Monday, November 12, 2012

The Succubus Gift Tour: Excerpt!

Today I'm happy to host The Succubus Gift Tour (by Dark Mind Book Tours)!!
Welcome to Darkest Sins, BR!

I write books combining Adult Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Science Fiction. I believe in fiction as an escape, with devastatingly beautiful women and incredibly sexy men. In my books, you will find characters with psychic abilities, such as telekinesis and telepathy, and a completely different view of a succubus than you've ever encountered before. I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master's in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers. I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I've skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I've hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven't done enough of it. I've seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I'd like to see Banff. I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I'm currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

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Here you can read the book summary: The transition between teenager to university to graduation is difficult and confusing for everyone. As an orphan and a prodigy who entered college at sixteen, harboring secrets she dares not reveal, Brenna Morgan’s journey is more complicated than most. Then one evening she stumbles across a young man who promises to answer all her questions if she’ll trust him. The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person. Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift. That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid? Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course. Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.



Chapter 1

We have been burned at the stake, locked up in asylums, drugged into a
stupor. We are secretive for our own protection. - Seamus O’Donnell

She noticed the young man immediately when he walked past her, head down and
in a hurry, but not only because he was so good looking. He had no thoughts, no mental
activity, and that grabbed her attention in a way nothing else could have.
Following him, she stepped into a shop doorway when he stopped and looked
around. She didn’t need to keep him in sight. She could feel his emotions, so strange
coming from someone with no thoughts she could read, different than all the other people
on the streets. Checking her mental shields to make sure they were as tight as she could
make them, she followed him around a corner. He didn’t look back, seemingly not aware
she was there.
Moving closer as he turned another corner into an alley, she stopped when he
hesitated at the other end. He looked about before stepping out onto the street, but he
never looked back. Realizing he couldn’t feel her, she closed the distance between them.
Scanning the area with her mind, she discovered two other men, farther away, who
also were mentally shielded. Their emotions were completely different than his, and she
shivered at the malice radiating from them. Every time the first man changed direction,
the others soon followed. Although they couldn’t see each other, it was almost as though
they could feel each other, just as she could feel them. Through the maze of streets in
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area, they danced across the city in the summer twilight.
He walked into a bar just a block off the water. She knew it had entrances on two
different streets, and rather than follow him, she walked to the corner, out into the street,
and stood in front of one of the unusual old triangular houses in this part of town. From
her vantage point she could see both entrances.
Coming out the other side, he walked in the opposite direction, away from the
harbor. He was doubling back, hoping to lose his pursuers, but they weren’t tracking him
by sight or sound. She watched a man hesitate in front of the door the young man had
used to enter the bar, stop, and then turn around.
He was walking faster now and she was forced to break into a run to keep up with
him. He stopped in a small park, in a dark area near a building, turning and waiting for
“Why are you following me?” he asked as she approached him. He was tall with
brown hair and blue eyes in his early twenties.
“Those men are following you. Do they want to hurt you?” she asked, looking up
at him. “They don’t feel the same as you do.” His blue eyes widened. “They’re coming.
They can feel you.”
“I can’t feel you, and I doubt they can either,” he answered with a puzzled tone in his
voice. “You’re an O’Neill.” He took a step toward her. “Who the hell are you?”
She felt the other men at the edge of the park. “Why are you afraid? Are they going
to hurt you?”
“I don’t know. They might try,” he answered, smiling nervously.

She covered him in her shield and saw his fists clench as the other men approached.
The sense of menace radiating from them increased as they drew closer, moving
stealthily. In the darkness, she couldn’t see them clearly. Large men, even bigger than the
young man she was following, they had a rough look. One passed within only a few feet.
He turned and looked directly at them, but continued on. She could see he held a pistol
close to his body.
“Holy Mary,” the young man breathed when they were well gone.
She stepped close to him, out of the shadow, and looked up at his face. It was the
first time he could see her clearly. His eyes widened in shocked surprise.
“Who are you?” she asked. “What are you? Do you know what I am?”
He stared at her pale face wreathed in black hair. His mouth opened, then closed. He
swallowed and shook his head.
“Please,” she said, her voice cracking, “can you help me? I’ve been alone for so
long. Are there more people like us? Do you know where to find them?”
Taking a deep breath, he leaned forward and in a low voice said, “Come with me. I’ll
take you to someone who can answer your questions.”
He started off, then turned back when she just stood watching him. “I know what you
did to make those men miss us. Thank you. I promise no one will hurt you if you come
with me.”
They set off across the city together. After several blocks he turned up a street,
similar to many in the area, where all the row houses looked exactly the same. They
walked to a house halfway down the street and rang the doorbell. When the door opened,
he entered, pulling her after him.
“Jared, what the hell?” the man inside stepped back frowning, his eyes scanning over
her, lingering on her chest. “Who’s this?”
“I’ve been playing hide-and-seek with two thugs half the afternoon,” Jared
answered. “Their shields and strength were pretty much a match for mine, and I just
couldn’t shake them. Then I ran across this lovely lady who graciously extended her
shields to hide me from them. Where are Seamus and my mom?”
“Shielded you?” She felt him attempt to read her mind. Her blue eyes flashed and
she pushed back, feeling his shields bend under the pressure she exerted. His eyes
widened. “I see. Seamus is probably in his office.”
Jared took her by the arm and led her down a corridor. They took a turn, then turned
again into another corridor. Bewildered, she let him guide her. She had been in dozens
of Baltimore row houses and they were small, open structures. She felt like she’d fallen
down the rabbit hole.
They stopped in front of a door and Jared knocked, then entered when a deep voice
said, “Come in.”
Inside a spacious office, a very large man with shoulder-length gray hair and a bushy
beard was seated behind a desk. A tall, thin woman with sandy colored hair in her late
thirties or early forties stood just inside the other door to the room. She took a tentative
step forward, the blood draining from her face, and the man sat up in his chair, eyes
riveted on the face of the young woman with Jared.
The young woman wore a white tank top and hip-hugger blue jeans that outlined her
wasp-waisted hourglass figure. Thick, wavy black hair cascaded to her waist, contrasting
with her pale complexion and sapphire blue eyes.

“I’d like you to meet … I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name,” Jared said, turning to her
with a slight smile.
“Brenna,” she said.
“Of course. This is Brenna. I had a couple of stalkers follow me tonight. She helped
me get home. Brenna, this is my grandfather, Seamus, and my mother, Callie.”
“Thank you for seeing my grandson home, Miss, uh,” the man said slowly. He had a
faint but distinct Irish accent.
“Morgan,” Brenna supplied.
“Miss Morgan. I didn’t know he was lost, but thank you for your help,” he said with
a faint smile.
“She shielded me,” Jared said. “Covered me to invisibility without touching me.”
Seamus’ eyes narrowed at this assertion, studying her closely. “That’s very

Be sure to come back on Nov 20th for the final stop of this great tour, there will be a review and a giveaway!
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