Black Magic [Watty Awards 2017]
Desdemona Nightingale is on the run.
She's running from the label of a curse branded upon her the moment she was born. She's running from the oppressive rule of her mother, High Priestess of the most influential coven in America. She's running from the vampire who took her captive for months. She's running from the newly awakened darkness inside her, a death sentence hanging heavy over her head just waiting to drop when the secret slips out.
She runs straight into Sixten Fahlström, a witchborn vampire hybrid and self-defense instructor at Salem University for Witches. Returning to Salem with him brings about a whole host of difficulties; a possessive werewolf ex-boyfriend, a nasty roommate, and the constant judgement of those meant to be her sisters. Add to that the vampire captor hounding her every step, and Desdemona just wants to start running again.
As the darkness inside her grows stronger, the only thing between Desdemona and a pyre is the tenuous grasp of her self control. Only one question remains; will she be lost to the darkness, to a pyre, or to the rule of a monster?