Forged in Combat

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Cover of Forged in Combat. A man and a woman in silhouette on a teal green background. She is wearing a Victorian bustle dress, his clothing fits with military uniform of the time. A bright red hibiscus highlights the top corner of the cover.


Arthur was born to service and war.

Arthur has the trajectory of his life mapped out for him. He’ll work his way up through a series of Army postings, keeping up the honour and military traditions of his family. He is gifted with martial magics, clever with languages, and sensible enough to avoid getting trapped by bad decisions. It’s given him a head start.

Melusina has plans of her own.

She means to use her talents to their fullest, building a life as an acknowledged expert in warding and protective magics. Melusina loves beauty, fine clothing, and travel. She has no wish to settle down, and certainly not with a military man. How boring!

A challenge sparks a change of heart.

In 1882, Melusina travels to Calcutta to assist with a small matter of the Viceroy’s safe. Arthur is willing enough to lend his assistance, but he expects it to be a purely professional task. When the assignment turns out to be more complex than they expected, they must reevaluate their both expectations and their future.

Forged in Combat is a prequel novella of 35,000 words leading into the Mysterious Powers series. (Arthur and Melusina are the parents of Roland Gospatrick in Carry On). Join them on their travels between England and India in the 1880s for competence, the hidden benefits of the Victorian bustle, and a swiftly growing mutual passion.

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About the Author
Celia Lake

Celia Lake spends her days as a librarian in the Boston (MA) metro area, and her nights and weekends at home happily writing, reading, and researching. Born and raised in Massachusetts to British parents, she naturally embraced British spelling, classic mysteries, and the Oxford comma before she learned there were any other options.

Series: Mysterious Powers, Book .5
Genre: cosy historical fantasy romance
Forged in Combat

What does it mean to claim your place?

In 1882, Melusina and Arthur both find themselves in the Viceroy's Palace in Calcutta. The task: solve a small problem with the Viceroy's safe. Join them for magic, flaring passion, and elegant competence under pressure.

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