Mysteria

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Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was “accidentally” founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural—a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It’s a town like any other town, where the high school’s Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not ...

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Overview

Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was “accidentally” founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural—a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It’s a town like any other town, where the high school’s Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not exactly what you are—at the local bar, and where the wishing well actually lives up to its name.

Strange occurrences happen every day, but now the ladies of Mysteria are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that will have tongues wagging for centuries to come…

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Editorial Reviews

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The dramas of Wisteria Lane are nothing compared to those in the small town of Mysteria, a refuge for faeries, demons, werewolves, and more. This magical town is the setting for four original stories of paranormal love and seduction by MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, P. C. Cast, and Gena Showalter.

In this lively anthology, unusual problem meets unusual solution. Harmony Faithfull is the failed new minister in town in Susan Grant's "Mortal in Mysteria." Then a naked demon lands in her garden and attracts not just Harmony but all the faithful. MaryJanice Davidson's "Alone Wolf" stars Cole Jones, literally a lone wolf in search of a home, who falls for the local realtor, Charlene Houtenan, and the first (haunted) house he sees. A lovesick witch, Genevieve, and the object of her desire, the very crazy-making Hunter Knight, are the fated couple in Gena Showalter's "The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them." When Hunter succumbs to her love potion number13, he finds a love worth dying for. In "Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)Wolf" by P. C. Cast, a burned-out high school teacher who has had it with marriage after five failures finds unexpected magic with a former student, hunky werewolf Justin Woods. Ginger Curwen
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Splitting the difference between Desperate Housewives and The X-Files, this paranormal romance brings magic and monsters to the steamy suburbs in four satisfying novellas about the town of Mysteria. Bestseller Grant kicks off the volume with the story of the demon responsible for leading a group of supernatural settlers to establish Mysteria, a Colorado haven for the paranormal. Centuries after his "random act of demonic kindness," Satan casts the demon out of Hell, naked and mortal, to be discovered, sheltered and eventually loved by the town's female pastor. Gena Showalter's contribution is the most lusty of the bunch, following a hunky psychic who has visions that the witch he's desperately in love with will be the death of him. In P.C. Cast's novella, a frustrated high school teacher, descendant of the only nonmagical founder of Mysteria ("Her magic worked like her marriages. Not at all"), is pursued by a young werewolf she used to teach. Bestseller MaryJanice Davidson follows another werewolf, this one in the market for a house which turns out to be haunted by a sarcastic ghost in an enjoyable but underdeveloped episode. There's magic, heat and lots of laughs in these loosely conjoined stories, and it's obvious the authors had a great time putting the book together; the growing audience for paranormal romance should have nearly as good a time reading it. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425211069
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Series: Berkley Sensation Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 827,679
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Award-winning author P. C. Cast is a dynamic, entertaining orator and an extraordinary teacher. Currently, her realm is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her spoiled cat, Patchy Poo the Pud, and her stubborn Scottie dogs, better known as The Snotties.

Biography

Reading the coyly self-deprecating autobiography on her web site, one gets the distinct impression that MaryJanice Davidson does not have the slightest interest in talking about herself. Perhaps it's because she simply doesn't have the time. Prolific does not begin to describe this chart-busting dynamo, the author of four bestselling series and literally dozens of novellas and short stories.

A writer with a few romances and YA novels to her credit, Davidson had tried for years to interest publishers in her idea for a humorous, tongue-in-cheek vampire romance. After dozens of rejections (and assurances that there was no market for paranormal!), she submitted her manuscript for publication online. An editor at a New York publishing house downloaded the story, was royally entertained, and contacted Davidson to acquire the print rights to Undead and Unwed. On the spot, she was offered a three-book contract.

When Undead and Unwed and its wry sequel, Undead and Unemployed, were released in early 2004, not one, but two stars were born: Davidson and her irresistible protagonist, the reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor. A smart, sassy, 27-year-old secretary, Betsy is killed in a freak car accident and wakes up (so to speak) to discover that she is not only a vampire but the much-prophesied Queen of the Undead. Readers loved Davidson's wry take on vampire literature, a genre long distinguished by its gothic self-seriousness. Betsy, with her smarty-pants attitude and passion for designer shoes, is one vampire queen who owes more to Sophie Kinsella than to Anne Rice.

