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Into the Mystic, Volume Three

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Nine lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories…

It Started Before Noon – All stories must begin somewhere.

Heart’s Thaw – A frozen heart is no match for ignited passions.

Fire and Brine – Of all the bars in all the world, Alice had to wander into Cassandra’s. Are either of them ready for what comes next?

Dance with Me – Can a werewolf and a vampire put aside their differences
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Paperback, 197 pages
Published May 7th 2018 by Ninestar Press
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Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This is a good collection of paranormal and fantasy short stories. While a few feature bisexual characters, all the stories are about f/f relationships. I have been dealing with a book slump the past few days. Every book I tried starting, just wasn’t working. Then I suddenly got the idea to try reading this short story collection. I figured if I didn’t like one story, chances are I would like the next one. Well, I think it actually worked. Maybe it helped that there wasn’t a single s ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

After finishing Bones and Bourbon I immediately went to see what else NineStar Press had because my curiosity was certainly piqued. I found this anthology that focuses on lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories. This of course interested me as I don’t often get the chance to read fantasy and paranormal with lesbian or bisexual characters. We need more of those.

As this is an anthology and th
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

I’m so happy to review a NineStar Press anthology dedicated solely to female characters and bisexual/lesbian romances. This anthology is definitely a case of “something for everyone.” It gets spicy, sweet, dreamy, and even a little creepy. Here are my separate story reviews.

“It Started Before
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 ☆

I actually hate reviewing anthologies by different authors because it's always so hard to make some general points about the book as a whole. All I can tell you this time, is that it's very much a hit-and-miss. More of a miss, if you're like me...

So we have 9 sapphic short stories, all with supernatural elements. We get vampires, werewolves, sirens, muses, ghosts... The diversity in that department is gr
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Louise
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There was a good range of different paranormal types and tropes in this volume of Into the Mystic -- from whimsical to urban fantasy, werewolves, vampires and sirens. There was also a good range of ... explicitness? Some had little more than hand-holding, some had full-on sex scenes. That might be something some reader will want to look out for. Personally, I wasn't that keen on the raunchier stories (Heart’s Thaw and Dance wit
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Suzanne
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, the book is exactly what I've needed these last few weeks. As with any anthology, some of the stories worked better than others, but it's a really strong addition to the small subgenre of f/f paranormal romance. If it helps you to know, I immediately bought volumes 1 and 2 upon finishing this one.

One of the things that worked well for me while reading the volume over a period of weeks was the variety among these nine stories. Some are close to erotica, some leave it at a kiss. Some are
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K.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
I won't comment on my own story, but boy did I enjoy the others! Creative, clever, fun, sexy, cute, and more, these stories were lovely to read!
Alex
I chose this book to review for The Lesbrary this month, so I'll post my review here after it goes up there.
Rachel Simson
I requested this book on Netgallery as I really enjoy paranormal short story collections, but this is my first experience reading lesbian/bisexual fiction. I realise that is pretty bad, but I just haven’t really came across any before, which tell you a lot about the steps the literature world still needs to come in becoming more modern and having more variety of sexual orientations in their protagonists. As a LGBTQ+ supporter, I am glad Ninestar Press helped me to broaden my horizons by acceptin ...more
Ashley
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not having previously read the last two volumes of the Into the Mystic collection, I wasn’t expecting what I actually go. The cover had me thinking, like time travel, witches, Scottish highlands but that’s not what I got. Now I can say each of these stories were great in their own ways. Some of the authors are now on my list to watch for future work or previous publications.

I have come to realize that there are going to be stories I absolutely love and need an entire novel written about the cha
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Kendra T
This was a collection of lesbian paranormal/fantasy stories. As an overall collection, it was pretty good. I loved some and wasn't overly fond of some, but it was a nice mix. There was some fantasy world vibes in two of the stories, a slight historical feel for a couple of them, and some werewolves and vampires. These were all short stories, and pretty much every story was an HFN with no real feeling of an HEA. As an overall collection, I would give this 3.5 stars, but I'll round up for GR sake. ...more
Nicole Diskin
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: may-2018, 2018-reads
I received this book as an advanced copy from NetGalley and Nine Star press in exchange for and honest review. So here it goes!
Into the Mystic volume three is a compilation of nine Fantasy short stories featuring F/F romances that made my little Bi heart so happy!
Although this is the third volume of such tales because the plots of each story at its core where in no way connected i never felt in the least bit lost and in fact the writting was so well done and the collection so well put together
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Pippa D
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 stars

Well-written and creative lesbian paranormal short stories.

This is a wonderful and creative set of paranormal romances with a decidedly lesbian and queer bent. The range of stories was great; there really is something for everyone in here, and yet each one had something to offer.

I loved jumping into one of these tales each day, with no idea where I’d be taken, and what story I’d land in. It was a joy to read each one of the tales, some quite scary, and some moving, and some with g
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this collection. The mix of fantasy and paranormal and magic and steampunk and love is just beautiful. There's just enough sex to keep it spicy, but not so much that you need some...me time...between stories. The ideas are original and don't follow all the old expected tropes. Yes, there are some classics like vampires and werewolves, but there's a lot of new ground explored too. If you love magic and don't want just another paranormal romance, you'll love this collection too.

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Tessa
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like how knowing authors makes you read books that you otherwise probably wouldn't have found or chosen to read. I generally prefer novels instead of short story collections like these, but I enjoyed reading this all the same. Especially 'It Started Before Noon' and 'By Candlelight' because the settings were so original.
Beth Younge
This was a really hit and miss collection of lesbian and bi-sexual short stories. The ones that stood out for me were "Fire and Brine" and "It Started Before Noon". These two were my favorites and the rest i either read and didn't take in the story or i ended up skipping them all together.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I have a vamp/human lesbian short story coming out in INTO THE MYSTIC Volume 3 this month!

Pre-order: https://ninestarpress.com/product/int...
Request ARC: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...
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