Bloodsick (Scarlett Bernard 0.1) by Melissa F. Olson

Bloodsick #1

Boundary Magic series — by Melissa F. Olson. Boundary Magic series is the sequal series to Scarlett Bernard series

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / UF-Mystery / Noir UF

Series Description or Overview Edit

✥ "It’s a spinoff, similar to Patricia Brigg’s Alpha and Omega series. So Lex is connected to something that happens in Hunter’s Trail, and there will occasionally be appearances from the LA characters we’ve met already. The other big connection is that Boundary Crossed also features a null, a human character who neutralizes all nearby magic. In this case, though, the null isn’t the protagonist; it’s the protagonist’s eighteen-month-old niece. I thought it would be interesting to explore what it’s like having a really young null sort of shoved into this world." ~ Quillery interview

✥ After her twin sister's brutal death, former US Army Sergeant Allison "Lex" Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie, from every possible danger. Then when two vampires attempted to kidnap the child, it quickly turned into a fight to the death"•Lex's death, that is. Lex wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has somehow survived the fight; and baby Charlie is a "null," gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for evil creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee a safe future for Charlie, Lex makes a deal with the local coven. She sets out with the dashing"•and undead"•Detective Quinn to track down who's responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become, threatening to destroy everything"•including herself. Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling glimpse into a magical world that will leave readers spellbound. ~ FF

Lead's Species Edit

  • Boundary witch

Primary Supe Edit

  • Witches, Vampires, Werewolves

What Sets it ApartEdit

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • First person narrative told by

Books in Series Edit

Old World / Boundary Magic series:

  1. Boundary Crossed (2015) ~ Chapter one
  2. Boundary Lines (2015)
  3. Boundary Born (2016)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

  • 0.5. Bloodsick (2014)

Companion Series, Spinoffs, Sequels or Prequels Edit

Other Series by Author onsite Edit

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Boulder, Colorado


  • Magic Beans:
  • Flatiron Depot: store Lex works at

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Witches, vampires, werewolves, , , ,

Glossary: Edit

  • Boundary Witch
  • Foundings: regular humans

Groups & Organizations:Edit

  • Boulder Police Department:

World Edit

✥ This series is part of the Old World universe being is a sequel series to the Scarlett Bernard series. This world is populated by Vampires, witches, werewolves and the rare Nulls—accept in Colorado where the werewolves are not to be found. The Supes live among humans but humans are largely and blissfully ignorant to them as supernaturals. And the Supes want to keep it that way. ~ Hopestar

Boulder is a Vampire town. It has witches but werewolves have been “purged” from the State of Colorado. Both the lead Witch and the lead Vampire are strong, scary people but neither is monstrous. Lex has an affinity for the Vampire world and quickly becomes entangled in it. Where Scarlett held herself at the edge of the Old World, Lex pushes steadily into its heart. ~ Mike Finn's Fiction

✥ Lex is a former US Army Sergeant and a boundary witch. She has no idea she is a witch until she is attacked by a couple of vampires that are trying to kidnap her little niece. This attack led her to be in the hospital where she meets another witch and a vampire who start filling her in on what she is, of course blowing her away. She has to go and meet with the head vampire and make a deal to keep her niece safe as there will be more beings trying to kidnap her because she is a null. They explain to her that a null is someone that can drain power. Example: If a vamp is close to her, well carrying her since she's only one, they can actually walk in the sunlight, wolves wouldn't have to change on the full moon, etc. So with the help of some other witches they start training her on how to use her powers. She also has a great vampire friend she meets because of this named Quinn. ~ GR reader | Melissa Martin

Protagonist Edit

✥ Allison Luther aka Lex, an Army vet who served in Iraq, is a massive animal lover with a herd of rescue pets. She works nights at a convenience store, babysits her baby niece Charlie, and lives a fairly normal life. — Until she dies. — The protagonist finds herself thrown into the paranormal Old World full of Vampires, witches, and possibly werewolves—and then the fun begins. Lex is funny, resilient, loving, and capable. Her army training (view spoiler) certainly qualifies her for badass status. ~ GR reader | Ellen Gail

✥ Allison “Lex” Luther, a US Army Veteran who has seen her fair share of horror. Lex is just an ordinary girl working nights, taking care of abandoned animals, and grieving over her lost twin sister Samantha. After briefly dying keeping kidnappers from taking her 18-month old niece Charlie, Lex's eyes are opened to an entirely different world that lies just out of sight of human eyes. The most intriguing twist is that Lex herself is anything but purely human. She is what's called a boundary witch, and a very powerful one at that. Lex also learns that Charlie is a null who is able to turn vampires human again. Lex, keeping her promise to Sam, will do absolutely anything to keep her niece safe. That includes working for powerful vampires who call Colorado their home, learning about magical abilities she didn't know she possessed, and working alongside the secretive Quinn who works as a fixer for the vampire leaders. ~ Gizmo's

"...there are a lot of things I love about writing Lex, because she’s just a more mature and maybe even complex character. And tougher. For example, Scarlett’s first response to violence is to make a witty remark and maybe run. Lex’s first response is to kick someone’s f**ing ass." — Melissa F. Olson, interview

