Title: Queer Magick
Series: Queer Magick Vol. 1
Author: L.C. Davis
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: M/M/M, Male/Male Menage
Length: 212 pages
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Horror, lgbt, polyamory, genderqueer, trans MC
An LGBT+ fantasy of apocalyptic proportions.
Twenty-something Holden Adams never asked to be the harbinger of the apocalypse, or for the seven lovers who come with the job. All he wanted in Stillwater, Vermont was a fresh start, but his past as a preacher’s kid turned witch threatens any hope he has of a normal life in the idyllic town. A fateful encounter with a strange cat on the brink of death earns Holden a new enemy and some unlikely friends, but as Stillwater reveals itself not to be as conventional as it appears, the line between the two becomes irreparably blurred.
Daniel St. James is getting too old for this crap. The love of his life turned out to be a cold-blooded killer and while Dennis got away with murder thirteen years earlier, Daniel and the rest of the town are still reeling from the tragedy. Now some kid who claims to be a witch waltzes into town and all of a sudden, Daniel’s unflinchingly straight best friend is head over heels for Holden. Chaos has a way of following Holden, revealing a web of supernatural secrets around Daniel that makes him question everything he believes about the town he’s lived in his entire life–and everything he doesn’t.
Welcome to Stillwater. Things are a little queer here.
“So, tell me about yourself, Holden. Did you really come here for the plants?” The way Nick’s eyes shone in the moonlight made it pretty damn clear he knew I was lying about my reason for moving to Stillwater, but at least he didn’t seem offended.
“No,” I confessed. “Honestly, I came here because I wanted to go somewhere that was the complete opposite of the place I grew up in, if that makes any sense.”
“It does,” he said thoughtfully. “A lot, actually.”
Normally, silence made me nervous unless I was enjoying it alone, but being around Nick was almost as easy. “So,” he began, “I hear you’re a cat thief.”
“That damn doctor can’t keep his mouth shut,” I muttered.
Nick laughed. “To be fair, I’m usually the first person he calls to bitch to.”
“You’re friends?” I did a poor job of hiding my shock, if his grin was any indication.
“Daniel’s an acquired taste, but he’s a good guy. Just a little…”
“Obnoxious? Overbearing? Judgmental?”
“I was gonna say crusty, but yes to all of the above. Sorry about the diner. I heard he laid into you pretty bad.”
“That’s putting it mildly.”
“He’s just a little overprotective of this town. Thinks he’s its self-appointed guardian or some shit.” He looked me over, tilting his head. “Did you really take that cat from his office?”
“Yes, but in my defense, I was the one who brought it in.”
Nick shook his head. “Man, you picked the wrong day to piss him off. Daniel holds a grudge like no one’s business.”
“Good to know,” I said with a sigh. “If you’re such good friends, do you think I’m a charlatan, too?”
“Nah. I’ve got a good feeling about you, and my gut’s never wrong.” He shrugged. “Besides, I’m pretty sure I saw that cat wandering around earlier and he was fine. I don’t exactly believe in miracle cures, but whatever you did obviously worked.”
“You saw the cat? Where?” I asked hopefully.
“Outside Daniel’s place, actually.” He chuckled.
“Just thinking about the look on his face when he sees that thing. He’s convinced you’re keeping it in your freezer or something.
I grimaced. “Glad I’m making such a positive impression in my new town.”
“Aw, don’t worry about it. You’ve made a good impression on the people who count.”
“Your aunt and uncle?”
“Them, too.” He grinned.
I couldn’t help but smile. Cocky son of a…
Nick’s phone buzzed in his pocket and he took it out, frowning. “Sorry, I’ve gotta get going.”
“A prior engagement?”
“More like someone is coming who I’d rather avoid.” He paused. “What are you doing tomorrow night?”
“Nothing much, really. Why?”
“There’s not a lot to do in Stillwater, but I could give you the tour after work. We could grab something to eat after.”
I hesitated, mostly because I was sheltered enough that I was having a hard time figuring out whether he was asking me out or just being friendly. Before I could ask, he added, “And yes, it would be a date.”
My face grew warm and I hated how easy it was for me to turn into a blushing schoolboy talking to his crush around Nick. Looked like my gaydar was off, after all. “Yeah, that sounds nice.”
“Cool. I’ll pick you up at seven.”
“You know where I live?”
His face went blank. “Yeah, Aunt Carla told me.”
“Right.” I laughed. “Of course. Small town.”
“Hope you don’t have any deep, dark secrets,” he teased.
I forced a smile but felt that old familiar feeling of dread creeping in again. “Oh, just a few.”
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L.C. Davis is a trans & nonbinary author of lgbt fantasy and romance with a passion for representation. His current series include Queer Magick, Kingdom of Night and The Mountain Shifters.
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