Cold cases, hot leads, a psychic psychopath, a copycat killer, cursed objects, the trial of the century–and wedding plans.
Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and sexy homicide detective Vic D’Amato met hunting a supernatural serial killer. Since then, Simon has become a police consultant on cases involving the paranormal, and Vic has gotten over his doubts about Simon’s abilities being real. Along the way, they fell in love and got engaged. But it seems like the danger never ends.
Now, the first case Simon and Vic worked together comes back to haunt them as the killer goes to court and all hell breaks loose. The killer has a crazy fan setting curses on key players in the upcoming trial. Ghosts from an old cold case suggest that someone got away with murder. And a supernatural creature attracted to fear and death is using the Grand Strand as its feeding ground. Simon and Vic feel like they’re waging a war on all fronts, but with the stakes so high, there can be No Surrender!
No Surrender is a fast-paced thrill ride MM paranormal romance packed with supernatural suspense, haunted tourist attractions, monsters, visions, hot sex, hurt/comfort, loyal friends, wedding planning, found family, ghosts galore, dark magic, and an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
No Surrender is Book 5 in the Badlands series but can be read as a standalone.
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Simon checked his list and wrote out the names that he thought might be a fit. “Thank you. This won’t bring the lost ones back, but it might give the families closure.”
“Don’t hope for much—a lot of folks just pass through a town like this on their way to somewhere else,” Gabriella warned him. “I might hit a dead end.”
Simon smiled. “Thank you for trying.”
Gabriella rose and rinsed out her cup. “I have no patience with people who prey on the vulnerable.” She gave Simon a shrewd look. “It seems to me you’re working three cases at once. The Slitter, the old disappearances, and whoever is sending the cursed objects. That last person is dangerous. They haven’t killed—yet. But I believe they are capable of doing so.”
“That’s what I’m afraid of, too.”
“Come with me.”
Simon followed Gabriella into the botanica. He dogged her
steps as she moved about the shop selecting items to fill a basket— some of which he recognized, and others that were a mystery. He trusted Gabriella to explain eventually.
She returned to the kitchen with a full basket and gestured for Simon to sit across from her.
“Now, we will make charms and hex bags—and I will give you the spells you asked for.”
“Do you know what kind of magic is used to connect the cursed objects to the recipient and link the long-ago misfortune to now? I’ve heard of ‘sympathetic magic,’ but never something quite this elaborate.”
Gabriella was quiet for a moment. “It is a matter of scale and power, but you have the essence of the concept. Like calls to like. There are two types of this magic—I think of them as being ‘for‐ ward’ and ‘back.’ With the backward magic, what is done to an object affects the person who once owned the item. So to burn a person, the witch would set a lock of hair on fire.”
Simon nodded. “That’s the principle behind ‘Voodoo dolls,’ right?”
Gabriella made a face. “Bastardized by Hollywood, but yes.” She drummed her fingers on the table as she thought. “What I think of as ‘forward’ magic is at work in the objects you mentioned. The curse doesn’t affect the baseball player—it touches the person who receives his card. The same with the poker chip. It’s trickier than the first kind.”
“Does it take more skill or just more power?” Simon wasn’t a witch, but he knew that even with his type of abilities, the line between native skill and raw power could make a difference.
“Depends on what the goal is,” Gabriella said. “For what you’ve described, some of both I’d wager. My guess is that your ‘copycat’ might have been an accomplice of the Slitter in some way. Maybe he saw things and didn’t report them—which he regards as actively helping. He admires the killer’s daring, which he lacks himself.”
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!