A sphinx and a magic-using human utilize their wits, magic and hearts to defeat the mysterious enemies seeking to destroy them.
In a modern world filled with untold varieties of supernaturals, Layla ought to be at home - she is a sphinx, a daughter of the Egyptian lion goddess Sekhmet. But she has been hiding from her heritage and, by extension, the more powerful parts of herself, and has been on the run for months when she meets Frank, a thaumaturge (magic-user) who swears to help protect her. Together they battle it out with the beings who pursue Layla and the secret she carries. As she learns more about Frank and magic, she comes to grips with the more primitive, passionate aspects of her psyche. Helped by a tribal community of werewolves, Layla and Frank use magic and intelligence to lay a trap for their enemies, to bring the chase to a close and face those who would destroy them. In doing so, Layla will not only save her own life but will find she is much more than she imagined. Adventure, romance and mystery in a modern magically realistic setting. 12,500 words. Will be published by "Adventures for the Average Woman" at www.ideagems.com in two parts in the summer and fall.