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Blurb Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga.
The transition between teenager to university to graduation is difficult and confusing for everyone. As an orphan and a prodigy who entered college at sixteen, harboring secrets she dares not reveal, Brenna Morgan’s journey is more complicated than most. Then one evening she stumbles across a young man who promises to answer all her questions if she’ll trust him.
The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.
Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.
That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?
Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed — with a willing young man of course.
Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.
Excerpt: The Succubus Gift
We have been burned at the stake, locked up in asylums, drugged into a stupor. We are secretive for our own protection. – Seamus O’Donnell
She noticed the young man immediately when he walked past her, head down and in a hurry, but not only because he was so good looking. He had no thoughts, no mental activity, and that grabbed her attention in a way nothing else could have.
Following him, she stepped into a shop doorway when he stopped and looked around. She didn’t need to keep him in sight. She could feel his emotions, so strange coming from someone with no thoughts she could read, different than all the other people on the streets. Checking her mental shields to make sure they were as tight as she could make them, she followed him around a corner. He didn’t look back, seemingly not aware she was there.
Moving closer as he turned another corner into an alley, she stopped when he hesitated at the other end. He looked about before stepping out onto the street, but he never looked back. Realizing he couldn’t feel her, she closed the distance between them.
Scanning the area with her mind, she discovered two other men, farther away, who also were mentally shielded. Their emotions were completely different than his, and she shivered at the malice radiating from them. Every time the first man changed direction, the others soon followed. Although they couldn’t see each other, it was almost as though they could feel each other, just as she could feel them. Through the maze of streets in Baltimore’s InnerHarbor area, they danced across the city in the summer twilight.
He walked into a bar just a block off the water. She knew it had entrances on two different streets, and rather than follow him, she walked to the corner, out into the street, and stood in front of one of the unusual old triangular houses in this part of town. From her vantage point she could see both entrances.
Coming out the other side, he walked in the opposite direction, away from the harbor. He was doubling back, hoping to lose his pursuers, but they weren’t tracking him by sight or sound. She watched a man hesitate in front of the door the young man had used to enter the bar, stop, and then turn around.
He was walking faster now and she was forced to break into a run to keep up with him. He stopped in a small park, in a dark area near a building, turning and waiting for her.
“Why are you following me?” he asked as she approached him. He was tall with brown hair and blue eyes in his early twenties.
“Those men are following you. Do they want to hurt you?” she asked, looking up at him. “They don’t feel the same as you do.” His blue eyes widened. “They’re coming. They can feel you.”
“I can’t feel you, and I doubt they can either,” he answered with a puzzled tone in his voice. “You’re an O’Neill.” He took a step toward her. “Who the hell are you?”
She felt the other men at the edge of the park. “Why are you afraid? Are they going to hurt you?”
“I don’t know. They might try,” he answered, smiling nervously.
She covered him in her shield and saw his fists clench as the other men approached. The sense of menace radiating from them increased as they drew closer, moving stealthily. In the darkness, she couldn’t see them clearly. Large men, even bigger than the young man she was following, they had a rough look. One passed within only a few feet. He turned and looked directly at them, but continued on. She could see he held a pistol close to his body.
“Holy Mary,” the young man breathed when they were well gone.
She stepped close to him, out of the shadow, and looked up at his face. It was the first time he could see her clearly. His eyes widened in shocked surprise.
“Who are you?” she asked. “What are you? Do you know what I am?”
He stared at her pale face wreathed in black hair. His mouth opened, then closed. He swallowed and shook his head.
“Please,” she said, her voice cracking, “can you help me? I’ve been alone for so long. Are there more people like us? Do you know where to find them?”
Taking a deep breath, he leaned forward and in a low voice said, “Come with me. I’ll take you to someone who can answer your questions.”
He started off, then turned back when she just stood watching him. “I know what you did to make those men miss us. Thank you. I promise no one will hurt you if you come with me.”
