Available February 25, 2019!
Get out of Hell free card? Not for Callie Delgado, Gem City’s newest soul charmer. Sin and salvation collide in this gritty and action-packed urban fantasy.
Callie’s magic is finally her own. She and Derek dispatched Ford. They should have been able to breathe, but layers of sin run deep beneath Gem City. Another mob boss quickly rises, and his sights are firmly set on Callie—and her family.
Mobile soul rental shops begin to bite at the Soul Charmer’s business. His retribution is wicked, but the blowback threatens to crush Callie. If she can’t maintain the tenuous balance of souls in Gem City, more lives will be lost.
Only the more magic she uses, the more danger finds her. A break-in, pools of blood, and bare shelves at the Soul Charmer’s store force Callie to choose the fates of others. But which can she live with? Losing her city, her love, her family …or her very soul?
Closing shop was not an option. The Soul Charmer had never closed his doors since he’d opened the small space ten years ago. She hadn’t seen his living quarters, but he slept somewhere nearby. Obviously he slipped away for some Z’s, and to tend the soul well. One of them had always been here, though. The image of her arm ablaze lit her memory. Let’s not do that again.
“No closed sign. Derek and I can stay here until I have to leave for the drop site. Derek, will you keep the clients distracted until I can get back?”
She winced in preparation for the impact, but all he said was, “No.”
“No? We can’t close the shop.” This was one of those times when she wished he could read every worst-case scenario flitting through her mind. This could go sideways in a hurry, and they couldn’t risk being caught in it.
“You can’t go alone.” Those four words were the granite foundation for an upcoming argument, if Callie didn’t fix this fast.
“I’ve got this. It’ll be quick.” She wiggled her fingers at him, a reminder she had a magical backup.
“It isn’t safe for you to be out there alone, especially not with them. Not now.”
Not now? she mouthed.
Oh. Oh oh oh. Later she’d need to thank him for not spilling her secrets all over the soggy carpet. Telling these strangers that her mother had been kidnapped and mutilated recently was too dangerous. The less they knew of her weaknesses, the safer she and Derek would be.
“You need to lay low right now,” she whispered, “but you’re right. I won’t be alone.”
Beck was close enough to hear her hushed words. “I can go with her.”
“Where you go, I go.” Each time Derek had said those words to her, she’d gone a bit gooey for him. This time the promise hurt. He wasn’t holding her back, but by tethering himself to her, he was once again shoving himself into more danger. They needed to take turns on the danger shit. It was her turn.
© 2018 Chelsea Mueller
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Signed set of Borrowed Souls and Rogue Souls
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