So I had my superintendent of the mysterious, magical building in Berkeley and Abby Teller’s task of dealing with her tenants who are all some stripe of supernatural being—witches, shapeshifters, vampires, wizards, and more–and every apartment that is a portal to a fantasy world. To a fairyland or a hell.

Sounded promising!

But I didn’t think an apartment super had enough tension and plot. The story could have turned out like some old TV situation comedy, a paranormal “One Day at a Time.” That might work for a silly superficial TV show, but it wasn’t enough for a big, juicy urban fantasy series. I really wanted more action, more depth, more plotlines to work with.

Also, I don’t want to launch a whole series with a slacker character in the lead part. Abby Teller would need an excellent reason for taking the rather mundane job of an apartment building superintendent, no matter how challenging her tenants are.

Well, of course! She needs a part-time job to support herself while she’s going back to school at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic. And she must learn Real Magic and master her power to save her life.

The Garden of Abracadabra!

At her mother’s urgent deathbed plea, Abby Teller enrolls at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts to learn Real Magic. To support herself through school, she signs on as the superintendent of the Garden of Abracadabra, a mysterious, magical apartment building on campus. She discovers that her tenants are witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and wizards and each apartment is a fairyland or hell. On her first day in Berkeley, she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. One of the victims is a man she picked up hitchhiking the day before.

Compelled into a dangerous murder investigation, Abby will discover the first secrets of an ancient and ongoing war between humanity and demonic realms, uncover mysteries of her own troubled past, and learn that the lessons of Real Magic may spell the difference between her own life or death.

“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”
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.

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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