So, it’s Launch Party time!!!
After spending four books with Regency era Lycans, our paranormal world has expanded to include some very sexy Regency era vampyres in our latest trilogy. IT HAPPENED ONE BITE was released March 1st and is the story of warrior-witch Blaire Lindsay and the mysterious James Maitland, Lord Kettering…
Black Dragon Inn, south of Edinburgh
Alpina Lindsay breathed a sigh of relief. It hadn’t been easy locating a vampyre none of them had ever met, but finally, after nights of searching for the man, there he was! He certainly matched the description of the man Fiona Macleod had seen in her vision.
Leaning against the stone façade of the old inn, Lord Kettering drew deeply on his cheroot as he gazed up at the crescent moon, seemingly without a care in the world.
Alpina narrowed her eyes at the gentleman who was, indeed, handsome, dashing, and more powerful than anything or anyone she had ever faced. The bairn in her womb kicked and Alpina protectively smoothed a hand over her belly while Fiona Macleod’s warning echoed once again in her mind.
“Are ye certain ye want ta do this?” Bonnie Ferguson whispered in her left ear.
Alpina caught Rosewyth Campbell’s eye and nodded, as there really was no choice in the matter. The man before them had to be dealt with. Otherwise, her daughter’s life and future would be in danger. That couldn’t be allowed.
From her right, Moira Sinclair’s dainty hand slid inside Alpina’s, reminding her she wasn’t alone. Together they could thwart the evil that Fiona had seen in her vision. Together they would ensure her daughter’s future.
A twig snapped beneath one of the witches’ feet, and Kettering stood at attention. “Hello?” His crisp English accent sliced through the night air.
It was now or never, and Alpina couldn’t take the risk that Kettering would escape. She stepped from the mist that had until now shrouded the coven from his view, pulling Moira alongside her. “Good evenin’, my lord.” Somehow she managed to keep the fear from her voice.
A charming smile settled on the man’s face, and his white teeth sparkled in the moonlight. “It is now.” He tossed what was left of his cheroot to the ground and stepped toward the pair. A seducer if ever there was one. “What a delightful treat. Not one beautiful lass, but two.”
“Actually, there are five of us,” Fiona’s waspish voice came from somewhere within the mist.
“Five?” Kettering echoed.
And in the blink of an eye, Moira’s misty shield evaporated and Kettering found himself in the middle of their circle. The five witches clasped hands together, trapping him inside the ring.
The Englishman looked from one to the other, confusion lighting his too-handsome face. “Why?” he asked.
“Because of what ye are,” Alpina answered. “We canna allow ye ta harm anyone.”
He shook his head. “I’ve never harmed anyone,” he professed.
Fiona Macleod snorted at that. “I’ve seen what ye are and what ye will be with my own eyes, my lord. Pray doona deny it.”
“And what are you?” he asked.
“Justice,” Fiona sneered. “For all yer victims—past, present, and future.”
“Cadail, uilebheist. Caidil gu bràth!” Alpina’s voice rang loud and clear.
“Cadail gu bràth, cadail gu bràth,” the others chanted.
Power surged through Alpina’s hands where she held onto Moira and Bonnie within the circle. She’d never felt such intense energy. Sparks erupted from their clasped hands, arcing across the circle and creating a perfect, five-pointed star. Thunder cracked above them, and Kettering let out a pained cry. He crumpled to the ground and everything was silent.
The five witches slowly released their hold on one another, stepping closer to the man at their feet. If Alpina hadn’t known better, she would have thought he was dead.
“His maker will search for him,” Fiona predicted. “The knight will go through Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.”
“But no’ the Highlands?” Alpina asked, the answer mattering more than her next breath.
Fiona smiled. “Nay. No one will find him at Briarcraig, but we must hurry.”
Alpina nodded. Then she knelt beside Kettering, wishing they could have done more than place him in a dormant sleep; but it would have to do.
So why did the previous generation of Coig witches put Kettering in a dormant sleep? And what will Alpina’s bairn, the now all grown-up Blaire Lindsay, do when she awakens the vampyre?
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