Today, I’m pleased to share excerpts from the following urban fantasy books:
Witch’s Bounty by Ann Gimpel
The Trouble with Ghosts by A.L. Kessler
Denai Bound by Tiffany Shand
These are excerpts we shared during tours when we were on Books That Hook. Because that website got deleted, we are trying to restore all of our content, in some fashion. Instead of posting the entire tour for each, which would no longer be relevant, we decided to just retain the excerpts for our readers to continue enjoying.
Some of the excerpts are long, so click the MORE button if you want to continue reading.
Excerpt from WITCH’S BOUNTY by Ann Gimpel
Rain worsened from a steady drizzle to a pounding, punishing deluge of icy sleet. Colleen Kelly strengthened the spell around herself. It sizzled where it ran up against the droplets. At least she wasn’t quite as wet as she would have been without its protection. Pavement glistened wetly in the last of the day’s light. It was just past three in the afternoon, but December days were short in the northern latitudes and Fairbanks was pretty far north.
“At least it’s not snowing,” she muttered as she pushed through a nearby glass-fronted door into the magicians’ supply store she owned with two other witches in the older part of downtown. Bells hanging around the door pealed discordantly. She sent a small jolt of magic to silence them.
“I heard that. Not the bells, but you. It’s supposed to snow this time of year. How could you possibly be pleased the weather patterns have gone to hell?”
Jenna Neil stalked over to the coatrack where Colleen stood. Blonde hair, hacked off at shoulder level, framed a gamine’s face and shrewd, hazel eyes. Jenna towered over Colleen’s six foot height by a good four inches, and her broad shoulders would’ve made most men jealous. Between her trademark high-heeled boots and a scruffy embroidered red cloak tossed over skintight blue jeans, she looked as exotic as the anti-hex hoop earrings dangling from each ear.
Colleen rolled her eyes, shook out her coat, and hung it on the rack. “Spare me your lecture about global warming, okay? It’s cold enough to snow. It just isn’t, for some reason.”
“Mmph.” The line of Jenna’s jaw tensed.
Excerpt from THE TROUBLE WITH GHOSTS by A.L. Kessler
“I’ll give you a lift.” Mason glanced at me. “And you can fill me in on everything I’ve missed.”
I nodded. “Deal. I want to walk around the house first and see if I can find anything else that indicates where the basements or the entrances were.” I looked at the crumpled papers in my hand. “There’s something about this house that isn’t right.”
“You mean other than the multiple ghosts?” Mason shook his head. “Have you heard anything back on the thumbs?”
“Nope, I think our lab and system are still back logged.” I looked over at the group getting back to work searching for bones. “I think this case takes the cake for strangest one in a while.”
“We have multiple crimes, and PIB has nothing to go off of. Should you call back up in?” He glanced at me.
I knew what he meant, I didn’t meet his gaze. “Maybe. It’s possible my contact could shed some light on one of the biggest mysteries so far in this house.” I pressed my lips together. “Assuming all my contacts synced to my new phone, I can call him today. I don’t know if he’s in town, but the number he gave me is a U.S. number, not an international one.”
Excerpt from DENAI BOUND by Tiffany Shand
As she stared at the spell, something tugged at her senses as if someone was calling her name. Cate stood up and glanced around, but there was no one there. Leaves scattered across the path and branches rustled like faint voices behind her but she sensed no presence nearby. Closing the book, she moved out of the circle and onto the path where the whispering came again, louder this time.
Was it just the wind? Or was someone waiting for her?
She clutched the Grimoire tighter and flung her senses out like a net. That was when they struck.
Cate felt an invisible noose tighten around her neck and gasped as it cut off her airway.
Angie, Liza, and Myleene surrounded her, chanting all at once.
Liza held out a glowing stone that lit up like a glowing red beacon. Cate doubled over as pain tore through her entire body and screams echoed through her mind like a thousand knives stabbing through her skull. The amulet was a crude way of overpowering any Denai witch. Her body immobilised by the binding spell and her power overwhelmed by the amulet, they had Cate right where they wanted her.
“I warned you this would happen.” Angie smiled. “You’ve always been a danger to the coven and now even more so.”
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