It's teaser time! Here's the beginning of one of my favorite scenes with Moira and Nick!
Teaser #2 for War and Claire!
A little teaser from Aerin and Julian... he may be ruthless, but he's old school.
A taste of Death and Tierra together after their fateful motorcycle ride.
Meet the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Conquest - Nicholas Kingswood - by Cynthia St. Aubin
As Conquest personified, Nick's goals are pretty simple: dominate, decimate, and bend everyone and everything to his will, and crush anything that gets in his way. Easy, right? Enter Moira Malveaux, the stubborn Southern girl who introduces a completely new word to Nick's vocabulary: No. When she takes *his* seat on a plane... to Seattle, the chemistry is instant and undeniable. Unfortunately, so is the impending explosion these two have set in motion.
What's this dominating bad boy look like? Howsabout we let Moira tell us what she thinks?
She’d be damned if this puffed-up, self-important peckerwood was going to ruin her first airplane ride. Even if he did look like the devil’s own lawyer. Hair the color of a dark roux, eyes like sunlight through Jack Daniels, and body like a college linebacker—or at least the college linebackers of her acquaintance—Nicholas Kingswood had predator written all over him.
She’d seen more genuine smiles on a rat snake, and she had no intention of being another notch in his probably-imported belt.
True, she could have just moved, but he was awful fun to look at.
Even now, she stole a glance at the man fuming in her peripheral vision. He was remarkably big. She had seen enough of men that clothes didn’t hide much from her anymore.
War - Drustan Geddes - by Cindy Stark
Let me introduce you to War, also know as Drustan Geddes. He’s strong and deliciously sexy, a true warrior who has always done his duty…until he meets Claire.
Dru has the ability to control others’ perceptions, and throughout time, he’s used this skill to start the world’s most epic wars.
I admit to loving a tortured hero, and Dru is certainly that. Torn between duty and his attraction to Claire, things will only get worse for him in the next book!
Pestilence - Julian Roarke - by Kerrigan Byrne
He's lethal, lonely, and any feelings you develop for him is the embodiment of a toxic relationship. The black plague? His fault. 1900's influenza pandemic? Yup, him too! So when he is sent after Aerin de Moray, it should only take one touch to kill her... So what makes such a toxic man so alluring? Here's Julian from Aerin's point of view:
It was what kept the people a bay. They didn't know what they were doing. They didn't even stare or particularly seem disrupted. They merely packed themselves tighter into their own space to avoid him.
Who could blame them, really? The sheer force of his presence rolled off him in ultrasonic waves, equally in all directions.
The perfect center to a perfect circle.
His liquid blue eyes pinned her with a look of intrigue that quickly heated to astonishment as words that had never been part of her MIT educated vocabulary filtered through as her brain tried to process him.
Regal. Dark. Lethal. Exotic. Ancient.
His eyes. His pale, lovely eyes held secrets darker than the underworld. Stories that began with "Once upon a time," could pour from sensuous lips. Though, judging by his appearance, the only role he could play was that of the villain.
God. She could slice her finger on those cheekbones.
Death - Killian Bane - by Tiffinie Helmer
Killian Bane aka Death is jaded, bored, and resolute in his existence. He's tired of waiting for the Apocalypse and hopes that it's finally arrived. Here is a bit of Killian's frame of mind when he lands in Port Townsend right before he meets my earth witch. Tierra de Moray will be the biggest challenge Death has ever faced.
He stretched out his long legs, clad in black denim and black leather boots, crossing them at the ankles. A sleepy seaside town with an artistic, hippie bent with a population had no idea Death had arrived.
He was tired of waiting. So fucking tired. He hoped to God or the Devil or the freaking Goddesses—since they were apparently dealing with witches this time—that this was finally the actual Apocalypse.
He was supposed to meet up with his brothers later, but he'd made good time and decided a few drinks—maybe a good lay—would put him into the right frame of mind to deal with the Three Horsemen who'd failed in their duty and now required he step in.
How hard was it to kill one witch? There were four to choose from.
Death was inevitable. Everyone, even these prophesized witches, had an expiration date. Didn't matter who you were or how you lived your life, Death came for you at some point.
And now...it's TEASER TIME! I give you a little snippet from Moira's story, wherein our heroine meets Conquest (Nick Kingswood, you'll learn more about him soon!) on an airplane on her way to Port Townsend. Lordy, were these two fun to write! <fans herself>
This snippet is shortly after Claire and Drustan (War) meet, and he realizes she's his target. I love these two so much!
