Blood, Smoke and Mirrors (Main/UK), a stand-alone novel by Robyn Bachar, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble and direct from Samhain Publishing (I love the content warning on this one).
BTW, it’s Samhain’s 7th anniversary today and they’ve put up a how to download our ebooks video, that you don’t want to miss (nothing that can’t be shown on prime time TV, but might not be one you want to watch at work). Of course, with a Kindle, it’s even easier, since you can just email to your device after downloading (but don’t let that stop you from watching the video all the way thru!).
Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.
Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.
Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.
Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian—until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.
Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe…and win her back. If they both survive.
Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.