Spotlight & Excerpt: Something Wicked by Nicole M. Rubino!

Hi everyone! Today on the the blog, we have something exciting for you -- an exclusive excerpt from Nicole M. Rubino's latest release, SOMETHING WICKED! So without further ado, let's get into it!



Title: Something Wicked
Author: Nicole M. Rubino
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Published November 2019

Summary: A breakup and a car accident are no way to start your seventeenth birthday. For Theo Montgomery, that is exactly how it began. Her bad luck turns worse when she returns home from a school dance to find her house on fire--with her parents still inside. Following their deaths, Theo is sent to live with her estranged aunt in Salem, Massachusetts. If a new home and a new school aren’t enough to deal with, Theo discovers her aunt has a secret: she is a witch. And so is Theo. Theo must learn keep her magic in check, lest the Town’s notorious witch hunters discover that magic has returned to the world after more than three hundred years. But how can she navigate a new school, new magical powers and avoid the witch hunters, when she finds herself enjoying the company of one? Trystan de Lancre is a dangerous witch hunter, but that doesn’t keep Theo from wanting to discover more about him. Harboring secrets of his own, Trystan isn’t the only perilous force in Salem. Something has returned to the village; something that the witches believed to have been dead and buried long ago. Salem’s dark past rises to haunt Theo and the present-day witches, unraveling a shocking revelation: the real cause of the Salem Witch Trials.


“I’m not going to hurt you, Theo. Why would you ever think that?”

Her own eyes fell to the hand at her elbow, and he dropped it. “Your one job in life is to hunt down and kill witches,” she explained. “It has been for generations. And like you just said, you know I am one. So why would I trust you?”

Trystan laughed again, and Theo wished she was making him laugh for different reasons other than the fact that he clearly thought what she just said was idiotic.

“You think I want to kill you? I know I was rude the other day, but I didn’t think it was that bad.” He smiled, and she noticed a dimple in his left cheek. “Being a witch hunter is my birthright–that’s all. It’s not my job and it’s not the person I am.”

Theo debated on her internal struggle to accept his statement as genuine or remain resolute in avoiding him. Trystan’s gaze was unyielding, as though he knew she was making her final decision about him.

And she did.

Theo stepped closer to him, closing the remaining inches of space between them. She looked up at him, chin raised and eyes wide. “Prove it,” she challenged.

The corner of Trystan’s mouth quirked. His green eyes sparkled with mischief.

But he didn’t answer her. Instead, he moved to the side and opened the car door for her. “Until we meet again, belle sorcière.”

He spoke French. Of course, he did.

She gave him a crooked smile as she climbed into the car. He closed the door once she was inside, and Theo didn’t dare turn to see if he was still there watching her as she drove away.

But when she glanced into the rear-view mirror, Trystan was indeed still standing where she left him, watching her with none other than a predatory hunter’s gaze.

What had she just gotten herself into?


Nicole Rubino is the author of SOMETHING WICKED, the first in a four-book series about witches, witch hunters, and everything in between! She fondly remembers Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach as the first book that took her on an adventure, and so, she fell in love with reading and writing fantasy. Her equal love for history propelled her to dive further into the witch hunts throughout Europe and the witch hunts in Salem, which is where she got the idea for her debut novel.

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