Here's a teaser from Aerin and Julian! The tension between these two is off the charts... but their love is most definitely star-crossed.
I love how impulsive Tierra is in this scene with Death. They have no idea who each other are and the word play for me is so fun because of it. And you know it will come back to haunt them.
This book has been in the making for a while. It's a collaboration with three other authors with each of us writing one of four identical sister witches who were prophesized to bring about the end of the world. It has brought authors who were friends to start who now think of each other as sisters. Truly magical.
You can preorder the ebook now at Amazon or get your print copy here and start reading in a few days, also add Which Witch is Which? to your Goodreads shelves.
We are hosting a Facebook Party on October 13th and will be in Port Townsend, Washington for the official release on October 17th at Pippa's Real Tea at 5:00pm. Please come and join the fun!
Meet the witches!
Moira ~ written by Cynthia St. Aubin
So, as you've no doubt noticed by now, Which Witch is Which? has FOUR authors. You may or may not be thinking, "How the heck... does that work?" I'm so glad you asked! Four authors, four sisters! Each one of us is responsible for creating one of the sister witches, and for writing her story. Mine happens to be Moira! I was raised in the south, so when we decided I would be writing a water witch, I knew I wanted to play with a character from the Bayou country of Louisiana. I myself am a sweet tea-drinking, fried food-eating, crawfish-sucking homegirl, so I had extra fun exploring this part of Moira's personality. Below, I've included some of the information from Moira's character profile for you to peruse. Enjoy!
Name: Moira Joule Malveaux
Weight: AWESOME pounds
Scent: Wild violet, rain, muscadines
Pets: Pet teacup pig, Cheeto
Sexual experience: Umm…:D Lots.
Address: Tin Roof Shack Under the Cypress What Looks Like a Sasquatch
Favorite food: Anything fried
Favorite drink: Whisky
Favorite car: 1969 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda 440 Super Commando V8
Favorite movie: NOT Deliverance
Hated color: Pink
Hated food: Spaghettios
Hated drink: Water (ironically)
Hated car: Anything with a V4
Other dislikes: Panty hose, religion, self-righteousness
Hobbies: Catfish noodling, poling a pirogue through the bayou, cooking, reading, pool, poker
Dressing style: Tight, low-cut shirts and tank tops. Cut-offs or short skirts. Prefers to be barefoot. Not big into shoes.
Voice style: Husky, deep, sweet - like honey-based BBQ sauce.
Closest friends: Her pet pig, Cheeto; mostly male friends, women hate her on account of her *hands on* approach to heeling.
Claire ~ written by Cindy Stark
I have to say, Claire may be my favorite heroine that I’ve written. She’s a fire witch with a sultry passion that matches her element. She’s a feisty fighter who longs for someone to love, and, although Dru intimidates her, she’s not afraid to challenge the badass Horseman of the Apocalypse known as War. She has amber eyes, wears her hair down in soft waves and loves the scent of honeysuckle! Oh! Did you know the four sisters are quadruplets?
Aerin ~ written by Kerrigan Byrne
Happy Friday Everyone! While you're working for the weekend, I thought I'd introduce you to the workaholic Witch of Port Townsend. An Air Witch, she is the President and CEO of the fastest growing cloud company in the world. She is the most reluctant of the sisters, but behind her fierce ambition and intellect, she has a big heart and lots of love to give. NAME: Aerin Doe
HEIGHT: 5’7” ...
WEIGHT: Ask me that question one more time… I dare you.
SCENT: Fresh linen infused with air cleaned by a sea storm.
SEXUAL EXPERIENCE: She’s been known to dip her pen in the company ink.
ADDRESS: Manhattan highrise, overlooking the park.
EMPLOYMENT: She established her own IT cloud company at the age of 24. Now she’s taking over the memory and data storage industry.
HOBBIES: Working. Smoking. Crushing the competition. More working. Researching her industry. And also working. Sometimes shopping.
PESSIMIST OR OPTIMIST: Realist. My glass is drained, fill’er back up, but only with the top shelf shit.
FAVORITE FOOD: Anything with five stars next to it.
