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Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

(The first book in the Bad Witch series)
A novel by

Robyn Bachar's Bad Witch series blends urban fantasy and romance in a Chicago filled with magic, vampires, shapeshifters and troublemaking Shakespearean fairies.

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Catherine Baker stopped caring about magician politics after the witches threw her out four years ago, convicted of the "crime" of using harmful magic in self-defense. Life as an outcast was nothing new, thanks to her father's wicked reputation, but the injustice left her heart scarred. Especially since she'd been turned in by the man she loved.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian - until now. He still suffers lingering guilt over his role in Cat's exile, and when the old Titania is murdered, Cat is in line to be the next victim. Lex will do anything to keep Cat alive, even if she hates him for it.

Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex's protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe... and win her back. If they both survive.

What reviewers are saying about Blood, Smoke and Mirrors:

"For a debut book, this story has an incredibly strong and funny main character ... and a strange and interesting world of characters. ... If I had to grab one word to describe this book, it would be refreshing. Not like a diet Coke or something that's saccharine and only satisfying in the short term, but refreshing like thinking to yourself, 'Oh, that's new, that's different' while reading a plot that could have turned on a dime into well-trod cliche-land. Bachar keeps the story firmly in the present with a quick and witty narrator, and I kept reading." - Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was a compelling read. Catherine 'Cat' Baker was an authentic and endearing heroine - big butt and all. ...overall, I was impressed and glad that I had the opportunity to discover Robyn Bachar. I'll be looking forward to what she does next. But first I have to get something to eat. I have this insatiable craving for chocolate chip pancakes... " - Paul Goat Allen, Explorations: The Barnes & Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog


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Used availability for Robyn Bachar's Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

Paperback Editions

January 2018 : Paperback

Title: Blood, Smoke and Mirrors
Author(s): Robyn Bachar
ISBN: 0-9963490-2-2 / 978-0-9963490-2-4
Publisher: Robyn Bachar
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Blood, Smoke and Mirrors
Author(s): Robyn Bachar
ISBN: 1-60928-071-7 / 978-1-60928-071-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Blood, Smoke and Mirrors (Bad Witch Book 1)
Author(s): Robyn Bachar
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA