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The Beguiler: Fantasy Romance, February 28

Coming February 28, 2017 from Venus Ascending, The Beguiler by Suzanne Jackson.

Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.

Men known as Rangers capture witches and hand them over to the public hangman to be hanged or burned, according to the law.  Or so most people believe.  But a secret branch of the Ranger organization conducts an illegal traffic, selling the most talented witches as slaves to wealthy families.

Betrayed by her brother, Rebecca flees her village, only to fall into the hands of Nicholas Jarrett  — witch trader, failed Ranger. At his country estate, he teaches her a new form of magic, less easy to detect.  But his motives are far from pure.  Once Rebecca completes her training she’ll be sold: profit for Nicholas and money for the Rangers.

But when Rebecca shows an unexpected talent for Beguiling, Nicholas feels his power over her — and over his own feelings — slipping away.

And his growing attraction for her, and Rebecca’s for him, may destroy them both.

Suzanne Jackson has written a darkly enchanting tale in the tradition of Jane EyreWuthering Heights, and other classics of gothic romance.  In February 2017, prepare to be beguiled!

Venus Ascending Signs a New Fantasy Novel

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For our second acquisition of the year at Venus Ascending I am proud to announce a darkly romantic fantasy by debut novelist Suzanne Jackson .

Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.

Witches like Rebecca fear Rangers — men with an ability to repel their magic — because Rangers capture witches and hang them. At least, that’s the law. But not all those convicted of witchcraft end up on the gallows. Traders secretly sell them. Rangers take others to be drained of their magic — a slow and painful death for the witch.

Betrayed by her own brother, Rebecca flees the village . . . only to fall into the hands of Traders. Instead of taking her back to face the gallows, as she expects, they spirit her away to Tarmain, a luxurious estate in the country.

Nicholas Jarrett —Trader, failed Ranger — insists that Rebecca remain there as his guest. But Rebecca knows better: she is his prisoner, and Nicholas her gaoler. He intends to train her in a magic more powerful, less easy to detect. His reasons, however, are hardly altruistic. Rebecca will be sold: profit for himself and money for the Rangers.

But will his growing attraction to Rebecca, and hers to him, destroy them both?

Look for it in late spring or early summer.