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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
  • Wedding Bells, Magic Spells
  • Treasure & Treason

Tropes found in the Raine Benares series include

  • Betty and Veronica: Mychael (virtuous paladin) and Tamnais (roguish duke) to Raine. Mychael wins.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: After the Love Triangle is finally resolved in Mychael's favor, the remaining suitor gets together with his head of intelligence.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The artifact, a magic rock called the Saghred. (Unfortunate, in that not only is the rock extremely powerful and dangerous, it also contains the soul of a similarly powerful and dangerous goblin mage, who is also a huge jerk.)
  • Decadent Court: Politics in the goblin court are literally cutthroat. The elven court and the Council of Twelve are less violent, but equally corrupt.
  • 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.
  • Gargle Blaster: Raine bonds with her mother-in-law to be over a couple of bottles of very rare, expensive and powerful rum they find after they end up stuck in the archmage's wine cellar after a battle. When they get extracted, the archmage expresses astonishment that they are still alive after drinking both bottles.
  • Heavenly Blue: Mychael's spell
  • The Highwayman: Mychael's mother used to be one.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The elven embassy is forced to accept that an "accidental discharge" of a cannon that blew a hole in their north wall was an accident because of the implausibility of somebody managing to make the shot (from a moving, rocking ship, though a narrow alley, to a target a quarter mile away) on purpose.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: And escape this artifact!
  • Magic Music: Spellsingers.
  • Makeup 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
  • The Brimstone Deception
  • The Ghoul Vendetta
  • The Myth Manifestation
  • The Phoenix Illusion
  • The Solstice Countdown

Tropes found in the SPI Files series include

  • And I Must Scream: While all gorgons can impose Taken for Granite by gaze or touch, young gorgons aren't good at doing it quickly. Rather, their victims turn to stone from the outside in over the course of hours, unable to move or speak, only expiring when the effect penetrates to their vital organs.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Mac's supervisor, Alain Moreau, looks a lot like Anderson Cooper.
  • Deal with the Devil: Complete with a notarized contract. And then it turns out the demon was selling goods that weren't his to sell, and his boss wasn't happy when he found out about it.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: At one point Kitty bribes the NYPD to leave a crime scene for a while so SPI can examine it for evidence of the supernatural with a large bag of baked goods.
  • 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).
  • Famous Ancestor: A minor character in the first book is descended from the Norse hero Sigurd. Ian turns out to be descended from the Celtic hero Lugh. Mac's father is Lord of the Wild Hunt. SPI apparently has a support group for the descendants of mythological figures.
  • Fantastic Drug: Brimstone allows people to see through illusions. This causes humans who take it to freak out when they realize that the non-humans hidden under glamours all around them are non-humans hidden under glamours.
  • Female Gaze: Mac's description of the Mythos exhibit is definitely skewed towards the Mr. Fanservice aspects of the artwork. That, and her equally-feminine flinching from a depiction of Hades abducting Persephone.
  • 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: Every book except the third takes place on or about a significant calendar event. The first book takes place during the week leading up to New Years, the second on Halloween. The third book takes place during the rather unremarkable and holiday-free first week of November, because it starts just after the second book ended. The fourth returns to the pattern, with the climax taking place on the summer solstice. The calendar date of the fifth novel is almost totally unknown, beyond the fact that it takes place almost exactly 100 years since the signing of a treaty (which expires after 100 years, the book is about events taking place in the hotel where a new treaty is being negotiated). The sixth takes place during a supermoon (and coincidentally Mac's birthday). The seventh book's climax takes place on Christmas Eve. Out of all those, only the first and fifth are not because of the date being of ritual significance (a monster attack on the New Year's Celebration in Times Square - watched by millions on live TV - would be impossible to cover up, the centennial anniversary of a major diplomatic event having a lot of VIPs in one place to target).
  • Masquerade: Part of SPI's mission is to keep the existence of the supernatural hidden from the general public.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Mention is occasionally made of cases that happen between books. One notable one was a Siren infestation during Fleet Week, which SPI was only able to cover up because all the witnesses were drunk. Another is known to have involved Ian, the Gates of Hell, and Hoboken, NJ.
  • Office Romance: Though Mac is clearly attracted to her partner Ian, they aren't in one, 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. Said relationship is still going as of the end of book seven.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: More like Pop Cultured Action Survivor surrounded by Badasses, in Mac's case.
  • Shared Universe: The SPI novels and the Raine Benares novels take place on different dimensions, but there is communication and travel between them. The SPI novels have multiple references to events in the Raine novels. Raine's cousin Mago is a minor character in the fifth book, and her ex-boyfriend Tam is a major character in book six.
  • Shout-Out: Kitty's bakery is on Bleecker Street in the West Village, which would put New York's premier portal witch just down the street from the Sanctum Santorum of Doctor Stephen Strange.
  • Single Line of Descent: One of the things that has to be done to break the curse that banished the Fomor to the oceans was exterminate the line of Lugh, the hero who defeated the Fomor King and banished them thousands of years ago. Despite all the millennia, it appears that there is only one living descendant (or at least, only one that matters): Ian.
  • Southern Belle: Mac's North Carolina upbringing colors her manners, her taste in food, and her feisty response to slick talkers or threats to her "family" at SPI.
  • Superhero Trophy Shelf: Every SPI agent has a collection of 'desk flair', little knickknacks given to them by their coworkers that reference notably impressive or embarrassing things they have done.
  • Supreme Chef: Kitty Poertner, New York's top portal witch, is a first-rate baker. She apparently gets called on to provide SPI with scones more often than she is called on for her expertise with portals.
  • When the Planets Align: The villains' Magitek device in Phoenix is expected to be more potent because they're planning to activate it during a blood supermoon. A mild example, as their device would function during any full or new moon, it's just stronger if the moon's astronomical status is extreme.