Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

You love history.  You love history ebooks.  But, you also love fiction--and you're not afraid to admit it.  Why not have the best of both worlds? Authors who promote their Historical Fiction ebooks on our website always do so for free or at a discounted price.  Bestsellers, new releases, and authors you'll be glad to have discovered.  See the past through the eyes of these creative heroes!

 

Definition of "Historical Fiction Genre": The most important part of ebooks in this genre are their settings.  Yes, characters and plot matter.  But, beyond all else, the details associated with the setting must be accurate. This takes a tremendous amount of research and familiarity from the authors who delve into this genre of ebooks.  These ebooks can focus on actual historical figures, or they can insert more fictionalized elements into the plot.  It is always a balancing act between the history and fiction, and is something the best authors in this genre navigate with aplomb.  

 

Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Fiction genre are Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin Novels), and Mary Renault (The Persian Boy).

The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.

Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.

Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

 
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Hag of the Hills : A Celtic Historical Fantasy

by JTT Ryder


“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”


Brennus is destined from birth to become a warrior, despite his farmer’s life. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he now has the opportunity to avenge those who he loved.

Brennus must survive endless hordes of invading Hillmen and magic-wielding sidhe, aided by only a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

Failure means his family and clan go unavenged. Victory will bring glory to Brennus and his ancestors.

Hag of the Hills is a historical fantasy novel set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

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The Northern Wolf Series: Books 1-5

by Daniel Greene


The complete Northern Wolf series all in one boxset. Over 1500 pages of award-winning military historical fiction. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Ralph Peters, Michael Shaara, Griff Hosker, and Matthew Harffy.

 

A broken man will be forged in the flames of war.

Johannes Wolf. Immigrant. Soldier. Unlikely Hero — Wolf's company are the kind of men that get the dirty work done needed to win the war that divided America. Ride through the American Civil War with Wolf’s motley crew of daring Union raiders, and enjoy fast-paced, non-stop war fiction at the pointy end of a saber!

 

Northern Wolf - A maimed young man with no prospects swindles his way into the Army of the Potomac, and along with a host of green recruits is placed into the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. Riding for Gettysburg, they find themselves holding the rear of the Union line and face to face with JEB Stuart and his Invincibles.

 

Northern Hunt - Johannes Wolf has made a crucial mistake. He's volunteered for a secret raid, dragging along with him, his unit of misfits. They fall under the command of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren and set out on a quest for redemption and vengeance that will strike at the head of the Southern Cause.

 

Northern Blood - In the Spring of 1864, a daring raid is devised to draw the Confederate cavalry into a winner-take-all showdown. The Union needs a group of soldiers just brazen enough to do it or die trying. Libby Prison's most recent escapee, Johannes Wolf, and his unit of misfits, might just be the ones to get the job done - if Red Shirts don’t kill them first.

 

Northern Dawn - Promoted, Wolf finds himself in the hot seat of the largest all-cavalry battle of the war near Trevilian Station. Isolated and surrounded can they survive the coming Southern storm? Or will they be overrun and annihilated, a mere footnote in history?

 

Northern Shadows - With the surrender of Robert E. Lee,Wolf's war isn't over. Diehard rebels still operate in the field, led by the secret organization the Knights of the Golden Circle. Their plot? Kill the president and let the war rage on. Wolf and his men rush to Washington, D.C., to meet the enemy head-on. But these enemies do not march and fight as armies do; they lurk in the shadows waiting to strike.

 

Praise for the Northern Wolf series -

 

“Greene has set the bar impossibly high -- no one writes about the American Civil war the way he does.” - Coffee Pot Book Club Review

 

“Overall, I would highly recommend Northern Blood to fans of atmospheric and immersive Civil War fiction, likable characters with fantastic dialogue, and for historical military novel enthusiasts everywhere." - Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

 

“The pacing is perfect. The action scenes are tense. You are on the edge of your seat over and over.” - N.N. Light’s Book Heaven

 

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The Mystery of Julia Episcopa (The Vatican Chronicles Book 1)

by John Rigoli et al


In ancient Rome, a woman flees for her life.

Her enemies are those she once called 'brother'.
Hidden beneath her blue cloak are secrets men will kill for.

