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Authors: this is a great opportunity to spotlight a few lines or even a paragraph or two from a new release or backlisted title. Readers: you get to sample some delicious snippets! We’ll do our best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
Today I'm offering snippets from The Beltane Witch, a paranormal romance, and Book 2 in the Cloudburst Colorado series. Sabrina Foxglove gave herself a nasty concussion and Darius is taking care of her, but she doesn't trust him any further than she can spit.
“Be at ease, Lady Foxglove. I have some small skill at preparing tea.” He gave her a sexy, lopsided smile. “Perhaps you’d allow me to care for you a little longer.”
“I don’t really have any choice, do I?” Sabrina eyed his self-assured expression. “You’re here now. You’re not likely to leave short of me physically throwing you out, and I’m in no condition to throw anything.”
Darius shrugged. “I suppose you could always use a banishment spell, but it would seem rather ungrateful since I have helped you.”
“Banishment spell?” Sabrina bit her lip. “What are you talking about?”
He cocked his head. “You don’t know about banishment spells?”
“No. Would it really get rid of you?”
He nodded. “Much like they say revoking permission prevents vampires from entering your dwelling.”
She’d ask about vampires later. “How does it work?”
“If you don’t know the spell, I won’t teach you now.”
“Because it’s imperative I stay and help you ready yourself for the Court’s arrival.” He crossed his arms over his broad chest.
“I don’t know you, Mr. Winterbourne. You’re a stranger and I’ll do everything in my power to protect my children.” She gritted her teeth as she prepared to get up.
“Peace, Lady Foxglove.” He laid a warm hand against her shoulder. “I mean you and your children no harm.”
“How do I know that? Words aren’t very substantial when I know nothing about you.” She shook her head slowly to keep from jarring it. “I’m sorry, I’m used to doing everything myself, and it won’t change just because you think you can do better.”
Darius’s expression turned mutinous, but he tipped his chin up and placed a hand over his heart. “Upon my honor, my family name, and place as the Summer Court’s Chamberlain, I swear I mean you and your family no harm, and I shall do my utmost to help and protect you all.”
A ripple of energy swirled around them and spread throughout the room at the end of his vow.
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