but enacting it requires the help of other enchanters. Unfortunately, they’ve all been recruited or killed by Geralt.

That leaves her with only one option: infiltrate his cult.

 Masking her innate magical ability, Adrienne embarks on a dangerous mission to lure cult members to her side. That won’t be easy since Geralt has bought his followers’ loyalty and filled them with suspicion of the outside world. Adrienne has little to offer against his promises of protection and belonging.

But manipulation goes two ways, and Adrienne is no stranger to using the cult’s tactics for her own ends.

When Adrienne begins to bond with those she only intended to exploit, her compassion for the cult members clashes with her loyalty to the Underground. Caught between two worlds, with countless lives on the line, Adrienne must figure out what she truly stands for before she loses what little she has left.

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Enchantress Underground, AC Spahn

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The Void Union has fallen.

Adrienne and her friends have gone into hiding as Geralt’s cult tightens its hold on the city. San Francisco’s paranormal community is in anarchy. Most disturbingly, magic’s instability worsens every day.

As chaotic magic starts to rip the city apart, Adrienne seeks allies to help rebalance it. But an alliance requires trust, and trust is a scarce commodity in the paranormal world, especially when Geralt has offered large rewards for Adrienne’s capture.

Betrayal lurks behind every smile.

Opposing the fledgling coalition is the cult’s vicious ew enforcer, who will do anything to bring Adrienne down. Between his ruthless tactics and the treacherous diplomacy of paranormals, Adrienne’s heart begins to harden. She knows that to save the city, she must unite its magical inhabitants under her leadership. But that leadership might just twist her into someone she can’t recognize.

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Enchantress Under Pressure, AC Spahn

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Magic is breaking.

Newly recruited by the Void Union, enchantress Adrienne Morales plans to stay on good terms with her magic-immune handlers. That’s hard to do when everyone knows about the enchantment tattoo storing catastrophic magic on her body. Then she discovers a murder victim with an identical tattoo.

That corpse means only one thing: the cult that enchanted Adrienne has a lethal operative in town, and her conflict with the Voids just became her smallest problem.

With mysterious fires destroying Voids across the nation, the Union Legionnaire has his hands full. Catching the murderer is up to Adrienne. But as her search intensifies, magic begins breaking down around her: ghosts rise, enchantments go haywire, and the specter of war looms over San Francisco.

Played by fears from her past, mistrust from the Voids, and the sudden unreliability of her powers, Adrienne isn’t sure where to turn.

Worse, Adrienne’s life isn’t the only one hanging in the balance. If she goes down, her friends will fall beside her, and the entire city might be next. To defend her paranormal world, she must stop the murderer, uncover the cult’s secret plot, and decide whom to trust — when she’s not even sure she can trust herself.

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Enchantress Undercover, AC Spahn

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Artist. Fugitive. Enchantress.

Adrienne Morales is a hunted woman. Stalked by Voids– people immune to magic –and pursued by a deadly past, Adrienne wants nothing more than to avoid spells and sorcery. Her powers as an enchantress make that impossible. Every few days she must release the magic gathering around her, or it’ll steal her sanity.

The only way to stay alive is to practice her magic in secret, hiding enchantments in works of art she sells in her craft store.

When a firebreathing psychopath controlled by enchantment tries to burn down her store, Adrienne unleashes her powers to stop him.

Unfortunately her battle has a witness — Adrienne’s handsome business partner. Turns out he’s a Void, and sworn to a Union that executes rogue magic users. Worse, the firebreather isn’t the only victim to pop up around San Francisco. Someone is using magic to create monsters and destroy minds, and the Void Union wants them dead.

Now Adrienne must capture the rogue enchanter before they ruin more innocent lives — and before the Voids punish her for the rogue’s crimes. But Voids aren’t the worst thing chasing her. Every enchantment she crafts makes it more likely her past will track her down.

And if it does, madness will be the kindest fate awaiting her.

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Taken by Magic, Jasmine Walt

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Even as Sunaya’s fairy-tale romance with her handsome, powerful Chief Mage is celebrated in the media, all Sunaya wants is to get past the endless duties and social engagements of her new role, and spend a bit of private time with Iannis. Doing her best to ignore the many naysayers poo-pooing their match, she counts down the days of these last stressful weeks before the wedding and much-needed honeymoon.

But as it turns out, dealing with snooty mages and uppity politicians are the least of Sunaya’s troubles. For Sunaya and Iannis have failed to reckon with an ancient and powerful enemy, who does not want their union to take place, and will go to any lengths to separate them — including murder.

Torn from their friends and family, faced with harrowing dangers with no one to call to for help, Sunaya must fight for her love and happiness against overwhelming odds.

Whether or not she survives to see her wedding day rests entirely on Sunaya’s shoulders.

And despite being ill-prepared for the challenges ahead, Sunaya has every intention of making her latest enemy regret their attempt to keep her from the man she loves most in the world.

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Called by Magic, Jasmine Walt

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Enforcer Annia Melcott is no stranger to adversity.

A damned good investigator and a loyal friend, she’s fought rebels and terrorists, taken down dangerous criminal gangs, and risked herself time and again for the sake of her city.

But when Annia’s life goes up in smoke, she decides she’s had enough. Hoping to lose herself in an adventure or two, she travels to the Southern continent for a much-needed respite.

The first mission she snags is simple enough — escort two mage children and their guardian back to their ancestral home, and make sure they don’t get killed or kidnapped by bandits. But while Southia’s verdant lands are beautiful and compelling, they are also rife with ancient, wild magic that the world has forgotten.

Evil shamans, powerful goddesses, and vengeful ghosts lurk in unexpected places, and if Annia isn’t careful, she might very well become their next victim…


Author’s Note:
This is a backstory novella that takes place concurrent to the events in Taken by Magic. It is also a prequel to Tempted by Magic, Book One in the brand-new Mischief and Magic series, coming Spring 2020!

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