Wanna meet Lark?
Bound By Magick: CHAOS BURNING by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing in mass market paper and digital formats June 5
Someone bumped into her, jostling her from her thoughts. He turned, his teeth sharp, bared in a snarl.
Not a human.
Automatically, she drew her personal shields up and balanced her stance, ready to defend.
“Watch where you’re walking.”
“Watch who you try to glamour, Faerie.”
He narrowed his gaze. “What’s it to you, witch?”
She rolled her eyes. “Really? Was your mom okay with you doing that to your teeth? ’Cause, ew.”
He jerked back as if she slapped him and it made her laugh. “Go on then. Scare someone else before I pop you one square in the face.”
“You and what army?” He leaned in closer and gave her a growl. A pretty scary one all things considered.
So she popped him one, square in the face, and he stumbled back.
Lark shrugged. “Guess I didn’t need an army. Just a solid right hook.”
He spit and straightened. “Who are you, then, witch?”
As if she was an amateur.
“No one you need to worry about as long as you leave me and mine alone.”
He looked her up and down. “You have enough trouble; I don’t need to be part of that.”
“Wanna tell me about it? I’ll buy you a coffee to make up for breaking your nose.”
Which is how she ended up sitting at a sidewalk café with a Faerie who had demon blood.
“So what’s your story then?” she asked before taking a sip of her latte.
“Shouldn’t drink caffeine so late at night. Keep you awake.”
She snorted. “This is midday for me. I’m a night owl. So back to you, Dr. Demon.”
When he looked back her way his teeth weren’t filed. He looked like an ordinary, well, close-to-ordinary guy. “Story?”
“Tell me about the trouble you referenced while your nose was dripping blood. Remember?”
“Only because you’d probably punch me again if I didn’t.”
“Don’t pretend you wouldn’t like it if I did.”
“You’re a saucy one, aren’t you? My name is Calder. You are?”
He looked up, startled, and laughed. “Lark? Like the bird?”
“My mom loves birds. What can I say? So Calder, what’s the story? Come on, I bought you coffee and everything.”
“You broke my nose.”
“Still crying over that? Sheesh. If you don’t want to get popped, don’t scare a girl when she’s out for a walk. Anyway, you’re not from around here so let’s not pretend you were out looking for kittens trapped in trees to save.”
He snorted. “You look like you spend a great deal of time in a library and could talk about Star Trek episodes in an encyclopedic manner. But you’re not like that at all.”
“I am though. After we talk business I’d be happy to chitchat about Star Trek with you. Also, I should hasten to add that time spent in libraries means I’ve got a lovely vocabulary. You should try it.”
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