I’ve been working hard on getting Bewitch, the fifth book in my extremely popular Vampire Erotic Theatre romance series, ready for release in the New Year. I had wanted to get the book out sooner, but I don’t think it’s going to be possible at all. I’m now aiming to get the book ready for advance reviewers to receive copies by mid-December. I think that’s totally reasonable considering that I’m reading the book over a few times while I’m on long plane journeys during my vacation right now.
I left the book in very good shape after the second draft and I’m really happy with how it has turned out, even though it’s longer than Seduce, so I’ll have to change the cover since it still says novella! It’s a short novel now, over 60,000 words in total. I had figured out at a very early stage when writing the first draft that the book was not going to come in around 40,000 words like most of the books in the series. There was just too much happening in this one because of the fae underworld setting and Payne’s mission to help Andreu and Varya.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everyone else will like how Bewitch has turned out, but it will come with a warning. It does contain some light BDSM (mostly Payne being bound and taking the odd bit of whipping) and I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Payne is a very dark horse with a very dark past. I promise there’s sweet stuff to balance out the spicy and wicked, and lighter moments to balance out the darkness.
Here’s a sneak peek at the book to keep you all excited about the next story in the series. I know most of you are probably eager for Snow’s book, Unleash. Don’t panic. I will be writing it when I get back from my vacation so hopefully I’ll have the first draft of the book done before I take a break over Christmas.
Bewitch – Sneak Peek
The witch got to her feet, grabbed a length of thin silver rope that had fallen from one of the baskets, and brandished it like a whip.
She lashed out at the males, cracking the end of the rope across their chests and legs. The males reacted then, each making vain attempts to close the distance between them. Even teleportation spells didn’t help them. She struck them before they could fully disappear, stopping them.
Payne stared. The sight of her with the makeshift whip, dominating the more powerful males with it, was arousing to say the least. He knew his eyes were glowing blue and gold, and he knew he should get his hungers under control before they took him over and made him do something he might regret, but by god almighty he wanted the little witch.
One of the males managed to reach her and caught the hand that held the rope. The others looked ready to pile in. It was going to get out of hand.
Payne felt a strange urge to protect her.
He leaped into the fray, barrelling into the man who had captured her and taking him down. He slammed a right hook into his cheek, felt bone give and then crack under the force of the blow. The man bellowed in pain and he struck him again, breaking his jaw. The enticing scent of blood filled the air and Payne growled. His hunger rose.
The female was back in action, hurling vicious magical attacks at the other two males, shrieking at them in the fae tongue. When he had made a vague effort to learn the language, Payne had followed the tradition of all language students and started with the swear words. She cursed better than any of those clichés. Sailors, soldiers and troopers had nothing on this woman.
One of the males grabbed Payne from behind, hauling him off the other witch. He snarled, quickly turned and caught the man with a hard right uppercut and then a left hook as the man dropped him. He kept dealing blows, driving the man away from the female.
A bolt of something blue shot past Payne and sent the male he had been fighting flying through the air. The man smacked into the side of one of the buildings, rolled awkwardly down the emerald green canopy and landed hard on the cobbled street.
The other man fled, helping one of the injured. The fourth man hobbled past Payne and he growled at him, allowing his eyes to blaze red and fangs to lengthen enough that the man got the hint.
The four males looked back past him, to the female. They said something in fae. Payne caught a few words as his fangs receded and his eyes changed back to grey, enough to know they intended to tell on her to their coven. Had she done something wrong?
Payne turned to face her.
She stood in the middle of the narrow street, her silver eyes dark with determination, her breathing as rapid as her heartbeat. Payne took a step towards her and she lashed out at him with the rope. He easily caught the end of it before it could strike him.
Payne stared at her. She struggled with the rope, trying to pull it free of his grip, her pretty face twisting in anger and her eyes bright with it too. Hay stuck out of her long chestnut hair in places, the tousled waves resembling more of a bush than the beautiful glossy locks they had been before her tumble in the baskets and beating with a broom. She looked like a wild animal, feral and vicious.
Payne wanted to tame her.
He held her attention. The sparks of silver in her striking eyes brightened. He took a step towards her, gathering the rope at the same time, keeping it taut between them. She raised her other hand and a golden orb glowed close to her palm. She didn’t want to let him near her. He got the message and ignored it too. He kept moving towards her, steady steps, his eyes constantly locked on hers. He could see she didn’t want to lower that magic or let him close to her, even as he worked to change it. He hated to use his natural talents on anyone but she was going to get herself killed if he didn’t get her off the street soon. Those males would come back with more like them.
She blinked slowly. Payne lost focus as her long dark lashes shuttered her incredible eyes, stealing them from view. The distraction cost him. She smiled and yanked the rope. It slipped from his grasp and she lashed out with it, catching him hard across the cheek. He didn’t flinch, didn’t take his eyes off her. The smell of his blood mixed with the scents in the air.
Payne kept slowly advancing, his eyes on hers, keeping them riveted on him. She wanted to give up her fight. She wanted him. He sent that feeling to her, filling her mind with thoughts of them together, trying to convince her to lower her guard.
She drew her arm back to strike again.
Payne teleported just as she let loose with the rope and appeared right in front of her. He caught her wrists, his eyes still on hers. She stared up at him, her sensual rosy lips parted in shock and her eyes dark with desire that swirled into him through the point where they touched, feeding his hunger. Her breathing quickened to short soft pants. He had never heard anything so erotic and alluring. He wanted to hear her panting like that into his ear as he thrust into her welcoming wet heat.
“I won’t hurt you,” he whispered and her pupils dilated. “Give in to me.”
Did you enjoy that sneak peek at Bewitch?