And some ads for Jinxed-maybe I'll turn them into bookmarks!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
If you're a Smashwords member, then you can download my newly released novel-Jinxed for free! Here's the coupon code you will need SWSP97Uand it will expire on December 31, 2013. Happy downloading!
And some ads for Jinxed-maybe I'll turn them into bookmarks!
And some ads for Jinxed-maybe I'll turn them into bookmarks!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I've just uploaded Jinxed to kindle- so it will be available in a couple of days & is currently available on Smashwords for FREE until Tuesday December 3, 2013! It will take a few days for it to show up on nook and kobo as well as other readers. Happy downloading and watch for exciting new novels I have planned for 2014!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful one! I'm pretty much done with Jinxed and getting very, very, very close to publishing it! In the meantime, here is the first part of Chapter 7-Enjoy!
“Are you serious?” Bea wearing a long black coat and knee high black leather boots, asked Will as she pressed her red lips together. “The portal is in Chicago.”
I stood with my back to the rest of the group not listening to them, and peered into the fire. Piper used her magic to set the pyre that didn’t produce any smoke that might alarm the rest of Pleasantville. All that was left was the crackling of the blue flames. I threw a handful of greenery and twigs with berries still on them as an offering to the fire in remembrance to Rosie. I wished I had a big beautiful bouquet of flowers to show how much she meant to me. I couldn’t cry anymore as I stared into the flames feeling hollow inside.
“The portals at Millennium Park,” Will replied not bothered by Bea’s flickering eyes. “The cloud sculpture is the portal.”
I pulled myself away and stood by Will. I felt like I needed a hug, but certainly didn’t want to ask for one. It seemed they didn’t understand what death meant to humans. I knew everything was too dangerous to dwell in sorrow, and I said one final prayer in my head, and then pushed my sadness away.
I focused on Will as he talked about how the sculpture was perfect to use as a portal, and humans would be none the wiser. I remember seeing it featured in a magazine at the library. It reminded me of a huge silver bean that reflected everything like a mirror.
“Clever glass people, you are. Hiding a portal in plain sight, that’s genius.” Loki dressed in a long, brown, wool coat walked beside Will.
“So, how are we getting there?” I asked as Piper went over to the funeral pyre and put it out. With a wave of her hand she extinguished it, and then something silver ran down her cheek. She wiped it away, said something I couldn’t hear, and quickly joined the rest of the group. I didn’t look at her, and pretend I didn’t see what I thought was a tear, and maybe a final good-bye.
Will gazed down at me and smiled. “We’ll be going by train,” he replied.
It was the first part of December, and holiday travel was nearing its peak. The train station in Pleasantville was busy.
“Is anyone going to notice you…I mean…” I motioned to my hair as I looked at Will.
He shook his head and smiled as the black coat really set off his white and silver hair. “Did you notice glass people before you were marked?”
“No, I guess I didn’t,” I said trying to think of different scenarios that might pose problems. “I thought you had to buy tickets in advance?” I whispered to Will.
Piper swooped up beside me with her wavy blonde hair and wings concealed by what she called a glamour. “You ask a lot of questions, and worry too much. Watch and learn little human,” she said holding up five toilet paper sections.
I gave her a confused look as she smiled at me, and then approached the counter. I could hear her giggle and flirt with the man behind the counter as he took the pieces of paper like they were real tickets—even stamped them. I let out a chuckle as Will looked down at me.
“We can get on,” she said strutting by as she took my hand, and pulled me close to her. “And that is called a trick glamour, we fairies use it for the obvious—to trick people into seeing something that isn’t there.”
“When will he realize that you just gave him toilet paper?” I couldn’t help but to look back to see any commotion.
“Not for at least a couple of hours,” Piper said getting on the train. “I haven’t done that in a long time, and it feels so good!”
“Calm down, fairy or you’re going to alert everyone on the train.” Bea pushed Piper into a seat, and gave me a quick glance.
Piper and Bea sat on the side with two seats, while Loki, Will and me, sandwiched between them, sat across the aisle from them. Several people were getting on, and the lights from the inside flickered off the windows.
“Are you sure it’s secure?” Loki asked nervously.
Will leaned over slightly and looked at him. “Yes, I’m sure. It’s a known portal and therefore, secure.”
“Are you sure it’s not too known?” Loki craned his head to see in front of him. “Because I don’t think we’re alone.” He lowered his head and whispered. “Glass people, and possibly not the good kind.”
Will’s face paled, if that was possible, and discreetly looked over the other passenger’s heads.
“I don’t see them, and don’t sense them. You’re paranoid, Loki,” Will said as his eyes twinkled at me for a moment.
Loki rested his head back. “Something doesn’t feel right. I think I should go into entity mode and have a look at things.” He gazed over at Will as if asking for permission.
“Too risky, others can sense you if they are here, and we don’t want to alert anyone.”
“Very well, but if you change your mind, I’m ready.”
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Ah, another giveaway on Goodreads! If you're a Goodreads member and live in the US, you can sign up for a signed copy of People of Fae! Yes, one winner will receive a copy of People of Fae and the contest will start November 23- December 2, 2013. Don't forget to enter!
