Sunday, July 7, 2013

#Snippet Sunday - The Beltane Witch - Tír na nÓg


Welcome to the Snippet Sunday on the Weird, the Wild, and the Wicked. Thank you so much for visiting. If you choose to comment today, I really appreciate it. Currently, the snippets are from my newest release, and while they aren't consecutive, they are in order within the story. You can read last week's snippet HERE.

Today, I'm offering a snippet from The Beltane Witch, the second book in the Cloudburst Colorado series. It's available on Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks and Amazon! In this snippet, Sabrina comes to in a strange place at the terminus of a rope bridge in the mist. She couldn't breathe and Darius appeared on the bridge, encouraging her to cross to him. She's just reached him and got her breath back. This is in her POV. Tír na nÓg is the place of the dead in Celtic beliefs.

Goddess of all, he smells wonderful.
Crap. Did she say it aloud? “I said it smells wonderful here now that I can breathe.”
“I’m glad you can. I thought I’d lost you.” Darius’s voice sounded remarkably serious.
“Lost me? So I was dying?” A sick feeling hit Sabrina’s stomach as she reached the tree, touching its marbled bark. “I was that close?”
His teal eyes held no humor. “You stopped breathing when you hit your head.”
Sabrina frowned. “I hit my head?”
“In the coffee house.”
She looked around at the misty environs. “Where are we now, then?”
“At the bridge.”
A rather obvious answer, but she realized he’d capitalized the first letters: The Bridge. She swallowed hard. “Like the Rainbow Bridge of Norse beliefs?”
“The very same.”
Sabrina looked back over her shoulder at the rope bridge disappearing into the mists. “I stood on the other side. I was on Tír na nÓg.”

Sounds like the powers that be have more plans for Sabrina. ;) The picture is from a #flashfiction challenge where this scene started. There are several great authors on the Weekend Writing Warrior list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Anastasia Vitsky, SJ Maylee, Goran Zidar, Zee Monodee, and A.S. Fenichel.

If you're interested in The Beltane Witch, here's the cover and the blurb:

Magic, mayhem, and motherhood… a witch’s work is never done, but Sabrina draws the line at the Fae.

After almost two decades as a practicing witch in Cloudburst, Colorado, Sabrina Foxglove is done with men, magic, and the fertility rituals of High Beltane. She’s dealt with all three before and ended up with two young daughters and no partner. Twice. She’s looking forward to a magic-free May Day, with nothing more exciting than making brownies for a kindergarten class and decorating a May Pole. She definitely doesn’t have time for a handsome, Fae-touched man…

After almost two centuries as the human chamberlain to the Fae’s Summer Court, Darius Winterbourne is a man accustomed to getting his way. So when the Summer Queen tasks him with finding a witch to perform the annual rituals and strengthen the ancient warding magicks, he figures it should be easy. He doesn’t expect Sabrina’s hardheaded refusal, her untrained abilities, or his attraction to her. With less than a week to Beltane, he must gain Sabrina’s trust before he loses his home, his position…and his heart.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! :)


  1. Great visuals--and quite a shock to our heroine!

  2. Love the visual here. So she's been to Tír na nÓg and sent back. Interesting...

  3. The image is perfect for the scene! And her fear and confusion are nicely shown.

  4. Awesome snippet, as always! How do you pronounce Tir na nog?

    1. It's pronounced "Tear-nah-noh". Took me forever to get it right. :D

  5. I like how you connected her inability to breathe on the bridge with what happened in the "real" world. Nice!

  6. This story is so complicated and interesting, I like the transition between this world and the coffee shop world.

  7. Oh creepy good! You descried that so visually perfect. got the feel of everything. Love that you incorporate real Celtic beliefs into the story. Excellent snippet Siobhan!

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  8. Eerie! Love it. Great mood, deft touch with the understated emotion.

  9. What a great picture and this little snippet is so well rounded. Impressive what you're able to convey in just a handful of sentences.

  10. That bridge is pretty creepy... So she nearly passed to the other side but came back to Darius. Love the concept.

  11. Great snippet. Is this supposed to signify a near-death experience, I wonder?

  12. VERY cool, I was totally engrossed in the story! So now I HAD to go buy the book and add it to the TBR list. Excellent excerpt!

  13. Neat! So well written, Siobhan. So very visual, and the dialogue is so real!

  14. Fantastic snippet, Siobhan! It conveys a sense of eeriness hard to brush off- I just have to know what happens next!

  15. Love the imagery of the bridge disappearing into the mist!

  16. Fantastic! You have a talent of pulling the reader through the screen and plopping her right in the middle of the scene. Well done!

  17. That was a close call! Nothing like a handsome hero to bring you back from the brink of death:) Your picture fits perfectly with the scene!

  18. Oh, what a lovely Near Death Experience. She has more work to do in her life. Well done!


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