They set off across the city together. After several blocks he turned up a street, similar to many in the area, where all the row houses looked exactly the same. They walked to a house halfway down the street and rang the doorbell. When the door opened, he entered, pulling her after him.
“Jared, what the hell?” the man inside stepped back frowning, his eyes scanning over her, lingering on her chest. “Who’s this?”
“I’ve been playing hide-and-seek with two thugs half the afternoon,” Jared answered. “Their shields and strength were pretty much a match for mine, and I just couldn’t shake them. Then I ran across this lovely lady who graciously extended her shields to hide me from them. Where are Seamus and my mom?”
“Shielded you?” She felt him attempt to read her mind. Her blue eyes flashed and she pushed back, feeling his shields bend under the pressure she exerted. His eyes widened. “I see. Seamus is probably in his office.”
Jared took her by the arm and led her down a corridor. They took a turn, then turned again into another corridor. Bewildered, she let him guide her. She had been in dozens of Baltimore row houses and they were small, open structures. She felt like she’d fallen down the rabbit hole.
They stopped in front of a door and Jared knocked, then entered when a deep voice said, “Come in.”
Inside a spacious office, a very large man with shoulder-length gray hair and a bushy beard was seated behind a desk. A tall, thin woman with sandy colored hair in her late thirties or early forties stood just inside the other door to the room. She took a tentative step forward, the blood draining from her face, and the man sat up in his chair, eyes riveted on the face of the young woman with Jared.
The young woman wore a white tank top and hip-hugger blue jeans that outlined her wasp-waisted hourglass figure. Thick, wavy black hair cascaded to her waist, contrasting with her pale complexion and sapphire blue eyes.
“I’d like you to meet … I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name,” Jared said, turning to her with a slight smile.
“Brenna,” she said.
“Of course. This is Brenna. I had a couple of stalkers follow me tonight. She helped me get home. Brenna, this is my grandfather, Seamus, and my mother, Callie.”
“Thank you for seeing my grandson home, Miss, uh,” the man said slowly. He had a faint but distinct Irish accent.
“Morgan,” Brenna supplied.
“Miss Morgan. I didn’t know he was lost, but thank you for your help,” he said with a faint smile.
“She shielded me,” Jared said. “Covered me to invisibility without touching me.”
Seamus’ eyes narrowed at this assertion, studying her closely. “That’s very interesting.”
Ok, so let me start by saying I’ve never read anything quite like this book. I’m saying this as a compliment because different is better to me. Sometimes stories about a particular type of character get repetitive so it was a breath of fresh air to see something different. I am particularly fond of how very detailed the author has made the rules and gifts and how they work. Some “gifts” are part of a “Talent” or are a “Talent” in themselves. So, we’ve got magic here lol
I will not lie and say that even though some parts are very funny, this is a more dark story. Bad people do seriously bad things. To the point that I sometimes got chills while reading. Each character has a story to tell and trust me, some are the types you wish you didn’t know, but it makes them who they are. I really like that I never felt like the story was slow, even when there were things being explained or back stories being told. This is what makes a great story for me.
Brenna is mostly the main character. He life is literally uprooted from the first few sentences. I enjoyed learning about her family and how the Clans works. I really enjoy Collin as I will firmly stay planted on his team LOL not that there are plenty of hotties to go around in this story. A Clan is a seriously large family without everyone being blood related. 🙂 Rebecca is probably my favorite character though. Her and maybe Kallan and Jared. Seamus is The Lord of the Manor without being king, so I really enjoyed his interactions. And I also really enjoyed that they have no judgement with Decisions that need to be made. That’s a good family to be in LoL
I will say that this is definitely an adult story, not just for the romance side, but for some things that occur. I will however contradict that statement by saying its such and interesting story I want everyone to try it out. It’s so unusual to have almost no taboos in a culture that it makes me want to rethink some of my choices hahahaha I will definitely be continuing this series as I really like so many things about it! A really good 4 PAWS from me!! Now go read it! 🙂
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I’ve always loved reading and I’ve always fantasized. What I was afraid to do was try to write. I was afraid my writing would be too dull and uninteresting. Last year, a close friend encouraged me to try to write a story I told her about. It turned out far better than I expected.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I told my friend about a story I had imagined and that I thought it would sell if it could be told well enough.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of the things in my books are from my life. Some of the characters may contain bits and pieces of people I’ve known, but not based in whole on real people. I kind of wish I did know some of my characters. I think they’re really neat.