✥ US Army Sargeant Allison "Lex" Luther was honorably discharged after almost dying in the field in Iraq. Anger management issues, possible PTSD issues, and family tragedy turned Lex into a hermit living in a cabin in the Colorado wilderness with her horde of rescue animals and working nights at the Flatiron Depot. A boring night at the Depot and a fortuitous incident changes everything in Lex’s life. Everything. Now there are witches and vampires and boundaries that Lex never knew existed and are now forever part of her life. ~ Goodreads | Kathleen

Sidekick Edit

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Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
"Lex", Allison Alexandra Luther boundary witch twin: Samantha Wheaton, aunt of Charlotte; just learns she's a witch; has a very dark power yet unknown to her that can also change her;
Charlie, Charlotte Allison Wheaton Null, Lex's niece daughter of Samantha and John Wheaton;
Samanatha Luther Wheaton Lex's twin, deceased mother of Charlotte, wife of John Wheaton, twin of Lex;
John Wheaton human father of Charlotte, husband of Samantha Wheaton;
Simon Aleister Pellar witch brother of Lily;
Lily Pellar witch youngest sister of Simon;
Sybil Sister of Simon and Lily;
Tracy Simon's girlfriend;
Hazel Pellar witch mother of Simon and Lily;
Ivy witch
Billy Atwood witch
Quinn vampire, cop works as a fixer for the vampire leaders;
Itachi vampire leader leader
Victor vampire; co-kidnapper; kidnapped Charlotte; Lex stopped him in store she works at;
Darcy vampire; co-kidnapper; kidnapped Charlortte
Nolan vampire
Neal Keller detective Boulder PD
Elise patrol officer cousin of Lex; Boulder PD;
Jesse Cruz homicide detective LAPD
Jake cousin of Lex
Anna cousin of Lex
Brie cousin of Lex
Dani cousin, nine-year-old Jake's daughter;
Bettina co-worker work with Lex at the Deport;
Cara Jack's wife
Trask alpha werewolf
Dr. Towne Doctor Lex's Doctor
Big Scott boss Lex's manager at the Deport
Maven head vampire of Colorado; work at Magic Beans;
Kirby vampire
Yoda student pledge, college student
Pongo, Dopey & Cody pet dog's dogs of Lex;
Raja cat Lex's cat
Gus-Gus gray cat hates men for some reason;
Mushu iguana a three legged iguana of Lex

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Melissa Olson

Melissa Olson

Author Edit

Melissa F. Olson

Bio: Melissa Olson was born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and studied film and literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduation, and a brief stint bouncing around the Hollywood studio system, Melissa landed in Madison, WI, where she eventually acquired a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee, a husband, a mortgage, a teaching gig, two kids, and two comically oversized dogs, not at all in that order. She loves Madison, but still dreams of the food in LA. Literally. There are dreams. ~ Goodreads | Melissa F. Olson (Author of Dead Spots)

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  • Artist: not listed — Source: ISFdb

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Publishing InformationEdit

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  1. Boundary Crossed:
  2. Boundary Lines:

Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Boundary Crossed (2015): After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is. She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces...and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become. Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears... ~ Goodreads | Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic, #1) by Melissa F. Olson

BOOK TWO—Boundary Lines (2015): Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers. Was it murder…or mutiny? The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming. ~ Goodreads | Boundary Lines (Boundary Magic, #2) by Melissa F. Olson

BOOK THREE—Boundary Born (2016): Something wicked is at work in Colorado’s supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison…a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead. The state’s cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she’s never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex’s questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she’s already built. Then the next vampire is poisoned—and this time it’s Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally—both living and dead. ~ Goodreads | Boundary Born (Boundary Magic, #3) by Melissa F. Olson

Reading Order Edit

  • 0.1. Bloodsick
  • 0.5. “Sell-By Date”
  1. Dead Spots
  2. Trail of Dead
  3. Hunter’s Trail
    1. Boundary Crossed
    2. Boundary Lines
    3. Boundary Born

Suggested Reading Order - Melissa F

First Sentences Edit

  1. Boundary Crossed (2015) — The third time I died was early on a Monday morning, a week after Labor Day.
  2. Boundary Lines (2015) — Hunt for sacrifice, killing people with their minds, and raising the dead.
  3. Boundary Born (2016) — This witch for encounter. Things have calmed down for Lex, Quinn, Simon, Maven, and Lily since facing a near revolution intent on destroying the piece.

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Notes & Tid-bits Edit

Character development


How did you come up with boundary magic?: Within my mythology, witches can perform general magic, but a small percentage of them have certain specialties: a gift for finding things, healing people, etc. I also talk about death magic in the previous books, and at some point I thought, “what if I combined those?” — I studied a lot of literature in college, and there’s also line from Oscar Wilde, “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” I don’t mean to sound pretentious, or like I’m comparing myself to Wilde, but that sentence has stuck in my head since high school. I started thinking about twins and that bridge, and the idea came out of that as well. —The Qwillery: Interview with Melissa F. Olson and Boundary Crossed Giveaway - April 14, 2015

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