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The Fantastic Fluke by Sam Burns


A lost fox. A gorgeous ghost. And an unlikely partnership to stop a murderer.

Since his mother’s murder, Sage McKinley doesn’t live, he exists. His weak magic has made him an outcast, shadowing his life with self-doubt. All that changes when the spirit of a gunslinger appears in his bookstore with a message that will flip Sage’s world upside down. According to the mesmerizing apparition, a powerful magic lies within Sage… if he can find a way to tap into it.

But dastardly threats accompany this untapped power. Bodies are piling high as a killer hunts for the secrets of the mage that now course through Sage’s veins. Can Sage find the confidence to embrace all he’s capable of? Or will the next life snuffed out be his own?

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“I’ve come back from the dead eight times in the last two hundred years,” the man said, and I could feel the exhaustion in his voice. “I promise, I don’t want to be here any more than you want me here, but I know what I’m talking about. You can say you’re nobody all you want, but this fox says otherwise.”

“Foxy?” I demanded, and the creature in question thumped his tail up and down a few times, blinking innocently at me.

The ghost stared for a long moment. “Foxy. You get a fox familiar and name him. Foxy.”

“Oh, he’s not my familiar. I just found him.”

His laughter this time was deep and resonant, and when he looked at me again, there was hesitation, like he was waiting for me to say something else. When I didn’t say anything, he shook his head, eyes wide and mouth open slightly. “You do understand that’s how familiars work, right?”

“Yes, but—” I sighed and gave up, waving him off. “Look, if I were going to find a familiar, it would have been fifteen or twenty years ago. Same with discovering I had some awesome magical power. I’m sorry, but you’re looking for something that doesn’t exist, and you’re looking for it in the wrong place.”

Instead of getting annoyed or telling me how wrong I was, the guy just gave me a smile, and spread one arm over the top of the couch, like he was settling in for the long haul. “I’m Gideon, kid. You got a name?”

“I’m almost thirty years old,” I pointed out, even though mentioning your age only ever served to make you seem younger. “And it’s Sage. I’m sorry I can’t link to your convergence. Oh wow, that sounds like something from a really specialized porno.”

“The hell is a porno?”

Foxy opened his eyes and looked up at me, and I would swear the asshole was amused, brown eyes dancing in the sunlight from the window behind me. I bared my teeth at him, and he pretended to go back to sleep. Shit. Now I got to explain porn to a two hundred-year-old guy.

What even was my life?

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SamBurns-Logo1-FinalAbout the Author:

Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work. Her writing is light and happy, though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.

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