Running late this week because I went to the Renn Fest and it is officially now SO big and crowded it’s not nearly as fun as it used to be. When you have to stand in lines just to see what a vendor is selling it’s more tedious than enjoyable.
You met Ryan last week. This week me Santino
“Where the hell is the garlic?”
“Knowing you, it’s everywhere.”
Santino glared over his shoulder at his partner, Cam, who sat at the kitchen table watching him cook. “You like garlic.”
He concentrated on the braid of bulbs on the counter. It wiggled, then flew over to his hand.
“I do. And not walking to get the garlic is lazy,” she singsonged.
He yanked two cloves out of the head and hit them with the flat of his knife. “You know what our mentor says—the best way to improve your skills is to use them.”
“You ran around your parents’ house saying ‘I can use the Force!’ when you were a kid, didn’t you?” Cam cocked her head to the side. “Probably still do.”
Santino held up two fingers and his thumb, making a pinching motion. “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” he intoned.
Cam choked and slumped on the table, her long raven hair spilling about her.
Santino Bellomi and his coworker, Cam, are sent to Cassadaga, Florida by the Aspida Pneuma, a group of psychics and mages. Their job is to rescue a nixie from a polluted lake and to check out the town, which is known for its psychics. New recruits to the Aspida are always welcome and where better than a spiritualist camp to hunt for them? What Santino wants most, however, is to finish the assignment quickly. He isn’t a fan of heat and humidity, and he’d looking forward to a well-earned vacation once the mission is over.
Ryan Doyle grew up in Cassadaga, where being psychic runs in the family. Ryan has never roamed far from home, though it’s hard being a geeky gay, wannabe urban fantasy author living in a small town. His job as one of the town psychics is fairly routine until he meets someone new. Ryan has never encountered anyone with a psychic shield so strong until Santino sits down for a reading. Intrigued, he asks Santino out even though Santino is as secretive as he is fun.
Santino hopes to win Ryan over both for himself and for the Aspida. And he’s hoping his skills in the kitchen will swing the balance in his favor. Ryan has almost given up on finding love, living in rural Florida. Can a seductive tourist be the answer to his dreams?
Things never run smoothly for those in the Aspida. What should have been a simple rescue mission is plagued by mosquitoes, enraged ghosts, and someone or something draining residents of their life force. Ryan’s first foray into adventure may be his last
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