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Sneak Peek of Try As I Smite by Abigail Owen

News of a mage going mad and lashing out with magic would typically raise alarms, but today, yet another such report in his hands was the least of Alasdair Blakesley’s worries.
A bigger problem had just walked into his office.
His long-time personal assistant, Agnes. She entered laden with a tray. Presumably his lunch.
“Thai today,” she sang out.
He had no idea what alerted him that something was seriously wrong. The tone of her voice probably. Serious, semi-snappy Agnes did not use a singsongy voice. Ever.
Nearing her late sixties—though she refused to retire, informing him that he’d be a pathetic mess without her, which was true—Agnes wore her steel-gray hair severely scraped back from her face, never a strand out of place. Like her hair, she was scarily efficient at her job, and as abrasive as a Brillo pad when she deemed it necessary.
A voice like a sweet little mouse was not in her repertoire.
In fact, having to order him lunch because, as often happened, he’d let his job distract him from the time, would irritate her. As the head of the Covens Syndicate—the body of witches and warlocks who monitored, policed, protected, and ruled the established covens of magi throughout the world—he found his focus on the needs of his people overruled eating. Brillo voice would be more likely right now.
He watched her closely as she set the tray down on the round table in the corner. Made of petrified wood, the table stood out like a sore thumb from the rest of his ultra-modern office, which was all glass, black leather, and chrome. With a cheerfulness also nothing like his Agnes, she arranged the plates to her liking, then glanced up.
And blinked. Because Alasdair had taken her distraction as an opportunity to move to the door, which he shut with a quiet snick.
“Can I get you anything else, sir?”
Sir? Alasdair reached for his power, allowing the magic to flow through like electric current over a wire, his fingertips buzzing with it.
“Yes,” he said in a quiet voice any friend, and most enemies, would recognize meant he was holding back rage. “You can tell me what you’ve done with Agnes.”

Try As I Smite
Brimstone Inc Book 4
by Abigail Owen
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Alasdair Blakesley is the head of the Covens Syndicate. He shouldn’t need to look beyond the witches and warlocks he governs, or his own abilities, to solve any problem. But a demon infestation means he can’t trust anyone who may be possessed. The last person he wants to ask for help is also the only person who can fix this, so he sucks up his pride and storms into her office.

And she turns him down cold.

As the owner of Brimstone Inc., Delilah’s passion is helping others with their supernatural problems. But Alasdair is the last man Delilah wants to tangle with. The infuriating man sees too much and demands even more. And did she mention the way he sets her body on fire?

Not that it matters—demons are the only things with which she cannot interfere. Too bad a higher power steps in and sends them both on a crash course of each others’ pasts, presents, and futures.

How is a Christmas Carol nightmare supposed to solve his demon problem without breaking the rules she’s bound by?

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Multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, alpha heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of sexy shifters! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, Dr. Seuss quoter, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance under the name Kadie Scott.

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Sneak Peek off Gold Cavern by Zola Blue

“I have no choice. The times have changed; never has anyone been so bold as to try and enter our village. The rogues are dangerous, and the elders agree I must do this,” he asserted firmly.

“Then they are wrong too. The gold cannot leave the village boundaries,” Mecailo’s wife cried out in a wail of anguish. Finally finishing her ceremonial Kente Dress for the next joining of community couples, she hung the white silken garment upon a golden pin embedded into the wall. She stepped up to Mecailo, fell to her knees, and embraced his legs firmly. Softly she begged, “Mecailo, please remember the words written on the altar.”

“I know what the altar says, Ani, I swore an oath to those words, but the spirits have left this decision to me. I will follow my own heart this time,” he replied indignantly. Angrily she unwrapped her arms from around his legs. Mecailo yanked her up from the floor and held her close to him; the smell of her cinnamon breath reminded him of his love for her. When she calmed, he whispered, “The spirits will not be angry, Ani,” and walked away.

His ceremonial Kufi Cap passed down through the generations, placed upon a golden spike protruding from the rock wall. Mecailo thought of those who first settled within the caverns. Sorrow seeped through him, which caused a weakness in his limbs, and it was only his determination that sustained him. Mecailo could not look at the elaborate headdress; he had taken an oath to rule the village wisely and protect the gold and his people.

