This week I'm offering snippets from a tale connected to THE BELTANE WITCH through Darius Winterbourne. Kendra MacGillivray is just trying to get ready for Samhain when she runs into Phinnius...and something else.
Kendra MacGillivray had met many cheeky men in her time, but the tall, dark-haired beauty with sapphire blue eyes took the cake. Or maybe it’s the big-ass sword rising over his right shoulder that’s doing it. Whatever it was, he wore arrogance like a new suit and smelled as fishy as Pier 59 in Seattle. Actually, he smelled like vanilla, the sweetly spicy scent of Ponderosa pine trees in the sunshine, and she reminded herself men didn’t like women sniffing after them like bitches in heat.
And if they do, they aren’t worth it.
“You can call me Kendra. Now, off you go.”
The tall warrior with the heavy sword gave her a sardonic smile, but bowed and made to move past her. However, he tensed up and lost his smile at the sound of something big moving through the underbrush behind her. All the hair stood up on the back of her neck as the fetid scents of rotting wine and old sex hit her nose. Swallowing against the gag reflex, she shifted sideways, presenting her back to neither the man nor whatever approached.
“Aw, hellfire.” Phinnius yanked the sword off his back with a metallic hiss and took on a battle stance.
“What the hell is that?”
Kendra fought bile back down her throat as she took in a creature resembling an organic version of the cat-like thing from the movie about robot aliens who shifted shape. A ridge of fins from each vertebra protruded along the back and tail, and oddly jointed limbs ended in long, sharp claws.
“Stay back, Mistress Kendra. This demon is here for me.”
“Oh, that’s comforting.” The demon’s glowing green eyes shifted from Phinnius to her, and it just had to lick its slavering jaws as its gaze settled on her.
Oh look, he brought a pet. ;) 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, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the short blurb as posted in the Spank or Treat 2014 Anthology:
As a warrior, Phinn Winterbourne believes he's a true hero until he meets witch Kendra MacGillivray, who isn't interested in being saved. But it's all fun and games until a demon comes after him, and they both fall Under Her Spell.
The short was entitled Under Her Spell - but it's only the beginning of a longer tale entitled: THE SAMHAIN SOLDIER. If you'd like a copy of the anthology, and it's still $0.99, you can find it here:
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