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Mysteria [Mass Market Paperback]

MaryJanice Davidson , P. C. Cast , Gena Showalter , Susan Grant

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July 5 2006 Berkley Sensation

Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was “accidentally” founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural—a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It’s a town like any other town, where the high school’s Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not exactly what you are—at the local bar, and where the wishing well actually lives up to its name.

Strange occurrences happen every day, but now the ladies of Mysteria are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that will have tongues wagging for centuries to come…

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (July 5 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425211061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425211069
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Splitting the difference between Desperate Housewives and The X-Files, this paranormal romance brings magic and monsters to the steamy suburbs in four satisfying novellas about the town of Mysteria. Bestseller Grant kicks off the volume with the story of the demon responsible for leading a group of supernatural settlers to establish Mysteria, a Colorado haven for the paranormal. Centuries after his "random act of demonic kindness," Satan casts the demon out of Hell, naked and mortal, to be discovered, sheltered and eventually loved by the town's female pastor. Gena Showalter's contribution is the most lusty of the bunch, following a hunky psychic who has visions that the witch he's desperately in love with will be the death of him. In P.C. Cast's novella, a frustrated high school teacher, descendant of the only nonmagical founder of Mysteria ("Her magic worked like her marriages. Not at all"), is pursued by a young werewolf she used to teach. Bestseller MaryJanice Davidson follows another werewolf, this one in the market for a house—which turns out to be haunted by a sarcastic ghost—in an enjoyable but underdeveloped episode. There's magic, heat and lots of laughs in these loosely conjoined stories, and it's obvious the authors had a great time putting the book together; the growing audience for paranormal romance should have nearly as good a time reading it. (July)
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About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Award-winning author P. C. Cast is a dynamic, entertaining orator and an extraordinary teacher. Currently, her realm is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her spoiled cat, Patchy Poo the Pud, and her stubborn Scottie dogs, better known as The Snotties.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I finally bought it. Aug. 2 2006
By H. Gracia - Published on
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I had debated about buying this book even though I had been looking forward to its release. Some of the early reviews put me off but I'm glad I finally bought it and read it. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. I guess I was able to overlook some of the other criticisms of story continuity, etc. I'm sure that this is a challenging type of book to write with 4 different authors having to weave some continuity into several main characters. Suffice to say that I think if anyone is hesitating due to some reviews that they should give this book a chance. I couldn't stop reading it once I got it and was very entertained by all of the stories.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I had hoped for..... July 10 2006
By Deborah Wiley - Published on
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Welcome to MYSTERIA, a town founded by a group of supernatural rejects after an unexpected random act of kindness by a demon....

Susan Grant opens the anthology with "Mortal in Mysteria" which follows up on Lucifer's punishment of the demon who perpetrated the random act of kindness. The demon, appropriately named Damon, lands naked before Harmony Faithfull, pastor of an empty church in Mysteria. Damon is willing to settle into a mortal lifestyle with Harmony but will Lucifer give up that easily?

"Mortal in Mysteria" is an excellent beginning for the anthology as Susan Grant portrays the town well. Her vivid descriptions of Lucifer's attempts to attack Damon are hilarious. The scene with Annabelle O'Cleary is both humorous and poignant as it demonstrates the resiliency of children, even against flying monkeys!

"Alone Wolf" by MaryJanice Davidson chronicles the story of werewolf Cole Jones' attempt to find his place in this world. Having survived a series of foster homes (some worse than others), Cole finds a home in Mysteria- only to find it inhabited by the prickly ghost, Rae. He meets the love of his life, Char Houtenan, but she has a secret that will limit their time together.

MaryJanice Davidson's entry had a lot of potential with the concept of a werewolf surviving the foster care system and a very entertaining ghost! However, the plotline quickly became confused with a variety of secondary characters who were interesting but diverted too much attention away from the core story. Queen Potameides Naiad was intriguing but the details of her story had little relevance and would perhaps be more enjoyable in a separate, fully developed story.

"The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them" by Gena Showalter is about witch Genevieve Tawdry and her obsession with psychic vampire slayer Hunter Knight. Hunter is also attracted to Genevieve but knows that a romantic entanglement with her will lead to his death. Genevieve is willing to try anything, however, and Hunter will have to decide if she is worth dying for.

