Title: A Magic Redemption
Author: Tena Stetler
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.
Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her, their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.
When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?
A rush of cold air blew through and the young man returned to the pub. His face twisted, he took a swing at Quinn over top Katie. Synn blocked the man's arm and shoved him backward with the mop handle. He reached out grabbed her shoulder as another man cinched his arm around her waist. Gavin reached for Synn. A glint of silver winked on her wrist and quickly climbed up her arm. She glanced down as silver encased her other forearm. A look of surprise then recognition spread over her face. Wrenching her shoulder out of the man's grasp, she kicked backward and connected with his groan. He went down like a sack of potatoes. Arms behind her back she ran towards the ladies room.
Tristian appeared at Gavin's back and took control of the flailing young man, pinning him to the wall. A hush fell over the crowd and all movement ceased.
"What the hell is going on?" He stared at Tristian.
"Spell froze all the non-magically beings so I could get a handle on what's going on. This place reeks of magic, but I don't see the culprits that could be wielding…"
Gavin jerked his head in the direction she had disappeared. "It's Synn."
"Oh, no, she's not the only one. This one here —" he slammed the man's head against the wall, knocking him out. "Belongs to Baltizar. The others…" He turned to find all the individuals that started the brawl had disappeared. "I suspect this was a test. We failed."
"But Synn, she's…"
"She was the target of this attack." At his sides, Tristian’s hands clinched and unclench. His face flushed with fury. Raising a booted foot, he placed it across the unconscious man's throat. "Not one of you noticed the magic?"
Gale picked her way through the paralyzed crowd pausing in front of Tristian. "I did. But I just got here. It was so well disguised I'm not surprised no one else noticed." She glanced toward the ladies room. "Then the Kilara gauntlets made their appearance and the magic was overwhelming which allowed the culprits to escape undetected. It wasn't Synn's fault. Her reactions were prefect to protect the mortals in this establishment."
Bridget stuck her head out of the ladies room, her mouth gaped open. "Oh, my God, what in bloody hell?" She ducked her head back inside and closed the door.
"Looks like we got some explaining to do." Gale said calmly. "Let's hope she's the only one."
"How did she avoid—" Tristian scrubbed his hand over his face.
"If I had to guess — I'd say Synn inadvertently blocked the magic. Bridget must have followed her into the ladies room where she probably witnessed the powerful Fae magic from the gauntlets." Gale tapped her index finger to her lips.
The ladies room door creaked opened. Synn stepped out tugging Bridget behind her. The faint traces of magic emanating from her direction ceased. Silver gauntlets gleamed under the lights in the pub. The stone in the center of each glowed red fading to blue then to opalescent white and back to red. "How the hell do I get these things off." She held up her arms and walked toward the group.
The corners of Gale's mouth twitched. "Relax. As soon as they sense no danger, they'll disappear. "No appearance by your sword?"
"Oh hell— no." Synn glanced around apparently satisfied the sword hadn't made an appearance. She closed her eyes, and took several deep breaths. Gavin moved to her side wrapping an arm around her. The silver wrist guards faded.
"Tristian, I think you'd better remove the spell before we have more to explain than to Bridget — this is a public establishment." He glanced at his da rooted in place, eyes wide and mug in hand. The foam ran down the side of the glass and dripped on the bar. Tim shook his head, reached for a cloth, and wiped at the mess.
The warlock shrugged. "If mortals walk in the door, the spell will snare them. That's why I can't understand what the deal is with Bridget. She should be frozen. But you're right." With a quick wave of his arm the spell was broken and activity resumed.
Her eyes wide, Bridget remained planted next to Synn.
Quinn blinked, shook his head and stared at his girl. "You all right?"
She nodded slowly, her gaze shifting quickly from each of the persons in the magical group.
"Bridget, let’s take a walk." Gale took her friend's arm and started toward the back door that led to the deserted porch.
Synn took two steps to follow and Tristian snared her arm. "We need to talk."
"Hey, I sure as bloody hell can't handle what's left of this rowdy crowd by myself." Katie howled. "Get your arses back here."
Her voice broke the uneasy mood floating over the group. Synn smiled while the others chuckled. "Point taken." She glanced at Gale and Bridget then locked eyes with Tristian, his expression stormy. "This matter will have to wait."
Tristian gave her a curt nod. “I don’t like it.”
Shrugging one shoulder, she flounced to the tables and resumed taking orders, then made her way to the bar.
Having returned to serving customers, he touched her arm as she rattled off a list of drinks. "You doing all right?" He searched her eyes before setting a tray on the bar, grabbing a couple mugs and begin to fill her orders.
"I have to be." She picked up the loaded tray and sauntered into the crowd.
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What’s your favorite part about being a romance author?
For me crafting a romance is all about RESPECT, TRUST and LOVE with a bit of mystery and suspense sprinkled in. Most of my characters are of the paranormal persuasion. I want to create a memorable love story with spice and adventure that will keep you turning pages. Characters that will grab hold of your heart and hang on long after you’ve read the last word and closed the book with a satisfied sigh. Of course the best part is happily ever after. Don’t get much of that these days.
Here’s my tip to add romance to your love life:
Listen to your partner when he/she has had a bad day or an exceptional day. Plan a fun weekend activity that gets you outdoors away from the house for just a few hours. Or if you’re not an outside person, maybe plan a game night stay in and enjoy each other’s company. Watch a favorite movie together, cuddled in front of the fireplace, with a cup of hot chocolate (or something stronger) and bowl of popcorn.
Also leave little notes of love and appreciation randomly throughout the house all year and not just for special occasions.
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