de Croissets, half-human, half-Were, isn't considered an ideal
employee. But her bosses at the War Mage Corps, the supernatural
community's version of a police force, have found the solution-- make
her the mentor to a group of raw recruits. It's a thankless
job designed to keep her busy, useful and out of trouble. And it seems
to be working--until Lia receives an early morning visit from her suddenly homicidal students.
may be young, but they know enough to be deadly. Lia soon finds
her house in pieces and herself and her Were boyfriend, Cyrus, in
little better shape. In the end, though, it's one of the students
who lies dead on the ground--from Lia's own spell. An
investigation uncovers the unsettling fact that the students were
acting under a powerful illusion cast by someone with a long-standing
grudge against Lia's family. Even worse, the spell hasn't been
affected by the cadets' defeat, and if it isn't lifted soon they may
Only the mage who cast the spell can lift it,
forcing Lia to track down an assassin with the
abilty to weave terrifying and very real illusions. Her Were heritage
offers her some protection against these, but Lia is half-human, too.
Can she find the killer before her own mind betrays her?
Look for "Vegas Odds" in the Strange Brew anthology, out on July 7, 2009!