Cursed Luck
eBook & Trade Paperback • May 4, 2021 • ISBN: 978-1-989046-29-6
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Cursed Luck

Kennedy Bennett comes from a long line of curse weavers. For centuries, her family has plied their trade in Unstable, Massachusetts, a quirky small town that’s welcomed paranormal practitioners since the dawn of spiritualism. Kennedy has recently struck out on her own, opening an antiques shop in Boston, where her speciality is uncursing and reselling hexed objects.

Then Aiden Connolly walks into her life with an offer she really should refuse. The scion of a wealthy family of luck workers, Aiden has a scheme to get his hands on the most famous cursed object of all: the mythical Necklace of Harmonia. He’s not the only one after the necklace, though. And he’s not the only one looking for a curse weaver to fix it. Kennedy’s sisters are kidnapped, she finds herself plunged into the underbelly of the magical world where even Aidan soon finds himself in over his head.

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All chapters have now been posted and will remain up until August 13, when they’ll be removed for editing. The ebook and paperback versions will be released May 4, with audio expected around the same time.

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Chapter One

Aiden Connolly is making me an offer I can’t refuse, even when I know I should.  For the past two...

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Chapter Two

This is . . . not what I expected. Those words keep cycling through my head that afternoon as I...

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Chapter Three

I’m home, my mind still churning through my dilemma. I texted and called my sisters leaving Connolly’s office and again...

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Chapter Four

My family hates to call what we do “magic.” That conjures, well, conjuring. Casting spells and manipulating elements, possessing the...

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Chapter Five

I do not follow Connolly into his office. I grab the rest of my stuff and shove it into a...

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Chapter Six

As soon as we step into my apartment, Ellie comes running. Well, her form of running, which is “moving slightly...

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Chapter Seven

“Are you sure I can’t make you a coffee?” Connolly asks as we walk into his office. “Yeah, no. Weirdly...

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Chapter Eight

I want to hit the road ASAP. Roar out of here in hot pursuit of my sisters. Which would require...

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Chapter Nine

I’m standing in my showroom, and I think I’m going to throw up. Double over and vomit, and then curl...

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Chapter Ten

We meet up with Jonathan just outside the city. We’ve decided he’ll take Ellie and return to Unstable to see...

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Chapter Eleven

According to Ani, their trouble started yesterday morning, around the same time Aiden Connolly walked into my life. Our family...

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Chapter Twelve

On Connolly’s GPS, Ani pinpoints the rough area of the hunting cabin. It’s in a forest, not surprisingly. While we...

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Chapter Thirteen

Ani had crawled out through a window after prying off rotted boards, which cost her two fingernails and earned her...

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Chapter Fourteen

When I disconnect, I glance at Connolly, who’s deep in thought. I give him a moment and then clear my...

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Chapter Fifteen

I sit up front, and Connolly drives. He might seem calm, but as a kid I endured the female version...

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Chapter Sixteen

Ellie is in the community room, confined to a makeshift bed, which will need to be washed later. As cool...

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Chapter Seventeen

Connolly walks out of the library and heads straight to his car. “Uh . . .” I call after him....

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Chapter Eighteen

I would love to say that Connolly launches straight into his story after that. He doesn’t. He throws his empty...

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Chapter Nineteen

Escorting Ellie back to Ani is really just an excuse for me to get my thoughts in order—and see my...

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Chapter Twenty

The scratch tickets don’t work as well as I’d hoped. I suppose that’d be too easy. Connolly says he’ll keep...

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Chapter Twenty-one

We reach Vanessa Apsley’s house. And by “house” I mean mansion. Or maybe that’s not the right word either. Estate...

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Chapter Twenty-two

We continue to eat and talk. Vanessa wants more information on Hope’s captor—everything we can give her. She doesn’t know...

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Chapter Twenty-three

When a sound startles me awake, I’m half-hoping it’s another knock at the door . . . and half-hoping it...

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Chapter Twenty-four

“I’d rather we didn’t split up,” Connolly says as we head down the hall. “I understand you won’t want to...

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Chapter Twenty-five

Vanessa lied when she said she didn’t want the Necklace of Harmonia. That’s no surprise. Last night I’d planned to...

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Chapter Twenty-six

The problem with a disrupted sleep is that it doesn’t matter that Vanessa granted me an excellent make-up slumber, my...

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Chapter Twenty-seven

I can’t do this. I don’t know what in God’s name made me think I could. Sure, Vanessa said “black-tie...

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Chapter Twenty-eight

I’ve seen this scene in movies. We’ll go to a curtain or a roped-off entrance, where the uninvited will be...

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Chapter Twenty-nine

I want to say I’ll go to the bar with Connolly, but that’ll look as if I want to eavesdrop...

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Chapter Thirty

That should fix everything, right? Hector has Hope, so all we need to do is . . . What, exactly?...

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Chapter Thirty-one

The crowd rumbles its disapproval as Connolly says, “The necklace is a fake. Look at the gem.” “Speaking of drama,”...

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Chapter Thirty-two

We make our way through the L-shaped pottery exhibit. We’re turning the corner into the base of that L, which...

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Chapter Thirty-three

We ease into the hall. Lars is still on the phone, and there’s nothing to hear even once we reach...

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Chapter Thirty-four

We don’t speak on the way to the car. Connolly has his deep-in-thought face on, and I probably have mine...

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Chapter Thirty-five

Marius lives just outside New York City. Here’s where property value comes into play. Vanessa’s place is midway between Boston...

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Chapter Thirty-six

We settle into the seating area by the fireplace. I take the love seat and Connolly sits beside me, close...

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Chapter Thirty-seven

As we walk, Connolly is on high alert. I glance over to see him noting windows with small nods of...

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Chapter Thirty-eight

“I need to check the stables,” Marius murmurs as he slips from the room. He stops and adds, “We’ll get...

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Chapter Thirty-nine

AUTHOR NOTE: Please remember that this is a first draft. You're going to see an increasing number of what seem...

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Chapter Forty

The first few minutes are awkward. Like introducing superheroes at a cocktail party where they’re wearing their alter ego disguises....

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Chapter Forty-one

Connolly and I are alone in the room with the tea caddy. Once everyone’s gone, he says, “I can leave...

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Chapter Forty-two

I learned about letterlocking as a kid. One of those bits of trivia history buffs stumble over and then dive...

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Chapter Forty-three

I look at Vanessa and Marius. “That was your guess, right? Marius’s brother, Mercury.” Marius’s mouth opens, and I see...

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Chapter Forty-four

Vanessa isn’t going to the uncursing with us . . . and she’s furious about it. This isn’t Havoc’s demand....

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Chapter Forty-five

I’d admired the copy of the necklace at the gala. I don’t do the same for the real one. Yes,...

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Chapter Forty-six

Everyone turns to him. “New deal,” Hector says. “Forget the necklace. You can do what you like with it. But...

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Chapter Forty-seven

A half hour later, we’re in the downtown core of some small city whose name I’ve already forgotten. All that...

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The End!

Thank you for reading! All chapters have now been posted and will remain up until August 13, when they'll be...

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