The Shadow Realm

Hailey: The Necromancer (A Shadow Realm Origin Novella)

Hailey Devareaux, an inexperienced Necromancer with a fear of death, couldn’t care less what the world had to offer her. A year after her mother’s death, Hailey has lost interest in being a Necromancer and taking over as rightful leader of the clan. When her clan receives a cryptic letter, it’s up to Hailey to go on a dangerous quest to restore the veil and save her people.

While moping around in the cemetery the day after the Day of the Dead, Hailey met Bobby; if only she had realized he was dead before she started talking to him. Robert “Bobby” Duval died one year ago. When he died, the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest. It should’ve been easy for him to cross over, but something kept him from doing so, and now, he’s stuck. With a promise to help Bobby cross over after she has fulfilled her mission, Bobby joins Hailey, and together they begin to understand her powers.

Will Hailey give up her bitterness against the craft and her own fear of death, and forgive herself in order to embrace her power? Will she be able to help save the supernatural community by sealing the veil once more?

***This story was ORIGINALLY INCLUDED in the Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection as Supernatural Chronicles: The Necromancers (#7). Hailey's story will now be the first of 4 origin stories leading up to a new series. Slight alterations were made for the continuity of the stories but otherwise is the SAME STORY.

JAX: The Doppelgänger (A Shadow Realm Origin Novella)

My grandfather took many secrets—secrets involving me—to his grave. Now, it seems he’s haunting me from beyond; although for a Necromancer like him, that might not be too hard. I wouldn’t know. I have a different set of unique and unwanted… talents.

I had never invested in relationships outside the ones I already have: a tight group of girls with their own special abilities; a Voodoo priestess; and my grandfather, RIP. Having anyone else in my life would just be too complicated. But then Bast showed up with his fierce blue eyes like a crystal-clear lake on a winter’s day. He was something I definitely hadn’t planned for. Same for his powers, which interact with mine in unexpected ways.

To me, the gift I was born with is truly a curse. Being involuntarily ripped from my current reality to another place, appearing in the form of another person’s image is not my idea of a good time. 

But this curse is something the Shadow Realm wants. And with the help of my friends and my grandfather’s spirit, I need to find out how to stop it before it’s too late… for all of us.

My name is Jax, and I am a Doppelgänger. Don’t you wish you were one, too?

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Jax is the second installment in the origin mini-series leading up to The Shadow Realm series. Will Jax and her friends be able to find any answers before she is not only ripped from her own physicality but thrust into the world of shadows?

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