Forgeries that prove the newly self-appointed bishops are not followers of the way, but pretenders who have seized power and will stop at nothing to shape this new religion to their own ends. Now, Julia - a woman who had once walked with Mary Magdalene and taught alongside Paul must preserve the legacy of the apostles in the face of terrifying danger.


Two thousand years later, classical archaeologists Valentina Vella and Erika Simone are tasked with advising the newly-elected Pope on the historical legacy of women in the early Christian period.

The women stumble across an ancient parchment buried deep in the Vatican archives, a document that has clearly been altered. They find themselves on the trail of a woman who may have been the first woman Bishop in the Catholic faith. To reveal Julia's legacy will put them in the cross-hairs of a venomous Vatican battle for power and supremacy; to stay silent would make them complicit in an ancient heresy and would betray the teachings that Julia sacrificed her life to defend.


The Mystery of Julia Episcopaweaves seamlessly between modern day Rome and the politics of the Catholic church, and the times and life of a 1st century Roman noblewoman who rose to be a dominant force in the early Christian movement.

"Three women connected by two intertwined stories of treacherous political intrigues, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance."

Readers are enthralled with The Mystery of Julia Episcopa!

Wow! What an incredible book! - 
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I truly enjoyed every part of this book! - 
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I loved this book. Carefully researched, plausible plot, and definitely thought provoking. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! - 
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I finished this book in 2 sittings. It was so good, I could hardly put it down!!!! - 
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Such an engaging story! I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoyed both The DaVinci Code and Pope Joan. - 
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For anyone interested in early Christian church history woven with fictional characters of first century AD and twentieth century archeology, this is a masterpiece! - 
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This book is amazing, I truly hated to put it down when I had something to do. It has everything I want in a good book. - 
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Lots of twists and turns make this a real page turner! A must read! - 
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Artifact Hunters Boxed Set: Books 1, 2 and 3 (The Artifact Hunters)

by A.W. Exley


Join Cara in a steam powered Victorian England, as she hunts for powerful artifacts and struggles to confront her demons. This set contains the first three novels in this bestselling historical fantasy series.


1: Nefertiti's Heart

A killer stalks the nobility, seeking a legendary diamond said to have once belonged to Queen Nefertiti and rumoured to hold the key to immortality.


2: Hatshepsut's Collar

An ancient Egyptian necklace is driving Queen Victoria mad with megalomania, and that's not Cara's most pressing problem.


3: Nero's Fiddle

People start dying from spontaneous human combustion when someone uses a relic from Rome to cover up an old secret.


Awards for Nefertiti's Heart:Winner Kindle Book Review, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2014) Winner BTS Red Carpet Awards, Readers Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy (2014)

"The world building is stellar, the characters deep, emotional, and above allrealistic. This may be a world set in an alternate universe, and timeline butit is such a well drawn universe that felt as though I had stepped into aworld that truly exists." 
Coffee Times Romance blog award.

"I was insatiable in reading Nefertiti's Heart! This was only my second steampunk book and this book is downright amazing." 
Night Owl Reviews Top PickAward.

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A Drive through Time

by Andrei Saygo


From the author of the international bestseller The Squeamish Vampire and the DC Coven series comes a time travel story where a young man with MacGyver-like skills must face ruthless ancient warriors. Good thing his companion is a mysterious young woman with exceptional fighting skills. Too bad she has her own agenda.

When Duncan decided to take a month off and travel around Europe, he never imagined where he would end up. Or when.

He wakes up in a world utterly different than the one he knew—a world with no GPS signal and no internet connection. Struggling with the societal norms, injustice, and inequity of the time, Duncan reluctantly accepts the help of a beautiful young woman, Alana, and her father.
With the threat of an attack looming over their heads, Duncan must use his knowledge of modern chemistry, physics, and cyber technology to stop an invading army and save an entire town along the way. Will he find a way to protect them and return home or die at the hands of the ruthless Celtic warriors?

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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep Book 1)

by Shayne Parkinson

“I won’t have her forced,” Jack said. “Let her decide for herself.”

Amy knew her father meant it. She could say no if she wanted. But this marriage would make everything all right. They could put all the trouble she had caused behind them. Everyone would be happy again.

Everyone except her.

“Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”.

In nineteenth century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

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Passage on a Bridge

by William Cheevers


It is 1935. Jim Hoffman, 19 years old with no future, leaves his hometown in search of adventure on the rails and finds instead an awakening and enduring friendship in the midst of tragedy.