FAVORITE DRINK: Whisky
FAVORITE CAR: Bentley Mulsanne
OTHER LIKES: Winning intellectual victories. The air after the rain. The ash after a fire. The earth after the autumn leaves fall. Unseen pathways and empty buildings. Places and people with untapped potential.
HATED FOOD: anything out of a can, box, or can be combined with the word “instant”.
HATED MOVIE: Anything on the SciFi Channel i.e. “Mansquito or Sharknado”. Seriously?
OTHER DISLIKES: How much time do you have? Namely: Religion, hypocrites, People who waste her time, needy men, stupid people, the willfully ignorant. Cheap shoes. Any store with a “mart’ in the name.
VOICE STYLE: Cool and clipped. Deep, low, and airy.
EDUCATION: Graduated Suma Cum Loude with postgraduate degrees in Economics, Linguistics, and Applied Technology from MIT.
DRESSING STYLE: Armani business power suits. Wide-legged slacks, silk blouses, and power pumps. Prada bags. Pencil skirts.
PETS: Okay there’s this black bat… And he follows her around and nests in her balcony… that doesn’t mean he’s her pet. Just because she feeds him. And maybe she talks to him while she smokes on her deck. And she can hear the supposedly indecipherable sound waves he emits into the air. He might as WELL have a name. (Doctor Lecter). Still doesn’t mean he’s her pet. Probably she’ll call the exterminator any day now.
CAREER GOALS: Same thing she does every night Pinky… Try and take over the virtual world!
Tierra ~ written by Tiffinie Helmer
I loved writing Tierra. She is probably the most like me of any character I have written. Some of the things she says routinely come out of my mouth daily. Tierra is an earth witch and the most grounded of her sisters (see what I did there ) or so she thinks. Growing up she knew a part of her was missing and our story starts out with her casting a summoning spell to call what is missing back to her. Boy, did she get more than she bargained for. Here are a few things about Tierra from her Character Sheet:
Hair color/style: Burgundy wine, dark red, almost black in some lights. Wavy, long which she tends to restrain in clips, with tendrils that work their way lose all the time.
Eye color: Green that flashes to emerald. Note: the sisters are identical except their eye color. Their eye color represents their witch's power.
Body type: Fertile. Sex on a stick.
Weight: Nobody's business.
Scent: Lavender and roses with hints of nightshade.
Characteristic gestures: Always tucking her hair back, pinning flowers in her hair.
Most important event: Casting a summoning spell that put into motion the beginning of the end of the world.
Closest friends: Her newfound sisters.
Enemies: Anyone who threatens her sisters.
Fears: Losing her sisters.
Sexual experience: Tends to be a lot more conservative than her sisters. Very fertile and worried she's going to get knocked up.
Dressing style: She has a gypsy, bohemian style and loves to mix clothing with modern day items from trunks that she raided in the attic. Scarfs, lace, jewelry of colored stones with rings on most her fingers, jangling bracelets, multi-piercing around the shell of her ears. Belly-button ring.
Employment: Owns Ambrosia's Brew and Charms. She has a large green house and garden at home where she grows and dries herbs for tea, potions, charms, lotions, oils etc. She also sells mulled wines and wines that have been infused with roses and herbs.
Favorite color: Green
Favorite food: Salad, vegetables, nuts, and of course, chocolate. After all chocolate is a vegetable.
Favorite drink: A perfectly brewed cup of tea.
Favorite ice cream: Green tea ice cream.
Favorite animal: Weakness for black cats as they are so misunderstood.
Other likes: Loves spiders. If she finds a spider inside, she will carefully scoop it up in her hands and deposit it outside in her flowerbeds.
Hated food: Anything over processed, steak/meat - prefers natural home-grown, organic fruits and vegetables and fresh fish and seafood.
Hated drink: Soda pop
Hated ice cream: vanilla
Other dislikes: Politicians, priests, pesticides and people who smoke. Can get worked up over man destroying the earth.
Background: Raised by her aunt. Knows everyone in town and everyone knows her. Liked by many, feared by a few, most give her a wide berth.
Philosophy: Harmony in nature, with great power comes great responsibility, and love is the reason for life.
Deepest, darkest fear: That she won't be strong enough for whatever she has to face and people will die because of her.
Profound weakness: Curiosity. Her need to know has gotten her into trouble all her life. And now her need to know has put the world at stake.
Stay tuned. More wicked witchy stuff to come!
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