When Suzette (“Suki”) is released from her bottle by two teen girls, she is more than a bit surprised that a Genie of her calibre is beholden to two average high school students. After dealing with dignitaries and noblemen, however, she believes this will be a welcome break.
Until she discovers the teens’ hidden powers and that one will come to possess the Amulet of Pollox, a necklace that contains the secrets from some of the greatest minds throughout history. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one who notices. The Amulet draws the attention of the two powerful and vengeful Demon Gypsies who have pursued Suki through time and will stop at nothing to snatch the girls and the Amulet.
Suddenly, Suki is not just helping the girls navigate high school crushes, she’s safeguarding them from danger unlike anything they’ve ever known. To make matters more complicated, she must also fight her attraction to James – her protector through the ages – whose sudden arrival threatens her resolve and her heart.
A time-traveling Genie and her unrequited love… Demon Gypsies with an insatiable quest for power… And the teen girls whose existence threatens them all. This is the world of “Released,” book one of The Romani Realms series by Mia Fox, a Young Adult trilogy featuring elements of paranormal romance and steampunk.
Mia Fox is a Los Angeles-based novelist who writes across varied genres including contemporary fiction, chick lit, and young adult/new adult. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from U.S.C. followed by a Masters Degree in Professional Writing also from U.S.C.
A lifelong reader and history lover, Mia enjoys infusing her writing with details of the past as she has done in her first book, “Released,” part of the Romani Realms trilogy, which combines paranormal romance with elements of steampunk.
Her follow up book, “Alert the Media,” is based on her previous professional life working as an entertainment publicist. Today, she is happy to leave that world behind her, preferring that any drama in her life is only that which she creates for her characters.
Mia is happily married to her best-friend, a Brit who has inspired her with annual visits to England, an appreciation for dark chocolate, and the blessing of their three children.
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Phineas and Raven burst into Suki’s life with a taste for power and revenge directed at the innocent teens Charlotte and Samantha.
Samantha lay unconscious on the pavement. Her legs were both bent behind her body at distorted, unimaginable angles. Blood oozed from a nasty gash at her temple. The blackbirds immediately descended on her, tag teaming their efforts of lapping up the crimson river and maliciously playing with her hair, pulling and pecking a few strands loose as if wanting to return home with a souvenir of the atrocity.
“Stop it! Get away from her!” the driver of the car stumbled toward Samantha’s body, shooing away those nasty blackbirds into the night sky. “Oh my god, what have I done? Somebody call an ambulance!”He shouted this last plea at the group of neighbors who had assembled to find out what the commotion was about. The crowd grew as police, a fire truck and an ambulance arrived on the scene. Within minutes everyone had a job to do. The police were taking statements, the fire crew worked to remove the fallen tree and the two paramedics tried desperately to save Samantha’s young life.
The two blackbirds flew low, attracted by the carnage. One even dared to swoop in on Samantha’s body yet again. A fireman swatted at the overly zealous bird, which only led it to dive bomb again, extending its talons against his cheek.
“Damn it,” he exclaimed.
“What’s wrong?” one of the paramedics asked, looking up.
“Just some stupid bird actually scratched me.”
“Want me to look at it?” the paramedic asked.
“Nah, I’ll be fine. Just take care of her,” he said motioning to Samantha.
The blackbirds cawed loudly and flew away from the gathering crowd. At the end of the darkened street, they shape shifted back into their bodies, the devastatingly beautiful Raven and Phineas, two demon gypsies who had plagued me for centuries.