"In those days I seemed to be watching a fork in the road always moving away." This is Jim languishing in a small Appalachian town once known for coal mines. One afternoon he stops by the local train station diner where a chance encounter with Jacks Mackenzie, a prep school dropout, sets in motion an odyssey of self-discovery and friendship.

Riding the rails with Jacks and a Texas panhandle Irishman named Murph O'Connor, Jim is thrust into the heart of hard times - the innocent, the displaced, the disillusioned, the deranged, the idealistic, the unscrupulous, those who endured and those who could not. Here is Jim's memoir of his education in the classrooms of boxcars, rail yards and transient camps, agricultural fields and penny auctions, a Mexican cantina, Cajun cafes and long talks into the night. He has sought adventure and finds much more.

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The Anonymous Scribe: An Unputdownable Historical Mystery (The Vatican Chronicles Book 2)

by Diane Cummings


When the lie is two thousand years old, who, exactly, will the truth set free?


While analyzing parchment fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, grad student Susan Bauer pieces together text that indicates the existence of a stolen Secret Temple Scroll that was penned decades before the gospels. If discovered, this document could free the Jewish people from the centuries’-long blemish that they are responsible for Yeshua’s death.


It could also turn Christianity on its head.

From the basement of the Israeli Museum to a basilica in a picturesque French village to the ruins of Herculaneum, ex-Mossad Yigael Dorian and blacklisted archaeologists Valentina Vella and Erika Simone journey on a transcontinental chase, dodging thieves, kidnappers, cardinals, and enlisting mobsters to uncover the truth behind this rumored scroll.
It is the writer of this document, however, who has the final word in a mesmerizing depiction of life in the Galilee alongside Yeshua.

From the writers of 
The Mystery of Julia Episcopa, comes Book II in the Vatican Chronicles series: The Anonymous Scribe

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The Scent of Gardenias: A Strong Woman Overcoming Circumstances Novel

by Lorraine Haas


She had big dreams. But will war, tragedy, and naïveté ruin her aspirations?

America, the 1940s. Margaret Rose longs to escape her family’s poverty. So against her domineering father’s wishes, the determined young woman elopes with an older man. But shortly after the US enters WWII, her grand ambitions sink when her husband’s ship is torpedoed.

Training to become a nurse to give herself a future, Margaret’s despair deepens when she discovers she’s pregnant and must quit to have the baby. And now without income to support a child, the desperate widow marries a man who takes her far from home… and into disaster.

Will Margaret rise above catastrophic misfortune and create the life she deserves?

Poignant and heartfelt, The Scent of Gardenias chronicles the struggle of a Twentieth-Century woman carving a place in a society stacked against her odds for success. Inspired by her mother’s true story, Lorraine Haas lays bare a brave and challenging journey of grit and self-discovery you won’t soon forget.

The Scent of Gardenias is a beautifully crafted women’s fiction novel. If you like raw emotional battles, family drama, and gut-wrenching dilemmas, then you’ll love Lorraine Haas’s tale of courage and tenacity.

Buy The Scent of Gardenias to unearth hope today!

 
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A Slender Thread: A Novel of World War II (Breaking Point Series Book 3)

by John Rhodes


1942: Amid the Siege of Malta, one of the most crucial battles in modern history, only extraordinary courage and willpower can turn looming defeat into victory.


The war in the Mediterranean, 1942: The outcome of World War II hangs, as Churchill says, by “a slender thread.” Erwin Rommel, Hitler’s “Desert Fox,” is poised to defeat the reeling British army in Egypt and thwart America’s first operation in Europe. Only the tiny, embattled, half-starved Mediterranean island of Malta stands in Rommel’s way.

Will heroism and devotion be enough to stave off the implacable forces of Hitler’s all-conquering Third Reich and Mussolini’s new Roman Empire? And, as the battle rages, the relentless strains of war threaten not only the survival of Malta but also the survival of Johnnie and Eleanor’s relationship. Will their future together be yet another casualty of war?

John Rhodes, author of the award-winning Breaking Point series, weaves the fictional story of fighter pilot Johnnie Shaux and military strategist Eleanor Rand into the heartbreaking, inspiring historical fabric of World War II.

