Be My BansheeMy family is full of witches at least five generations back. I gave up counting after getting through that many. I am the only daughter of a witch who is married to a non-witch. My grandmother was a witch and so is my aunt. There are so many witches in my family living in the Wilmington, North Carolina area that I had to move to Norfolk, Virginia.

I love to see my family but they don’t approve of my lifestyle. I run a small private detective agency that helps people outside the norm such as other witches, werewolves, shifters – that kind of thing. It can be difficult living and blending in with suspicious non-magic users. My agency takes on clients who benefit from us having a foot in each world.

That’s the part my family doesn’t get.

Witches are supposed to be earthy and full of natural magic. That’s what my mother says anyway. She doesn’t like my purple convertible and some of the spells I use. She thinks of them as ‘fast’. Really? In this day and age?

My boyfriend, John, who was also my partner in the detective agency, was killed a few days ago. It was a violent, brutal death – especially for a werewolf. I mean, what is strong and savage enough to kill a wolf?

Since then I’ve been focused on finding his killer and to do that, I have to find someone else to work with. I’ve had other wolves, cat shifters, witches, even a ghost or two that were interested in working for me. None have measured up.

But I’ve met my first banshee and I think she might be exactly what I’m looking for. She’s strong and focused. She has a thing about finding some man named O’Neill but I think we can work around that issue.

The biggest problem is to keep her from moaning. I swear she’s gonna bring the roof down on my head!

You can read more about Sunshine in Be My Banshee, the first book in the NEW “Purple Door Detective Agency” mystery series, published by J Lavene.

About Be My Banshee

Sunshine Merryweather is a young witch with a passion for colorful clothes and good food. She is the owner/operator of the Purple Door Detective Agency. Her partner, John, was brutally murdered three days ago, and she won’t stop until she finds his killer.

Aine is only interested in one thing when she walks into the building with the purple door-locating the last man alive in the branch of the O’Neill family she haunts as a beane sidhe. She has been asleep for 200 years in a ruined Irish castle and realizes that the world has moved on without her. She needs to find the O’Neill heir and encourage him to start a family or she will pass from existence when he dies.

Sunshine sees a potential partner when she looks at the powerful beane sidhe – they could be the next Dynamic Duo! But Aine isn’t interested in Sunshine’s schemes – until the witch agrees to help her locate O’Neill. Even then, it will be a short-term association at best from Aine’s point of view. She has no need of witchcraft.

Neither woman is aware of the danger they face as an ancient assassin stalks the old port city of Norfolk, Virginia. It will take more than simple witchcraft or beane sidhe magic to stop the killer. They will have to work together and combine their talents.

But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?

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About the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.

They have written and published more than 70 novels that are sold worldwide for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets—Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.

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