Can he embrace his true nature when he's been taught to hate it his whole life?
While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron's hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.
When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he's ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn't pull it off, Levi will be put to death.
Byron discovers that he isn't the only one questioning America's stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.
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Guest post with Author Kit Brisby...
Achieving Balance as a Writer
In our increasingly fraught political climate, it’s getting more and more difficult to make art. Don’t write off art as a frivolity. Making art is part of the resistance. The trick is making space in your life to tackle your methods of resistance and activism without completely burning out and losing the ability to make art.
I’ll admit I’m struggling with that myself, lately. We all have the issues that matter dearly to us. Women’s rights, police brutality, reproductive rights, global warming research, LGBT+ rights, access to education, disability rights and funding for the arts demand my attention and energy. And that barely scratches the surface. I’ve been following legislation and reaching out to my elected officials daily.
And I’ve been really, really angry. Let me tell you… it’s difficult to write books when you’re overcome with anger. That’s something I’m working on every single day. My therapist has suggested “dosing” the anger and grief I feel. I’m making an effort to spend a set amount of time reading the news and identifying ways to act that align to my personal values and feel productive.
Regardless of your political and social leanings, it’s undeniable that this is a time of upheaval. So my advice to you is to find ways to create structure and balance. Remember that it’s okay to tend to your own health—physical and mental. Whether others rely on you or not, you can’t fight if you’re not well. You can’t fight if you’re overcome with despair or anger or helplessness. Don’t deny yourself the things that feel good and bring you joy. It may feel like a betrayal to those who are suffering, but you cannot affect change if you don’t feed your soul.
As a writer, my struggle is coming to my keyboard with the energy and love to tell stories. I’m not sure how to do that right now, but I’m committed to achieving that balance, because I find storytelling to be a critical part of the resistance. Our world needs art and stories, especially when times are bleak. We need happy stories as much as we need reflections of dystopia and cautionary tales. We need representation. We need to life up the voices of marginalized storytellers and avoid speaking over them.
Regardless of your role in the romance world (and if you’re a reader, you’re very important!), I hope that you’re finding balance and giving yourself permission to read or create or amplify stories about love. Stories that make you happy. Stories that give you energy that you can draw on later when you’re feeling like you might drown. Thank you for being part of this community.
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Kit Brisby lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, with her two young sons and two rescue dogs. A graduate of the University of Florida, she's been writing professionally since 2002. Her career has taken her from writing think pieces on breastfeeding to writing erotica for the adult industry—and nearly everything in between. She works in digital marketing and helps businesses find and tell their stories.
Kit is always trying to find balance between working full-time, revisiting or writing books every night, and modeling badass behavior to her two boys. Sometimes the lure of Tumblr interferes with all of that balancing. She's just old enough to still be utterly enchanted by animated gifs.
A single mom and aspiring yogi, Kit is open about her struggles with anxiety and the importance of self-care. She also advocates for neurodiversity and acceptance of those on the autism spectrum. Few things get her as riled up as bisexual erasure.
Though she lives in the South, Kit is a NYC girl at heart, and makes a point of traveling to the city as often as she can to catch a few shows and eat as much ramen as humanly possible.
She reads avidly, and gravitates toward historical queer romance and young adult fantasy, especially when the stakes are high. She's a fan of awkward first dates unless she's participating in them, and is outspoken about embracing kink and sex positivity.
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