Why should I let this stranger, this hitchhiker, push his power into me? My instinct says push back, and push back I do. I drive the jolt, the sparks from my throat, out through my shoulder, down my arm to wrist and palm, and out through my fingertips, back to the source.

Back to him.

Only then do I release his hand.

Surprise flickers in his eyes, then dives beneath the surface, disappearing in the Windex depths. Oh, he’s good. Much better than me at concealing his true nature from the quotidian world when he’s got a mind to.

I don’t try to hide my smile. He ought to know from the start he can’t push me around. Or my power.

“I’m Abby.”

“As in ‘Dear Abby’?”

“The same.”

“Then you’re famous. Everyone in the world knows ‘Dear Abby.’ You’ve got some handshake, dear Abby. A magician’s handshake. And some eyes. I love a lady with green eyes. And cool wheels.”

I accept the compliment, though my eyes aren’t so much green as the color of absinthe, a mingling of hazels and golds. The eyes I inherited from my mother, along with my dancer’s legs and the ‘65 Mustang.

We share a comradely laugh, Brand and I. Fascinating, how a man in cowboy boots dangles that particular love-word inside of five minutes. A carrot, one carat, fourteen karats?

Better that I keep my guard up, as the teacher of “Street Smarts for Women” advised our class. If Brand turns out to be a notorious bloodthirsty sorcerer, I know just which part of the man’s anatomy I’ll aim the jab of my knee at.

From The Garden of Abracadabra

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Mason

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series (Bast Books)is on Nook and Kindle with a print edition planned for late 2013.

 “So refreshing. . . .This is Stephanie Plum in the world of Harry Potter”

This just in from Goodreads! Alan writes: “I loved the writing style and am hungry for more.:D”
Fun and Enjoyable Urban Fantasy January 12, 2012
By D. Pflaster
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a very entertaining novel- sort of a down-to-earth Harry Potter with a modern adult woman in the lead. Even as Abby has to deal with mundane concerns like college and running the apartment complex she works at, she is surrounded by supernatural elements and mysteries that she is more than capable of taking on. Although this book is just the first in a series, it ties up the first “episode” while still leaving some story threads for upcoming books. I’m looking forward to finding out more.

From the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Kindle and Nook.

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Coming soon! Celestial Girl: A Lily Modeska Mystery, Books I through 4. Romantic suspense.

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