Hi everyone! It’s great to be here for this blog tour. Since my main character works in a very unmagical magic shop, I thought I would give you a glimpse behind the curtain at his pre-story life.
Unicorn Snot • Part One
by Jenn Moffatt
“Dad?” Star Anders let out a heavy sigh when her father set another trio of bowls on the workshop table in the back of the shop. Equinox was closed for the night. Fairy lights and the neon ‘closed’ sign the only illumination from the storefront. It was pitch black through the shop windows in both directions thanks to a simple cantrip that would keep their workings hidden until sunlight hit the windows come morning to break the little spell. She was perched on top of a tall stool, with her sneakered feet tucked behind her. It was only a matter of time until her father made her sit properly, but she still liked to tempt fate. Her hair was pulled into a tight high ponytail, which would hopefully keep it out of the goop they were mixing together. “Dad!” she repeated to get his attention. Under the heavy table there was a bump, a grunt, and a word she’d been told not to use no matter how many times she heard him use it. “Star, love, unless someone is breaking in, could you please not shout when I’m underneath here?” “Sorry. But you didn’t answer. Why are we making this stuff, and what are you looking for?” Her father looked over the edge of the table, the old fluorescent lights reflecting from his slightly curling brown hair. With a sigh of his own, Thomas, shoved a heavy-duty two burner hot plate onto the table and then got to his feet. His back cracked as he reached overhead to plug it into a receptacle near the lights. “I was looking for that. We are making fragrant jelly anti-magic goop and powders that we’ll be applying to mostly everything we sell from now on.” “Is this because of the singing goddess statue Mr. Kensington bought?” Star felt her cheeks warm as the blush spread. “I didn’t mean to make that happen, Dad.” “I know, sweetheart.” He came around the table and kissed the top of her head, or as close as he could with the ponytail. “We both leak magic. We also sell real ingredients for the enlightened customers. But we can’t afford to have the unenlightened and untrained tell the world that we sell statues that sing and dance like Michigan J. Frog.” Thomas set the first burner on the hot plate to high, filled a saucepan with water and set it to boil. Star’s head tilted slightly to the side and her eyebrows rose about her dark brown eyes as if to ask a question. “We can’t use any magic making the Unicorn Snot. We’ve got to do every step the hard, mundane, way. Otherwise we risk contamination,” he said, passing her a pair of latex gloves from the local beauty supply and a facemask from the drug store. “You don’t want to breathe in the secret ingredient either. It might make you sick.” Especially considering Star’s innate powers were stronger than even his mother’s, and she’d been the High Priestess of their coven.
Join us tomorrow at Love Bytes to read the rest of the story! Tour Schedule:
1 Oct: Book Gemz – TA Moore
2 Oct: Paranormal Romance Guild – TA Moore
4 Oct: Boy Meets Boy – Rhys Ford
5 Oct: Reading Reality – Rhys Ford
6 Oct: Blogger Girls – Jenn Moffatt
7 Oct: Love Bytes – Jenn Moffatt
8 Oct: M/M Good Book Reviews – Bru Baker
9 Oct: Twinsie Talk – Bru Baker
About Bad, Dad, and Dangerous Antholofy
Bad, Dad, and Dangerous Blurb: When the kids are away, the monsters will play. School’s out for summer, and these dads are ready to ship their kids off to camp. Not just because their kids are monsters—whose aren’t?—but because they’re ready for some alone time to let their hair down and their fangs out. You see, not only are the kids monsters—their dads are too. Even the most dangerous of creatures has a soft spot. These bad, dangerous dads love their kids to death, but they need romance. Every year, for a few short weeks, these hot men with a little extra in their blood get to be who they truly are. And this year, life has a surprise for them. Whether they be mage, shifter, vampire, or changeling, these heartbreakingly handsome dads might be looking to tear up the town… but they’ll end up falling in love. All it takes is the right man to bring them to their knees.
KISMET & CADAVERS BY JENN MOFFATT
Thomas Anders is prepared for two weeks of alone time, or as alone as he can be living with his daughter’s sentient undead cat, running the family occult shop, and keeping San Diego safe from the strange and supernatural. What he doesn’t expect is for KJ Beshter to arrive in his shop bearing a gift card Thomas’s daughter cast a spell on. Thomas has met her handsome magic-sensitive teacher before, but now that Star is moving up a grade, he can cross that line. It would be perfect timing if something wicked didn’t want to sink its claws into KJ too….
About the Authors
TA Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humour a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, ‘she’d laugh at a bad thing that one’, mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. TA Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write. Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is also a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications. She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Harley, an insane grey tuxedo as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.
Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor. Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
Jenn Moffatt is a proud nerd. Raised on Star Trek, Dark Shadows, The Wild Wild West, and James Bond, she learned not to be afraid of things that go bump in the night and to have hope for the future of humanity. She grew up wanting to be a member of the Addams Family or part of the crew of the USS Enterprise—and she still does. She’s been soaked to the skin for Chinese New Year and walked in the fog in Frisco. Went to high school in Sin City, and no, she didn’t live in a casino. Lived on the slope of an active volcano, and used to snorkel between classes in college on the Big Island. Now she lives in San Diego where she gets to see the ocean and wildflowers in the desert on the same day. Jenn was born disabled, which gives her a deep understanding of what it’s like to be different, but she’s never let it hold her back. It just means she gets pretty good parking.
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