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Cupcakes (etc) – sneak peek – excerpt #3

June 19, 2013

Update: A bunch of people knocked themselves off the list by buying Cupcakes (Etc) already, but that worked to Catherine’s benefit (somehow, perhaps) because the random number generator just picked her to win an ebook copy!! YAY!

The following is a (approx.) 450 word excerpt from my upcoming release, Cupcakes, Trinkets & Other Deadly Magic. Want to read more? Comment on this post to win a prerelease ebook (eARC) with your email address (e.g. name AT gmail DOT com). A new winner will be randomly selected every Wednesday throughout June. An excerpt and chance to win will be posted every Wednesday in June.

Excerpt #1

Excerpt #2


I took the customer’s credit card and rang through the order. Customers could run their own cards, but I thought it was better service to do so myself. He was talking to me again. I pulled my gaze from the vampire, who was moving back to the front door, to acknowledge him.

“Sorry? My mind was elsewhere.”

“I said that I own the law firm up the street. We just renovated.”

Oh. Nice. He was the reason I’d been woken before eight in the morning for the entire week. I always attempted to nap after I baked in the mornings.

“Great,” I replied as I handed him his card. “I hope you enjoy the cupcakes.”

His smile faltered. Perhaps I, a lowly baker, was supposed to be more impressed with his lawyer status. Then I felt bad for being uncharitable … it was just that the vampire currently testing the wards on my front door was starting to freak me out.

“Oh. Okay then,” the lawyer guy said. “Till next time.” He grinned, and I took a brief moment to notice he was rather cute. It wasn’t like the vampire was currently slaughtering my customers. I could pause for a moment to exchange smiles with a cute, potentially rich guy — leases on West Fourth Avenue weren’t cheap — who had nice straight teeth and an adorable dimple.

“Till then,” I called after him.

The lawyer didn’t even notice the vampire as he exited the bakery. But then, he was looking back at me. I was accustomed to men — even some women — staring. This time, I was pleased it meant the lawyer didn’t inadvertently make eye contact with the alpha predator in the doorway. The vampire was all but blocking the entrance.

He caught my gaze. I flinched. I couldn’t help it. His magic coated his pale skin with an icy aura. He lifted his hand to press against the invisible ward guarding the door, which stood open despite it being early spring. It had been unseasonably warm all day, but the weather could be temperamental in Vancouver. The runes etched in the doorframe glowed in response to the vampire’s touch. Runes were how Gran anchored her magic, though not every witch used them. I wondered if the vampire could see such things, or if he simply felt the magic blocking him from entering uninvited. I felt the ward magic shiver in response, but the vampire wasn’t trying to break through. He was simply … tasting.

The idea scared the shit out of me.


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17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2013 8:28 AM

    I. Need. This. Book. LOL!!! It looks hysterical!!! And she is feisty!!! cc_clubbs at yahoo dot com. Mommasez…blog

    • June 19, 2013 8:34 AM

      I need to pick a winner for last week – goodness, I almost forgot it was Wednesday … you’d think I was publishing a book this week or something – LOL!!

      • June 19, 2013 8:38 AM

        Ha ha!!! I don’t write books, Meghan, I just read and review and I still get behind!! I can’t imagine the craziness going on at your desk;)

  2. Heather permalink
    June 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    You had me at cupcakes! Add in vamps and magic – man those are just sprinkles on top to make it even better 😀

    hhand AT sasktel DOT net

  3. Tracy kenyon permalink
    June 19, 2013 1:05 PM

    Wow vamps wolves and cupcakes 🙂 would love to read this book 🙂

    tracylouise1984 AT gmail DOT com

    • June 19, 2013 1:10 PM

      Fantastic! I want you to read it, so we are completely on the same page – nice!! Good luck.

  4. June 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    I want this book. I just started reading UF books, even though I am still not too sure what the difference between UF and paranormal. I love any book that have vampires in it.

    • June 19, 2013 3:04 PM

      I think paranormal can be any time period (i.e. my books Spirit Binder & Time Walker, set after a post-apoc event) but urban fantasy is set in a city locale and/or a present time period.

      Good luck!

  5. June 19, 2013 6:46 PM

    Ah, these teasers are driving me crazy! I can’t wait for the book to be released. Thanks for sharing and adding to the anticipation for your book’s release. I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for your book. 🙂


  6. June 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    Your book is sounding more and more amazing, Meghan, and I am getting more and more anxious to read it! I am devouring your excerpts. I think I might have to buy or even *gasp* bake (I’m not kitchen competent much) cupcakes to go with the book once I get it. 🙂 My e-mail address is jgrnlees AT gocougs DOT wsu DOT edu.

    • June 20, 2013 9:22 AM

      So glad you are liking what you are reading, Jen!! It does seem to be compelling readers to bake/snack … that was not my intention – ha! Good luck with the random number generator!!

  7. Michelle Hofacker permalink
    June 20, 2013 9:47 AM

    I made cupcakes today, must have been my subconscience telling me the teaser was coming. Too bad the icing didn’t make it on them, after reading this while they were baking I ate it 🙂 I can’t wait to get this book.

    • June 20, 2013 10:03 AM

      OMG. LOL!! I’m making cupcakes either today or tomorrow to celebrate the ‘official’ release. I’ll probably eat at least the half the icing as well – HA!

  8. Catherine T. permalink
    June 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    Haha! This is awesome!! I don’t think a teaser this short has ever made me want to read a book so badly!

    orangeybubbles AT gmail DOT com

    thank you for holding this awesome giveaway!

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