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magic

by Kathleen Costa


Keli Milanni, family law attorney and borderline yuppie, has a secret even her BFF doesn’t know. She is also a Pagan…a “Solitary Wiccan” practicing her faith in private not with a coven. She guards her secret from public scrutiny, since her Wiccan faith could be misconstrued by her associates and friends, and possible derail the budding relationship she has with artist/photographer Wesley Callahan.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Marshall Ryan Maresca


They carry crossbows instead of service revolvers, and two moons shine down on the detectives in the streets of Maradaine, but An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca is a police procedural with paranormal and steampunk rising.

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by Cynthia Chow


Until one of their coven members was murdered and their spell book stolen, the three witches of Wilmington, North Carolina planned on retiring and passing on their duties to a new generation. Air witch Olivia Dunst nevertheless returned in ghost form to help Molly Renard and Elsie Langston find and train the daughter Olivia gave up at birth, only to be surprised by the appearance of Dorothy’s biological father, the infamous Drago Rasmun.

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by Doward Wilson


18 years ago this month, we fell in love with the wonderful world of Witches, Warlocks, Demons, Whitelighters, Ghosts and every evil creature that you can imagine!

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The Good Witch On Hallmark

IN THE October 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


A shadow is seen in the alley. A light is seen in the abandoned house. A new resident arrives peaking interest and suspicion. The Good Witch opens with the town of Middleton enjoying cooler weather, dressing up in fall colors, and prepping for Halloween. Cassandra Nightingale (Catherine Bell) has taken up residence in the formerly abandoned and dilapidated mansion know as The Grey House with a deed and familial connection as the last living relative of the Grey Lady. She also has opened up a little shop called the Bell, Book, & Candle that offers herbs, elixirs, and unique crystals and charms to help with all sorts of maladies, concerns, and difficulties.

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by Cynthia Chow


Darci Merriweather may be a practicing Wishcrafter in Salem, Massachusetts, but it’s not the upcoming Halloween season that has her on edge. What has her aflutter is moving out of her beloved Aunt Ve’s home into the newly remodeled and renovated home—one that she hopes to one day share with Police Chief Nick Sawyer and his daughter, Mia. It’s a change that inspires Aunt Ve to clear out her own garage, where she finds more than just old Christmas ornaments. Ve also finds the skeletonized corpse of her ex-husband Miles Babbage, whom she last saw on their wedding day, thirty years ago.

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by Cynthia Chow


Upon arriving in New Hampshire, no one was more surprised than Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton to discover that she was a witch. Although she had often experienced a “Vibe” of past emotions when entering a new room, it wasn’t until she met the guardian coven witches of Portsmouth that Annabelle learned of her true heritage. Now that her grandmother is returning for a visit to the home she long ago fled, Annabelle hopes to mend the family feud between Grandma B.B. and Anabelle’s witchcraft mentor, Julia Parris.

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by Cynthia Chow



Maggie Park is thrilled that she has finally experienced her Witchy Hour and discovered her life’s journey. It means that at the age of twenty-eight, she can finally stop working in her family’s Louisville, Kentucky, diner. It’s not that she doesn’t love her Mother Nature-esque witch mother or her plant-magical Aunt Meme, but Maggie truly wished to find her own goal and path in life. Since that seems to be working with Interpol’s Secret Keepers of the Universal Laws, Maggie has had to keep her realization on the down-low from her very opinionated relatives.

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by Terrance McArthur



Hanford-born Beth Cato became a personal favorite writer of mine with her steampunk-fantasy-romance-flavored Clockwork Dagger duology. She’s back with a new series, one that I hope will have more than two installments.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Bailey Cates


In the two years since Katie Lightfoot moved from Ohio to Savannah, Georgia, she has been running the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt, gained a boyfriend, and joined a bookclub with women of special interests. Katie also learned that she was a heredity hedgewitch, a lightwitch, and a catalyst for magical events that led to her involvement in five homicide investigations with a sixth on its way.

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by Cynthia Chow


Considering that her familiar is a goblin-gargoyle who transforms into a food-motivated pot-bellied pig, Lily Ivory shouldn’t have been too surprised that his antics would land them in trouble. She never expected that it would arrive in the form of a lawsuit though, one accusing Oscar of head-butting a customer, causing head and neck injuries, and reducing the quality of life.

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Rogue Reviews 2016

IN THE March 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMallory Moad
SECTIONS

by Terrance Mc Arthur,
Lorie Lewis Ham,
& Mallory Moad



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back daily! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! So far we have reviews of Barnacle: A Salty Love Story, The Jekyll and Hyde of Teaching, Unsolved Mysteries , Daring Divas, Mysterium, Art: Why Do We Bother?, Apocalypse Songs, SHEnatra!, NOCO’s Life of a Houseplant, Is Your Therapist Near A Bakery?, Juggle This! , Echoes of White Thunder, Bullshit Is My Native Language, Damn Fine Magic, Les Kurkendaal—Terror on the High Seas, Red Hot Mama, a Sophie Tucker Cabaret, Boomshakalaka, Play It Like Virgil, and Black Wool Jacket.

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by Cynthia Chow


A trip to visit her best friend in Portsmouth, New Hampshire opens up an entirely new world for freelance artist Annabelle Britton. Anna had become accustomed to occasionally experiencing a ‘Vibe’ when walking into a new room or building indicating that an emotionally impactful event recently occurred there. A ghost cat that suddenly appears and disappears though, that is something new.

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Are You Rogueing This Year?

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andMallory Moad
SECTIONS

by Mallory Moad



‘Rogueing’ isn’t a dance move, fad diet, or the latest hip exercise program. Simply put, it’s attending performances at Fresno’s Rogue Performance Festival, commonly known as just “the Rogue.” Although its popularity has continued to increase, there are still people around here who haven’t heard of this showcase of independent performance. If you are a member of that group, you’ve been missing out on one of the most innovative events in Fresno, so keep reading. If you’re a Rogue regular, you know what I’m talking about, but keep reading anyway.

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Rogue Festival 2016: The Mysterium Show

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment
SECTIONS

by Erica Valen


Keith and I grew up on opposite sides of the country – he in the Los Angeles suburbs, and I in rural Pennsylvania. We didn’t know it at the time, but we shared an obsession: scaring our friends and the other kids in the neighborhood with the most elaborate haunted houses we could create.

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by Cynthia Chow


The final release of a movie incorporating footage of their Ghoul Getters reality ghost-busting adventures has opened up new pathways for the paranormally gifted stars. While the production crew pay off loans and tour across Europe, M.J. Halliday and Heath Whitefeather were able to sneak off for an elopement and honeymoon. Gilley Gillespie, paranormal tech wiz and M.J.’s BFF, uses his financial bonus to ‘groomzilla’ out on a wedding to his boyfriend Michel. Considering Gil’s normal state of self-involvement and narcissism, perhaps M.J. shouldn’t have been too surprised that he wouldn’t hesitate to loan out an apocalyptically powerful dagger to further fund his ostentatious wedding plans.

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