While Davidson has continued to produce more Undead novels, she has also found the time to launch three other romantic fantasy series featuring 1.) a hybrid mermaid named Fred, 2.) an eccentric family of Alaskan royals, and 3.) a cyborg spy. All are infused with her trademark wit and imagination. In addition, she and her husband, Anthony Alongi, have written the Jennifer Scales series, originally marketed to young adults and re-released as fantasy fiction for all ages. Davidson also remains one of the most popular writers of paranormal romantica; her short stories and novellas appear regularly in anthologies.

Good To Know

Davidson is not the only one in her family to achieve fame. Her mother once broke the world record for target shooting.

Before she devoted her time to chronicling the love lives of vampires and werewolves, Davidson was voted Miss Congeniality in her high school.

Even though Davidson is one of the most popular writers of modern monster fiction, in real life she is actually terrified of the undead. In fact, she is currently holding a contest on her web site asking readers to put together a twelve-step program to help her get over her fear of zombies!

As she writes on her website, Davidson lived a transient life as a young girl. Her father's career in the U.S. Air Force led her to live in such disparate locales as Guam, Mississippi, and North Dakota. As she grew older, her life in the working world was just as restless as her childhood. She tried her hand at everything from waitressing to modeling to editing to a stint as a medical test subject (!) before settling on a career as a bestselling novelist. These days, her life may be a bit more settled, but it has hardly slowed down.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Davidson

"I'm a former model -- worst job ever, honestly."

"I'm a gigantic sushi hog -- it's pretty much my favorite meal."

"The more terrible and groaningly awful a horror movie is, the more I like it."

"Um, I like bubble baths? Seriously. I know that sounds like something a Playboy Bunny would say, but I really do."

"I like taking my kids to new restaurants and encouraging them to try new dishes -- we did "Dim Sum" just the other day."

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    four enchanting paranormal romantic novellas

    ¿Mortal in Mysteria¿ by Susan Grant. Demon brought the supernatural settlers to Mysteria, Colorado centuries ago. For showing kindness, an outraged Lucifer kicks Demon out of his hell sanctuary to live and die in Mysteria. Pastor Harmony finds the naked Damon and nurtures him back to health even as they fall in love to Lucifer¿s chagrin. --- ¿Alone Wolf¿ by MaryJanice Davidson. Cole the Werewolf literally followed his nose to the house for sale in Mysteria. However, he is taken aback by his reaction to realtor Char although she failed too mention his roommate Rae the ghost, but also likes river nymph Potameides. Confused so is Cole. --- ¿The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them¿ by Gena Showalter. Psychic Hunter knows life stinks as he loves Genevieve the witch and he senses she loves him too. However, love hurts when you en vision that the woman you love will prove to be the cause of your death his visions are 100 percent guaranteed. --- ¿Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)Wolf by P.C. Cast. High school teacher Candace not candy Cox teaches high school students who are all descendents of the paranormal she is the offspring of the only purebred mortal family in Mysteria. Now one of her former students twenty-seven years old Justin a werewolf declares he loves her, but she has taught school almost as much as he ahs lived so though attracted to him she has age doubts. --- These four enchanting paranormal romantic novellas connected by the center of eeriness Mysteria, Colorado will elate sub-genre fans. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Fun but not a keeper

    Not a bad read overall but deffinetly not a keeper. The idea was good but the stories just weren't developed enough.

    The first, Susan Grant's "Mortal in Mysteria", had to set up the premise so it started slow but ended up really good but it just ended to quick. I liked the story it just needed more.

    The second, MaryJanice Davidson's "Alone Wolf", was just blah. It didn't flow, it didn't make much sense and wasn't intereting. The character were very choppy. From just this piece I don't think I would read anything else from this author.

    The last two, Gena Showalter's "Witches of Mysteria and The Dead Who Love Them" & P.C. Cast's "Candy Cox and The Big Bad Werewolf", were my favorites. They were interesting, had a plot, romance, humor and I didn't feel like I was left hanging. They also fit together the best of all four.

    I read this just due to PC Cast being one of may favorite authors and again I loved her story in here. This is deffinetly not her best work by any means but I did enjoy it. I also enjoyed Gena Showalter's enough to pick up a few of her other books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    So lame

    All the stries seemed like they were written by children. Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Mysteria Anthology (2006) ¿ Mortal in Mysteria (Susan Grant), Al

    Mysteria Anthology (2006) – Mortal in Mysteria (Susan Grant), Alone Wolf (Mary Janice Davidson), The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them (Gena Showalter), Candy Cox and the Big Bad (Were)Wolf (P.C. Cast)




