Greetings, all! I’ve decided to jump in on the Paranormal Love Wednesdays blog hop since I’m trying to figure out what character to write about next in the Lycanthropy Files series. I’ve got a survey going and thought I’d share excerpts from two of the females in the running, Kyra Ellison and Reine la Fey (Reine ended up being a write-in, so I thought I’d mention her here).
First up, Kyra. She was sort of a villain in The Mountain’s Shadow, but I felt she would have an interesting story of her own. Here’s her short excerpt, told from the POV of the main character Joanie:
He scurried back into the office, and I turned to see a woman in a long white dress gliding through the cars. My first thought was that it was the angry ghost of one of the vehicles’ former owners, but then Lonna narrowed her eyes.
“Isn’t that the chick who was with Leo in the restaurant on Tuesday? What’s her name, Kyra? The third—”
“Yep, that’s Kyra Ellison.” I interrupted her before she could blurt out the word.
She came closer, and I saw she wore a white sundress. So much for the ghost. But she did look pissed.
“You!” Her shout was almost a shriek. “You’re the one.”
“One what?” I couldn’t tell if she was looking at me or Lonna.
“Man-stealer!” She reached into the pocket of her dress, and Lonna grabbed my arm.
Then there’s Reine, the mischievous fairy in Blood’s Shadow. Her excerpt is told from the point of view of Gabriel, who looks really hot on this cover, don’t you think?
“So you’re older than you look,”
“As are you. And we both have our secrets. You just don’t know as many of yours. Now leave me. I will seal the blood so that it won’t hurt poor Maximilian again, and I’ll do the same upstairs.”
“Could you wait until our detective finishes what he needs to do?”
“No, it is necessary now. Sealing the blood will allow it to rest, which will allow the spirits attached to it to be at peace if nothing else stands in their way. Plus, I need to remove the contamination from Max’s wards around the building and land—his using blood magic, even in small amounts, damaged the spells and allowed the intruders to get in. Nothing I do will interfere with the detective’s work.”
“I trust you,” I said, realizing I did.
“Oh, do you?” She flashed me a wicked grin, and before I realized her intention, she pulled my head to hers and kissed me on the lips. She tasted of honeysuckle and sweet wine, and the passion she ignited flowed through me in golden waves. The static came back, and I pulled her to me to quell the tingling that became a burning need.
I barely heard Selene’s “Gabriel, oh!” before Reine pushed me away with a mischievous laugh.
“That’ll teach you,” she said. “Remember, my kind is never to be trusted. Nor are most others.” With a chuckle that lingered in the air, she disappeared, and I turned to face Selene.
So who deserves their own novella set in Salem at Halloween? Vote here! To vote for Reine, put her name in the “You forgot…” space and click Vote. For a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, vote, then come back and tell me who you voted for in the comments, and be sure to include your email address with your comment text so I know how to get in touch with you.
Don’t forget to stop by the other posts on the blog hop! Click here for the main post with links.