Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...
At the autumn gathering twelve angry and determined witches use their
power to draw out the killer before anyone else can become a victim.
With his magic ability Dade has control like no other— if he had that
in his everyday life he could have the one thing he wants.
Coralee is a woman that represents grace and simplicity. She has the skill of being able to feel
emotion, aura and see beyond the now.
The pain sometimes associated with this gift has forced her to live her
life from a distance. She decided early
in life what she wanted, and returned from her years away at school set to
obtain her biggest dream. Unfortunately she has found the past few years
lacking just that as she waits for the man she wants to stop and look at her instead
of every female that throws themselves in his path.
Dade is a man that follows life simply, yet his charitable
personality brings him a wealth of satisfaction. He is the first to lend a hand, the last to
stay and help and the one everyone calls when something goes wrong. Even though his own generous nature fills his
life, he still manages to find time enough to get himself into a mess at every
turn and spends most of the time imploring forgiveness from the one sexy voodoo
woman he can’t seem to get close to.
Author's favorite excerpt:
Steven slumped down in the seat
as Dade drove them back to Cora’s to unload everything. Closing his eyes he sighed. Sleep!
“Do you know where I can get a
He opened his eyes and looked at
Dade. “There’s a horse on the list?”
Dade looked at him and
frowned. “What? No!”
Steven sat back up. “Should I even ask what the hell you want a
Dade smirked. “You said you wanted to see me top all of you
Steven pinched the bridge of his
nose for a second. “And you need a horse
to do this?”
Dade nodded. “Yeah, a white one.”
Steven put his head down and
chuckled. “Do you even know how to ride
a horse, I’m assuming you planning on riding it.”
Dade shrugged. “How hard can it be?”
“Oh! I can’t get in shit for
taking pictures this time.” He took a
calming breath trying not to laugh again.
“I have a patient, well his parents own a horse farm, if you’re
Dade grinned. “I’m serious.”
He leaned over towards him. “You’re not going to ride a horse into Cora’s
house are you?
Steven shook his head slowly and walked
through the door. He stopped suddenly and Dade walked into him.
Looking around the other man Dade saw the
women they’d just mentioned standing in his living room with their hands on
their hips looking very unhappy. All four of them, he thought. “Oh, shit,” he whispered.
“Uh-huh,” Steven answered back.
Rachel smiled and walked over to Steven.
“So, Doc, how’s the…” She studied Dade half hiding behind her fiancé, “Patient this evening?”
Steven wasn’t sure if falling to his own
knees would save him any cross fire so he just quietly answered. “He’ll live.”
“That’s debatable,” Leena said walking
over. She stopped and glared at Dade—or what she could see of him from behind
Steven. “Head okay, Dade?” she asked quietly. He shrugged. “Good,” she said
Kasey looked around the living room again
then turned and glared at Dade. She walked towards them and both stepped aside
as she opened the kitchen door and looked in the room. “There isn’t a clean
place to sit anywhere,” she said looking at Cora. She spun back towards the
Steven went to step away and felt Dade grip
his shirt from behind in a silent plea. “Don’t sit on the couch—uh, we poured
water over him.”
Dade looked at him in surprise.
“Did you think Rachel wouldn’t share the
details with us?” Cora asked in a hissing voice looking at Dade.
He swallowed and shook his head. He studied
her face trying to see, something.
Leena blew out a breath and walked over and
looked in the kitchen. “Well, at least it’s dry in there.” She pointed to the
Neither man had ever heard her use that
tone and immediately turned and walked into the kitchen. Steven turned and
looked at Rachel.
She smirked at him. “Stop looking like the
guilty child, Doc, we’re not mad at you.”
He put his hand over his heart and let out
a quick breath. “Whew.” He stood behind
her and pulled her back into him. Then looked to see Dade sitting at the table
looking around at the three women hovering looking at him.
Kasey leaned on the table and brought her
face down level with Dade’s. “Well?”
He looked up at her. Then down at the
table. The buttons were sitting there. Leaning forward he put his hands over them.
“I’m an—asshole,” he said quietly searching for the right word to make them
She snorted. “Clearly.”
“Kase?” Chris’s voice bellowed from the
“In the kitchen, Chris.” All heads turned
towards the door as Chris stepped in.
He looked around and rubbed his jaw. Then
gave Dade a sympathetic look. “Need a lawyer?” he asked him quietly with a
smirk. Kasey glared at him. “Sorry,” he said softly and leaned back against the
counter. He looked at Dade sitting on the hot seat and shook his head with
sympathy ‘you’re on your own’ his expression said clearly.
Dade let out a long breath. “I appreciate
“Concern?” Cora hissed. “You appreciate the
concern?”she repeated. Slapping both hands on the table she leaned down and
stared at him. Speaking quietly in a low voice she hissed, “Do you have any
idea, any inkling of an idea how worried we’ve all been for the last two weeks,
He opened his mouth then closed it and
shook his head. “I didn’t realize…”
“Realize what?” Kasey spat at him stepping
back to the table.
Owen stepped into the room and looked
around. He smirked at Dade. “Bet you wished you did die now, you dumb son of a
Dade closed his hand over the buttons and
started to stand. A slap of wind knocked him back into his chair. He looked
around to see Rachel shaking her head.
“We’re not finished yet,” she said almost
He stuffed his hands into his pockets
shoving the buttons in. He watched Steven glance towards the table then his hand.
Looking around at them he shrugged. “I fucked up. I was messed up…”
“From?” Cora asked quietly crossing her
hands over her chest.
He opened his mouth, then clenched his jaw
“Do you know anything that’s been happening
in the last few weeks, Dade?” Leena asked him. He shrugged. “You know we have a
handfast happening in three weeks?”
He grinned and nodded.
“And that you agreed to be a witness with
Cora for all of us?”
He looked at Steven for confirmation. He
nodded at him. Not knowing what to say he looked back at Leena.
“Did you know Owen sold his house?
He grinned. “Yes, I know that,” he added
“To Cora,” she finished quietly.
He looked from Owen to Cora. “Oh.”
Kasey crossed her arms. “Did you know Kevin
was going to be working here and is subletting Cora’s apartment?”
He looked quickly at Cora then back to
Kasey and shook his head.
Kasey threw up her hands and walked out of
the room leaving the bottles on the counter rattling. “I can’t talk to him
Chris shot Dade a look and went after her.
Dade let out a slow breath. “I’m sorry,
more than you know. I’m over it. It won’t happen again.” He rubbed his hands
over his face.
Cora hissed out a breath and walked out of
He watched her go then turned to look at
Leena. “Lee, I can’t talk about this to everyone, I just…”
Leena looked at him sympathetically for a
moment and turned to look around then walked out.
Owen looked at him and shook his head.
“Well, when you fuck up you do it large, Bro.” He followed Leena out.
Dade groaned and sat back for a minute. He
looked up at Steven who raised his hands then dropped them back to Rachel’s
shoulders. Rachel was looking at him.
Shaking her head she turned and walked out the door.
Steven dropped his head down and let out a
long breath. Smirking at him he quipped, “Well, you’re still alive.” He opened
the door then turned his head and whispered, “You are going to be sucking up
for months over this one.”
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