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Witch Wars (Anti-Heroes Book VI) by Louise Bohmer & K.H. Koehler
About: In ANTI-HEROES BOOK VI: WITCH WARS the battle with Mr. Magickal gets intense, and Serena uses her darkness magic, along with spells she’s never used before, to fight him. But Mr. Magickal calls on a new flying minion to help him. Will the Anti-Heroes save the universe in time, or will Mr. Magickal rip apart existence as we know it? Find out in the explosive, exciting conclusion to the Anti-Heroes serial!
Excerpt: As Serena shot out a coil of the Grey and Nikki let her Nix side out, a half dozen cops, along with Jinx, stormed into the hall. The moment Jinx saw the danger at hand, he skidded to a halt, his worn sneakers screeking on the linoleum floor.
“Serena, look out!” he shouted.
A burly copy with a bristly moustache aimed a pistol at her and said, “Step back from the cell, Miss.”
The words barely left his lips before the glass rippled away and Mr. Magickal shot out into the hall. Whips of the ooze that still clung to him shot out, trying to ensnare Serena, Nikki, and Isaac, but the Grey reared up like a shining tidal wave of pure magic and deflected these. More tendrils of Mr. Magickal’s power reached for the cops, winding around their ankles and struggling with them. One cop managed to run from the hall before an inky tentacle ensnared him. Another got off a shot before the ropy tether coiled around his neck and squeezed.
The cop screamed and his eyes bugged manically as he dropped his gun.
Jinx shouted “When will this crazy shit end?” and let his wings unfold as he rose up and shot small fireballs directly at the tentacles.
Serena knew he couldn’t let a massive firestorm go inside the building. It would set the place ablaze in seconds and leave them all in more danger than they were in now. She let the Grey swoop and swirl with him, helping to try and contain Mr. Magickal like a big fist trying to close around a bothersome insect.
Mr. Magickal’s power drained all the cops he caught, leaving the police withered husks as he sucked all their life energy away. He dropped their desiccated corpses to the linoleum floor and moved farther into the hall where Serena and her friends waited, trying to put on a brave front.
Serena related, belatedly and with not a little fear, that she and her friends were the last barrier between Mr. Magickal and complete dominance of the city. Huh, she thought, no pressure!
“Soon, all of you will be inside me too,” he said as he drew nearer. “And what’s left of you all inside of me will witness the death of everything and the birth of a new existence. Isn’t that beautiful? Why resist?”
“I like the universe just the way it is, thanks,” Serena snarled at him. She lifted her hands in a menacing way, the way her mother had once done as she fought the Alliance. “Sure, there’s room for improvement, but you’re being a bit melodramatic.”
Her uncle sneered at her. “I’m a totalitarian kind of guy. You don’t get a say in this matter, Princess.”
More cords of dark magic flew out from Mr. Magickal and they wrapped around the ankles of the flying Nix, trying to pull her down. She screeched and dug her gleaming fangs into the tentacles, gnawing until she was nearly free, but as her adversary was snarling in pain from her attack, another interruption came.
Serena went to help her friend with a shot of the Grey, but the interruption put her off kilter too, and her magic just missed its intended target.
“Hey!” Amber shouted from the end of the hall. “What do you Supervillains think you’re doing? You can’t attack Mr. Magickal! Wait, how’d he get in there? That’s supposed to be Harrison.”
“We have to help him,” Blaine said, appearing beside the daughter of Atlas.
Zack and Zoe came up behind him and their tall, muscular leader. Together, the remaining Supers charged down the corridor toward the Supervillains.
Serena nearly rolled her eyes. “Oh, no way,” she said. “Now is not a good time. And that’s not Mr. Magickal!”
“Whatever,” Zack snapped. “Like we’ll believe anything a Supervillain tells us!”
“Time to rumble!” Blaine brought up his foot, ready to stamp it down and start an earthquake that would likely swallow the whole building.
Serena felt her stomach sink.
She shot out a strong stream of the Grey that slid underneath Blaine, son of the Earthmover, and took his powerful feet out from under him. A pair of Converse sneakers rose up in the air and Blaine let out a “Whooooah, shit!” as he fell on his ass in the center of the hall. The Grey wrapped around him and kept him held tightly in a bubble of magic that wouldn’t allow him to open up a crack in the floor with his earth-shattering stomp.
Before Serena could look back to the battle with her uncle, ropy tendrils slithered around her wrists, feet, and neck. While she was distracted by Blaine, her uncle had taken advantage and seized her tight. Already she could feel him draining her. Her energy and air was sucked away. She choked and struggled in his grasp, feeling sleepier and weaker as his tentacles squeezed.
As everything went black, she heard Jinx say, “We have to help Serena!”
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“What a great concept. I was routing for the not so bad-bad guys. The so called good guys are bullies, the adults think they are a breath away from evil, their parents are forcing them to commit crimes. It was action packed. I found it a little short, as I read it in just about a half hour, so it went fast. This book was only lacking maybe a little backstory. I did learn a little about the main characters, but felt hungry for more info. I mean who did kill a certain teacher?