“Don’t do this, Mecailo,” she shouted at him.

He did not bother to respond any further to her objections. He shoved aside the mantle that covered the doorway and stepped outside into the warmth of the sun that shined brightly across the mountain tops. The gold embedded within the hills shined radiantly. Its shimmering sparkles, which once gave him peace, only reminded him of those greedy for wealth and their inward superiority. They justified their actions in believing they could own another life.

Mecailo took the reins of Swiftwater, a prize horse he won in an ax-wielding competition and trusted friend.  Even his faithful steed was not his own. Anxiety crept within him, so he rubbed the horse’s soft nose tenderly. The magnificent mount was mostly white with oblong brown spots, the color of dark chocolate around the front of its neck and legs. At seventeen hands, Swiftwater stood higher than Mecailo, and his silky mane and tail were the color of brilliant light. His mane and tail bounced around him as he galloped along, giving the horse a majestic, spectral presence. Almost everyone that saw Swiftwater sought after the impressive stallion; however, the horse was his friend, and Mecailo knew he might never part with him.

“Are you ready, my friend?” he asked, leaping on Swiftwater’s bare back.

As if in answer, the horse reared its head twice, and the silky mane caressed him in the face softly.

“We will go then.”

Along the way, passing the village altar, Mecailo studied the three embossed medallions embedded within the golden face of its northern wall. All three were the size of silver dollars, and their copper substance hinted at a reddish tint that faded into its glimmering golden background. The three of them combined had given life to the village, protecting it from harm and sickness, until now. Mecailo had lost his faith in the meaning of the symbols. The strange writing below them was indecipherable in their common language. He and his brother, Robito, who would assume leadership over the people after his death, only understood their meaning.

The Gold Must Never Leave

“Let’s go Swiftwater,” he said, and the horse gallantly trotted off.

Some distance through the mountain tunnel, a rumble in the peaks above, the ground quaked beneath him. The disturbance alarmed Mecailo, and the voice of his wife resonated stridently in his mind: “The gold must stay.” Swiftwater halted, nickered, and peered forward into the bluish glow of the underground passage. He stopped as if an unseen force were blocking his path.

“What’s wrong?” Mecailo asked as he stared ahead. He saw nothing to cause alarm—only shadows in the dim light from the luminescent crystals hanging from the ceiling. “Move on,” he commanded.

Neighing warily, the great stallion inched forward.

“What is going on, Swiftwater?” His behavior was indeed strange as the horse never challenged his commands, nor did he whinny in disobedience. The horse refused to obey him, and it stood rooted to the ground. It stared into the distance.  The mysterious glow from the haunting light in the cavern began to reflect oddly, and this was strange. This peculiar occurrence did not deter Mecailo, though. “Just a Little further, Swiftwater, we’re almost there. The exit is just beyond the next turn.”

Still, he hesitated, and Swiftwater whickered again, tossed his head, and whipped his mane into Mecailo’s face. Mecailo fumed with irritation at the horse’s obstinacy and smacked Swiftwater’s flank brusquely. Nightfall would be upon him soon if the horse continued to resist, and travel in the dark woods to reach the town was always unsettling in pitch blackness. Swiftwater nudged forward slightly but then halted again. A quake rippled through the void around him; the ceiling crumbled. Large rocks crashed down directly in front of him, blocked his way. Swiftwater recoiled and reared powerfully on its hind legs.

“Easy Swiftwater,” he soothed and stroked its sinewy neck. His valued longtime friend pranced on its back legs. He tried to throw him off. Seconds later, Swiftwater bolted forward and raced through the tunnel of falling rocks. Mecailo grasped the reins tightly. He held on with all his might as the horse hurtled through the murky air. His fried horse dashed through the dark bleakness, by memory alone, moving as if he tried to outrun some unseen assailant.

Mecailo felt a warm sensation against his leg and realized the satchel that held the gold smoldered. Searing heat charred through his pant leg and scorched his skin. Hurriedly, he snatched the bag from his sash. He hurled it away. “Stop Swiftwater,” Mecailo commanded, but the horse continued running. Seconds later, Mecailo’s shoulder rammed into something unyielding; the sound of shattering bone in his body sounded out loudly, and intense pain incapacitated him. He dropped the reins and toppled backward. Mecailo slammed onto the rocky ground. “Come back Swi—” Mecailo tried crying out. Powerless to scream, he listened to the sound of his horse’s galloping hooves, which grew ever more distant.

