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Fire and Cinder

A YA urban fantasy by Christina Bauer

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Meet the Magicorum: modern folks who are supernaturally locked into fairy tale life templates. For eighteen-year-old Elle, that role is Cinderella. Meanwhile, Agatha is her evil stepsister. Things go downhill from there…

Cinderella On The Run

Elle—never call her Cinderella—has found the love of her life in Alec Le Charme, the prince of a jewelry dynasty. But when Alec gets spirited away, Elle must ditch her Manhattan home for the perilous Faerie Lands. To save Alec, Elle must also swap her glass slippers for a flying carpet. But will switching templates from Cinderella to Aladdin snap Elle’s sanity?

Whatever. Bring on the straight jacket. Elle is one Cinderella who’s determined to save her prince, no matter what.

Evil Stepsister or Elf Queen?

Agatha always accepted her role as Elle’s evil stepsister. Then her life template changes from nasty sibling to evil elf queen. Agatha has one thought on that score. Thanks but no thanks. Agatha refuses the regal life, even though stepping away from her crown means ignoring her lifelong attraction to the elf prince, Jacoby.

Then everything changes. Agatha discovers that Elle’s life is at risk… and the only way to save her Cinderella is by teaming up with Jacoby. Trouble is, that’s a lot of togetherness. Working with Jacoby could easily end in disaster, not only for Agatha’s heart, but also for Elle and Alec’s lives.

Fairy Tales of the Magicorum
Modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance
1. Wolves and Roses
2. Moonlight and Midtown
3. Shifters and Glyphs
4. Slippers and Thieves
5. Bandits and Ball Gowns
6. Fire and Cinder
7. Fairies and Frosting

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“Make me a fae door,” I whisper.

Fairy dust pours from my palms. The sparkling bits whirl through the air before whipping across the room and soaking into the far wall. The entire room seems to pulse with power and magic.

And the door starts to form.

Vines crawl up from the floorboards to cover the wall. A stone path stretches out over my rug. Pretty little flowers bud within the display.

A flash of pink light appears in the center of new greenery. When the brightness dies down, there’s a new addition to my bedroom: an emerald-colored door now sits in the middle of this garden display.

It swings open on its own.

Yes! I pump my fist in the air. Who says you need actual training to open a fae door? I wanted to do it. I did it. End of story.

A second flash of pink light appears. When it vanishes, there’s another green door inside the first. All right, that’s not good. Then the process repeats until I’m staring at a seemingly endless passageway of open doors.

Huh. Pretty sure this isn’t how a portal into the Faerie Lands is supposed to work.

Not that it’s a shock. My spells are all wonky at best. Plus, I’ve never cast a door to the Faerie Lands before. This looks legit enough.

This is my chance. I’m going after Alec, no matter what.

I step through the first door, which instantly closes behind me. I pull on the handle of the next door in line. It swings open with ease. When I step across the new threshold, the second door closes behind me.

All right, this is annoying but doable. At some point, I’ll reach the Faerie Lands. So I open the third door and keep going. With every new door, I focus on the same thought.

Alec Le Charme, I will set you free.

And in this moment, anything feels possible.

Best to get going.

I open a door.

And it opens to another door.

Which leads to yet another-nother door.


I’m girl enough to admit it. I got a little carried away back at my apartment. The idea of freeing Alec had me so pumped, I just took off into a clearly malfunctioning fae door spell. I may very well be trapped in some kind of hell where you’re just opening doors for all eternity.

Speaking of which, I open a new door that finally goes to… yay, an actual landscape!

Only trouble is, it’s full of smoke and strangeness. I step deeper into the mist to find the best sight ever. Alec Le Charme.

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About Christina Bauer

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Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. Christina lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby. She loves to connect with her fans at BauersBooks.com.

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