And...the back cover to Jinxed!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Here is the first part of chapter 6 to Jinxed and I hope to have it available in about a month. Watch for pre-release dates on Smashwords & coupons coming up as well! Enjoy!
“Are you insane?” Bea stepped in front of him. “I suppose you want to show your pet around, and take her on long walks hand in hand.” Her blue eyes shifted to me. “Really, it’s disgusting. She’s human and you’re a glass person, and did you know,” she said snickering at me. “Glass people are classified as demons…not a good combination here.” She pointed between us resting her eyes on Will. “Get over it! There’s a little more at stake here!”
Will didn’t seem fazed by Bea’s outburst. Instead, he took her by the hand.
“Trust me on this Bea; it’s not what you think. The demon trident is gone, and without an army, we couldn’t possibly get it back against the Underworld. And,” he said looking at Piper, “we can’t keep running away because one day, there will be no more places to hide.”
“Spoken like a true prince,” Loki said leaning against the oak tree Piper said was a landmerrow.
Suddenly, footsteps in the distance could be heard. They were quick, and coming closer as Will expelled the sword with a flick of his hand. Piper ran her hand over the portal, erasing it, and Bea turned into her gorgon form. Loki pulled me away from them as we waited for whatever was coming.
Trudging through the snow and fallen limbs was Clive. He was bundled in a coat and long hat making him look like one of Santa’s elves.
“Clive,” Will said surprised, and lowered his blade.
Clive stopped dead in his tracks, startled as Will approached him. He was clutching something under his coat, and then slowly began to step backwards.
“You can’t have it! You misfit demons can’t have it!” Clive yelled. “The goddess of Underworld wants it…you want to harm her with it…I won’t let you!”
“He’s possessed,” Piper said with her fluttering wings behind her. “Clive, it’s alright, you don’t serve Eve. You are with us…we want to help you.” Her words were calm.
“No!” He yelled. “All I wanted was a holiday, and what did I get?!” Clive tightened his mouth, looked at each of us with pointed finger as if it was a weapon. “You, all of you, use me. The goddess would never do that. She…she said…she told me about you—all of you.”
“She won’t use you because when she’s done with you, you won’t be around to use,” Will said retracting his blade. “Eve is an arch demon, Clive, and nothing more. She twists your thoughts and uses what she can until it’s gone.” Will moved towards him, as Clive took a step away. “We don’t want to hurt you, we don’t want to use you, and we’re your friends.”
Clive’s clenched mouth relaxed, and turned into a smile. He chuckled as I could see his body ease. “You’re right.” His words were calm. “You won’t hurt me because… I’m going to hurt you first!”
Clive pulled from under his coat a large, metal, forked spade about a foot in length. It had three long tines, and carved scroll-like designs engraved in it.
“He has the demon trident!” Loki yelled, pushing me behind him and to the ground.
Clive thrust the trident into the ground, and then pulled it up laughing. “Grow my little sprouts!”
The ground shook and cracked open in several small fissures. Snow and broken limbs fell from the trees overhead.
Bea, now in full gorgon form, tried to pounce on Clive when, suddenly, several of the same fur-balls that I saw earlier, popped from the cracks and jumped on her, pushing Bea to the ground.
“Earth demons!” Piper yelled as she flicked silver dust from her hands.
The dust landed on the creatures like ash. They screeched and hissed, and then slowly, ignited into blue flames like someone threw matches on them. They ran wildly, and then rolled to the ground smothering the flames.
“Fairy dust isn’t going to work on them, sister!” Clive laughed with mad delight as a wave of the earth demons bounced behind him like ping pong balls, and charged towards us.
Piper threw glitter from her hands, and soon everything was lit up in angry blue flames. Bea slashed at the creatures, not consumed by fire, with her black dagger. She stabbed the demons right below their mouths, and flicked them through the air like she was picking flowers. The creatures slammed into the trees, and exploded into dust upon impact. It was like the whole forest was a battlefield of ice, snow, and blue flames.
I watched the spectacle like it was a movie, and not really happening. I knew differently, and watched in horror as several earth demons came like a wall of water. The more creatures they killed, the more that came. Clive laughed continually, raising the demon trident in the air like a trophy. I gazed at it, and suddenly, felt a spark ignite inside of me. I had to get it away from him, and even felt a pang of anger that he was using it. His grubby little hands were all over it, tainting it. I had to get it away from him.
The creatures that didn’t burn up from Piper’s dust, got only bigger when they rolled to the ground picking up more leaves, twigs, rocks, and other debris that littered the ground.
I could see two large earth demons charge towards Will. I couldn’t let anything happen to him.
“I can’t hold this shield for much longer. We’re going to have to run!” Loki yelled as he held out his hands in front of him, fingers fanned out, and bolts of electricity encasing us in a curtain of light.
He dropped his arms and grabbed hold of me. I yanked my arm away from Loki’s hand just as Will fell to the ground with the two large earth demons standing over him.
