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The Summoner’s Mark Book 5
BY J.D. BLACKROSE
Hi, I’m Becs. And I’m a Summoner.
The Kiss on my wrist–a mark I’ve had since birth–signals my rare ability to call on immortals and negotiate with them on behalf of my clients for information, favors, or other services. In the past few years, these powers got me entangled with the demon Valefar, a bevy of fae and even Lucifer himself!
It’s complicated, dangerous, and exhausting…especially when dealing with a guy like my pseudo-friend, businessman/mobster Gregory Adamos.
When Gregory told me he was having a package delivered to my door, I was suspicious. After all, I know he’s desperate to get his very human hands on any sort of magic. So, I opened the package…and found a crystal that had no business being in the United States, much less Smokey Point, Ohio.
Worse–this crystal contained a djinn. And when Gregory released it, all hell broke loose. Gregory thinks he can control this ancient creature, but I know better. The djinn has to be put back in his prison and locked away forever. But Gregory wants to use the genie’s power for himself. Before long, the entire magical community of Smokey Point is in chaos.
And if that isn’t enough to keep me busy, Asher has returned. Only he’s human this time, not an angel.
I don’t know which will be harder to do–imprison a genie or trust the love of a man I thought long dead.
I wish I knew.
Nonfiction and reference materials were supposed to be shelved by their Dewey Decimal number, at least in traditional libraries. Not in this one. No, here it was apparently alphabetized by a mischievous monkey.
The Ds did reveal a few books that looked helpful. Djinns: Myth and Legend. Djinn, Jinn, and Genies: Legends of Arabia. Djinns and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Fire Djinns and the Women Who Loved Them. Djinni on the Block, and the most straightforward, Everything You Need to Know About Djinns Starting with Stay Away.
I placed Stacks on the ground and he meowed in protest. “Sorry, dude, but I’ve got to grab these books.”
He stalked away and curled up next to the bean-bag chair I always used.
I piled the books next to the bean bag and went back to search the As for Aladdin and found One Thousand and One Nights, translated by Antoine Galland. It contained the Aladdin story and the tale of Ali Baba.
I also found the Disney picture book. I ignored that one. I’d seen the movie.
Plopping down into the bean-bag chair, I opened Everything you Need to Know About Djinns Starting with Stay Away.
Stacks crawled into my lap while I turned pages. Fiery heartburn crawled up my esophagus as I read.
J.D. Blackrose loves all things storytelling and celebrates great writing by posting about it on her website, www.slipperywords.com. She’s fearful that so-called normal people will discover exactly how often she thinks about wicked fairies, nasty wizards, homicidal elevators, treacherous forests, and the odd murder, even when she is supposed to be having coffee with a friend or paying something called “bills.” As a survival tactic, she has mastered the art of looking interested.
She would like to thank her parents for teaching her to ask questions, and in lieu of facts, how to make things up.
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