Magic After Dark Samples

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Tarnished Beginnings by Ann Gimpel

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1700s Egypt is a haven for magic-wielders of all kinds. Vampires hold court, staying one step ahead of the priests who want them dead. Gypsy caravans roam the Nile, plying their wares.

Tairin Jabari was born in a caravan and has always believed she’s Romani. Why wouldn’t she? Her mother and father never suggested otherwise. The Rom have harsh rules. When Tairin’s first shift catches her unaware at thirteen, her father disappears, and the elders move with deadly speed to punish her mother for mating outside the blood.

Hurt, lost, confused, and fearing for her own life, Tairin runs away, leaving her mother’s smoking funeral pyre behind. With her survival on the line every single day, she and her wolf have some hard choices to make.

About the Author

Ann Gimpel is a USA Today bestselling author who’s published over 50 books to date. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Her short fiction has appeared in webzines, magazines, and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance to science fiction. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality.

Fire at Crossroad by D.N. Leo

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When dark magic descends, and super technology fails, power rises from the heart.

As the commander in charge of the Super Artificial Intelligence program in Eudaiz, a universe far from Earth, Lyla has it all. Beauty. Intelligence. Power. She has never failed a mission, until she detects a shadow in the main frame system.

The shadow is built on elusive magical power and human emotions—neither of which she has training for or first-hand experience with.

Combining with the force of dark energy, the shadow is on a mission to not only destroy the legacy her father has built but also kill millions of citizens across the multiverse. It will invade and enslave universes—Earth included.

Time is not on her side. But if she fights now, she will be on her own.

Fire at Crossroad is the prequel of Shadow Hunter Trilogy.

About the Author

D.N. Leo writes urban fantasy. She is the author of the Multiverse Collection. More information about her novels can be found at

The Mage Team by David J. Normoyle

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A power-hungry necromancer is seeking a world-ending artifact. Only the mage team can stop him–that is if they don’t kill each other first.

Slate Blackthorn is a vampire hunter who’s ready for anything; except for being teamed up with a vampire. However, with the threat of an undead apocalypse looming, Slate and the rest of the mage team will have to learn to work together. The artifact is kept in an enchanted safe within an impregnable tower. To get to it before the necromancer, the team will have to overcome an assortment of challenges including mages with machine guns and fighting robots, lethal mindtraps and bloodthirsty demons.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Slate knows something the others don’t. One of the team members is a traitor.

About the Author

David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he lives in worlds of his own creation. He lives in Dublin.

Lightning Struck by Miranda Hardy

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Elysia Lovell’s mysterious heritage catches up with her, and she’s on the move once again. Grief stricken and confused by her father’s disappearance, Elysia is lead to a new place and discovers a family she never knew existed. Hiding her secret becomes increasingly difficult when her tumultuous emotions threaten to reveal her dangerous gift.

About the Author

Miranda Hardy writes literature to keep the voices in her head appeased. When she’s not in her fantasy world, she’s canoeing in alligator infested waters or rescuing homeless animals. She resides in south Florida with her two wonderful children, and too many animals to mention.

Tainted Whispers by T.F. Walsh

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Outcast. Heartbroken. Protector of humanity.

Welcome to Amber Metropolis. Population eight million. Gangs are too many to count. Rich and powerful families own eighty percent of city and represent five percent of the populace. The rest of the community are made up of poor suckers. And vigilantes like me from the traveler community, who have sworn to protect the less fortunate, are the last hope of saving the city from complete anarchy.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, TF Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she’s always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

Gypsy Becca by Chloe Garner

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Becca has only just joined her first Makkai Gypsy tribe, devoted to fighting dangerous supernatural things, when an old threat to their tribe’s queen resurfaces.

Without knowing who else she can trust, Bella draws Becca deep into the intrigue of an old curse that has already claimed the lives of multiple queens.

Can Becca reveal the source of the curse in time to stop it, or will Bella suffer the same fate as the queens who came before her?

About the Author

I’m Chloe and I am the conduit between my dreaming self and the paper (well, keyboard, since we live in the future). I write paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and whatever else goes bump in the night, I also write mystery/thriller as Mindy Saturn. When I’m not writing I steeplechase miniature horses and participate in ice cream eating contests. Not really, but I do tend to make things up for a living.

Iridescent Moon by Ainsley Shay

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Jeta, leader of the Protectors, has sworn by blood to protect the Irizat Luna. The magical relic contains the most powerful essence in the world, Iridescent Moon. Few know it exists, and the ones who do never speak of it. Jeta has kept her oath, the Irizat Luna has remained hidden and safe, and out of the hands of those who desire it for evil. When danger threatens, Jeta’s unique magic may prove to be the only thing she can count on.