A yellow glow radiated near his feet; it was his satchel, and the straps of the bag were entangled around his sandal strap. Moments later, it exploded into flames, and sparks spat angrily outward as the leather material burned away. Exposed, the shimmering golden nuggets lay next to him upon the ground.

Mecailo, you can’t take the gold out of the village,” the words of his wife echoed in his mind, one final time, just before a massive boulder plummeted from the ceiling and crushed the life out of him.

Gold Cavern

The Legend of Goldum Book 1

by Zola Blue

Genre: Adventure, Mystery


The only thing that could summon Estelle from her new york apartment was a desperate call for help from the man who had saved her life as a child. Her grandfather, who had raised her from a child after her mother’s tragic death, needed her to return for an urgent family matter

Convinced of the legend of the missing village of Goldum, he gathers a group he can trust who can handle the journey into lower mountains before the snow arrives.

With Estelle to lead, she follows her grandfather’s map, into foothills on ATVs. Much to her surprise, she and the others come upon another group of ATVs along their trail.

Lofton, a geologist, appears to lead a group that includes two hydro dam workers and his female assistant. With a massive gold nugget as evidence, the two groups continue together, having no real choice.

Together they discover the source of the gold is most likely coming out of an underground river, and they need scuba gear to continue. The underground journey takes several days and tortures all physically but mostly mentally. The smell of abundant amounts of gold has them all planning glorious futures.

Alliances and enemies are made in the small group. Still, all seems forgiven when they find the legendary lost village of Goldum buried almost intact. However, things go poorly when Estelle, who claims to be the rightful heir to the village and fortune, tells the disbelieving group that removing any gold will result in all of their deaths.


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Born in Florida, I am a resident of the US, but now I reside on a lovely island in British Columbia Canada with my mother and two dogs, and one cat. During the early years of my life, I worked in the business industry, thus reaching my goal of obtaining my degree in Business Management.
I love to read, and over my lifetime, I have probably read hundreds of books. Now that life has given a bit more time to concentrate on my personal life, I am following God and writing fun, fanciful fiction stories, which blend over into the fantasy realm.
I hope that each time I put words on the paper, it makes you want to read it. I always hope someone has fallen in love with my words and want to continue reading them.

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Book Spotlight: Tranquilli Bloodlines Series by Celia Breslin

Tranquilli Bloodline Series Book 1
by Celia Breslin
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. Her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors, and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-attraction flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to keep the love of her life…without getting killed in the process.
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Tranquilli Bloodline Series Book 2
In HAVEN, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli survives a vicious attack by her vampire family’s longtime archenemies. Several weeks later, as she struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, supervillain Dixon resurfaces and kidnaps two of her best friends. To save them, Carina must comply with the evil bastard’s unusual demands. The kicker? She must tell no one what she is up to.
Meanwhile, she has a new dance club to open for the preternatural community, a fated soul mate acting secretive and distant, and a sexy, new, undead friend who’d love to take Alexander’s place in her heart and bed.
Blackmailed, betrayed, tempted…sometimes destiny has a wicked sense of humor.
Tranquilli Bloodline Series Book 3
The Chosen One is home. Bad little vampires beware…
In HAVEN & DESTINY, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli finds love and fights her vampire family’s enemies. Now, in ORIGINS… En route to reunite with her estranged father in Italy, Carina is kidnapped by a human organization intent on vampire genocide. Beaten, starved, and forced to fight fellow captives, she manages to escape. Once home, Carina warns her family of this new threat, but dear old dad is missing. In his absence, the Tribunal, the governing body for all vampirekind, lies in disarray, with an old enemy making a bid for her father’s throne.
What’s worse? The usurper wants her for his queen…and slave. With a human-vampire war looming on one side and a vampire-vampire battle brewing on the other, Carina will have to rally her troops, take back the throne, and fulfill her destiny as the Chosen One. If not, her whole world will fall, taking everyone she loves with it.
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.
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Spotlight: The Blood Moon Series by JN Moon

