Into The Mystic is a collection of eleven lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories and we have an exclusive excerpt from one of the stories
Into The Mystic
Brooklyn Ray. J.C. Long, Kara Race-Moore, Samantha Kate, Nicole Field, J.P. Jackson, Caitlin Ricci, L.J. Hamlin, Kayla Bashe, Charli Coty, Tay LaRoi
Eleven lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories…
Reborn by Brooklyn Ray – Dark magic, mystical bloodlines, a living forest, and two women fighting to reclaim a love they lost.
Zero Hour by J.C. Long – She can’t outrun the full moon.
Dove in the Window by Kara Race-Moore – As if the Great Depression wasn’t bad enough, Cissy’s first love is back from the dead.
Bottom of the River by Samantha Kate – The demon isn’t always the monster.
If You Want to Walk by Nicole Field – Follow Chess into the Underneath and meet the strange creatures she finds there.
A Tended Garden by J.P. Jackson – Immortality or humanity—which one will win out in the end?
Romancing the Healer by Caitlin Ricci – In a deadly snowstorm a werewolf needs all the help she can get, and the werebear coming to her aid is more than she appears to be.
Midnight Kisses by L.J. Hamlin – A local witch, a new-to-town werewolf, and a mystery to be solved.
Like a Bell through the Night by Kayla Bashe – Guarding a faerie princess? All in a day’s work for a werewolf bodyguard. Avoiding falling in love with said princess? The hardest mission of Jaffa’s life.
The Imp in the Rock by Charli Coty – The cure for a bad breakup might be magic.
Smile Like You Mean It by Tay LaRoi – Ingrid meets a terrifying Japanese legend, but the stories are all wrong.
Reborn by Brooklyn Ray
Thalia Darbonne left Port Lewis three years ago with no intention of returning. Despite being a powerful witch, she’s now known as a deserter – an outcast in the magical society. But after her mother’s untimely death, Thalia is called back to her hometown in order to fulfill her duty as matriarch, and take the place as head witch of the Darbonne Clan.
Being back home isn’t easy, especially when Thalia is confronted by a ghost from her past, the beautiful, dangerous necromancer, Jordan Wolfe.
As Thalia tries to cope with the loss of her mother, she’s also faced with her feelings for Jordan, the responsibility of becoming matriarch, and the strange, dark magic lingering between her and her first love. Thalia and Jordan fight through three years of confusion in the forest they grew up in, where trees whisper, the night sky bleeds, and sigils are carved into flesh.
Zero Hour by J.C. Long
After being bitten by her long-time girlfriend Robbin in werewolf form, Simone does the only thing she can think to do—she gets in her car and drives as far away as she can. As the first full moon since she was bitten approaches, Simone is faced with a difficult choice: does she trust Robbin, who wishes to guide her through her first transformation, after being hurt by her? And more importantly, with the full moon drawing near, does she really have a choice?
Dove in the Window by Kara Race-Moore
In 1930’s Appalachia, Cissy McGurk is still mourning the death of Pearl, her first love. However, Pearl shows up one night and crawls into bed with her, bemoaning that she can’t sleep. More and more people from the local cemetery are crawling from their graves because something won’t let them rest. Cissy has to find out how to fix it, even if that means asking Death himself for advice.
Bottom of the River by Samantha Kate
Anja Bauer is the daughter of rich but cruel parents who care little about her happiness. Despite her revulsion toward men, they plan to marry her off to a faraway suitor. But Anja’s discovers a contract they signed with the demon they’d warned her about, and she learns the true extent of their wickedness and the reality of the demon.
If You Want to Walk by Nicole Field
Chess runs into the world of the Fae to try to escape her depression, only to find it comes there with her. When she finds her way back, she knows she will have to leave many things behind. Is leaving worth that price?
A Tended Garden by J.P Jackson
Alyssa is a natural witch whose thoughts have a way of coming true. Her coven is the only one around—well, the only one she’ll practice her beliefs with – but her high priestess, Rachel, is particularly difficult to please.
Rachel has a secret she hasn’t told anyone in her coven—one that her ancestral witches before her kept from their covens too. If Rachel’s to hold on to her traditions and the immortality she’s been promised, she’ll have to keep the women in her coven returning to the sacred grove, and that includes Alyssa.
But secrets have a way of being revealed, and when Alyssa stumbles across Rachel’s violent and horrifying history with the trees of the grove, the pact between the sacred grove and Rachel’s family may have a price too steep to pay.
Romancing the Healer by Caitlin Ricci
When she takes too long to come back to her pack, Aria is caught up in a snowstorm. To make matters worse, she’s twisted her ankle while running. Hurt, freezing, and alone, her best chance for survival is to stay under an evergreen until the storm clears then try to limp back to her pack. Zoe has a better idea. She’s a healer without a pack to call her own, although she’s desperate for the kind of family Aria has with hers. Being trans, Zoe has never felt all that welcome with other shifters, but Aria promises to show her that there is at least one pack who would gladly have her. All they have to do is wait out the storm together.
