Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors (The Guild Codex: Warped) by Annette Marie & Rob Jacobsen ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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[su_note note_color=”#faf3b5″ radius=”4″]You might think that when a fireball comes blazing toward your skull, your life would flash before your eyes. Mine didn’t. And I was super okay with that. Now wasn’t the time to relive my somber existence. 

An instant before the fireball incinerated my face, Lienna’s voice rang out and a bright blue barrier radiated across the room. The fiery orb of death burst against it, spraying liquid flames in every direction. 

Lienna clutched a wooden Rubik’s Cube, which glowed with the same blue light as the barrier that had saved my ass. And my face. 

Through the mangled doorway lumbered a Dwayne-Johnson-sized Neanderthal. He had to turn sideways to fit his massive shoulders—shoulders crawling with fire—through the frame. He looked less like the Human Torch and more like fiery lava was snaking down his arms. Thick liquid dripped off his fingers and hit the floor, where it ate into the dusty linoleum. 

Interesting. A fire mage? That was my best guess. 

He stalked into the room, accompanied by a leaping inferno and ribbons of smoking lava. Mindless fury twisted his face. 

Lienna lowered her cube, and the blue wall of safety disappeared. My first reaction was that this seemed like an inherently stupid thing to do, but before I could relay my feedback, she pulled a marble from her satchel, shouted an incantation I couldn’t hear over the screaming alarm, and flung it at the intruder. 

The small sphere struck the man with a dull pulse. His fiery veins shrank and went out with a pitiful sizzle, then his entire body relaxed as though someone had shot him full of horse tranquilizer. He staggered back, bumped into the wall, and slid limply to the floor. Lienna retrieved a fresh pair of cuffs from her satchel and fastened them around his wrists. 

The whole thing, from exploding door to unconscious mage, had taken ten seconds, adding more weight to the wilder rumors about Lienna’s mastery of abjuration. The lady was good. 

Without a victory dance or even a fist pump, she picked up the marble, then pulled a set of keys from her satchel, which was beginning to seem like Mary Poppins’s carpetbag. Did she have a coat rack in there too? 

“I’ve never seen a pyromage do that before,” I remarked. 

“Volcanomage,” Lienna corrected as she jammed a key into the lock that bound my cuffs to the table and popped it open. “Follow me.” 

“Hold up a sec! We’re not going out there, are we?” 

The prospect of rushing out into whatever acrimonious chaos was ravaging the precinct didn’t thrill me. If I was right about the involvement of my former pal and fellow inmate Quentin, he was flooding the entire precinct with contagious rage that would only keep building. That’s what empaths did: they made people feel all the feels. In this case, all the “incoherent fury” feels. 

Meaning Vesuvius the Lava Wizard was the first of many, many magical dangers outside the interrogation room. 

Lienna turned toward the door. “We are.” [/su_note]


Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors
by Annette Marie & Rob Jacobsen
(The Guild Codex: Warped #1)
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: August 7th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

My name is Kit Morris, and welcome to my warped life.

Picture the scene: Me, an average guy with psychic powers—not that my abilities are in any way average—just trying to scrape by in a harsh world. So maybe I’ve conned a few people, but did I really deserve to be thrown in MPD jail alongside magic-wielding serial killers?

According to Agent Lienna Shen, one-hundred-percent yes.

But her hardass attitude and “Arcana prodigy” status aren’t enough to bring down my former best friend, who slipped through the MPD’s fingers and is days away from unleashing untold horrors upon the city. Or he’s going to steal something. I don’t really know.

Whatever he’s up to, that’s why I’m sitting in an interrogation room with Lienna. And that’s why I just offered myself as her temporary new partner for the purposes of thwarting my ex-accomplice.

And that’s how I’m going to escape. I might even help with the case before I cut and run.

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors is the first book in a new series set in the world of The Guild Codex. It can be read on its own or as part of a larger adventure.

More series in the Guild Codex world:
The Guild Codex: Spellbound
The Guild Codex: Demonized

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Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

Author links: WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterInstagram


Rob is a Canadian writer, actor, and director, who has been in a few TV shows you might watch, had a few films in festivals you might have attended, and authored some stories you might have come across. He’s hoping to accomplish plenty more by the time he inevitably dies surrounded by cats while watching reruns of Mr. Robot.

Currently, he is the Creative Director of Cave Puppet Films, as well as the co-author of the upcoming Guild Codex: Warped book series with Annette Marie.

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7 comments on “Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors (The Guild Codex: Warped) by Annette Marie & Rob Jacobsen ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. Cool cover!

  2. This sounds like a cool story, and the cover looks amazing.

  3. I like the cover and the excerpt sounds really good.

  4. What an exciting book! Great cover too.

  5. nice cover. I like a good magical story. Thanks for the chance.

  6. sounds like a great read!

  7. such a great story and fabulous universe