Beverly Carter, clerk at Salynne's Crystal's and Thyme, could have sworn she placed the amethyst necklace in the display cabinet. How did the gem end up in her pocket? She'd have to take it back to work in the morning and explain her mistake to the shop owner. Trying the necklace on for just a moment couldn't hurt anything, right? When the clasp won't release, she has to call on her next door neighbor, Makala Reynaud, for help.
Emma Reed needs a change from her stale, boring, straight life. Her lesbian friend drags her to a gay New Year's Eve dance. There she meets butchy El Westin, out of her league and out of her comfort zone. The unexpected kiss at midnight makes Emma's outlook start to sparkle and get interesting again. Emma has a choice to make. Is this a night of possibilities influenced by the magic of a borrowed amethyst necklace, or is it a resolution in the making?
The Galloping Ghoul rides each full moon, exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day, he is one of the town people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove Nathaniel to revenge. Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. He pursues Misty VonMix with the intention of marriage.