By Lucy A. Snyder
(Del Rey, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345512093, 368pp.)
Publication Date: December 29, 2009
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In the heart of Ohio, Jessie Shimmer is caught up in hot, magic-drenched passion with her roguish lover, Cooper Marron, who is teaching her how to tap her supernatural powers. When they try to break a drought by calling down a rainstorm, a hellish portal opens and Cooper is ripped from this world, leaving Jessie fighting for her life against a vicious demon that's been unleashed.
In the aftermath, Jessie, who knows so little about her own true nature, is branded an outlaw. She must survive by her wits and with the help of her familiar, a ferret named Palimpsest. Stalked by malevolent enemies, Jessie is determined to find out what happened to Cooper. But when she moves heaven and earth to find her man, she'll be shocked by what she discovers—and by what she must ultimately do to save them all.
Lucy A. Snyder is the author of the story and poetry collections Sparks and Shadows and Chimeric Machines. She has a B.S. in biology and an M.A. in journalism and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop. Born in South Carolina, she grew up in the cowboys-and-cactus part of Texas and currently lives in Worthington, Ohio.
"Gripping . . . marks the debut of a real talent . . . I couldn't put it down!"—Sarah Langan, author of Audrey's Door
"With a cast of unforgettable characters and relentless action and suspense, Lucy A. Snyder masterfully weaves a fantastical plot into a real-world setting, never once breaking stride."—Deborah LeBlanc, author of Water Witch
"Lucy Snyder hooks you from the beginning, delivering a strong protagonist and a fresh, engaging world of magic. I can't wait to see what she does next."—Alice Henderson, author of Voracious
"An exhilarating ride of magic and mayhem."—Sèphera Girón, author of Mistress of the Dark
"In her thrilling trial-by-fire debut, Snyder's heroine—Jessie Shimmer—is transformed from young apprentice to first-class magical butt-kicker . . . the same transformation the author herself has undergone in the creation of this fully realized new urban mythology. I can't wait for book two!"—Christopher Golden, author of The Myth Hunters