I ran to him as something metallic flew from his hands—the sword. It landed a few feet in front of me like it was trying to reach me. I swooped in, picked it up, and ran towards him. I slashed madly at the two creatures. They screeched and yelled as I whittled them down, not giving them a chance to attack me. Twigs, rocks, and leaves exploded in one final slash of my sword.
I didn’t stop with them. Piper had several on top of her, pulling at her wings. I flung them off like flies clinging to a window screen. Soon, they quit coming until all that was left was Clive clutching the demon trident.
I turned to him as he stepped back.
“Give me that,” I said glaring at him.
He growled at me as he poked it into the ground one more time producing a large earth demon near Bea. It towered over her, and lifted its massive twig constructed arm to take a swing. I rolled to the ground and over to Bea slicing the creature’s arm off before it could attack her. And I continued slashing until it was gone.
I then turned to Clive again. He rushed towards me with the trident pointed at me. In one quick swipe, I sliced through Clive taking his head clean off.
Everything fell into silence as I stood there, holding the sword at my side. It was like I wasn’t there. I couldn’t have possibly done all of this.
“Eliza,” Will’s voice pulled me from my dazed trance.
“What have I done?” I asked rhetorically, my voice was barely a whisper. I didn’t blink as I looked at Clive. His dead body was the only proof of what happened. “I killed him,” I said looking up at Will. His pale eyes gazed at me gently. “I…I don’t know what came over me. I’ve never done anything like that before. I killed him…”
“Well, I do have to say that’s pretty good for someone with no training,” Loki said standing on the other side of me. “Very acrobatic, and quick little thing, aren’t you? You’re almost like a killing circus performer, aren’t you kitten?”
“You saved us, and protected us,” Will said turning me to face him. He placed his hands on my shoulders and studied me with his flickering eyes. “It’s clear to me now what you are.”
“Where’s the trident?” Bea asked searching the ground with Piper by Clive’s body. Everyone turned to her. “It’s not here, and it was in his hands. He was swinging it all over the place, and it should be here.” She lifted his decapitated body like she was picking up a large garbage bag, and giving no respect to his remains. “For Heaven’s sake!” she said with disgust, throwing his corpse to the ground.
I could feel bile rise in my throat watching the green blood dripped from the body. I ran as quickly, and far as could until I stopped and threw-up beside a tree.
Will followed, and looked at me with worry. I was glad I didn’t throw-up all the spaghetti I ate earlier. I stood up, and leaned against the tree closing my eyes. Snow began to trickle from the branches above, and stung my skin with its iciness. I wrapped my arms around my stomach wanting nothing more than to run away from everything.
“Are you alright?” He asked with his voice filled with concern.
“No,” I replied truthfully. “I just turned into a killing machine, and murdered your butler.”
“He wasn’t the butler, and, he had this on him.” Piper held up a business card.
“It’s blank,” Will said looking at her.
“No, it isn’t, not to me.” She flipped it over. “It has Fae writing on it. And it’s done in runes, which is an ancient writing hardly used anymore, and, only visible to real fairies—like me.”
“Well, what does it say?” Loki asked.
Piper looked at it. “It seems Clive was more than just a house attendant for quite some time. He’s part of some organization called the Fellowship of the Heart.” She flipped the card over then looked back at Will. “That’s all it says, nothing more.”
“Fellowship of the Heart,” Bea questioned. “I’ve never heard of it, and I don’t think Eve would name any of her secret thug groups Fellowship of the Heart.”
“It sounds more like some church named by humans, but I don’t think Clive was into things like that.” Loki gazed at the card over Piper’s shoulder.
“Eve is behind this. I know many want the trident for its power to either have control over their enemies, or extract the magic right out of it. This is how she works, and who else would want the trident more than her?” Piper asked quickly looking over her shoulder at Bea. “I know she’s still your mother, Bea, but I’m just saying…”
Bea glared at Piper with eyes like ice as she folded her arms over her chest and cleared her throat.
“No, not anymore, she disowned me, and I don’t think if she had a secret group wanting to get the demon trident, she would name it Fellowship of the Heart.”
“Why not, it’s the perfect disguise.” Loki nudged in front of Bea. “Eve’s cunning. Do you think she’d name her group something like the Underground Divas, and give out membership cards all over using that name? No, she’d use something like that so it wouldn’t raise any red flags.” Bea started to walk away, but Loki stepped in front of her again. “She was the one that gave herself to darkness, not you.”
Bea looked away, and then back at Loki. “It’s the past, and I suppose it could be related to her.”
“Well, guys, the trident is gone. What now? Where should we start?” Piper asked as I sneezed.
Everyone looked at me like I had said something I shouldn’t.
“Let’s get somewhere warmer,” Will said wrapping his arm around me.
“And where would that be?” Bea asked.
“Iethia,” Will replied.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I was at Burlington By the Book last year for a signing during Burlington's holiday walk & was amazed at all of the people supporting local businesses even in the pouring down rain! I'm back this year with more books & another giveaway! Hope to see many locals there!