Midnight Kisses by L.J. Hamlin
A night out in a bar before a big council meeting to relax seems like a good idea, talking to the cute werewolf at the bar seems like a better idea. But when they meet again will sparks get in the way.
Like a Bell through the Night by Kayla Bashe
Rhiannon, faerie princess in exile, has been on the run for her entire life. Hunted by her most dangerous enemy yet, she turns to her childhood crush for help: immortal, smolderingly sexy werewolf Jaffa Volkovitch.
Jaffa’s scars and secrets haunt her, and she doesn’t let anyone get close. She remembers Rhiannon as an optimistic child… not an alluring, resilient young woman whose every touch awakens forgotten feelings. Keeping up her emotional barriers could mean breaking Rhiannon’s heart. What will Jaffa decide?
The Imp in the Rock by Charli Coty
Wendi Tamura turns to her favorite beach to calm her jangled nerves after she’s dumped by her cheating boyfriend. The water near her home on the Oregon Coast is never warm, and no place for a nude woman, so when one appears before her seemingly by magic, Wendi offers her help. It’s been years since she’s been with a woman, but when the beautiful Hanako reveals her true nature, Wendi doesn’t let either detail keep her from the most magical and steamy night she’s ever had.
Smile Like You Mean It by Tay LaRoi
Ingrid Smith, a young American living in Sendai, meets the cursed Slit-Mouthed Woman of Japanese folklore and does her best to rid herself of the woman. When a conflict reveals that Ayame isn’t as terrible as her legend says, she’s embarrassed by the truth and vows to haunt Ingrid until they can figure out how to lift the curse. For weeks Ingrid tries to lift Ayame’s curse, but with each passing day, she’s not sure she wants to.
Exclusive Excerpt from Midnight Kisses by L.J. Hamlin
The crowd in the bar was a little thicker than usual and more diverse, all kinds of supernatural creatures gathered in the outskirts of New York, ready for the meetings between the grand councils. Bella Thistle was on the witches’ high council, but not in such a high position that she was worried about going to a bar the night before a midday meeting. She could feel a pulse in the air from the collective energy of so many of the otherworlders being in one place, and it felt good. Bella lived mainly in the human world, running a magic shop that catered to real witches and warlocks but attracted more human novices than those with magic in their blood.
She reached the bar and found a space to lean against, so she could wait for a drink and relax a little while. She’d hardly touched the shiny wooden surface when someone bumped into her. Bella wasn’t quick to anger, but she turned to ask for an apology and paused.
The woman who’d bumped into her was tall and had black hair shaped in a cute gothic pixie cut. Her whole look edged on goth, from the heavy black eyeliner around her blue eyes to the plum lipstick on her full lips. She was curvy, sexy, dressed in jeans and some band tank top that showed off the tattoos on her arms, including one of a wolf howling at a moon with two stars above three threes in front of it, the traditional tattoo for shape-shifter enforcers—werewolves, to be exact.
“Um, hi. You bumped into me, but it’s okay,” Bella said in a rush, feeling like she was fourteen again and faced with a pretty girl.
“Sorry. Let me get you a drink. I’m Cassie.” The werewolf offered her hand, and though Bella could be shy, she was not a total hopeless case in social situations. Cassie’s hand was warm and firm, broken up only by the feel of a series of cooler silver rings, and despite the tales, Bella knew they were probably real silver. It was only poisonous to weres if ingested or injected into their bloodstream somehow. A silver bullet would harm them, but touching silver would not. They weren’t Superman, and silver wasn’t their kryptonite.
“I’m Bella. You don’t have to get me a drink,” Bella said when she took her hand back, but she made a little space so Cassie could properly join her at the bar, which she did, bringing them close together. It wasn’t an out-of-place sight in a busy bar on a Friday night.
“I want to, if that’s okay. I could use some new company for a while. My workmates are getting on my last nerve. You’d be doing me a favor,” Cassie said with a sultry smile, and Bella didn’t think she could say no to anything when faced with that look.
“In that case, I’ll have a gin and tonic, please. You’re here for all the council gatherings, I take it?” Bella asked as Cassie leaned closer to the bar, trying to catch the eye of the bartender as well as giving a great view of her cleavage. Bella tried not to stare like some frat boy at a wet T-shirt contest.
“Yeah, a werewolf representative. Can you do me a favor?” Cassie asked.
“What?” Bella was captivated by the goth cutie in front of her, but she wasn’t the type to do something foolish for someone she’d just met.
“Make sure I’m facing you when you talk to me. I’m deaf in one ear, so what I miss I pick up by lip reading. I don’t need to sign, but I can,” Cassie explained.
“I can do that; no problem, and I’m here with the witches’ council.” Bella watched as Cassie focused on her mouth as she talked. It made her feel shivery inside, even though she knew it was only out of necessity. The bar was so loud with the music playing and people talking that it was hard for Bella to hear. She could only imagine how much harder it must have been without hearing in one ear.
“No nosy questions. I’m impressed,” Cassie said as the barman appeared. She placed an order, and before Bella could reply, she had a cool glass of clear liquid in her hand, a slice of lime poking out of the top.
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