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The Voyage of Freydis

by Tamara Goranson


The Vinland Viking Saga: Book 1

History set her fate in stone…

Murderer. Mercenary. Temptress.

Trickster. Traitor. Thief.

But under a hammer that falls like thunder, stone will always shatter.

So with her voice she lights the forge.

The Voyage of Freydis sings the silenced tale of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the first and only woman to lead a Viking voyage across the Atlantic in this tempestuous retelling of an ancient Icelandic saga set at the dawn of the 11th century.

Content notice: spousal abuse.

Praise for The Voyage of Freydis:

‘Anyone who loves Vikings and historical fiction definitely should pick up this book’ Emily, NetGalley reviewer

‘Very lyrically written, I felt as if I was reading a song’ Tiffany, NetGalley reviewer

‘As a lover of mythology and historical fiction I knew immediately I was going to like this book – and I’m pleased to say I not only liked it but I LOVED it!’ Libby, NetGalley reviewer

‘Tamara Goranson’s writing really shines here. I felt the cold, heard the wind, flinched with the blows – that takes a lot of skill’ Dawn, NetGalley reviewer

‘Took me on a rollercoaster of emotions’ Charlotte, NetGalley reviewer

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A Panther Crosses Over (The American Trilogy Book 1)

by Sam Foster


A clash of civilizations, two powerful leaders, and a dramatic outcome that ripples through generations.

Following the French and Indian War, white settlers pour over the Appalachians and down the Ohio River. But native tribes of the Northwest Territory have long inhabited this land—and they are willing to fight to remain. Leading the Shawnee is Tecumseh—courageous, discerning, and capable of assembling fifty thousand warriors to rise together to chase the white settlers back east when he commands. How will warriors from Florida to Canada know when the command has come? For twenty years his answer has been the same: “I will stomp my foot.”

Against Tecumseh stands an equally talented, implacable, and gifted opponent, William Henry Harrison. The decades-long struggle between cultures, and men, comes to a dramatic head at the Battle of Tippecanoe, with history-shaping consequences.

A Panther Crosses Over is the first book of The American Trilogy series, three novels that reframe the epic legacy of the fight for the American Midwest.

 

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Hugh: A Hero without a Novel

by David Lawrence


"Intriguing, ambitious, and pretty damn delightful...written with passionate conviction and without compromise. 'Hugh' has the flavour of a queer Tom Jones or a queerer Tristram Shandy. This is a genuinely impressive accomplishment, as is the satirical tone, and the archness of dialogue.”
 – Alexis Hall, author of Boyfriend Material

This romp through 18th century England is like nothing told in the era of Tom Jones – a sparkling, humorous, and poetical coming-of-age 242 years in the making.

From an old family trunk comes a manuscript which never saw the light of day. Its pages tell of the life, times, and blackmail of a young queer aristocrat stepping into 1768 Society…

A time of wig powder and heeled slippers.
Duels and social climbers, when the most popular member of the government is declared an outlaw. Hugh Entwistle enters this world wealthy, witty, and well-connected. Everything to be a success – everything, except that thing stuck to the bottom of his heeled slipper.

Hugh’s is a story of secret encounters and significant looks. Hushed separations and sobriquets. But if he dares define Liberty, he might be asked to confront a blackmailer. Asked to confront a father. And before he can make a marriage proposal, follow his heart, and accept one.

Hugh is a rollicking tale of comic angst, and a celebration of the wit, beauty, and absurdities of a glorious age.


Praise for Hugh: A Hero without a Novel:

“...I found it absolutely fascinating…Sui generis, thoroughly interesting, fabulously vivid in place and time, and I’m glad I read it.”– K.J. Charles, author The Magpie Lord

“...a work of queer historical archiving that’s as admirable and remarkable as its hero.”– Kirkus Reviews

 

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Northern Wolf (Northern Wolf Series Book 1)

by Daniel Greene

A broken man will be forged in the flames of war...

It is late 1862, and the United States has been ripped apart by civil war for over a year with no end in sight. The war is a distant thought to Johannes Wolf, a young German immigrant with a crippled leg keeping him off the muster lists.

Desperately dredging the gutters for recruits, Wolf cons his way into the depleted, demoralized, and poorly run Union army, and is promptly placed in the undesirable F Company of the 13th Michigan Cavalry.