I am banking on a certain principal or maybe… well I guess you have to read the book and see who you think did it. I can’t recommend this book enough. Get the book, it is a fun, fast, action packed story.” –Relleman
Much thanks again, Relleman, for the review!
Do you want to know who killed Blaze? Who is that elusive DevilMan? All your questions will be answered in the conclusion of Anti-Heroes: Witch Wars, book six of our young adult serial. Watch for the release any day now! And we’ll also have a sneak peek at the final series cover coming soon.
“I am very much enjoying this story. Great characters, lots of action, just blazing fun. I’m always sorry when it ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment!”
Thanks again, Lily! We’re thrilled by the responses to our serial. Magic Man is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Click the book cover below to read an excerpt and for all buy links.
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“I love superheroes that turned bad. Especially like these kinds. Will defiantly buy the next book in the series. Worth reading if you love people from the dark side.”
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Magic Man (Anti-Heroes Book V)
Louise Bohmer & K.H. Koehler
About: In Anti-Heroes Book V: Magic Man, the Geek Squad learn some shocking and hard truths, Jinx and Serena grow closer, Nikki finds romance, and the Supervillains face their greatest battle of all with Serena’s uncle!
Excerpt: Serena counted thirty or forty winged gargoyle specks on the horizon before finally giving up and swearing under her breath. They were a huge, nasty looking lot, and something told her she and her friends were in for a bad time of it this sunny afternoon.
“Holy shit,” Jinx said, coming abreast of her and pushing back the hood of his hoodie. “Are those what I think they are?”
“No, they’re a flock of seagulls. What do you think, genius?” Isaac said, slapping Jinx on the shoulder and nearly crumbling the smaller boy to the ground.
Jinx grumbled in response, rubbing his smarting shoulder.
“Um…” Nikki had finally joined them, and she was pointing off to the far end of the fairgrounds where the screeching gargoyles were skimming lower and reaching for a group of kids from their school who were standing by the funnel cake vendor. The moment the kids spotted the threat, they dropped their treats and stampeded away in a panic. One of the gargoyles tilted his wings and snatched at a longhaired girl who had lagged behind her group. She immediately started screaming and dropped to the ground, cold, grey, and as motionless as a statue.
“Did I just see what I think I saw?” Isaac said, his eyes wide.
“Damn, I didn’t know they could do that,” Jinx admitted. He yanked on the cords of his hoodie like he wanted to disappear inside it Kenny McCormick-style. “Did you guys know they could do that?”
Serena thought back to her date with Harrison, when the two of them had first encountered the gargoyles. She remembered how they’d touched people and turned them to stone right before her eyes. She’d used her Grey Magic to battle them and Harrison had used his powers to help her fight them off. But now wasn’t the time to mention that to her friends. Now was the time for quick action. “I think the question is, what are we going to do about it?”
“Serena’s right,” Nikki said. “The Supers aren’t here to help anyone. We’re all these kids have got.” She dropped the red pleather jacket she wore. Under it she wore her favorite black mini, thigh-high stockings and knee-high combat boots. With a determined glance their way, she started to transform. Seconds later her eyes had reddened and her skin had turned a glossy ebony color, though her hair remained the same white-blonde cornsilk, a flaming pale contrast to the rest of her. Her wings shushed forth like two black sails, and the new creature, a combination of Nikki and Nix, said in a lilting, snake-like voice, “Let’s show those creeps what we can really do!”
With that, she rocketed off toward the opposite end of the fairgrounds.
Serena turned to Jinx with a brave smile. “Let’s do it.”
Jinx gave her an arch look. “Go rescue a bunch of kids we don’t know who hate our guts and will probably blame us for this too?”
“That’s the plan.”
He grinned, suddenly looking very handsome and dashing, and shed his own hoodie so he could stretch his wings and shoot off into the air. The earthbound Isaac and Serena exchanged a nod and a smile and raced off toward the crowd of frightened kids.
While Jinx and Nikki met the hoard of gargoyles head-on in mid-air, Serena concentrated on racing to the nearest cluster of kids. Already a number of them had fallen to the ground and lay there like chiseled statues. She stared at them in horror, wondering if they were dead or just in some kind of suspended animation. She feared the former rather than the latter.
As soon as she was among the survivors, she stopped and raised her hands, calling on the Grey to form an impenetrable shield even as four gargoyles descended on her all at once, their claws reaching for her, toothy mouths gaping in hellish screams.
“No!” she cried and pushed out at them. The shield went from a dull, gunmetal grey to bright white. When the gargoyles hit it, they immediately bounced back, but Serena quickly learned that she could step outside her own shield. She looked in at the kids huddled together under the umbrella of her power and said, “Stay there! I promise you’ll be safe!”
She quickly raced to the next cluster of kids, who were under siege by no less than seven ugly gargoyles. The brutes were being held off by no more than Isaac’s quick thrusts as he punched at them to keep them away.
“Lemme give you a hand, big guy,” she said as she weaved another glistening dome of light over the small group of screaming kids.
Stick with our young adult series, because our next book, Book 6: Witch Wars, will wrap everything up, and rock your world (literally!). And keep checking the site for sneak peeks at the covers for Book 6 and the complete collection!
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