The Plot (in a nutshell). At this point in The Garden of Abracadabra, Abby has fled her hometown of Buckeye Heights at her mother’s urgent deathbed plea to return to school at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts and, to support herself through school, landed the job of superintendent of the magical, mysterious apartment building on campus. She has discovered that all her tenants are witches, shapeshifters, vampires, wizards, and other supernatural entities and is drawn into a tenants’ love triangle. She has also discovered the supernatural multiple murder in Tilden Park and is reluctantly compelled into the investigation because her vampire tenants at the Garden of Abracadabra are prime suspects. Meanwhile, her ex-fiance, Daniel Stern has come to Berkeley to try to win her back, sparks fly between Abby and Jack Kovac, a troubled magician who heads the FBI’s Supernatural Crimes Unit, and Prince Lastor, a potent supernatural entity in the penthouse, has enchanted her at the first of three dazzling Revels. Abby’s tenant, the storm witch Esmeralda Tormenta, has asked Abby to take Senor, Esmeralda’s shapeshifter lover, for a walk while Senor is in his dog incarnation, but Senor has run away. Animal Control has caught Senor and taken him to the Berkeley Animal Shelter. Maureen at the shelter has called Esmeralda and Esmeralda has bespelled Abby into driving her there to retrieve Senor.

At the shelter, Maureen takes Abby and Esmeralda to the cage where Senor is being held, and Esmeralda confronts him. Abby overhears a high, sweet, purry voice, a magical voice, in her ear.

From The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series

“Maureen, where are the cats?”

“This way,” Maureen says and charges out of the dog habitat. She doesn’t want to witness their tender reunion, either.

The cat habitat is a cleaner, quieter place. The inhabitants of the cages mostly snooze. But some of the cats pace, distressed at their predicament.

One is especially distressed.

The moment I walk up to the cage, her eyes meet mine. Eyes like mine–the color of absinthe, a mingling of hazels and golds. Pet-baby love at first sight. I gaze at the most preternaturally beautiful tiny feline I’ve ever seen.

Her fur coat is long and silky, of purest white with no spot or stripe of any other color. A furry ruff encircles her slender throat and spills down her narrow chest like Elizabethan lace. Her tail could have been a plume on a countess’s fancy hat at Versailles. The slightly overlarge ears, shell-pink inside, are framed with more silky white fur and each tipped with a white tuft. Her absinthe eyes are large and almond-shaped and slightly slanted up, the nose long and aristocratic with shell-pink nose leather. Overlong white whiskers arch around the bow of her mouth and shell-pink lips.

Power? Definitely. I sense the entity’s power instantly. Her aura sparkles like spun gold in spring sunshine.

“She’s mine.” I pluck the adoption card from the front of the cage. The card provides only a number: 83191. “What’s her name?”

Maureen looks at the card. “I don’t know. This one’s special.”

“I’ll say. She’s a cat refined into a cat.”

Maureen nods, relief plain on her face. “Lady left the cat in her will. Lawyer settling the estate brought her in. Cat’s been really upset ever since. Won’t eat or drink. Lawyer gave us papers that are supposed to go with her.”

“What, her pedigree?”

“I don’t know. The papers are sealed.” Maureen takes the adoption card, leads me back to the lobby, and hands me an adoption form, which I hastily fill out. I fork over the last of my Andy Jacksons. She tallies up the adoption fee, returns a twenty, and starts to make change.

I hold up my hand. “Keep it, Maureen. And keep up the good work.”

“Thanks, Abby.”

Maureen rummages in a desk drawer and hands me a large sealed envelope marked with the same number as the one on the adoption card. I tuck card and envelope in my handbag. The adoption fee also buys me a cardboard carrying case.

From The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Mason.

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.

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

Fun and Enjoyable Urban Fantasy January 12, 2012
By D. Pflaster
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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.

New! On a budget these days? Who isn’t!

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series is also available as The Garden of Abracadabra Trilogy so you can read the Omnibus Edition at your leisure in three affordable installments.

In Book I, Life’s Journey, Abby arrives in Berkeley, filled with hope and promise, hoping to land a new job and start magic college, when she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. On Nook and Kindle.

In Book 2, In Dark Woods, Abby is drawn into a dangerous murder investigation and torn between three men, Daniel Stern, her ex-fiance, Jack Kovac, an enigmatic FBI agent, and Prince Alastor, a potent supernatural man who lives in the penthouse. On Nook and Kindle.

In Book 3: The Right Road,Abby uncovers ancient supernatural secrets behind the murders and faces dangers and challenges ahead. On Nook and Kindle.

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 Nook and Kindle.

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