Tuesday Tease: First Page That Ol’ Black Magic

Edits on the up-coming SEASON OF THE WITCH are done for now. The brain is slowly coming down from it’s caffeine-infused existence of the last week. Yesterday, I wrassled ISBN numbers and uploads. Today, I’ll teach both myself and THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC how to fly as I learn how to upload to the various platforms. In the meantime, how about the first page?

That Ol Black Magic 680THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC
Chapter One
Déjà Vu All Over Again

This was only Day One of what was shaping up to be a bloody weird week and the gods had been drinking again. Too bad Sade Marquis didn’t have that option. She was on duty. Dammit. Not to mention it was only ten in the morning. However, if things got any stranger, she might change her mind.

She occupied the one booth that gave her a broad view of the whole place. Déjà Vu. All over again. Back in the early days, right after graduating from the FBI Academy, the New Orleans Field Office had been her first assignment. She’d leased an apartment upstairs from the Déjà Vu. The bar-restaurant combo became a second home. Open twenty-four/seven, she could eat no matter the time of day.

Jax Martine—or as she liked to think of him “a Jax of all trades”—sailed by her table and two glasses of ice water appeared in his wake. He was human, but Sade would bet dollars to donuts there was a witch in his family tree. She glanced at her watch and wondered if she could squeeze in a late breakfast. She was meeting her partner, who had no concept of time. Werewolves were like that.

Catching Jax’s attention, Sade wiggled her fingers through a complicated series of gestures. A plate with eggs, bacon, and French toast—real French toast made from thick-cut slices of crusty French bread—appeared a few minutes later, along with two more glasses of ice water to replace the ones she’d drained.

She was on her third cup of post-breakfast coffee when two girls sitting at the bar stirred. Their attention swiveled to the front door, eyes on the prime specimen of fae male swaggering into the shadowed space. Back-lit by a sunshine nimbus, Ariel made quite an entrance. Sade looked to heaven for a reprieve that didn’t come. Her day just kept getting better and better.


And thus begins Sade’s journey to the Shadow’s Edge–or as her boss labels it, the Penumbra Papers. I hope you enjoy her trip!


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Tuesday Tease: First Page That Ol’ Black Magic

  1. Liza says:

    I’m so excited the Penumbra Papers are being released to the world. Sade is such an awesome character and love all the sexy men in her life.

  2. SQUEE!! I love it, Silver. Can’t wait to start pimping it so everyone else can love it, too. =o)

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