First things first – the winner of a digital copy of ALWAYS was comment #4: Mary N – Mary, email me and I’ll get the book your way.
Now – since there was a request I’ve posted an excerpt of HEART OF DARKNESS
BOUND BY MAGICK: HEART OF DARKNESS by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
“You’re better now? That he’s come to you?” Nell’s voice lost its teasing tone.
Meriel turned to look at this shirtless man who had her snug in his lap just like he wanted. “Yes to both.”
“Are you gossiping about me?” His smile was oh so very wicked.
“I did all the really juicy stuff already. She says you’re handy and we’re going to look into the scrying angle.” She turned her attention back to Nell. “I’m going to call down to research to see what I can find out.”
“Better you than me. It’s creepy down there.”
“You’re like a ninja. How can you be scared of them? They’re all very nice.”
Research was really the office of the institutional memory of the clan. Four witches representing the four directions and the four elements of magick. Two of them were siblings, Sheila and Gia Kelly and one was Sheila’s husband, the last, their son, Carl. They knew what always appeared to Meriel as everything. They had great records, were computer savvy and had great connections to all the best libraries in the world.
“Gia Kelly is one of those witches who probably does know how to turn you into a frog. Plus it smells like dust and old stuff down there.”
Meriel laughed. “She probably does. Anyway, when I hang up with you, I’m on it.”
“I’m going to have to tell your mother about yesterday’s incident.”
She nearly growled, scrambling to sit upright. “What? Why? Nell, don’t.”
“I have to, Meriel. She’s the leader of the clan! This is no small thing. Maybe if I could totally say I didn’t think what happened was part of this mage thing, I could let it go. But I do think it’s connected. Right down to my toes. She’s going to want to be kept apprised. I’ve tried to work out ways not to tell her, but I don’t think you can get around it.”
She wished she could explain it so it sounded sane and not petulant.
So she sighed. “Fine. Do your report. I have to go and make this call.”
“Don’t be pissed off, Meriel. You know I don’t have a choice. This is something she should know. And it only grants weight to your theory that we’re all under attack in some way. They may have already targeted you. You’re like the gold mine of witches to drain. All that power. No, I have to do it.”
“I understand and I’m not pissed.”
“I’ve known you since before you got your period. You are so pissed. Don’t even try to lie. I’m pregnant and hormonal and if you’re upset, it’s only going to make me feel bad and I’ll still have to report this.”
“I’m not pissed. Also, I think you need to save that one up as an excuse or it’s going to get old fast. Be more strategic.” She tried to stand, needing to move away from him to have this kind of talk with Nell.
But he held her in place and when she shot him a look he only responded with a raised brow.
She rolled her eyes.
“I just don’t want to deal with her. That’s all. Go on and be careful. Call me later.”
So today’s second prize will be a signed copy of THREE TO TANGO – I’ll choose a winner by 2 pm PDT today 8/30 from the comments to this post.
Are you a fan of paranormal romance? If so, do you like any specific type of paranormal being the best? Avoid any?