Title: Voodoo Moon (Paranorm World #1)
Author: June Stevens
Publisher: Classy Scribe Publications
Release Date: June 24, 2013
Zombies aren’t supposed to exist, yet they are turning up all over Nash City. As a member of the Elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona Moon is tasked with hunting down the most dangerous Paranorm criminals. Now she must find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies. To make matters worse, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises.
Ian Barroes is the rich founder and head of the Necromancers Guild and a professor of Necromantic Studies at the Academy of Science and Magic. There is one thing he wants more than anything else in the world… Fiona.
They each hold secrets that could destroy them but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other track down Bokor before more innocents are taken, and murdered. To make matters worse, when Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman she is lured into his trap. Now she and Ian have to fight for survival and their very souls.
Fiona laughed derisively. “And I’m betting the second she saw it was likely related to the strange dead body case, she handed it over gladly. The thing about career making cases. They can break them too. No one wants to be stuck with a case so bizarre they have no hopes of solving it. So goody for us, we get to take charge of the weird, unsolvable case.”
“I’ve never seen an unsolvable crime, just those that took more effort and time to solve than others.” Ian said, his tone and manner much more haughty and self-assured than he felt. He was just as unenthusiastic about being on this case as Fiona. Despite the fact that he was looking forward to the time heading up a case together would force them to spend together, there was something strange about this case that gave him a bad feeling. Of course, though he had a contract with the Blades as a consultant, he was under no obligation to take this or any case. He could walk away and not look back. But Fiona couldn’t. She was a Blade and took the cases assigned to her. Ian’s gut feeling was that something very dangerous was lurking in the shadows of this case. Something more dangerous than even tough as nails Fiona could handle alone. So, really, he had no choice but take this case.
“Never seen an unsolvable crime?” Fiona’s tone was mocking. “Since when are you a Blade or Guard? You are a glorified teacher who consults on the odd case every once in a while. Suddenly you think you are an expert on crime solving?”
Ian drew himself up straighter in his chair and turned towards her. This time as he spoke he didn’t have to pretend confidence. How dare she mock him? Her attitude was just beyond bearing sometimes. “I will have you know, I have been consulting with the Blades and the Guards since I was sixteen and started in the Academy. Which would have made you, what, about eight years old?”
“Oh were you a late bloomer? I started the Academy at fourteen.” She said sweetly.
Ian was about to respond when the sound of something heavy hitting the desk interrupted them.
“Children!” Sam thundered, his voice booming through the office. Ian pulled his gaze away from Fiona to see Sam standing, bent over his desk with his hands bracing him as if he was ready to vault over it. “That is enough. While I normally find your constant bickering amusing and the entire agency has bets on how long it will take you two to climb into the sack, today my patience are wearing too thin to deal with your pent up sexual tension. I have lost track of how many hours it has been since I last slept and I have spent the morning getting scrys from every Senator in the City-State getting raked over the coals about not solving Farah Purcell’s disappearance fast enough and allowing a serial kidnapper to run loose in the streets. It doesn’t seem to matter that the Purcell case just fell on my desk a few hours ago and it is the City Guards’ job, not the Blades’, to protect the citizens from dangers in the streets. In addition, hours that could have been better spent trying to find all of the missing people, I have instead spent trying to convince the Senators not to go public with this and create a panic in the streets and alert the kidnappers we are on to them. So, as you can see, I’m in a really bad mood and I need you two to be able to work together with some sort of professionalism. I don’t care if that means you have to beat each other bloody in a back alley or find a room and fuck like bunnies. Whatever it is, work it out on your own time. I need you both focused!”
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About the Author
June Stevens, AKA DJ Westerfield is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to three adorable and mischievous four-legged babies.
She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield. She uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy.
June Stevens creates new worlds in the form of short stories and books. When you step into one of June Stevens worlds you will encounter at least one (or a combination of many) of these elements: ROMANCE, mystery, suspense, magic, ghosts, vampires, witches, werebeasts, elves, faeries, other magical creatures, space ships, aliens, space travel, time travel, angels, demons, gods and goddesses, and who knows what else. If it can be dreamed up…it may be in one of her worlds.
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