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by Linda Grimes

IN A FIX by Linda Grimes

The start of an exciting new urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan, by debut author Linda Grimes

With plenty of humor and a likeable voice, In a Fix is a fresh, lighthearted take on urban fantasy, with crossover potential to paranormal romance fans of MaryJanice Davidson and Katie MacAlister.

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to slip seamlessly into her clients’ lives and get them whatever they want. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

But when her island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings, Ciel suspects getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than she anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors themselves—step in to help, but their priority is keeping Ciel safe. Before long, she’s dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended. Suddenly, facing down a swarm of Vikings seems like her easiest challenge.

In Ciel’s world, it’s not unusual to be the Queen of England one minute and a hot frat guy the next. The most difficult thing to be is herself.

Linda Grimes is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

Praise for In a Fix:

“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing—the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.” —Kirkus Reviews

“…this sparkling series opener… wisecracking, whirlwind romp of a romantic urban fantasy adventure…” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a fresh romantic urban fantasy starring a wonderful heroine whose ability to emit a copycat aura is genetically driven while others like Mark share her skill. The cast is solid especially the lead triangle as Ciel is attracted to both overly protective hunks.” —Harriet Klausner, Genre-Go-Round Reviews

“A fast-paced, sexy romp with characters as original as its intriguing premise!” —Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author of Outlander

“Linda Grimes’s fast paced supernatural debut is fresh, fun, and sexy, and heroine Ciel Halligan faces both the outlandish and the deadly with a perfect balance of equanimity, irreverence, and nerve. I can’t wait to see where her wild adventures lead her next!” —Vicki Pettersson, New York Times bestselling author of The Signs of the Zodiac series


“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist’s spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes’s character-building skills and unusual storyline.” —Library Journal, starred review for In a Fix

In September 2012 Tor published In a Fix and launched a fresh new urban fantasy series that had critics raving and fans begging for more. Now aura adapter Ciel Halligan is back in Quick Fix.

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches--adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?

Linda Grimes is a former English teacher and ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband.

Rights to In a Fix have sold to Minumsa in Korea!

Praise for Quick Fix:

“Snappy storytelling and distinctive characters will keep you turning the pages. As if that’s not enough, the banter between Ciel and Billy is as infectious as their passion is full of sizzle.” —RT Book Reviews