How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?
So far I haven’t killed off any notable characters. Anonymous people and the bad guys are those who die.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest or that you recommend, other than yourself of course?
There are a few new authors I’ve read and enjoyed. Mia Darien and Abigail Owen write paranormal fantasy. Hennessee Andrews writes erotic romance, as does Mia, though I’ve only read a short story in that genre from her.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I wouldn’t have phrased the question quite that way. There are so many great authors. Those writing currently that I enjoy and wish I could write that well would include Jacqueline Carey and Anne Bishop.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I probably wouldn’t make Brenna so powerful. It creates problems in the later books.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Revising. Taking a story I have in my head and changing it into something different. But the revisions I’ve made in my books have made the books better and more readable.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I recently had a death in the family. My Nook died. That’s put a definite crimp in my reading. I just finished Abigail Owen’s first book, a unique concept in paranormal romance, and I’m getting ready to beta read a manuscript for another author, an erotic romance.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I worked with an artist named Rebecca Sinz. I saw her art on line and really liked it. I contacted her, and she painted the picture for the cover, which is hanging in my living room.
Have you ever bought a book based on the cover?
I’m sure I have, but I can’t think of one off hand. The cover plus the blurb, yes, many times.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I’ve learned so much about writing, marketing, editing, revising. I’ve also learned a lot from the research I do for my books. I’ve also met a number of wonderful people I probably never would have known without the book.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I’d be Brenna, of course! That’s a no brainer! Fabulously wealthy, unworldly beautiful, incredibly powerful. Who else would I want to be?
Hmm, but would you want Brenna’s past and hardships she had to go through to get to her fabulous self 🙂 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To the people who have read the book and given me such wonderful feedback, I’d like to say thank you. When someone tells me they’ve read the book and really enjoyed it, it’s such a great feeling.
To those who haven’t read it yet, I hope you give it a try. It’s totally unlike any novel you’ve read in the urban fantasy genre.
I write books combining Adult Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Science Fiction. I believe in fiction as an escape, with devastatingly beautiful women and incredibly sexy men.
In my books, you will find characters with psychic abilities, such as telekinesis and telepathy, and a completely different view of a succubus than you’ve ever encountered before.
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.
I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.
I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.
Places to purchase the book
It is also available in the Apple iTunes bookstore.
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Website and Blog: http://brkingsolver.com/
B.R. Kingsolver ~Author of The Succubus Gift, an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance novel and The Telepathic Clans Saga http://brkingsolver.com/
I hope you guys had a great time today. Here’s just a few more things. The schedule for The Succubus Gift Tour has been posted here. There are multiple Giveaway stops, so check them out!
The Succubus Gift and Succubus Unleashed are both available at all major eBook locations, Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, etc for $2.99 (and the equivalent in pounds at Amazon UK). The Telepathic Clans, Books 1 and 2 is available at the same locations for $3.99. That’s two full-length novels, both Night Owl Top Picks, for the price of a Starbucks.
B.R. is offering an e-copy of The Succubus Gift (international) to one winner here on my blog! So pretty please leave me a nice comment and I’ll pick a winner and email you to confirm 🙂
I wanna thank everyone for stopping by! I always enjoy such fun blog tours! 🙂 Thank you ladies at Dark Mind Book Tours for giving me fantastic things to give my followers!! 🙂 And as always, Happy Reading!! Later Gators!!