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HALLOWED CIRCLE by Linda Robertson

"It's a rare book that gives you a protagonist you'd like to actually be friends with." -- Tanya Huff, bestselling author of the Blood books

"This urban fantasy has a good plot told in the first person by a feisty heroine with a sense of humor. Well-developed supernatural characters, mystery and a touch of romance add up to an out-of-this-world thriller." (4 Stars) -- RT Booklovers

January 2010
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages | $7.99
ISBN: 9781439156780

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And you think beauty pageants are scary...

Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio coven--now that the former priestess Vivian Diamond has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers--ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to participate, if only to prevent snooty Hunter Hopewell, an obnoxious but talented witch, from ending up in the winner's circle. Can Seph hide her secrets-- including her connection to the master vampire-wizard Menessos-- from the terrifyingly wise judges? Plus, there's her rock'n'roll werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, and some angry fairies to deal with....

Once the competition begins, a finalist turns up dead. It looks as if one of the contestants is willing to do anything--including murder-- to win. Suddenly Seph has even more on her plate than she thought: from solving a murder to working out what her new powers really are . . . and exactly why they're creating so much havoc in her love life.

Don't miss the first of the Circle Series: Vicious Circle

Reviews of Hallowed Circle

"Linda Robertson's first novel, Vicious Circle, was a fun read, and its sequel, Hallowed Circle, is even better. In this second installment, Robertson spins a highly original plot (if this has been done in urban fantasy before, it was in a book I missed!), further develops her characters and the relationships among them, and as an added bonus, passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors... The Eximium is such a unique and fun plot. The murder mystery is compelling, and so is the contest itself, in which five revered crones set challenges for Seph and the other would-be priestesses. Hallowed Circle has two other plotlines running alongside this one; one of them concerns Johnny, and the other deals with the vampire Menessos and a group of ticked-off fairies. "I've often praised authors for creating a sense of place. Robertson creates a vivid sense of time. Hallowed Circle takes place during the Halloween season and it really feels like it, in every detail. "I couldn't put Hallowed Circle down. Between the sympathetic characters, the well-grounded magical lore, and an exciting plot in which nothing is quite what it seems, this is a standout urban fantasy. (4.5 Stars)-- FantasyLiterature.com

"Robertson brings back the magic and mayhem that made Vicious Circle such a great read. Her first-person narrative puts you inside the heroine's head, and the colorful secondary cast adds depth. The witches, vampires, werewolves, and fae live in a realistically portrayed hierarchy. Twists, turns and narrow escapes keep the pages turning." (4.5 stars)--RT Book Reviews

"I thought this series was already good when I read Vicious Circle, but after finishing Hallowed Circle I am now a true fan of author Linda Robertson. She brings exciting characters with a good story line that equals...pure magic. Witches, werewolves and romance...oh my! I enjoyed getting to see Persephone come into her powers and accept her fate more. I really hope she and Johnny work things out as they are a good couple together. Can't wait to see what new obstacles Persephone tackles in the next book."(4 Angels)--Fallen Angels

"FOUR STARS! If you have not read the previous title, Vicious Circle, do not fret. The author gives enough information that you will not feel lost or confused. As with the first book, this title continues the story of magic, corruption, and the paranormal. Readers will find themselves swept off their feet, without the use of a broomstick, and into a dangerous world that is teetering on the edge of a war between the non-humans. Very entertaining!"--Huntress Reviews

"I could not wait to read this book. I fell in love with both the story and the characters after the first book, Vicious Circle. Vicious Circle was the kind of book that startled you into laughing and hooked you on the characters' lives. I had high hopes for Hallowed Circle and Linda Robertson did not disappoint.... Persephone is a character with no small amount of challenges, either personal or professional. However, unlike some female leads, she does not sit around and whine about her problems all day nor does she simply waffle about the decision endlessly hoping for an answer to magically develop. Persephone is smart, decisive, honest, caring and human. She takes a moment to pause and question her life but does not spend six books doing so at the cost of others lives. Johnny is by far my favorite character. I love his ability to make even the most mundane comment into one charged with sexual innuendos. For those of you who have not read this book, this does not make him creepy but is actually rather an endearing quality.

"Robertson writes a very clever novel that incorporates the paranormal, romance, comedy, some Arthurian legends and even some vocabulary lessons... She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to any additional books she has up her sleeve, both in this series and any others."--Good Reads

"I just finished this book, like 10 minutes ago and I'm still coming back down from a intense book high. I loved Book 1, Vicious Circle, and this second installment of the Persephone Alcmedi series just made this series a must buy for me.... As I said on my review of Book 1, this is not a groundbreaking series nor does it reinvent the wheel. But Linda has definitely taken much thats has been proven right and true in the Urban Fantasy genre and made it her own. I love how this series is progressing."--Larissa's Life

About the Author

LINDA ROBERTSON is the mother of four wonderful boys, owns three electric guitars, is followed around by two big dogs, and loves one rockin' fella named Jim. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art, when time permits. Linda is currently the webmistress and Art Director for Strictly 7 Guitars, Jim's seven-string guitar company. She writes and rocks in northeast Ohio. Her website is www.wolfsbaneandabsinthe.com and she blogs about writing and everything from guitars to coffee, Tarot to margaritas.

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