Creator: Lisa Shearin
Lisa Shearin is an American author of the Raine Benares series, about a sorceress and seeker of things lost and people missing, who gets mixed up with an Artifact of Doom. She is also the author of the SPI Files series, an urban fantasy series about Mackenna Fraser, a seer employed to locate paranormal creatures for an organization dedicated to protecting humans from the supernatural and upholding The Masquerade.
The Raine Benares series consists of
- Wild Cards (eBook novella)
- Magic Lost, Trouble Found
- Armed & Magical
- The Trouble With Demons
- Bewitched and Betrayed
- Con & Conjure
- All Spell Breaks Loose
Tropes found in the Raine Benares series include
- Clingy MacGuffin: The artifact
- Diplomatic Impunity: Just about everyone with diplomatic status. Nobody ever points out that the Guardians have more than enough evidence to declare them Persona Non Grata and throw them out of the city for this.
- Drinking Game: Students and off-duty guards invented one where they drink whenever the archmage snarks during a speech. Everyone involved generally gets hammered.
- Heavenly Blue: Mychael's spell
- I Just Want to Be Normal: And escape this artifact!
- Magic Music: Spellsingers.
- Make Up Is Evil: One villainess is marked out by her excessive make-up.
- Old Retainer: Tam's.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Very civilized, for one.
- The Paladin: Mychael
- Virgin Power: Needed to find the Scythe of Nen. Good luck finding a virgin on a college campus on short notice.
- White Sheep: Raine is the only respectable Benares. Most of her relatives are pirates, the one named exception is a crooked banker.
The SPI Files series consists of
- The Grendel Affair
- The Dragon Conspiracy
Tropes found in the SPI Files series include
- Dragon Lady: Vivienne Sagadraco is referred to as this. Mainly because she really is a dragon.
- Explosive Breeder: Grendels only reproduce once every fifty years or so, but when they do, they lay three batches of 20-30 eggs each. This is a major reason as to why they haven't been hunted into extinction by SPI Scandinavia (Despite their best efforts).
- Groin Attack: Fraser's first piece of desk bling - an anatomically correct leprechaun doll with his pants around his ankles - refers to an incident where she cornered a group of naked drunken leprechauns in a McDonald's and tasered their leader in the Happy Meal.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The first book takes place during the week leading up to New Years, the second on Halloween. Both times there are story-related reasons why (A monster attack at the New Years Celebration at Times Square would be impossible to cover up, Halloween being the ideal time for certain rituals).
- Mineral Macguffin: The second book centers around the theft of the Dragon's Eggs, seven magically powerful diamonds that were once owned by the Romanovs.
- Office Romance: Though Mac is clearly attracted to her partner Ian, they aren't in one, possibly because they both understand how difficult it would make working together if things fell apart. At the end of the second book Ian has started dating a dryad in SPI's PR (Read: invents semi-plausible mundane explanations for supernatural incidents, like a statue coming to life actually being animatronic) department, with Mac's knowledge and approval.
- Superhero Trophy Shelf: Every SPI agent has a collection of 'desk bling', little knickknacks given to them by their coworkers that reference notably impressive or embarrassing things they have done.