In this snippet, this is the opening scene of this tale, showing the inciting incident, and setting the story in motion.
Drip, drip, drip.
The soft patter of liquid against a hard surface echoed in the silent room. A muted glow from recessed lighting barely touched the growing pool on the floor below the hanging silhouette. A soft hum filtered through the quiet space as air conditioning units clicked on and the silent form swayed gently, twisting until the light illuminated the face.
Eyes wide and glassy, horror marked the slack features stretched around a ball gag. The arms had been bound behind the back, pressing the torso forward against the bands of the confining cage in which the body hung. Wicked slash marks strafed the exposed portions of skin on the legs between the cage bands in jagged cuts. The genitals remained untouched and slack against the great, crimson swath painting the inner thighs down to the ankles.
The soft pattering continued, each scarlet drop from the heels increasing the spreading stain.
Another body lay against the base of one concrete wall, the ribs rising and falling with life. Dressed in black leather thigh-high boots with stiletto heels and a brocade corset, the woman lay face down like an abandoned rag doll. The tools of her trade lay strewn about the room as if someone had swept them off their perch in a toddler’s tantrum. Paddles of different sizes overlay a flogger and a metal chain with small, rubber clamps on the ends. Several other ball gags decorated the floor as if a juggler had dropped his toys in haste.
The cage holding the body slowly turned in the morbid light and the subtle dripping continued with brutal repetition.
So the plot thickens. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb for SECOND CHANCE SUCCUBUS:
Everyone deserves a second chance...
As an ancient succubus, the original Lilith, Lady Aislynn is cursed to survive off sexual energy for eternity. In an effort to live without killing, Aislynn has set up the Underground, a sex club in Las Vegas where she can feed without damaging her donors. But when a murder gets traced back to her strip club, she must be on her guard to hide the Underground.
Chayse Wolffe, a CSI with the LVMPD and an alpha werewolf, knows the owner of Eve's Paradise Strip Club is more than she appears. Having survived an addiction to another succubus, he doesn't trust Lady Aislynn or himself. Every time he's in the room with her, he struggles with the need to lose himself in her charms.
When PI Nik Wolffe is hired to find a man in Vegas on business, his investigation leads him to the city morgue and his estranged twin brother. Chayse left without a word five years earlier and refused to see Nik or share a woman with him again. Nik took solace in the BDSM side of the Underground, but it was never quite enough. Now he must reconcile with his brother to solve the murder without the police nosing into the sex club.
But fate and the Goddess may have plans for two angry werewolves and a lonely succubus. When Chayse True Mates Aislynn by mistake, Nik wants to kill him for taking his own mate, but no more than Chayse wants to kill himself. Aislynn must show Chayse he can trust her not to harm him or Nik, and hopefully reverse the curse of the succubus before she kills them all.
Available October 20 2015