Wolf Born
The Blood Moon Series Book 1
by JN Moon
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
An ancient power revealed.
An enchanting love forbidden.
Only feeling true peace in nature, Emma thrives in her career as an ecologist. Yet when she learns her uncle has been injured, and discharged from the hospital into the care of an unknown stranger, she puts her life on hold to rush to his side. She tracks them down to a log cabin built deep within the notoriously haunted Wychwood Forest.
What big eyes you have…
In the depths of the woodlands, Emma’s uncle reveals a dark family secret none within their bloodline can escape. His swoon-worthy caregiver, Conor, warns a malevolent shadow is coming for all of them. She is their only hope to survive, if she can channel a side of herself, she never knew existed.
What big ears you have…
As an ancient demon rises, and malicious spirits swirl and lash from all sides, Emma must decide who she can trust… if anyone.
What big teeth you have…
Set in Wychwood, England—the world’s most haunted forest—Wolf Born is an adult retelling of Red Riding Hood. Fans of captivating shifter stories, that intertwine monsters and romance, will be left howling for more Wolf Born!
Lift the latch and step inside, if you dare…
★★★★★Well, that was a twist on red riding hood for sure. Emma learns about herself and a world unknown to most. Lots of twists and turns. Keeping you interested in the book. And so, did not see the ending coming. A must-read book.
★★★★★ I was captivated by this story and couldn’t put it down. The characters were indeed engaging, every twist was unexpected, and made the adventure powerful, and enjoyable. I hope you will take time and read this fantastic fantasy and love it as well.
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Dragon Born
The Blood Moon Series Book 2
Would you steal Poseidon’s Trident to save your lover?
Luke has been kidnapped by Teran, a crazed Pagan sea god, and is being held deep within a sea cave. If Emma can’t find a way to save him, he’s sure to die. Or worse, be turned into Teran’s slave.
The blood of Dragon shifters is unrivalled and formidable…
Eliciting the help of a scandalous demon known as an incubus, Emma and her friends take their rescue mission to the seas. Within the watery realms of the Selkies and sea witches, they journey to Atlantis in search of Poseidon’s Trident.
The father of all monsters has risen.
Trapped underwater and sinking fast, only the gods can save them now. Can they convince Zeus to help the shifters he views as abominations?
He blackened out the sun as his wings opened.
Fans in search of the spellbinding mayhem of gods versus monsters will be left panting by Dragon Born!
Grab your life jacket, this is one hell of a ride!
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Shadow Born
The Blood Moon Series Book 3
They say mortals are the most dangerous beings in the world. But there’s something far worse, and it’s on the hunt.
Wolves are being tracked and exterminated. An ancient order, known as the Watcher Angels, has embarked on a mission to eradicate all shifter abominations which they view as an affront to God.
Now, they have their sights set on Emma.
Driven to turn her divine power into a weapon with the ability to annihilate all supernaturals, they’re prepared to slaughter all who dare stand in their way.
Emma’s only hope to save her people is to travel to the Underworld to steal an ancient scroll from the Marquis of Hell. New alliances are formed, and friendships are tested as the old Order crumbles to allow a new era to dawn.
The trumpets of war sound in, Shadow Born, the epic conclusion of The Blood Moon Series!
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A writer of Dark Urban Fantasy with a smattering of gothic horror.
What got me hooked into vampires, as a kid I secretly watched Hammer Horror films on my tv, then reading the classics, Dracula and Frankenstein. I was always more interested in the vampires than Van Helsing!
Inspiring movies, Underworld, The Lost Boys, and Blade.
My books are gritty and action-packed, taking you into the underbelly of the world of the damned, who live alongside the world of the living.
Vampires, werewolves, demons along with mythological creatures are all mixed into my stories. A balance of fantasy and reality, a world that takes you, the reader away from the mundane stresses of life. And sometimes a smattering of the philosophical to…
Dark, Sublime, Gripping Stories.
When I’m not writing, I can be found wandering in nature, reading or at the movies.
I also enjoy hanging upside down! Been doing aerial arts for about 7 years.
If you want to connect, I like talking to like-minded souls so get in touch.
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