Three Things Thursday #12 1

Warmer weather takes us outdoors to spruce up the garden or fire up the grill, but what if your neighbors are Lycan? Kate Baray stops by to share three reasons you don’t want Lycan Neighbors.

Lycan might bury dead bodies on your property.

But there’s an upside. If they do, they’ll probably dig them up at some point and destroy the, ah, evidence. No one in the Texas Pack knows why, but it’s custom to bury dead bodies immediately, regardless of the eventual, permanent disposition of the body. One theory is that immediate incineration doesn’t allow the remnant magic to part from the body of the deceased and disperse. The magical energy released suddenly on incineration coalesces rather than dispersing, and a ghost is born. No proof exists to support the theory. Yet.

Lycan attack without warning.

Lycan aren’t wolves, nor are they dogs. They’re humans with an ability to assume wolf form. Growls, snarls, and barks are forms of communication, in other words, a warning. Lycan are firm believers in taking every advantage and subscribe universally to the theory: why warn your opponent when you’re planning to slash his throat?

So beware. If you irritate your Lycan neighbor, he’s taking you down silently and without any warning. Helpful hints: Mow your lawn in a timely fashion, don’t play loud music (Lycan have excellent hearing), and don’t exceed the posted speed limit when cruising the neighborhood. Keeping the peace with your Lycan neighbor is the right choice.

Lycan can smell lies.

Your Lycan neighbor asks what you think of his new minivan? Choose your words wisely. Perhaps omit the first truthful words that come to mind—soccer mom—and choose a more judicious, but still honest, comment. Maybe the color is divine or the leather interior to die for. His Lycan wife asks what your think of her new pink do? You’re not a fan, but the truth is a bad idea. Resembling cotton candy might not be
perceived as a compliment. Does the color make her eyes sparkle? Or make her look younger? Be creative; your life might be on the line.

But the best option? Hope your neighbors aren’t Lycan.  =)


Kate Baray CathyCobb-44_75 percentwrites urban & paranormal fantasy, frequently with a romantic twist. She writes and lives in Austin, Texas with her pack of pointers and a bloodhound. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer, but writing is her passion. When she’s not writing, she volunteers with a search and rescue team, sweeps up hairy dust bunnies, and watches British mysteries.


Kate writes the Lost Library series. Books 1-3, Lost Library, Spirited Legacy, and Defensive Magic, are currently available. Witch’s Diary releases April 20, 2015 on Amazon, but is currently available for pre-order.

A romp with Max Thorton becomes more, but Kenna McIntyre’s standing by her tried and true method of dating–she’s moving on. Having successfully dodged Max’s calls and crushed any remaining sparks, Kenna learns that one of their encounters has produced stWitchsDiary-2820x4400artling results–a pregnancy she didn’t believe possible and activation of her fire witch powers.

Can she reconcile her past relationship failures with a future that includes Max–if only as the father of her child? And what about her knitting, crafting, home-body mom who turns out to be a bad-ass fire witch fighting for the good of humans everywhere? Can Kenna be a devoted mom, a crime-fighting daughter, and a newly awakened witch without losing her sanity?

With the help of friends Lizzie and Jack, her shockingly capable mom, and a feisty little magical book that refuses to be silenced, Kenna might just have a shot.


About Akaria Gale

Akaria Gale lives in Brooklyn with her husband, children and a disgruntled cat. She is a native New Yorker, slow cooker enthusiast, hard cider advocate who occasionally finds time to write about the secret world right underneath our noses. One day she hopes to give winter the middle finger and become a beach bum.

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