Wolf's company find themselves riding with Custer and the Michigan Brigade on a collision course with master horseman J.E.B. Stuart and the Army of Northern Virginia in a small town in Pennsylvania, called Gettysburg.

Will they stand tall against the knights of the South and prove themselves worthy? Or will they fall beneath screaming bullets and sweeping blades, becoming more bloody fodder for a lost cause?

Northern Wolf is a thrilling, historical page-turner packed with detailed passages of battle, the horrors of war, and the struggle to discover oneself. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Jeff Shaara, Simon Scarrow, and Steven Pressfield will be captivated by this powerful new series. Start the adventure today!

 
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My Dearest Miss Fairfax: What Jane Austen's Emma didn't know

by Jeanette Watts


How much would you gamble for true love?


Jane Fairfax dreaded her future as a governess. But genteel solitude seemed her fate. Then handsome, charming, rich Frank Churchill asked to marry her – IF his rich aunt agreed. He just had to persuade her first.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Ishtar's Blade (Ishtar's Legacy Book 1)

by Lisa Blackwood


The court of the gryphon king has ever been a dangerous and seductive place where Ishtar’s blessing is both the hot breath of passion and the cold kiss of steel.

Yet as the childhood companion of King Ditanu, Iltani never doubted her place in either his kingdom or his heart. Then duty called her away to complete her training.

Now, a woman grown and a sword-maiden to the goddess Ishtar, Iltani returns and takes up her sacred destiny to protect the royal line. But so much has changed.

Ditanu most of all.

The youth she knew is gone. A stoic, untouchable king now sits the throne.

Does anything of their once deep bond survive?

Iltani must swiftly find her place in a court where cunning governors plot treason, trusted advisors orchestrate deceptions, and noblewomen seek to beguile King Ditanu using methods both fair and foul.

But the greatest threat of all is no mortal adversary. Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld, desires to make Ditanu her consort and seize his kingdom for her own.

Ishtar's Blade is a fantasy romance loosely based on ancient Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. It's book 1 of the Ishtar's Legacy series.

Ishtar's Legacy Reading Order:
Ishtar's Blade
A Blade's Beginning (short story)
Blade's Honor
Blade's Destiny
The Blade's Shadow
First Queen of the Gryphons
King of the Anunnaki (Forthcoming)

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Too Soon the Night: A Novel of Empress Theodora (The Theodora Duology Book 2)

by James Conroyd Martin


Palace eunuch and secretary Stephen records Empress Theodora's life as she navigates wars, political and religious crises, a citywide rebellion, and the first world plague pandemic, all in a male-dominated world. 
"A gorgeous tapestry of impeccable research and intricate worldbuilding." ~Kate Quinn, Author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Alice Network

 
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RE-ROLL: An Epic Litrpg Fantasy (New Realm Online Book 1)

by Robyn Wideman


Ryan Rosa has had a run of bad luck, but when he receives a VIP package for the newest and hottest game to come out in years his luck takes a turn for the better.


But his good luck ends when he's stabbed in the back by a guild of players who betray him for a unique weapon he possesses. Ryan contemplates doing the one thing every player hates doing, re-rolling his unique character and starting over. But even starting over won't save Ryan in New Realm Online. He'll have to work smarter to avoid using his last re-roll.


This book contains the classic LITRPG elements of leveling, dungeons, terrifying killer bunnies, crafting, and community building.

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Realms of Ghosts and Magic: Fae Witch Chronicles Book 1

by J.S. Malcom


When the fae beckon, very few resist. Even fewer return.

As a veil witch, I’m used to taking out the supernatural trash. Everything from poltergeists to vampires, you name it and I’ve dealt with it. So opening a paranormal cleanup business just seemed to make sense. If I’m already dealing with the pests, why not get paid?

But when I accidentally breach the faery realm to encounter a girl recently reported missing, start seeing the ghost of a witch whose disappearance has never been solved, and discover a Book of Shadows that opens only for me, I can't just go back to business as usual. Especially when I also gain the interest of a sexy and mysterious mage. Timing is everything, and even as my desire grows, a little voice inside keeps reminding me to step carefully. I know all too well that, in the supernatural world, opening doors means facing consequences. In this case, those consequences might just mean never being heard from again.

 
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