About the Author

Ainsley Shay’s passion for writing sparks from her love for the fantastical world of fiction. It’s in those enchanted and mystical places she dwells and conjures cursed and magical beings, spells, hope, madness, desperation, and love; all the ingredients to an unputdownable book.

Restless by Tom Shutt

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Born before recorded time, Mathers is an immortal—well, sort of. The name of the game: international monster hunter. When things go bump in the night, he responds with shotgun blasts and hellfire. You know, to keep the peace.

Evil is brewing in the small town of Merrygold, Illinois, and someone is making a habit of tossing around skulls and tibias like rice at a wedding. The dead don’t like to be disturbed, and when multiple bodies are desecrated, he’s on the hunt for whatever nasty demon, ghoul, what-have-you is stirring up trouble.

All while taking care of a twelve-year-old girl with a penchant for mischief.

Now that menace has his scent, though, and it won’t be long before the hunter becomes the hunted…

About the Author

Tom Shutt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes urban fantasy with generous helpings of humor and a sprig of mystery thrown in for good measure.

His favorite authors are Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Stroud, and Eoin Colfer. He enjoys reading, gaming, playing pool, chasing deer, hunting deer, riding deer, and lying about what activities he does with deer.

Casting Dreams by J.L. Weil

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Some dreams are meant to be…

Parents murdered, her home burned, Mirela Rawlings fled to Kenmare for sanctuary. It was there she overcame a childhood of pain with a fiery spirit, unruly determination, and an extraordinary gift. With legends and lore of gypsies running through Mirela’s blood, she always knew her dreams were more than smoke and fantasy.
Conner Delany arrives in Kenmare—a land of dazzling lakes and lush forest—a place where his ancestry began and his destiny awakes. The last thing he expected to find was Mirela. Conner has a dark past and a secret to protect, but he is unable to resist the gypsy with a body of a goddess and eyes of a sorceress.
Since Conner’s arrival, Mirela’s dreams have become relentless.

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling author J.L. Weil lives in Illinois where she writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course, there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

She is the author of the International Bestselling Raven & Divisa series.

Taming the Rougarou by Felicia Starr

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A fortuneteller’s niece gets more than she bargained for after her first tarot card reading.

About the Author

Felicia Starr was born and raised in New Jersey. She has been an avid traveller starting at a young age taking magical adventures exploring scenic and historic sites across America with her grandparents. Lover of almost all things paranormal and science fiction.

Moonlight &amp Malice by Margo Bond Collins

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Kizzie Stroud knows about magic. She’s been learning to use it ever since she saved her boyfriend Evan’s life with her tarot cards two years ago. But she didn’t know about monsters. Until now. She’s about to learn more than she ever wanted to.

About the Author

USA Today &amp New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between ʺhangedʺ and ʺhung,ʺ turned to writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill monsters, too.)

Blood Fortune by Julie Morgan and Cait Reynolds

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Sophia Marivic struggles to hide herself in plain sight, but when a stranger arrives on the shores of Venice, everything she has known, and hidden, suddenly change. Body counts begin to rise and a fight against witchcraft grows louder, Sophia is trapped between the danger before her and the desire for the man who will be the death of her.

About the Authors

Julie Morgan

Born in Fort Worth, Texas I moved to Florida in 2004. I married the love of my life in 2005 and I’m the mother of an amazing little girl! Software analyst by trade, super geeky girl who loves Doctor Who and Loki and LOVE getting lost in novels. When I approached Cait with the possibility of Blood Fortune, she jumped on board! We are super thrilled to bring this story to life!

Cait Reynolds

Cait was not expecting to write a book about vampires in 18th century Venice. But, when Julie offered her the chance to create sad, scheming Mila and get her into a boatload of trouble with the Doge, a vampire hunter, and the master vampire of Venice himself, well…who was she to say no?

Second Sight by J.A. Culican

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What if you could foresee death?
Mirela can prophesy the death of whomever she sees. At thirteen, Ela foretold the death of her best friend, only to watch it happen before her very eyes. Ela, now twenty-one, spends her days locked away in her apartment, avoiding the public and the gift she considers a curse.
Until he appears.

Full of action, adventure, and romance, Second Sight is an exciting young adult epic fantasy. It’s sure to please fans of USA Today bestselling author J.A. Culican’s The Keeper of Dragons series.

About the Author

J.A. Culican is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives in New Jersey with her husband of eleven years and their four young children.

J.A. Culican’s inspiration to start writing came from her children and their love for all things magical. Bedtime stories turned to reality after her oldest daughter begged her for the book from which her stories of dragons came from. In turn, the series The Keeper of Dragons was born.