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.

Maureen takes Abby to the cat habitat where Abby is drawn at once to a magical white cat. Smitten, she adopts her and takes her home. There Abby opens the envelope Maureen gave her at the animal shelter and learns the magicat’s name—Alana–and a brief history.

Abby and Alana have a formal sit-down dinner and Abby prepares to set off to Prince Alastor’s second Revel. Abby worries about a stalker who vandalized her patio door, trying to break into her apartment. She performs a door-and-window warding, applying the Second Fundamental or Real Magic, which she learned during class at the Berkeley School of Magical Arts and Crafts.

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

The Utchat, Jack Kovac called it. The Providential Eye. Like the Eye on the U.S. one dollar bill.

I press the amulet again with my left hand, press the patio door with my right, and a jolt travels up my arm, connecting with the door in a little explosion of white light.

But that’s it. That’s all.

What’s missing?

I focus on the Second Fundamental. What pure form in the Ether should my door-and-window warding take?

The pure notion of protection fills my thoughts. Protect me, protect Alana, protect our little home from intruders wishing us harm. Security. Lock the bad forces out.

Locking. It occurs to me I ought to have a symbol of security, a symbol of locking. A concrete object imbued with transcendent significance to channel the power of security to the magical result I want to achieve.

What, then?

A key, of course. I’ve had keys on my mind all night. I run and fetch my house keys from my handbag, run back to the kitchen.

All right. I press my left hand on my amulet, grip the keys in my right hand and press the patio door. Now what specific form of protection in this world I can connect my power to?

Security grilles? A barbed-wire fence? A castle wall?

The moment I visualize all those specific forms of protection, a massive castle wall of glowing white stones springs up and surrounds the entire breakfast nook. I clap my hands, laugh out loud. Success! Victory!

If I can see the glowing stones, can a camera’s eye see them, too, the way Kirlian photography records auras? I grab my Coolpix, frame some shots, and shoot a set. In the photos, hazy white stones visibly surround the breakfast nook. Yes! I want an A+.

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
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.

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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