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Praise for Wickedly Dangerous"This is paranormal romance at its best, with all the magic and mayhem tied together with very human emotions, even when the characters aren't quite human."–Alex Bledsoe, author of Wisp of a Thing "In Wickedly Dangerous, Deborah Blake has updated Baba Yaga for the 21st century; witchy and wild, with a kick-ass woman, witty repartee, and roots to the past. This book has everything I’m looking for." –Tanya Huff, author of The Silvered "An addicting plot combined with a unique adventure and an intelligent, pragmatic heroine kept me glued to the page. I never had so much fun losing sleep!"–Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of the Healer series

About the Author

Deborah Blake has published seven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide and has an ongoing column in Witches & Pagans Magazine. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with five cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Baba Yaga Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425272923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272923
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the author of nine books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn Worldwide and a number of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels from Berkley.

I live in beautiful upstate New York in a hundred and twenty year old farmhouse with five cats. I also manage an artists' cooperative shop, make jewelry and do a few other esoteric things on the side.

When I am not writing, I love to read (Jennifer Crusie, Katie Fforde, Tamora Pierce and Susan Wiggs are among my favorite fiction writers, and I read a lot of non-fiction about Witchcraft, spirituality, gardening and cooking). I also have a blog where I do lots of giveaways and talk about cats, writing, gardening, and witchcraft, not necessarily in that order.

I love to hear from people who read my books.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Arwen Nightstar VINE VOICE on September 5, 2014
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Excellent entry into the UF/PNR genre. When I tell you that I laughed outloud, I mean that literally. I was so enamored with this book that I was tweeting quotes and Facebook hounding my friends to read it as well.

Barbara Yager is a Baba Yaga. Her cover is adjunct professor of botany. Her chicken-legged hut is a recalcitrant Airstream now with perks, or is that quirks, like a fridge that might or might not deliver what you asked for. Her primary sidekick is a large pitbull who is actually a small dragon.

Liam is the sheriff who has problems with missing children and a no-confidence vote pending from the local council who hired him. The last thing he needs is a stranger with a big dog.

Turns out he does need Baba even if he's not the one who called her. The antics include biker dragons, slightly psychotic Faery Queens, and mysterious women.

I won't go into a lot of plot fal-de-rol but this book is very true to the Baba Yaga mythology. I loved loved loved it. So much that I bought the prequel novella (3.5 stars) and preordered book 2.

If you like sassy heroines who don't know how to handle love and damaged heroes who hover between alpha and beta without being whiny or overbearing, go get this book. :D
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LITERAL ADDICTION on September 2, 2014
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
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Now this is completely different and I'm so pleased that the old legend is given a new twist! For centuries the old Russian legend of Baba Yaga has both fascinated and terrified many but this new series brings a whole new spin on the idea of a woman connected by magic to the earth and woe betide any who cross her. Neither wholly good nor really wicked the Baba Yaga will often be sought by those needing help but making a bargain with her will often have consequences so beware!

Barbara Yeager is so much more than she seems to be. A woman traveling with her dog with a fascination for herbs and their uses but Barbara is also known as Baba Yaga! Oh shes not just the witch of eastern folklore but one of a handful who protect the boundaries between worlds and carry the title of Baba Yaga. Called to a small town by a sense of acute distress Barbara quickly finds out that children are going missing but she also attracts the attention of the local sheriff Liam and the law and Barbara's secrets are quite literally worlds apart! Something nasty is in the town and Liam clearly needs help as what's attacking the townsfolk is most definitely not from the mortal realm but how can Barbara save the missing children without giving her secret away?
This was an unexpected delight and I loved that the author took inspiration from old legends without rehashing them too much. The Baba Yaga is still portrayed as a woman who can be tricky when it comes to magic and her incredible home from the old stories comes bang up to date in this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cissa on October 30, 2014
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This is one of the best and most creative re-workings of old tales that I've read.

Meet today's Baba Yaga. She's updated- at least the looks of things, though not their essences. No longer a hag (unless she wants to appear as such), she is tall, strong, attractive, and very skilled at pool (among other things).

It turns out that "Baba Yaga" is more a title than a name per se; there are various Babas around the world, including another 2 in the US. They travel from place to place, keeping the boundaries between our world and the Otherworld intact, working to protect the earth, and sometimes helping people desperate enough to take the risk of calling on them for aid- because while they are mostly good, they are not especially NICE.

The romance was handled very well, and was appropriately- especially given the characters of the protagonists- secondary to the main plot. While some mooning took place, no one spent pages doing it when they ought to have been busy with other things!

All the characters were solidly written, each with their own motivations from which their actions naturally arose. I look forward to seeing some of the secondary characters in future books in this series- because yes! It IS a series! It's my understanding that each book will deal with a different Baba Yaga, which has a lot of potential.

I thought the humor was perfectly balanced with a pretty serious plot, and was welcome and funny.

While the results of fracking in the book seemed to devolve mostly on the Otherworld, please note that some- like the sudden sinkholes- are results here in the real world as well.

In short, a great start to what promises to be an excellent series! I am eager for #2!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jayne Kitchens on September 2, 2014
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Wickedly Dangerous is the first novel in a series by Deborah Blake. I was fortunate enough to win a ARC, which this review is based on. Baba Yaga...aka Barbara Yager is an intriguing heroine. She is a (not quite) mild mannered, reserved botanist who just happens to be a Baba Yaga, the "wicked" witch of Russian fables. This Baba has a soft spot for protecting children, so when called upon to find children who are missing from a small town she is ready to use her magical resources, aided by the handsome local sheriff, to unravel the mystery.

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were compelling, the story was well paced and there were so many creative inventions to update and add modern twists to Baba's story. Her "hut" enchanted airstream trailer....her dragon, Chudo-Yudo, masquerades as a very large dog. The story is presented with humor, as in the banter between Baba and her dragon. The author shows keen insights into small town living, which can be challenging, especially to an outsider who is "different".

This is the first in a series of novels, and was preceded by a novella, Wickedly Magical, which was also excellent. I am looking forward to the next book, Wickedly Wonderful.
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