Gena Showalter paints a fabulous portrait of a desperate woman. Unfortunately, the character of Genevieve is not as likeable as this reviewer would have hoped. Romeo was an enjoyable secondary character, however, and one this reviewer would like to read more about!

"Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)wolf by P.C. Cast concludes this anthology with the love story of non-magical teacher, Candice Cox, and her former student and werewolf, Justin Woods. Candice wants nothing more than to finish her master's degree so she can escape teaching those horrid high school (team mascot, the Fighting Fairies!) teenagers! Instead, Candice and Justin discover their own brand of magic while finding themselves in the process.

P.C. Cast's story is perhaps the cleverest of the anthology. Candice's references to teaching high school will resonate with anyone who has spent time with a teenager and the vet scene is a classic! The concept of a teacher dating a former student will make some uncomfortable, but Justin is hardly just out of high school and Candice is very open about her own discomfort with the situation.

Overall, MYSTERIA had some excellent moments but at times appeared as if something was missing. Only after finishing it did this reviewer realize that all four stories are drawn from the anthology BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, AND BEVAMPYRED, and this may explain some of the confusion. Fans of this genre will probably enjoy MYSTERIA but this is a rather disappointing effort by four exceptional and very talented authors, all of whom are on this reviewer's auto-buy list.

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more! July 28 2006
By Romance Lover - Published on
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This was a fun anthology. I simply loved it! I enjoyed all the entries but I have to admit Susan Grant's story about the demon was my favorite. I laughed and even shed a tear. I hope these authors get together again and do more stories in this enchanting town.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sensual Romance with Humor Aug. 10 2006
By Margaret L. Carter - Published on
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These authors, along with many others, contributed to BEWITCHED, BOTHERED & BEVAMPYRED, published by Triskelion [...], a volume of interconnected funny (in fact, blatantly silly) stories set in a village inhabited by eccentric creatures of many different supernatural persuasions. The second volume will be released by Triskelion in October. The town of Mysteria is a slightly more serious treatment of the same concept, although still with a lot of humor. A wagon train of supernatural refugees from mundane civilization founded Mysteria, Colorado, in pioneer days. Now it remains a place where no people or creatures, however strange, are turned away, as long as they behave peaceably. The tales stand alone, although each contains an occasional allusion to the others. I found all four entertaining and emotionally satisfying. In Davidson's "Alone Wolf," Charlene, a real estate agent with an unfortunate secret built into her genes, sells a haunted house to a werewolf. In Gena Showalter's "The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them," Genevieve, a member of a family of triplets who are all witches, begs a love potion from one of her sisters for a single night of passion with the man she loves, who has so far inexplicably shunned her--with predictably chaotic results, including a fatal encounter with demonic flying monkeys. P. C. Cast's "Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)Wolf" stars a refreshingly mature heroine, high school teacher Candice, age forty, who differs from most residents of Mysteria in being not only non-magic but seemingly anti-magic. She falls in love with a former student in his twenties who happens to be a werewolf. My favorite is the first story, "Mortal in Mysteria," by Susan Grant. Harmony, a young minister, displays never-failing faith and optimism in dealing with her inability to attract a congregation to her newly founded church in the odd but pleasant community of Mysteria. When she prays to God for a sign, a naked man appears out of nowhere at her feet. "Damon" is actually a repentant demon banished from Hell for the crime of repeatedly performing kind deeds. In fact, it was he who rescued Mysteria's founders in the wilderness and guided them to the site of their settlement. He accepts his new mortality with determination to become a good man, a prospect made at the same time both pleasant and tormenting by the mutual attraction between him and Harmony. Naturally, Satan won't leave him in peace and sends assorted monsters and subdemons to attack the town. (That's where the demonic flying monkeys come in.) Needless to say, Harmony and Damon eventually find happiness together. A thoroughly fun and sweet tale! If the other three stories (although they're good, too) had impressed me as much as this one, my rating would have been a 4 or 5. I like the premise of a town inhabited mainly by supernatural beings, and I'm looking forward to the next Mysteria anthology.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Mine Mysteria! July 12 2006
By Kristen Painter - Published on
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What a fun book by a talented bunch of authors! Werewolves, witches, vamps - what's not to love? One can only hope the tales from Mysteria keep on coming.

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