Known throughout history as the Red Witch, Elsbeth is responsible for introducing supernatural creatures to the New World. For seven hundred long years, she’s dealt with everything from plagues and witch hunts, to a crushing lost love. Yet none of that prepared her for the betrayal of the Blue Moon Coven rising up against her. Unsure of who to trust and second guessing every decision, Elsbeth gathers a crude team of witches, sorcerers, and a demonic incubus to prepare for the upcoming battle. The stakes are higher than ever before. Not only would failure mean death for countless numbers of supernaturals, but Elsbeth’s escalating feelings towards the incubus have tied her immortality to him. Now, whatever fate she suffers befalls him as well. Eager to claim the happiness that’s eluded her for centuries, can Elsbeth face her past before it costs her everything? From the world of Falls Creek comes The Spell Caster Diaries; a gripping new paranormal suspense series by author SF Benson!
Even evil characters should have a soft side. Thankfully, Claudius is responsible for Elsbeth getting in touch with her own. He gives her so much: the gentleness Elsbeth needs, and the understanding that no one else (not even the King of Hell) has given her. Most importantly, Claudius loves her in a way that no has ever done.
What's darker than Hell? According to Elsbeth, it's not a realm easily endured by supernaturals either. I guess it helps that the King of Hell has a thing for her. I first wrote a similar description in Blessed Hearts (Hearts Duology, Book 2). Even without the same level of detail, writing about the Nether Realm is always a bit on the creepy side.
This opening scene, one of the hardest for me to write in the book, is pivotal. Elsbeth is no ordinary human. She's something more, and by the time you reach the middle of the story you'll have an idea about her ancestry. I loved writing the historical chapters. They were like a story within a story, giving you insight into my main character.
Part of Elsbeth's problem (and her charm, if you will) is her wholehearted belief that she is right in all that she does. Inception is full of moments proving otherwise. Will Elsbeth learn before it's too late?
Inception is a story within a story. The historical chapters are told by an observer from Hell. The other chapters are set in present day and are told from the POV of Elsbeth (the Red Witch) and the incubus she freed from an attic, Claudius. This excerpt is told by the demon from the 8th level of Hell.
Vampire fangs, vials of dragon’s blood, and tarot cards. Just a few of the oddities found at Vanpeer’s—a metaphysical gift shop found in the French Quarter. But when the owner, Twilight Vanpeer, uncrates an obsidian mirror she’s unprepared for the secrets it unlocks. The sudden arrival of a tall handsome stranger, Dwade Marks, jostles Twilight’s life. Suddenly, she’s dealing with memories that make no sense. But bad dreams aren’t that serious when that’s all they are. Hers, unfortunately, contain an awareness that needs to stay hidden. Adding to the weirdness is the fact Twilight is torn between two men—Dwade and her lifelong best friend, Preston Montgomery. One man is the key to her past while the other holds her future. Things get out of hand quickly when someone starts killing women who look like Twilight. Both men are suspicious but only one can hold her heart. Twilight has serious choices to make—own up to her past or bury it deep. One option appeases the gods while the other speaks to the shadow found in all of us.
What do you do when the bad guy might be a god? That was Twyla's dilemma. She didn't know if she could trust Dwade. Her gut told her not to, but her heart--or maybe it was her conscience--told her something different.
What if your nightmares weren't really fiction, but snippets of a life you once led? When Twyla Vanpeer meets a mysterious man and takes him home, the disturbing dreams begin. It seems that Dwade has unlocked a slew of memories that are unbelievably shocking. Question is, how real are they?
What if you'd had dreams of someone that you weren't aware of meeting? Strange scenes between you and that person play out nightly. Disturbing images... Intimate images... That was what Twyla experienced, and then, one day those dreams became a reality when Dwade came to her shop...
I loved writing this scene. It's that moment when you have to stop and say what's going on here. Ginny and Preston don't like each other but they love Twyla. You would think that would be enough for Ginny and Preston to keep their distance, but he keeps provoking Ginny. It doesn't help that Twyla has these feelings stirring for the man who's no longer the geeky boy she once knew.
Twyla Vanpeer has been a dealer of strangeness ever since she took over Vanpeer's, a quirky shop in the French Quarter. In the first chapter, she gets a strange delivery and a reunion with her hot friend!
Twilight Vanpeer (known as Twyla) runs a quirky shop in the French Quarter. Her best friends are Preston Montgomery and Ginny Lafon. They love her but can't stand each other. This is the reader's first glimpse at how strained the relationships are between these friends. Oh, and don't mind the food... I mention LOTS of yummy dishes in this book.
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