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Trinkets (etc) – sneak peek – excerpt #2

December 13, 2013

The following is a (approx.) 450 word excerpt from my upcoming release, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic. This is not the final proof. Release date: December 27, 2013


WARNING: this MAY contain spoilers for the Dowser #1.

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I scanned the immediate area. I could feel the vampire nearby, but he had a super annoying ability to somehow contain or cloak his magic, so that I wasn’t sure of direction or proximity. I couldn’t pick up any trace of the green-haired werewolf. Kandy moved way faster than me through the forest, so she’d probably found the end range of my dowser senses. Plus, she had practically inhaled — even while driving — the dozen cupcakes I’d brought for the hike before we’d even parked the SUV at Alice Lake, so she had a lot of fuel to burn.

A shimmer of sunlight caught my eye … no, not sunlight. What was that? I was done with the sulking and on my feet before I even made the decision. Wow, that was me in a nutshell.

The glimmer of magic beckoned from the side of a cedar tree, as if something supernatural had brushed against it at shoulder height. I usually didn’t see such incidental traces, but I was learning to just go with the heightened-powers persona instead of freaking out about it all the time.

“Gotcha,” I murmured, thinking Kandy had inadvertently left me a clue. Though I wasn’t totally clear if I was actually playing hide-and-seek with the werewolf or if she’d just gotten fed up being around the vampire and had taken off. Both scenarios were equally possible.

Except that as I got closer, the glimmer didn’t look exactly like Kandy’s magic … its base color was green, but leafy, not grassy. It was too dim for me to pick up any taste —

“The foremost magical authority …”

I actually jumped as the vampire’s cool voice sounded right next to my ear. God, I hated it when he did that. I spun around but the immediate area was vampire free.

“The foremost magical authority,” Kett prompted again. His voice floated in from the right, but I stopped myself from spinning in that direction. Everything was a test with him, but I couldn’t complain because I’d asked for it. Yep, I had promised to treasure hunt for the vampire if he agreed to fill in some of the holes in my magical education.

There were a lot of holes. And Gran was still spitting mad about bargaining with a vampire. If she’d had her way, Kett would have been ash three months ago. Hell, she probably would have let the untethered magic of Sienna’s pentagram just swallow him.

Ah, Sienna. What was that? A full five minutes without thinking of my foster sister and the black magic that destroyed her? I shoved the ache in my throat back down to its permanent place in my heart, then turned to scan for Kett’s magic.


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13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    I love this excerpt! I actually found it to be quite chilling, and am VERY disgruntled with you because you cut us off before we could find out where Kett is, if Kandy is still around, or what that glimmer is! 😉

    Thanks for sharing the excerpts and offering chances to win Dowser #2 (or #1)!! 🙂

    • December 16, 2013 2:06 PM

      Hee hee. That’s the point of an excerpt, no?

      • December 16, 2013 2:09 PM

        I don’t believe in logic when it comes to excerpts and cliffhangers. :p

        In all seriousness, though…well done! You’re doing an excellent job of whetting the appetite for reading the whole book! 🙂

      • December 16, 2013 2:15 PM

        I do TRY to avoid cliffhangers. All bets are off for Trinkets (Etc) tho. Sorry. Series are difficult like that!

  2. December 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    I’m sure they are! And I wouldn’t hate you forever for ending Trinkets (Etc) with a cliffhanger (providing you don’t change to a “release every 2+ years” writing schedule, that is! lol!!) 🙂

  3. Karenlee permalink
    December 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    I only discovered the paranormal urban genre last year and after the first novel…. I was off and running, like Kandy, before I knew it I had over 100 of them on my kindle. Can’t wait to read cupcakes, trickiest and other deadly magic!

    • Karenlee permalink
      December 17, 2013 8:54 AM

      Urrrggg my auto correct, or it could have been my excitement….I know the name is CUPCAKES, TRINKETS !! And other deadly magic!!!!!!

      • December 17, 2013 8:59 AM

        no worries, auto correct and I also have a hate/hate relationship!!

    • December 17, 2013 8:58 AM

      Hi Karen! Thanks for entering. I think I was reading urban fantasy before I even knew it was called “urban fantasy,” but I was totally hooked as well. I think Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld series might have been the first series I read as “urban fantasy.” I loved it and then started gobbling up every one that I could find after that!

  4. Karen permalink
    December 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    And yipeee! I won!!! I can hardly put your book down! But, alas, tis the season to go crazy cleaning, buying and baking! I wish i could order some of those lusicous magical cupcakes of Jades for my christmas table! Oooooo I am goiong to be on pins and needles wanting the second book on my ipad!!!! great job meghan!! <3

    • December 23, 2013 3:58 PM

      Karen! there are still chances to win Trinkets (the second book) – you should sign up!! You might get a bonus Christmas gift!!

      Glad you are enjoying Cupcakes (Etc).

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