    As with all Anthologies some you like all the stories and some are all over the place.  Despite what I am going to rate them I actually did kind of like all of them to some degree. But that said they were all over the place for me. I know for sure I have read GS and MJD and like them. I am not sure if I previously read the other two. As having 4 stories in 1 book makes them fairly short and not every writer writes as well in this length I wouldn’t make any judgment on whether or not you like any of the authors on their one story. Not wanting to ruin anything with a spoiler I think the short blurb about each in the book is all you need as far as a description goes to explain the story for this shorter length.
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    The Introduction sets things up well. This would be one very interesting town to live in. No boredom here for sure.
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    The first entry by SG is ‘Mortal in Mysteria’. It ranks 3 stars IMO. Interesting and totally original. I loved both the H and h and thought things came together well in the story. It was a lovely story showcasing both compassion and a few lovely souls with a beautiful ending.
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    Mary Janice Davidson and ‘Alone Wolf’ was different.  You could picture all the characters well and I liked them all. Even though I did like them I couldn’t really get into the H as he was a bit limp (if you read the story you will understand). The whole thing was kind of disjointed and didn’t really fall together as well as I expected when starting this. I hate to do it but think 1 star is all I can reasonably give this.
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    Seeing as Gena Showalter was next I expected things to get much better. While it did get better the story only gets a 2 from me (but edging toward 3). The H of the story makes both himself and the h miserable. Yes, it was for a reasonably good reason but the h didn’t know it and for how strong she was supposed to be she took it lying down way to long. The H secrecy kept them together when they could have been way farther apart but it also made the end seem way to quick. 
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    So, I am almost sure I never read P.C. Cast (although she is on my TBB list). The story starts out fairly strong. Good characters fleshed out well so that they are clear in one’s mind. The initial meeting of the H and h was well done and things seemed to be moving right along. Toward the end you get a terrible conflict and in that short length wonder how well it can be resolved. This is when the story goes from the 4 you think it will be toward a 5. It is so beautiful and touching how things get resolved you will want to re-read this part a few times.  This is a well- rounded and full story both about not settling (living life not just existing) and how one can be strong alone but be amazing together sometimes.
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    I am glad I read all of them even if they weren’t as good as expected at times. The last one just blew my mind about this anthology.  Happy reading everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Lovely for a Hopeless Romantic

    absolutely great :)

    my least fav was the lone wolf story, and my fav the first story about the Demon gone good. I wish that one had lasted longer.... but the other novellas were beautifully written with love as the eye catcher. beautifully written to say, at the very least, to love and love again.... I loved them... I wish theyd made individual Mysteria books out of them :)

    great read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    Highly reccomend it even if you're new to the series. You'll jump right in.

    These authors really kept it fun reading. The interaction between characters and the stories will keep you interested cover to cover. Great job ladies. I read it because of one of you but became a fan all the rest of you in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

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    You should read this!

    I loved the stories and the writing was great =]

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Crap

    The only story worth reading was Gena's. In fact the second story was so horrible that I almost did not even finnish the book. Worst anthology EVER

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Fun Read

    Worth the money. Fun stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

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    Well Done!

    I completely enjoyed this book! I love MJD characters, which is what prompted me to purchase this, and was thrilled by the other writers as well. I will definitely look for more Gena Showalter books and add her to my list of fun authors.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Greatness!!!

    This book is definitely going in my favorites collection. Before reading this book, I had only heard of PC Cast and MJD but now I think I'm going to have to add two new authors to my list because their stories were the best ones! I was a little disappointed in MJD's story but it wasn't horrible just not up to par with the others. I can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Wonderful!!

    The short stories are perfect!!! P.C. Cast's and Gena Showalters stories were the best! I couldnt put it down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Been there done that, save your money

    Hmmm, save your money and do not bother with a trip to Mysteria. The first story is okay, but the only Wyndham appearance is a visit to the front door retold by a character. The other stories are at best, a good idea lacking flesh, bone, and interest. Most disappointing....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Deja Vu

    I was slightly disconcerted to realise that I had read parts of three these novellas before. MJ Davidson provides us with an all new werewolf tale( with a little Wyndham input),but the remaining 3 novellas are all greatly expanded stories from Triskelions Bewitched,Bothered & Bevampired. If you have read the original,don't be put off,because all of these stories are enjoyable, & much improved by their authors revisiting/revision. Great Summer reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Best Paranormal in a long time!

    I loved how all four stories have characters that are mentioned in the other stories. I'd like to know what happened with Charlene and Cole. I think it would be great to go back to this town in say thenty years and see how the kids of the main characters are coping.

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