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The Water Witch

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Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic.
 
After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring. . . .
 
The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.
 
Includes a preview of Book Three of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Angel Stone

Praise for The Water Witch
 
“A lighthearted, fast moving fantasy . . . The Water Witch should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“Dark has an exquisite and clear voice. . . . One is aware of being in the hands of a mistress of the fine arts of storytelling and characterization. . . . It’s all just great fun.”—Albany Chronogram
 
“An intriguing story that will keep readers guessing.”—Romance Reviews Today
 
“These novels are a heady mix of the supernatural, academic and erotic, and readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy.”—SheKnows

Praise for Book One of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Demon Lover
 
“Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist, included in its list of the year’s “Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles”
 
“Steamy and nuanced.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Perfect for fans of Deborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Watch is a breathtakingly sexy and atmospheric new novel of ancient folklore, passionate love, and thrilling magic.
 
After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring. . . .
 
The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.
 
Includes a preview of Book Three of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Angel Stone

Praise for The Water Witch
 
“A lighthearted, fast moving fantasy . . . The Water Witch should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“Dark has an exquisite and clear voice. . . . One is aware of being in the hands of a mistress of the fine arts of storytelling and characterization. . . . It’s all just great fun.”—Albany Chronogram
 
“An intriguing story that will keep readers guessing.”—Romance Reviews Today
 
“These novels are a heady mix of the supernatural, academic and erotic, and readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy.”—SheKnows

Praise for Book One of The Fairwick Trilogy: The Demon Lover
 
“Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist, included in its list of the year’s “Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles”
 
“Steamy and nuanced.”—Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
eBook (352 pages)
Published: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345542427
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  • The Demon Lover

    The Demon Lover
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    I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.   Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.   But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart. “Vivid and enchanting . . . Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist (Top 10 SF/Fantasy)   “[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.”—Publishers Weekly  From the Trade Paperback edition.

    The Angel Stone

    The Angel Stone
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    A can’t-miss read for fans of Deborah Harkness and Karen Marie Moning, The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time.   For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.   With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear. Praise for The Angel Stone   “Intelligently written and visually appealing . . . This story is a sheer delight.”—RT Book Reviews   “Dark skillfully entwines the past and present, the mundane and magical, love and loss, to spin a beautifully nuanced and sensuous tale rooted in legend and lore.”—Booklist   Praise for Juliet Dark   “Dark’s letter-perfect gothic style is a satisfying tribute to previous gothic novels, and the paranormal elements, including incubi, fae, vampires, and witches, make this a stellar romance.”—Booklist, on The Demon Lover   “Fast moving . . .  should appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels.”—New York Journal of Books, on The Water Witch

    The Demon Lover

    The Demon Lover
    I gasped, or tried to.My mouth opened, but I couldn't draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted andhe blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled hesucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.Since accepting a teaching position at remote FairwickCollege in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbinglyerotic dream every night: a mist enters her bedroom then takes the shape of avirile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling,wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of herhaving written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers.Callie's lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and gothicliterature--which is why she's found herself at Fairwick's renowned folkloredepartment, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight,seemed to call her name.But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarminglyreal. She has a demon lover--an incubus--and he will seduce her, pleasure her,and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startlingdiscovery: her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As thetenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surroundingwoods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish somethinginfinitely more difficult--banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.

    The Water Witch

    The Water Witch
    Perfect for fans ofDeborah Harkness and Elizabeth Kostova, The Water Witch is abreathtakingly sexy and atmospheric novel of ancient folklore, passionate love,and thrilling magic.After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, aprofessor of Gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to herrambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest,and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring.Theenchanted town of Fairwick's dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come undersiege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the feyback to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all arecruelly forced to take sides. Callie's grandmother, a prominent Grove member,demands her granddaughter's compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie canhardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster,Callie enlists Duncan Laird, a seductive academic who cultivates hervast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles tosave her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to thelimit--risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

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